Une fois n’est pas coutume, as we say in French, so this review will start with a very personal confession. Katharina von Bora (1499-1552) was a Cistercian nun. She eventually left her monastery, we’ll see more about her reasons further down in my review, and married. We remember her because her husband was very famous and instrumental in a major change in Western Christianity. He was Martin Luther.
Now, I was myself a Cistercian nun for 29 years, left my monastery, also for religious reasons, that is, to become Eastern Orthodox; and I eventually married. So when I was approached about reviewing Katharina Luther: Nun. Rebel. Wife, I knew right away I had to read it. I was a bit nervous of what the author would do with her life, but it was totally unjustified. This historical novel, written in view of the 2017 Reformation anniversary (The Ninety-Five Theses, the writing that started the movement, were written by Luther in 1517, so 500 years ago next year) is so spot on!Click to continue reading
It all started at Printers Row Lit Festival, in Chicago in 2014, when I met Frances McNamara at a booth. Enjoying historical mysteries, I was intrigued by Death at the Fair, her novel set in Chicago during the World’s Columbian Exposition. I enjoyed very much the heroine Emily Cabot, so I am thrilled to travel with her today to another world exhibit, the one in Paris in 1900, as presented in Death at the Paris Exposition.Click to continue reading
Author:Alexis Ragougneau Translator: Katherine Gregor Publisher:New Vessel Press USRelease date: Oct 11, 2016 La Madone de Notre-Dame
was first released in French in Jan 2016 Pages: 210 ISBN:978-1-939931-39-3
also available as ebook Genre: thriller
One thing book blogging changed in my reading is paying more attention to the publishers. Before book blogging, I would never check who published what, I didn’t really see how important it is. Since blogging, for almost 6 years now, I have learned to recognize books by their publisher, and I’m not just taking cover art (though it would apply in this case). New Vessel Press, specialized in books in translation, has the knack for releasing excellent books with unique perspective and high-quality writing. They also have the good idea to request the help of France Book Tours to organize book tours for them! So when I saw they were publishing The Madonna of Notre Dame, a thriller set in Notre Dame of Paris, I didn’t hesitate a second. And you should not either.Click to continue reading