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(Review) Consolamentum: The Tiger and The Dove, Book Three

Publication Date: August 8, 2014.
Publisher: CreateSpace, Independent Publishing Platform.
Genre: Historical fiction, middle ages, Inquisition, Constantinople, 13th Century, middle ages.
Pages: 366.
Source: Free paperback copy from Rebecca Hazell in exchange for a review.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.


Further links to explore the history surrounding The Tiger and The Dove series.
Inquisition, from Britannica.
Inquisition, from Wikipedia.
Constantinople, from Wikipedia.
Fall of Constantinople, from Wikipedia.
Niccolo Polo, Marco Polo, from Wikipedia.
Marco Polo, from Biography.
A timeline of 13th century European history. The link is from History Central.
Eleanor of Aquitaine, from History.

The first book in The Tiger and The Dove series, The Grip of God, began with Princess Sofia as a young adolescent girl, who is stolen from her home in Eastern Europe. The area she originated from is a Slavic region, and the people called themselves the Rus', they lived in modern day Rus…

(Review) 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush

Publication Date: November 11, 2014.
Publisher: Crown.
Genre: Nonfiction, biography.
Pages: 294.
Source: Christmas gift.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.

A biography of George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st president of the United States. The book was written by his son, George Walker Bush, 43rd president of the United States.
The biography is a chronology of the senior Bush's life. There are a few life stories from the younger Bush's life, in regards to where he was during his father's life and accomplishments. Towards the end of the book, the younger Bush compares similarities in their roles as president.

My Thoughts:
41 was given to me at Christmas by my younger son and his girlfriend.
Before beginning the book, I'd guessed the direction and emphasis the book featured. This is not a bad thing, but a pretty accurate guess.
41 is an endearing testament and legacy of a life well-lived. George H. W. Bush is a person of the "Greatest Generation." He had serve…

(Review) Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied France by Alex Kershaw

Publication Date: August 4, 2015.
Publisher: Crown.
Genre: Nonfiction. French Resistance, Nazi Germany, World War II.
Pages: 304.
Source: Free advance reader ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.


American physician, Dr. Sumner Jackson, had been living in France since 1916. He later married a and they have a son. They live on Avenue Boche (nickname for the street Foch), a street in Paris that became home base for the Gestapo. Dr. Jackson continued to work at the hospital after the Nazi Occupation of France in 1940. His family after initially fleeing, returns.
The Jackson family became apart of the Resistance effort during the war. The book shares their individual stories.

My Thoughts:
There are several reasons I gave Avenue of Spies 5 stars for excellent.

Detailed character make-up of the Jackson family, other resistance fighters, principal Nazi officers.SOE Agents working during the war whom the Jackson family knew.Resistanc…

(Review) Within The Hollow Crown: A Reluctant King, a Desperate Nation, and the Most Misunderstood Reign in History by Margaret Campbell Barnes

Publication Date: March 6, 2010. Originally published 1948.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark. Reprint edition.
Genre: Historical fiction, Richard II, Richard III, Anne of Bohemia, British history, British monarchy.
Pages: 368.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 2 stars for okay.


Within the Hollow Crown is the story of Richard II (1367-1400), the son of the Black Prince (eldest son of Edward III), and nephew of King Richard the Lionheart.
The story begins when Richard is a young boy of ten. His father has just died. His life is about to make a dramatic change.
The story follows the course of life during his reign. His marriage to Anne of Bohemia, and later marriage to Isabelle, daughter of Charles VI of France. The peasants revolt, political factions, Richard's personality and way of dealing with strife, and Henry Bolingbroke's overthrow of Richard are all depicted.

My Thoughts:
Richard II is one of my least favorite kings to read. I bought Within the Hollow Crown at …

(Review) I Shall Be Near To You by Erin Lindsay McCabe

Publication Date: September 2, 2014.
Publisher: Broadway Books/Crown Publishing Group/Random House LLC.
Genre: Historical fiction, Civil War.
Pages: 336.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 3 stars for good.


Newly married Jeremiah and Rosetta Wakefield have only a few days together before he departs for military training. After Jeremiah leaves, Rosetta takes the initiative to join him. In her mind, her place is beside him. They live in rural New York. When the story begins it is January 1862.

My Thoughts:
The synopsis on the back cover explains this is "a woman's search for meaning and individuality, and a poignant story of enduring love." I did not see this. What I did see is a young couple very much in love and the war puts a hold on their life together. I also saw a head-strong, determined, selfish young woman take the initiative to pretend to be a man, and a soldier, in order to be by her husband's side in battle. The story pushes the romantic elemen…