Swift Dam by Sid Gustafson

Publication Info: Published May 1, 2016 by Open Books. Kindle reviewer’s edition courtesy of the publisher. Other editions available. Summary: The worst flood in Montana’s history occurred in 1964, when the Swift Dam broke after being inundated with rain and snow. Thirty-one lives were lost, all but one on the Blackfeet Reservation. (1) Using this […]

Daughter of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

Publication Info: Published February 19th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press. E-book edition provided by NetGalley. Other editions available. Summary: In the Kapi’olani Home for Girls on O’ahu, three-year-old Ruth is a lively handful. Ruth loves animals and wants a pet of her own. But as loving as the nuns in the Catholic orphanage are, they […]

The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen

Publication Info: Published February 12th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing . Hardcover. Other editions available. Summary: Emily Bryce chafes at the restrictions placed on her by her very proper British parents. She wants to work as a nurse like her best friend, Clarice. But with the WWI battlefield death of her brother, Freddie, her parents […]

Will of a Tiger by Iris Yang

Publication Info: Published January 28, 2019 by Open Books. Paperback or Kindle editions available. Summary:  Birch Bai, a Chinese Air Force Pilot and Danny Hardy, an American Flying Tiger, are engaged in a fierce air battle with the Japanese when their plane is shot down. Both men are captured and sent to a POW camp.  […]

The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani

Publication Info: Published September 1, 2018 by Brilliance Audio. Other editions available. (I listened to the book from Audible.com). The Storyteller’s Secret is a novel about obligation, family duty,  and love in it’s many forms. Although the story takes place in India, the themes are universal. Jaya, an American woman of Indian descent, travels to […]

House of Gold by Natasha Solomons

Publication Information: Pre-Pub Kindle edition, October 23, 2018 by G.P. Putnam sons. Pre-pub courtesy of First to Read. Originally published by Cornerstone Books, May 3, 2018. Summary: Nicknamed the House of Gold, the Goldbaum’s Palace in Vienna, Austria in the early 20th century is an extraordinary display of wealth. The white limestone edifice trimmed in gold […]

Wings of a Flying Tiger by Iris Yang

Publication Date: May 2018 by Open Books Summary: Jasmine Bai, a university student, leaves the relative security of her uncle’s house in Chungking to find her parents in Nanking. It is 1937 and the Japanese are reported near the Republic of China’s capital. Having already ravaged Peking and Shanghai, the Japanese army is headed to […]

Copper Sky by Milana Marsenich

Publication Date May 2017 by Open Books Summary: Butte, Montana, 1895-1917. An explosion following a warehouse fire killed dozens of men and women, orphaning their children. With nowhere else to go, the children crowd into the already full Polly May Home for Kids. Miss Anderson did her best to feed and clothe the children but […]