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review 2015-01-08 17:32
The Sapphire Brooch by Katherine Lowry Logan

Sapphire Brooch

 

 

Charlotte Mallory is a well-respected surgeon in Richmond, Virginia. Her brother Jack is a successful author. The Mallory name has been a part of Virginia’s history for about two hundred years. And while Jack is holed up in his office writing his next bestseller, Charlotte is honoring the Mallory name as she’s done for the past twenty years by taking part in the annual recreation of the Battle of Cedar Creek. We first meet Charlotte dressed in her Civil War uniform and wearing a beard – she is the living embodiment of her great-great-grandfather Carlton Jackson Mallory who was a surgeon attending the wounded at Cedar Creek during the war. Please note that to Southerners it is not called the Civil War – it was, and remains, the War of Northern Aggression. On her way to the re-enactment Charlotte takes a moment to sort through her mail before leaving her car and opens a small box sent to her by a law firm in Scotland. Inside she finds a beautiful vintage sapphire brooch. She tinkers with it and opens the secret compartment to reveal some old Celtic writing. As she reads the words aloud she is enveloped in a mist and finds herself back on the battlefield of Cedar Creek but the year is now 1863. With live bullets whizzing around her head she runs for cover. What follows, dear reader, is a most astounding, vivid, action packed historical story that will keep you turning pages until the very end. Oh, and don’t forget the romance that holds the entire story together.

 

I can’t find the right words to praise the writing of Katherine Lowry Logan and I won’t bore you with a litany of words. I will urge you to pick up The Sapphire Brooch and read it for yourself. Our heroine Charlotte and the man whose life she saves, Braham, are wonderfully complex characters that will have you rooting for them when you’re not trying to shake some sense into them. A full cast of characters including President Lincoln and his staff populate the book and bring the era of the Civil War to life. For me, the icing on this slice of history, is the reappearance of Elliott Fraser who first made his appearance in The Last MacKlenna (you’ll recall from my review of that book that I consider Elliott the new Rhett Butler).

 

All of Ms. Logan’s books are rich in description, place setting and action. Don’t miss any of them! I look forward to The Emerald Brooch. For a last bit of praise I will say I would rate this book more than five stars. Katherine: When I grow up I want to write like you!

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text 2014-07-12 00:45
Abe Lincoln, keeping up with the times . . .
Abe Lincoln Public Enemy No. 1 - Bill Walker,Brian Anthony

. . . When he wakes up in the 1930s after decades of suspended animation.

 

"He'd shaved extra close that morning and trimmed the "Clark Gable" with meticulous care, and he had to admit the mustache gave him a dash of panache."

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text 2014-07-09 19:43
Reading these two side by side
Abe Lincoln Public Enemy No. 1 - Bill Walker,Brian Anthony
Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer - Fred Kaplan

Kaplan's non-fiction book is all about Lincoln as Writer.

 

the other one has Lincoln surviving his assignation attempt in some kind of suspended animation and waking up in the 1930s

 

should be interesting.

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review 2014-03-12 02:35
Abe's Fish: A Boyhood Tale of Abraham Lincoln
Abe's Fish: A Boyhood Tale of Abraham Lincoln - Jennifer Fisher Bryant,Amy June Bates Interesting little story. I don't know if it's based on any truth, but young Abe Lincoln goes fishing, and on his way home with dinner, he runs into a solider. Out of the kindness of his heart, Abe gives the hungry solider his family's dinner, knowing his family will be proud of him. This tale talks a lot about freedom, and foreshadows Abe's own future with freedom as president. It is a nice story, and I could see it possibly happening in Lincoln's lifetime.
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review 2014-02-09 00:00
Abe Lincoln: Public Enemy No. 1
Abe Lincoln: Public Enemy No. 1 - Bill Walker,Brian Anthony Abe Lincoln recovers from his assassination - 75 years later - and takes up with the Dillinger gang. Yes, it sounds preposterous. Yet the authors carry out the premise with convincing story, description, dialogue ... all the elements of good fiction. I was particularly impressed with the authentic language of the characters in the thirties, spiced with the cliches and jargon we know so well from films of that era (or our parents' aphorisms).

Mind you, this was not a deep book, just an entertaining read, an engaging personal portrayal of Honest Abe doing his best with the hand he's given. The prose is unspectacular, yet effective in moving the plot forward and keeping the reader's interest. If you're looking for a lighthearted adventure through American history, with touch of voodoo that makes all the difference, give this book a try.
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