In 1868 Paraguay was in ruins from a disastrous war that killed up to ninety percent of the fighting-aged men, and started the breakdown of society. In response, the Padre of the village of Santa Caterina asked the women to become pregnant by any man regardless if they were married. However, even in the midst of the chaos, some things were still worthy of punishment like the murder of the hated Richard Yotté.
The convent of Saint Mortain is a haven for young girls and women who are believed to be daughters of Death himself. They are trained to be skilled assassins who carry out the work of Death by killing people who are marqued as evil.
“September is like a quiet day after a whole week of wind.”
The opening line of Mildred Walker’s most popular novel, Winter Wheat, sets the tone for the metaphors of the farming and natural worlds that bring this book to life.
My review of the audiobook Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly I was thoroughly engrossed by this story about a teenager–Andi–who fights her own personal demons while vividly encountering the world of the French Revolution. Andi is, in short, a mess. Her younger brother Truman’s death has reduced her to popping anti-depressant pills just to make it […]
Agnes Wilkins dreams of adventure beyond the boring society parties that take up most of her time. When one of the parties features a real Egyptian mummy as a parlor amusement, Agnes finds an artifact in the wrapping that propels her into a dangerous mystery.
Carousels are places of beauty, fun, childhood delight–and sometimes romance. So when I picked up The Carousel Painter by Judith Miller I expected a sweet gentle love story with lots of wholesome fun. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this story about a young woman who becomes the first female worker at a carousel plant also contains a good deal of dramatic tension.