Rebecca Henderson Palmer

About me

When I was 12, I told my mother I wanted to be a novelist when I grew up, to which she replied that I should find a “real job” in the meantime. Twenty-some-odd years later, after pursuing graduate degrees in science and business, I eventually returned to writing when I became a mom.

I have managed my own freelance writing company for the biotech industry for several years now and have published many manuscripts in peer-reviewed medical journals, as well as several industry articles.

Now, I’m revisiting fiction – trying to weave together my interest in writing with my lifelong loves of history and reading. My all-time favorite author has to be Jane Austen, but I currently enjoy Diana Gabaldon, Phillipa Gregory, Alison Weir, and countless others.

From my website

Book review: “The Settling Earth” by Rebecca Burns & Shelly Davies

This review first appeared in the Historical Novels Review and can be found here. Here, Ms. Burns presents a collection of short stories, each one featuring a British émigré that must grapple with the harsh realities of a new life in the foreign world of colonial New Zealand. Each story…

Book review: “Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis…” by Caroline Moorehead

The secrets of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon are revealed in this account of the small French mountain town that served as a refuge for Jews during World War II. Hiding people in farms, woods, and private homes, the town was responsible for the salvation of thousands of Jews, many of whose parents had been…

Book review: “Black Diamonds” by Catherine Bailey

In a tale very reminiscent of Downton Abbey, readers will get an inside look into a real-life twentieth century noble family in southern Yorkshire, the Fitzwilliams. Owners of Wentworth House, the largest privately owned home in the U.K., the Fitzwilliam family obtained its wealth primarily through the coal and mineral…

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