Margaret Donsbach

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Keen reader from United States

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Tues., Nov. 18: Review of The Angel and the Sword

Cecelia Holland's historical novels are consistently superb in evoking the times and places about which she writes. Her 2000 novel The Angel and the Sword is no exception. At the same time, it's a departure from her previous novels, because of the way it incorporates supernatural elements. Readers who have…

Thurs., Oct. 30: Review of Falling Angels

Tracy Chevalier's 2001 novel Falling Angels could not be more different in tone than the last novel I reviewed, The Sharp Hook of Love by Sherry Jones. Falling Angels is written in spare, clean prose about early twentieth-century characters whose passions are rigidly controlled. Chevalier is a fine writer, and…

Tues., Oct. 28: Review of The Sharp Hook of Love

The story of Heloise and Abelard still has the power to shock: a thirty-year-old tutor seduces the young woman he has been hired to teach, right in the home of her guardian, who sends thugs to castrate him in revenge. Sherry Jone's new novel about these twelfth-century lovers, The Sharp…

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