Spotlight: WARTIME FARM by Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman, & Alex Langlands

WARTIME FARM at Goodreads This is an extremely useful and valuable book.  Seriously, get yourself one if at all possible.  To see what I mean, first watch the Historical Reality show it’s based on. WARTIME FARM on YouTube I’ve mentioned this one before, but now it’s really prominent in my mind.  As I’ve said before,…

Spotlight: FRONTIER HOUSE by Simon Shaw

FRONTIER HOUSE at Goodreads I finally own this book after years of wanting it.  The historical reality show it’s based on is one of my favorites.  I’ve learned so much from it and been tremendously inspired by it.  One of things which fascinate me most about history is how ordinary people lived, they’re the real…

Review: JANE SEYMOUR The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir

History casts Jane Seymour as a qualified wimp and I’ve always felt that gastronomically unfair.  Just because you like one person, say Anne Boleyn, it doesn’t mean the next person is unlikable for whatever reason. Mostly it’s because I’ve lived long enough to know that there are many kinds of strength.  You don’t need to…

Review: PIPER’S PURSUIT by Melanie Dickerson

I’ve had a massive head-cold all week and have only begun to think half-straight.  Kinda.  My apology for a less-than-stellar review, because this novel deserves way better.  This is the sort of storytelling which prevents me from speed-reading, well-rounded characters, vivid setting, sound structure. Katerina has grown up in medieval Hamlin in Germany, during a…

American Princesses of the Gilded Age

TO MARRY AN ENGLISH LORD on Goodreads If you think Meghan is all that, let me tell you, girlfriend, she wasn’t the first.  This post kicks off my series on Real Princesses.  Buying into the fairytale is nothing new.  For most girls, it ended in heartbreak.  Makes me wonder why we still think our prince…