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Tracie Peterson’s “Treasured Grace”

The Oregon Trail is no easy place for the three Flanagan sisters in 1847. As the eldest sister, Grace, widow of the late Right Reverend T.S. Martindale, keeps her small family together despite difficult circumstances and locales. Others are surprised when Grace doesn't seem to be mourning her husband at all.

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On the Ascendant: Brandy Purdy’s “Two Empresses”

Two Empresses centers around two young women who are cousins, Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie and Aimée du Buc de Rivéry, growing up in Martinique.

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Subterranean Inclinations: Colson Whitehead’s “Underground Railroad”

Cora is a young woman who has spent her entire life under the yoke of slavery, living at a cotton plantation owned by the Randall family. For Cora, life has been anything but easy and it's like fate dealt her a cruel hand.

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Maids and Miscreants: Jo Baker’s Longbourn

Every time I see a Jane Austen pastiche, I tend to approach it with a wary caution. Since this is a pastiche based off Austen's very own Pride and Prejudice, I held it to a higher standard than I normally would any other book. All I have to say is that I wasn't disappointed.

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In Search of the Bevoy: Sarah E. Ladd’s “The Curiosity Keeper”

Camille Iverness lives with her father in a curiosity shop on Blinkett Street in London. The daily minutia of Camille’s life revolves around the operation of this shop while her father happens to vanish for days at a time, meeting with buyers.