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 Accidental Empress” by Allison Pataki

Elisabeth, Duchess of Bavaria, accompanies her sister Helene to the Austrian court where Helene is betrothed to their cousin, the eligible and dashing Hapsburg Emperor Franz Joseph. But Franz prefers the athletic, charming, and bold “Sisi” over her shy, pious, academic older sister. Their marriage in 1854 catapults the fifteen…

Book review: “Time’s Mirror” by Rysa Walker

This is story # 2.5, a novella, in the excellent YA series CHRONOS FILES by Rysa Walker. Here, you see things from the opposite perspective, that of Prudence Pierce, sister to Deborah and aunt to Kate (the heroine of the early books). This is the story of how Pru got sucked…

Book review: “The Second Empress” by Michelle Moran

The great-niece of Queen Marie Antoinette, Maria Lucia of Austria, becomes Napoleon’s unwilling second wife in Michelle Moran’s look into this second empress of France. Maria Lucia is Austrian, of the celebrated Hapsburg line, and Napoleon wants a wife of royal blood to give him the heir Josephine has long…

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