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Eliza Schuyler Hamilton was my kind of girl. She played a pivotal role in the founding of the U. S. She states,”I was SOMEONE before I met Alexander Hamilton.” This is well-researched & it could be argued that she earned founder status in her own right. Her chronicle is a Who‘s Who of the N.Y. frontier,the Revolution,and the first yrs. of the new republic. Thanks to the authors,Eliza commands the narrative & hers is a voice that should be heard.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo 🧡🧡 2mo
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“Don‘t you want to be alive before you die?”
—Madame Manec
WWII French Resistance

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Winter Sea | Susanna Kearsley
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An intriguing tale.The concept/theory of genetic memory plays a large role in the story development. I didn‘t know much about “The ‘O8”. Did the French conspire to ensure this invasion‘s failure? A question that eludes a definitive answer, but, yet, is so much fun to debate.The author did “fool” me in a couple of instances, & while I‘m used to Louise Penny doing this, I was pleasantly surprised by Susanna Kearsley‘s skills at doing similarly!

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Glass Ocean | Beatriz Williams, Karen White, Lauren Willig
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The storyline revolves around the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat. The history seems solid and the characters strike me as realistic portrayals. I‘m not a fan of “romance” novels, yet love/relationships are a part of the human experience and the inclusion of such in this story is genuine, in my opinion. When it came time to put the bookmark in, I found that I wanted to skip-out on responsibility and just keep reading! 👍🏻

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Cruelest Month | Louise Penny
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Sarah Wineman of the LATimes wrote, “The temptation is to scarf LP‘s books like potato chips but it‘s ever wise to savor each bite...” Sums up my feelings exactly. I force myself to slow down and jot notes attempting to figure out “who did it,” along with many other things her writing makes me ponder. She‘s getting to be my fav author.

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I committed the mortal sin of reading Louise Penny‘s last book before her first! ? And, I am so sequential that it‘s put me OVER the edge so I‘m now dedicated to reading the series in order! ??‍♀️? Typically, I‘m into historical fiction but I want to live in 3 Pines! I want to hang out with Armand Gamache to learn his life lessons (even at this late date ?)and to be his sidekick as he tracks the guilty in the Sûreté du Quebec!!

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“Peter was right. She either believed in God, or she didn‘t. Either was OK. But she could no longer say she believed in God and act otherwise.” P.77 I think “believers” run into this quandary when misfortune strikes. I know I do. 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️

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Dream Lover | Elizabeth Berg
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The dialogue constructed for Aurore Dupin Dudevant, aka, George Sand, seems connected to her views/personal philosophy, and, thus strikes me as authentic. I can “hear” GS saying the words as I read so this adds credibility to the portrayal, in my opinion. The author has done significant research so as to provide an astute/discerning portrait of GS.

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Dream Lover | Elizabeth Berg
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Insightful portrayal of Aurore Dupin Dudevant, aka George Sand. The author is well-versed regarding GS‘s sentiments about writing/life. Like most, GS developed her views based on experiences. Unlike many, she followed-through to initiate personal change. Having some financial resources facilitated her ability to live per her moral compass. I don‘t embrace all aspects of her philosophy, but I admire her commitment to gender equality.

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Women in the Castle | Jessica Shattuck
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“What possessed people to believe Hitler? How do you ‘know,‘ yet, acquiesce? What of those who resisted and were caught? What about their families?” This book illumines the answers. It also addresses what post-war Germany was like. Surviving in the midst of destruction is mind boggling to those of us who haven‘t experienced such. And, in the aftermath, do these survivors have the right to ever be happy? Or...forgiven? By each other? By us?

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Women in the Castle | Jessica Shattuck

“What justifies a murder? Can right be achieved through wrong?” The victim of this particular murder was to be Hitler. Does knowing the identity of the intended victim affect your answers? Hmm...🤔

tpixie Interesting question- Yours! 1y
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I just finished this “travelogue” through Dante‘s poem. It definitely enhances meaning for today‘s reader. I rated it “So-So,” because there are so many cantos in the three segments of the poem. Mr. G. was succinct in his explanations, but, if you are inclined to “jump in” the Inferno, you‘ve got to make it through Purgatorio before reaching Paradiso!!! 🤦🏻‍♀️ All praise to the author, but perseverance & a lot of wine 🍷 is required!!!

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Here‘s an “exchange” between William T. Sherman and his adjutant, Henry Hitchcock. The Chicago Times, reported an account “that was quite detailed, including our direction of march,& offered names of the senior officers down to division commanders,” H. says. S:”I hate them. They have no courage, no discipline, no integrity. They lie when it suits them. And,commit treason, as well....You cannot carry on a war with a free press!” Was S. right?

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This is the fourth in the Civil War series. The books focus on Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and now Sherman is “marching to the sea,” to Savannah. Writing dialogue for historical characters must be challenging, but I think Jeff Shaara pulls it off realistically. (Gotta love the Mark Twain bookmarks! He‘s usually spot-on!)

Andrew65 This series looks interesting. 2y
CMB I am about 100 pages into this last book, but I like how Shaara says he‘s not writing history books, but does do scholarly research so as to accurately incorporate events and characters into the novels. (I hate to admit this, but I fear that I may be somewhat similar to Sherman in traits and temperament...🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️😂) 2y
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“Don‘t believe everything you think.”

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“Sneak home and pray you‘ll never know the hell where youth and laughter go.”

RaimeyGallant Great quote. Did the lady with the duck say this? 2y
CMB Yep! The Poet, Ruth (her last name escapes me...one of my senior moments 😂) When you‘re young, oftentimes you can‘t project ahead to the inevitable future, but it awaits you...sigh... 2y
RaimeyGallant Haha. :) 2y
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As I read, I jotted page #s so as to revisit descriptions, dialogues,etc. On p.179, a stained glass church window becomes a clue. WWI soldiers are depicted & under the window it says “They Were Our Children.” And then the list. No ranks. Just names. In death they were equal. As a history major,I regret that most know little about The Great War.This image “stays” with me even now that I finished the story.

Maria514626 WW1 is horrifyingly fascinating. On another note, welcome to Litsy! 🙋‍♀️ 2y
CMB Thanks for the welcome. That‘s a good way to describe it; it‘s horrifying to imagine experiencing the trenches or the social cost or, if you survived, trying to deal with the aftermath. And, yet, it is fascinating... 2y
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I just started this today...I‘m only a few pages in, but I “think” I‘m intrigued.

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Great Reckoning | Louise Penny
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Here‘s the new book I‘m starting tonight! And, my new bookmark, courtesy of Mark Twain! Plus, apple-cinnamon tea! I believe I‘m ready to read!

RaimeyGallant How's the book? I read Glass Houses last year. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you're interested. :) 2y
CMB It‘s great! Hard to put down! Thanks for the tips! 2y
DebReads4fun Welcome to Litsy! 2y
Wife Welcome!🌹 2y
Godmotherx5 Welcome to Litsy. 2y
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