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Book Reviews

Mystery

Book Review:

The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis (Berkley 2019)

The Vanished Bride is a very enjoyable historical mystery set in Yorkshire and features the Bronte family; yes, the whole clan is involved in one way or another with a strange disappearance. Ms. Ellis’ knowledge of the famous family shines through as the sisters and brother figure out how to be “detectors” in a place and era when everyone was effectively isolated. Combine this tension with the stress of novice authors, hostility to women, overfondness for drink, and a semi-benign intruding father, all in a well-researched and written narrative, and you will be reading a fine debut novel.

M.W.

Historical Fiction

Book Review:

The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron (Thomas Nelson)

Perfect for historical fiction devotees, this novel is based on true events, and real lives lived during World War II Paris.  The story focuses on two memorable, courageous women who resist Nazi occupation and the darkness of those war years in Paris.  One is a dress designer, and another is an art cataloguer, both of which narrowly survive Nazi entrapment.  While maintaining their faith that “lighter” times will prevail, both protagonists are Resistance supporters who champion France, Paris, and the French way of life.  A great combination of romance, intrigue, and history!

– L.Q.

Fiction

Book Review:

Norwegian By Night by Derek B. Miller (Houghton Mifflin)

A quick-moving thriller about the unlikely meeting of an 82-year-old former Marine Sniper and a newly-orphaned young boy who is on the run for their lives in the Norwegian wilderness!

Fiction

Book Review:

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (MacMillan)

What a fantasy! A young headstrong girl, a bargain with the Devil, and a lot of time on her hands. How do you stay alive for 300 years? When no one remembers you when you leave their sight?