Espionage in Fear Itself

World War II was just about to begin and the tensions from Europe were reaching across the ocean as German spies and agitators made their way into the United States, but even with all the secrecy someone in the FBI noticed that something was amiss. The FBI responded by sending Jimmy Nessheim, a farm boy from Wisconsin and now a special agent for the FBI, to infiltrate…

Stones from the River Book Review

Stories are collected about many characters in this complex novel by Ursula Hegi. You’ll get to know an entire community whose story gets a little strange sometimes. Protagonist Trudi Montag, a Zwerg, a term for German dwarf woman, shares her secrets to survival through two wars living in Germany and describes her community in intimate […]

If you liked The Help, you’ll love Calling Me Home

This debut novel is an historical romance, a contemporary romance, and a compelling issues novel about civil rights and women’s rights all tied up in an emotional page turner that will keep you hooked until the last page and leave you wishing it hadn’t ended so soon. In the author acknowledgements at the end she reminds the reader of her book’s message about racism and prejudice: “It’s up to you to be the change.” Reading fiction lets us explore other people’s lives with empathy. Read this book and be the change.

The Acclaimed Maisie Dobbs Series

Maisie Dobbs was born in England before World War I when the roles between the landed gentry and the servants were strict and the lower classes were supposed to know their place. Maisie was a maid but her intelligence caught the attention of her employer Lady Rowan. Luckily for Maisie, Lady Rowan ignored convention and became Maisie’s sponsor guiding her to an education, but just as Maisie began college World War I started halting her education and changing both Maisie and England.