The Rules in Rome by A.L. Sowards World War 2 historical, with a dash of romance. I was totally absorbed, having several moments with a knot in my stomach and a lump in my throat. The plot took historical events and wove a unique story about courageous individuals fighting the Nazis—and paying the price. The romance is clean, and although it deals with the ravages of war without pulling any punches, it doesn’t cross the line into sensationalism or gratuitous violence. 4 1/2 stars.
Eleanor and the Iron King by Julie Daines Medieval Romance. I loved pretty much everything about this book. The writing is good, the plot is involved and filled with intrigue, and the characters are strong enough to make them interesting. If you like medieval period pieces, historical romance, or strong female leads, you’ll love this. 4 1/2 stars.
The Healer by Gregg Luke I’ve really enjoyed Gregg Luke’s mysteries & suspense novels. This is a break from his usual genre, fitting more into the General category. There is a mystery, of sorts, high action, historical pieces, and even some supernatural elements. Liked the premise, but felt this was a little slow and confusing. Others might enjoy it more than I did. 3 1/2 stars.
Betrayed by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen A historical suspense set in 1851, Niagara Falls, New York. Two stories— Penny, whose family is murdered, and Julia, who may not really know the man she loves. I love the was they stories twist together. There were a couple of plot gaps where I had some questions, but the twist at the end was pretty cool and unexpected. 4 stars.