Ruth Hull Chatlien

About me

Ruth Hull Chatlien has been a writer and editor of educational materials for nearly 30 years. Her speciality is U.S. and world history. She is the author of THE AMBITIOUS MADAME BONAPARTE, a historical novel based on the life of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, and BLOOD MOON: A CAPTIVE’S TALE, based on the true story of Sarah Wakefield, who was taken captive during the Dakota War of 1862.
Ruth lives in northeastern Illinois with her husband, Michael. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found gardening, knitting, drawing, painting, or studying Swedish.

From my website

What I’ve Been Reading: Wolf Winter

WOLF WINTER by Cecilia Ekbäck is amazing. The mood is atmospheric, and the setting—far northern Sweden in 1717—is unique in my reading experience. The book is a historical thriller, but there are so many cultural, psychological, and even political layers underlying the story, that in many ways, it felt more…

Janus: the Two-Faced God

Head of Janus, Vatican Museum, Rome The month of January is said to be named after the Roman god Janus, who was the god of beginnings, transitions, and endings among other things. He had two faces, which enabled him to look to the future and to the past. I find this…

What I’ve Been Reading: Tan

TAN by David Lawlor is a solid adventure / war story. The pace is quick, there is plenty of action, the plot has twists and turns. If you want a quick read set during the Irish War of Independence—and one with a pro-Irish slant—you’ll probably enjoy it. But the book…

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