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About Pegg Thomas

Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” An avid reader and writer, she enjoys fiction stories threaded through historical events and around historical figures. Civil War and Colonial are her favorite eras. Pegg is a regular blogger at both QuidProQuills.com and ColonialQuills.com. When not working on her latest novel, Pegg can be found in her garden, in her kitchen, at her spinning wheel, tending her sheep, or on her trusty old horse, Trooper. See more at PeggThomas.com.

Les Misérables

Les MisérablesLes Misérables by Victor Hugo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

How can anyone give just three stars to a classic like Les Misérables? When it takes an avid reader almost six weeks to slog through it. Yes, I love the story! Who doesn’t? But the writing is not only old-world writing, it’s positively sloggy. For instance, there are four or five chapters that simply describe the sewer system in Paris and its history. Okay, Jean Valjean must walk through the sewer, but we don’t need chapters of description. (Tell us what time it is, don’t tell us how to build a watch.) There were also multiple chapters describing the street talk of the homeless youth of Paris. And – no – the reader didn’t need to know any of it. So while the story is excellent and the characters are fascinating, digging them out from amid the dross is a flat-out chore. Even for me … and I love reading the classics.

Now I’m ready to watch the new PBS Masterpiece Theater adaptation and I’m sure I will positively love it!

 
 

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Songbird and the Spy

Songbird and the SpySongbird and the Spy by J’nell Ciesielski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Romance with a healthy dose of intrigue that will keep you turning the pages. A young American music student is caught behind the lines in occupied France during WWII. Her French relatives try to shield her, but she winds up alone and afraid until a kindly brother and sister take her into their home. They run a local pub, and she sings for her supper–literally. They pass her off as a French girl. When a certain German captain catches her eye, she does everything in her power to avoid him, but he won’t go away. The German captain isn’t what he seems either, and that revelation starts a whole new round of tension, conflict, and danger. A wonderful story by the same author as “Among the Poppies.” Well worth reading!

 

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Summer Plan and Other Disasters

Summer Plans--And Other DisastersSummer Plans–And Other Disasters by Karin Beery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fun story! Love the setting (a lighthouse!) and the humor. The characters were engaging and relatable while still having some deep-seated issues they needed to work through. Wonderful debut novel for this author. I’m looking forward to more Karin Beery books!

 
 

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The Midwife’s Tale

The Midwife's Tale (At Home in Trinity Book #1)The Midwife’s Tale by Delia Parr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this tale by Delia Parr, an author I haven’t read before. The characters are engaging, the setting is very well done, the research into the topic was obvious but didn’t overpower the story. It included a twist that I sort of saw coming, but had talked myself out of. That was nice! I thought the end was a bit rushed, but it didn’t destroy the story or anything.

If you’re interested in the early 1880s, stories set in Pennsylvania, and/or stories dealing with early healthcare, this is the book for you. It’s not a romance, it’s historical, but there is a nice thread of romance that runs throughout. Mostly it’s about the midwife and her life, her disappointments, her achievements, and the lives of the people she touches. Well worth reading.

 

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Beauty in Flight

Beauty in FlightBeauty in Flight by Robin Patchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Robin Patchen has brought out another book that kept me turning the pages! Harper isn’t someone I could identify with in any way other than Patchen’s magic in bringing such a character to life. A woman who has made so many truly terrible choices in her life, paid a heavy price, and is trying to pull herself together. But her past includes some very dangerous elements and at least one of those elements won’t let her go.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2019 in Book Reviews, Christian Fiction, New Release

 

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A Rush of Wings

A Rush of Wings (A Rush of Wings, #1)A Rush of Wings by Kristen Heitzmann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t read many contemporary novels anymore but this one was recommended to me, and I enjoyed it. It has a nice mix of suspense, mystery, and romance. I connected with the characters pretty well, and the author kept me guessing as to who would shake out with whom, which was fun.

 

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A Cast of Stones

A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword, #1)A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book has been in my to-read ebook file for almost 4 years. I think I dragged my feet on it because I knew it was the first of a series, and I never felt I had the time to devote to a series. Until now. And maybe I don’t really have the time now, we’ll see!

Mr. Carr did a good job of creating an alternate world within a world we all understand. I like that kind of fantasy. It’s sort of Piers Anthony without the slap-stick humor. The premise is – as is so often in fantasy novels because it works well – a run-of-mill village lad who turns out to be something else entirely, and the weight of the world falls on his shoulders. But the hero of this book is a little less than run-of-mill. It’s fun to read and watch as he develops into a character the reader can pull for, and speculate on just who he will turn out to be in the end. Which, of course, we don’t know as of the end of A Cast of Stones. One must continue the series with The Hero’s Lot to find the answer to that question. I’m looking forward to book two.

 

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