I've never actually read an Elizabeth Kostova book before, so this was a first for me. I am sad to say that I didn't enjoy "The Shadow Land at all."
Anna LeBaron’s The Polygamist’s Daughter is one of those books that grips you and refuses to let go. All throughout the story are the undeniable themes of child abuse, enslavement, religious zealotry, spousal abuse, and cult violence.
As a member of a book club at my workplace, I recently read Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. First I'd like to say that romantic comedies are usually the last thing to ever grab my interest, in films and literature. However, I was pleasantly surprised with Can You Keep a Secret?
On May 13, 1917, almost a hundred years ago, the Blessed Virgin Mary in the guise of Our Lady of Fátima appeared to three impoverished children, Lucia Santos and her two cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto.
Events 1536 - Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife and Queen of England is arrested and taken to the Tower. Her charges were adultery, incest, treason, and witchcraft. 1568 - Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from her imprisonment in Loch Leven Castle. 1816 - Princess Charlotte of Wales married Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg. Their marriage… Continue reading Women in History: May 2nd
Events 1985 - The young American peace activist, Samantha Smith, is invited to the Soviet Union by CPSU General Secretary, Yuri Andropov, after she wrote him a letter voicing her concerns about nuclear war. 1990 - Violeta Chamorro becomes the first-ever President of Nicaragua. Born on this day in... 1917 - Ella Fitzgerald (d. 1996),… Continue reading Women in History: April 25th
Events 1558 - Mary, Queen of Scots married François, the Dauphin of France at Notre Dame in Paris. 1885 - Annie Oakley, the infamous American sharpshooter joins Buffalo Bill's Wild West. Born on this day in... 1492 - Sabina of Bavaria-Munich (d. 1564) was the Duchess of Bavaria and wife to Ulrich, Duke of Württemberg. The daughter… Continue reading Women in History: April 24th
Saint Rose of Lima (d. 1617) was a religious woman and a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic who lived in Lima, Peru.
Events 797 - Empress Irene of the Byzantine Empire deposes her son Constantine VI, who is blinded and who dies shortly afterwards. She assumes the title of Basilissa, the female form of Basileus ("Emperor"). 1713 - Although lacking a male heir, Charles VI Holy Roman Emperor issued the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713 which… Continue reading Women in History: April 19th
Events 1518 - Bona Sforza was crowned Queen Consort of Poland after her marriage to Sigismund I the Old, King of Poland. She belonged to the powerful Sforza family and became very involved in Polish-Lithuanian politics after her marriage. Implementing various reforms, one of which was the Wallach Reform, she was able to generate a… Continue reading Women in History: April 18th