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Book Beat – Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang by April Gardner

The story of the Channel Islands in World War II has always fascinated me – the only British soil conquered by the Nazis, so I was thrilled when April Gardner asked me to read her children’s novel, Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang. Nine-year-old Lizzie Browning loves playing on the beach with her cousin James and brother Andre…. Read more »

Book Beat – Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green

While researching the history of nursing for my own novels, I was stunned by what I read about nursing in the Civil War. Rather than the romanticized view prevalent in modern movies and novels about the era, nursing was considered a scandalous choice for a woman, and female nurses had to fight for the ability… Read more »

Book Beat – Proof by Jordyn Redwood

Health care professionals often wince at medical inaccuracies in novels, but I knew I wouldn’t have that problem with Jordyn Redwood’s debut novel, Proof. I became acquainted with Jordyn when she started Redwood’s Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping fiction writers get medical facts straight for their stories. Her seventeen years’ experience in critical care… Read more »

Book Beat – The Ride of Her Life by Lorna Seilstad

Lorna Seilstad won me over in Making Waves and A Great Catch with her combination of humor, hard-hitting questions, and a charming setting at a turn-of-the-century lakeside resort. The Ride of Her Life completes the Lake Manawa series in the same delightful manner. While still grieving her late husband, Lilly Hart works at a diner to support her… Read more »

Book Beat – Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot

What would you do if you lived in a land where no one could trust anyone? Where a single misspoken word could lead to death? Tracy Groot’s Flame of Resistance explores life in Nazi-occupied France shortly before the Allied D-Day invasion of 1944. American pilot Tom Jaeger is shot down over France, and the “Flame”  Resistance… Read more »

Book Beat – Stardust by Carla Stewart

An eclectic cast of characters, a setting as rich as any character, the fascinating historical backdrop of the polio epidemics in the early 1950s, and Carla Stewart’s lyrical writing make Stardust a winner of a novel. Georgia Peyton has just lost her husband – first to another woman, and then to death. When a distant… Read more »

Book Beat – Where Wildflowers Bloom

Have you ever wanted to run away from your pain and find a new life? In Where Wildflowers Bloom by Ann Shorey, that’s exactly what Faith Lindberg wants. The Civil War has taken a high toll. Faith has lost her father and brother, and Royal Baxter, the man she gave her heart to, has failed… Read more »

Book Beat – A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island

Although I’ve never been there, Michigan’s Mackinac Island has always fascinated me as an automobile-free oasis. Cara Putman’s A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island takes you to this vacation spot for romance and mystery. For lawyer Alanna Stone, Mackinac is not a relaxing destination, but a painful reminder of the past that she’s avoided for… Read more »

Book Beat – Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

Readers often ask for recommendations of other novels set during World War II, and I love to refer them to Kristina McMorris’s books. Her first novel, Letters from Home, grabbed me, and her second novel, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, is even better. Before I’d read her work, Kristina and I had started exchanging research resources,… Read more »

Book Club Beat – Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner

Welcome to Book Club Beat, where book clubs share about their discussions. Book club name and location: Bibliovores, northern California Title and Author: Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner What it’s about: While Jane Lindsay waits for her husband to decide if they’ll stay married, she finds a 16th-century betrothal ring. Certain that it belonged… Read more »