The Velvet Hours

Inspired by true events, Alyson Richman’s latest release, The Velvet Hours, is a richly detailed, elegant story. A tale of love and survival, the book reads as part mystery, part romance as two women bond over the retelling of the older’s past. Set against the backdrop of the rumblings of war, Richman’s tale is a…

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The Plum Tree

Ellen Marie Wiseman’s stunning debut, The Plum Tree, is an evocative tale of a young German woman in love with a wealthy Jewish man. The story spans from pre- to post-WWII, detailing the horrors of war on all fronts. The tale is in turns beautiful and heartbreaking and is a thoughtful portrayal of German life…

Of Quills & Vellum

I have a very distinct memory of the first time I wrote my name. I was about three years old, and my family lived on a hill several miles back into the woods. Our closest neighbor was a mile away, an older woman who kept her vicious pet geese in line with a plastic wiffle-ball…