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Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Thoughtfully crafted and genuinely heartrending, Charles M. Clemmons's AILA'S JOURNAL (A Tale of Southern Reconstruction) is a powerful exploration of race, identity, and human connection...

IR Approved
October 11, 2023

DANISH CONNECTION

By Keith Thye
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Keith Thye's historical novel DANISH CONNECTION is a fascinating and ultimately moving family chronicle, rendered with clean, straightforward prose and a deep affection for its...

IR Approved
October 6, 2023

BIG MAN JUDAS

By Jonathan Maas, James Maas
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Dense with action and propelled along by strong pacing and a compelling sense of urgency, BIG MAN JUDAS by James and Jonathan Maas is an...

IR Approved
August 30, 2023

MY PLACE AMONG THEM

By J Stanion
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

MY PLACE AMONG THEM, an affecting narrative of the lives of Plains Indians at the turn of the 20th century was drafted by author J....

IR Approved
August 2, 2023

A MOTHER’S NATURE

By Monica Brillhart
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A MOTHER'S NATURE continues to expand a familiar myth into a surprisingly human tale of love, grief, and coming-of-age. Monica Brillhart's take on Persephone shines...

July 19, 2023

LUCIUS: A Soldier’s Journey

By Rev. Michael H. Lavery
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

Rev. Michael H. Lavery's well written historical novel, LUCIUS: A Soldier’s Journey, convincingly addresses human struggles with loyalty, faith and morality and is populated by...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Jane Austen enthusiasts will enjoy Alice McVeigh's tale, DARCY: A Pride and Prejudice Variation, which has a style that is faithful to the original, while...

IR Approved
July 3, 2023

MY LOVE NIKOLA TESLA

By Ana Atanaskovic
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Ana Atanaskovic's MY LOVE NIKOLA TESLA is a must-read—couched in history, but flowing with genuine affection and adulation—from its seemingly calm introduction through its turbulent...

IR Approved
June 28, 2023

FOR THE MINDS AND WILLS OF MEN

By Jeff Lanier
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Immaculately researched, carefully plotted and superbly paced, Jeff Lanier's FOR THE MINDS AND WILLS OF MEN is a spellbinding literary mystery which effortlessly blends cold...

June 21, 2023

ARROGANCE, AMBITION & PRIDE

By Sandra Wagner-Wright
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Sandra Wagner-Wright's 's ARROGANCE, AMBITION & PRIDE details the rise of the Crowninshield and Derby merchant families in 18th-century New England with meticulous research and...

June 5, 2023

THE MERCHANT FROM SEPHARAD

By James Hutson-Wiley
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

James Hutson-Wiley's THE MERCHANT FROM SEPHARAD ultimately falls back on simplistic moralizing, but its portrayal of burgeoning globalism in the early medieval Mediterranean is compelling...

May 17, 2023

THE UNSTOPPABLE ELIZA HAYCRAFT

By Diana Dempsey
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Author Diana Dempsey's admiration and affection for her subject shines throughout THE UNSTOPPABLE ELIZA HAYCRAFT, a beautifully written, compulsively readable tale that gives voice to...

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