And I Darken by Kiersten White

From the author of the fabulous Paranormalcy series, comes a brilliantly rendered retelling of the story of Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia, champion of the Romanian people during the Ottoman reign. With a twist, of course.

What if Vlad had been born a girl? In this book Vlad is Lada. In the mid 1400’s we see how little say women had over there own lives, especially once your father hands you over to your enemies. The interactions between Lada and Mehmed, the Sultan’s son, as she deals with the turmoil of loving her enemy and her love for her country and people are heart wrenching. She plots and plans, trains and schemes, protects fiercely those she loves and is forever changed by the choices she is forced to make.

I loved the historical accuracy and the richly developed emotional mine field between Lada and her brothers, her father, and her mother. White takes us on a journey we may never have wanted to travel and brings us to a place we may never want to return from. Oh please bring on the sequel.

Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett

Out of the Ruins is the first book in the Golden Gate Chronicles, a historical fiction series set in San Francisco during the Great Earthquake of 1905. The main character, Abby Fischer, finds herself in the midst of upheaval. The 20th century with all its new technology is threatening the security of the past. Her sister is battling cancer and Abby is having a hard time deciding if she should pray for her sister’s healing or trust in Dr. Robert King and his new cancer treatment, radiation. When the earthquake hits, Abby is forced to trust people she hardly knows. All this turmoil has Abby shaken to the core just like the city of San Francisco. In the end, she recognizes the core of truth that has been present all along and learns that she can trust in the One who has always been there.

Author Karen Barnett is able to weave together historically accurate details with believable characters and a tender love story to produce a wonderful tapestry portraying the city of San Francisco at it’s lowest and highest moments.

The Passion of Dolssa by Berry

Product DetailsThe Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry is set in medieval France. It revolves around the choices two women make, the people they love, and the consequences they face.

Dolssa has been branded a heretic, her wealth and her love couldn’t save her and they couldn’t save her mother from burning. She’s on the run and being hunted. She relies on the kindness of strangers to survive but that only takes her so far.

Botille has lived on both sides of the law but she and her sisters are striving to stay on the right side. They are legitimate business owners now. In the dark of the night, Botille finds a dying girl on the side of the road. They hide her away in the tavern and nurse her back to health. That’s when strange things begin to happen.

Botille and Dolssa have many talents but they cannot withstand the forces that have come against them. And now the entire village that had embraced them is threatened. What will they do and who will survive unscathed? Available April 12! Julie Berry, formerly of Medina, will be at Lee-Whedon for a book discussion and signing on April 19th at 6:30, we hope to see you here!

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