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Gracelin O'Malley

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Ann Moore brings to life the haunting beauty of nineteenth-century Ireland and its tumultuous, heartbreaking history in the first novel of her critically acclaimed trilogy Gracelin’s father, Patrick, named her for the light of the sea that shone in her eyes. But joy and laughter leave the O’Malley clan when Gracelin is six-and-a-half and tragedy befalls the family. Less than a decade later, Gracelin must put her romantic dreams aside and marry a local landowner, the son of an English lord, to save her loved ones from financial ruin. Although she is a dutiful wife to capricious Bram Donnelly, Gracelin takes dangerous risks. With political violence sweeping through Ireland and the potato blight destroying lives, she secretly sides with the Young Irelanders, among them her brilliant brother, Sean, and the rebel leader Morgan McDonagh.  Set against the rise of the Irish rebellion, with a cast of unforgettable characters led by the indomitable eponymous heroine, Gracelin O’Malley weaves a s

Hoydens of the Week - Vintage Pin-up Girls

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The Legend of the Candy Cane

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Ever wonder why candy cane's are associated with Christmas? Here's the legend! Historical Novel Review wishes all our readers, authors, and publishers,  a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year. 

A Christmas Wish for you all!

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What the Dickens! History and Women loves these charming Dickens Carolers! As we all hunker down to prepare for our Christmas celebrations with your families, History and Women wishes you all a safe and joyous Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. As a small little gift, here's a delightful little carol from these Charles Dickens style singers. 

Hoyden of the Week

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Does the Vespa make me look fat?

Elena de Cespedes - A Hemaphrodite persecuted for lesbianism

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One woman's fight for her sexual identity and freedom!   In 16th century Spain, Elena de Cespedes was the child of a Moor slave. She was sixteen when she got married, but the marriage did not last very long and her spouse soon abandoned her, leaving her pregnant and alone. Somehow, she fended for herself long enough to give birth to a son. To support herself and her son, she left him in the care of her mother, and went to Granada to seek work to support them all. As a woman, however, Elena would find it very difficult to survive, and that worried her. But Elena had an explosive secret! Beneath her skirts, in a addition to her female organs, she was hiding a penis. So she decided to become a man.  Chaning her name to Eleno, she dressed as a man, and set off for Granada where she aquired some modest lodgings. The landlord's wife took an interest in Eleno, and before long, things got heated and they began an affair. As luck would have it however, their affair was disc

Royal Kisses of Death

With great power can come great corruption and evil. Here are two royal women who gave the kiss of death to their lovers - Margaret of Valois and Catherine the Great. Their tales will make you shiver with abhorrence.