ACCENT: THE FACT OF A BODY

The narrative moves quickly and Marzano-Lesnevich’s writing is fantastic. She writes with vivid detail, yet doesn’t oversaturate it. Readers should be aware that this book deals with difficult topics. What is so admirable is the way the author manages to present and look at them, unflinchingly, without being graphic. The book approaches with an even-handedness that exposes the truth without allowing the book to become mired in it.

REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT ASSASSIN

In the 1880s, Austin, Texas, was on the verge of becoming one of the most modern cities in the world. Business was booming. Railroads made ranching more profitable. Austin hadn’t been hit by Reconstruction like most of the South. The small city espoused the Victorian values of cleanliness, orderly behavior and familial values. Then on…

REVIEW: DUEL WITH THE DEVIL by Paul Collins

No, it’s not about that duel. It turns out the two worked as lawyers defending a young man accused of murder in 1800 New York City. It’s a bizarre and expertly-told story that sheds light on life when our country was still in its childhood. On a cold, crackling winter night at the end of…

REVIEW: THE WOMAN BEFORE WALLIS by Andrew Rose

Before Edward took up with American socialite Wallis Simpson, before he gave up the crown and eschewed his duties as the King of England, the young prince was involved in an even more scandalous relationship. A antsy and angsty Prince is assigned to duty in France during WWI.  Seeing as he was poised to take…

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