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Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford's TheatreBACKSTAGE AT THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION



Genre: History (Civil War era)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery History (November 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621570835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621570837


April 14, 1865. A famous actor pulls a trigger in the presidential balcony, leaps to the stage and escapes, as the president lies fatally wounded. In the panic that follows, forty-six terrified people scatter in and around Ford’s Theater as soldiers take up stations by the doors and the audience surges into the streets chanting, “Burn the place down!”

This is the untold story of Lincoln’s assassination: the forty-six stage hands, actors, and theater workers on hand for the bewildering events in the theater that night, and what each of them witnessed in the chaos-streaked hours before John Wilkes Booth was discovered to be the culprit. In Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination, historian Thomas A. Bogar delves into previously unpublished sources to tell the story of Lincoln’s assassination from behind the curtain, and the tale is shocking. Police rounded up and arrested dozens of innocent people, wasting time that allowed the real culprit to get further away. Some closely connected to John Wilkes Booth were not even questioned, while innocent witnesses were relentlessly pursued. Booth was more connected with the production than you might have known—learn how he knew each member of the cast and crew, which was a hotbed of secessionist resentment. Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination also tells the story of what happened to each of these witnesses to history, after the investigation was over—how each one lived their lives after seeing one of America’s greatest presidents shot dead without warning.

Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination is an exquisitely detailed look at this famous event from an entirely new angle. It is must reading for anyone fascinated with the saga of Lincoln’s life and the Civil War era.



BACKSTAGE AT THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE ACTORS AND STAGEHANDS AT FORD’S THEATRE by Thomas A. Bogar is an interesting History set during the Civil War era. April 14,1865 was the date the “shot was heard around the theate”. This is the date President Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre. This is the untold story….

This is the day lives where changed forever, both on stage and off. A true-life thriller. Mr. Bogar shines the light on many questions about this date, April 14. With his research Mr. Bogar has stunning details involving more that Booth’s involvement in the assassination, there where more than a few suspects both inside and outside the Ford Theatre on  that fateful day in history.

There have been many books written on this topic, but few if any written on the actors, and stagehands who where present at Ford’s Theatre.  I was held spell-bound with this knowledge, the facts, and the historical research in writing such an undertaking. Well done! I would highly suggest this title, if your are a history buff, enjoy Civial War history, and/or the history of the assassination of President Lincoln. A new and fresh look at the “shot heard around the theatre”. Received for an honest review from the publisher.


REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


Hap Arnold: The General Who Invented the US Air Force




Genre: History/U. S. Air Force

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery History; 1St Edition edition (October 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621570819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621570813


October 14, 2013

General Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold is widely considered the father of the United States Air Force. But his long list of accomplishments doesn’t begin or end there. He was also the first and only five-star general of the US Air Force; one of the first US military aviators; the first American to carry air mail; and the architect of the war-winning air strategy of World War II.

In this new biography of one of the American military’s most towering figures, author Bill Yenne weaves the story of Hap Arnold’s life, from his youthful days as a cunning prankster to his sunset career as an elder statesman. All along, Yenne unfolds General Arnold’s life like the adventure story it is. A bold advocate for technological advancement, Hap Arnold was a powerful character in the golden age of aviation, an innovative warrior in the conflict that defined the modern era, and the creator of an entirely new branch of the US military.

Hap Arnold: The General Who Invented the US Air Force is a page-turning adventure biography for history buffs, aviation enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the events that shaped America and the world in the first half of the twentieth century.

HAP ARNOLD: THE GENERAL WHO INVENTED THE U. S. AIR FORCE by Bill Yenne is an interesting History/U. S. Air Force. This is the story of General Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold, concerned the father of the modern United States Air Force. He is a five-star General.  Though, extensive research, interviews, and documentation he has brought Hap Arnold to life for the American people. He was or has been one of the neglected generals in American history, who served during World War II. Learning to fly from the famous Orville Wright,he predicted the Japanese would strike Pearl Harbor prior to the famous strike that took so many lives. What a fascinating story! I would suggest reading “Hap Arnold” for anyone who is interested in learning more on the U. S. Air Force, and on this interesting Military man. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW: THE KENNEDY HALF CENTURY: The Presidency, Assassination and Lasting legacy of John F. Kennedy by Larry J. Sabato

The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. KennedyTHE KENNEDY HALF CENTURY: THE PRESIDENCY, ASSASSINATION, AND LASTING LEGACY OF JOHN F. KENNEDY


Genre: John F. Kennedy/Assassination/Public Opinion/Political & Government

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author.

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; First Edition edition (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620402807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620402801


John F. Kennedy died almost half a century ago—yet because of his extraordinary promise and untimely death, his star still resonates strongly. On the anniversary of his assassination, celebrated political scientist and analyst Larry J. Sabato—himself a teenager in the early 1960s and inspired by JFK and his presidency—explores the fascinating and powerful influence he has had over five decades on the media, the general public, and especially on each of his nine presidential successors.

A recent Gallup poll gave JFK the highest job approval rating of any of those successors, and millions remain captivated by his one thousand days in the White House. For all of them, and for those who feel he would not be judged so highly if he hadn’t died tragically in office, The Kennedy Half-Century will be particularly revealing. Sabato reexamines JFK’s assassination using heretofore unseen information to which he has had unique access, then documents the extraordinary effect the assassination has had on Americans of every modern generation through the most extensive survey ever undertaken on the public’s view of a historical figure. The full and fascinating results, gathered by the accomplished pollsters Peter Hart and Geoff Garin, paint a compelling portrait of the country a half-century after the epochal killing. Just as significantly, Sabato shows how JFK’s presidency has strongly influenced the policies and decisions—often in surprising ways—of every president since.

Among the hundreds of books devoted to JFK, The Kennedy Half-Century stands apart for its rich insight and original perspective. Anyone who reads it will appreciate in new ways the profound impact JFK’s short presidency has had on our national psyche.


THE KENNEDY HALF CENTURY: THE PRESIDENCY, ASSASSINATION, AND LASTING LEGACY OF JOHN F. KENNEDY by LARRY J. SABATO is an interesting John F. Kennedy/Assassination/Public Opinion/Political & Government.  The author has given the reader some insight into President John F. Kennedy,his legacy while in the oval office for only thousand days. He also sheds some light on the assassination if a beloved President. A fascinating read, filled with JFK facts and fiction on one of the sadness days in US history, November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.  Many remember the event still today, some fifty years later.

Filled with new insights and revelations into the tragic death of JFK that left a nation in disbelieved. There are many what if’s! If you would love to learn more on the plot, the assassination, and or his politics for a nation that others have followed to some degree, than I would encourage you to pick up this title. You will not regret it but will be enlightened. A well detailed, fascinating as well as educational title.  Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtsey of My Book Addiction and More




Genre: Christian Historical Fiction(American)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210488


September 15, 2013

Jody Hedlund Brings History to Life Like Few Others

In 1763 Massachusetts, Susanna Smith has grown up with everything she’s ever wanted, except one thing: an education. Because she’s a female, higher learning has been closed to her, but her quick mind and quicker tongue never back down from a challenge. She’s determined to put her status to good use, reaching out to the poor and deprived. And she knows when she marries well, she will be able to continue her work with the less fortunate.

Ben Ross grew up a farmer’s son and has nothing to his name but his Harvard education. A poor country lawyer, he doesn’t see how he’ll be able to fulfill his promise to make his father proud of him. When family friends introduce him to the Smith family, he’s drawn to quick-witted Susanna but knows her family expects her to marry well. When Susanna’s decision to help an innocent woman no matter the cost crosses with Ben’s growing disillusionment with their British rulers, the two find themselves bound together in what quickly becomes a very dangerous fight for justice.


REBELLIOUS HEART by Jodi Hedlund is an exciting inspirational Historical Fiction set in 1763 Massachusetts. An approaching American Revolution, radical changes,mercy, justice,rebellion, political changes and the relationship between John and Abigail Adams is just a few things that make “Rebellious Heart” not only enduring but fast paced and action filled. Susanna Smith, wishes for more than she has, Benjamin Ross, a poor country lawyer, wishes to change the world, their relationship will lend Susanna to question everything she believes and once held dear. When a runaway indentured servant,Dolly, is threatened, Susanna will question everything she holds dear. For she and Ben are attracted to each other, but her parents don’t believe he is good enough or wealthy enough for their daughter. With murder, danger, and secrets abound, can Susanna and Ben find happiness? Once again, Ms. Hedlund will hold her readers spellbound as the characters jump off the page, the storyline is fantastic, the history is true to the era. When justice and mercy collide, will Susanna’s faith, and intelligence carry her to the end where she may find the love of her life. All is not as it seems. A fantastic read from beginning to end! A must read! I enjoy Ms. Hedlund’s stories and this was no exception. Well done! I also enjoy reading stories where historical facts and fiction are weaved together to make a fast paced, action filled adventure. Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More




Genre: Historical Romance(Western America)

Series: Fort Gibson Officers series #3

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

*from the author*
Grayson Montgomery has just let his mouth get him into trouble again—quite literally. Being promptly informed that he must either marry the young lady he was caught with in a scandalous embrace or face a possible seven years of hard labor, Gray makes the obvious choice to marry her. It’ll just be a marriage of circumstance with no chance of either getting hurt.

Michaela Davis is in a state of shock. First, she was kissed nearly senseless by a sweet talking stranger, only to have the bliss end with the uncomfortable realization that they’d been seen! And by her father, no less. If that’s not bad enough, who she thought was just a charming stranger is none other than the heartless cad who broke her young heart as a girl!

Circumstances might dictate that they marry, but they’re both about to learn that circumstances don’t always bring about a happily-ever-after—only they can control that.


THE OFFICER AND THE TRAVELER by Rose Gordon is a historical romance set in Fort Gibson, America. The third and final in the “Fort Gibson Officesr” series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, “The Officer and the Bostoner”, and “The Officer and the Southerner”. Another hit for this author! I loved this story! I think this was my favorite by far of the “Fort Gibson Officers” series. Fast paced, and adventure filled. Follow Grayson Montgomery and Michaela Davis on their journey to happiness and love. Can Michaela forgive Grayson for breaking her young hearts years prior? The heart wants what the heart wants even if circumstances don’t always bring a happily ever after, only  Michaela and Grayson can do that. Michaela came to be at Fort Gibson because of her sister in a the prior story, you see her sister was a mail-order bride. Michaela and Grayson was caught in a compromising situation, they where caught kissing….Can two flawed characters come together to find love and happiness?

Ms. Gordon, sure knows how to draw a reader into her stories, with her engaging, charming characters and her intriguing storyline. A fast paced story of Military life in Fort Gibson,their struggles, their quest for survival and love. A not to miss story and if you haven’t read the others in this series,I would recommend reading them also. I enjoyed this series and look forward to Ms. Gordon next grand adventure. A must read for any readers who enjoy America West, military life in the Frontier, history, and romance. Received for an honest review from the author.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


sticky icky booger bugsSTICKY ICKY BOOGER BUGS


Illustrated by Carol Newell Walter

Genre: Children’s Picture Book/Cystic Fibrosis

Age range: 0-7

Source: Received for an honest review from the author and/or publisher.

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: ArchwayPublishing (July 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148080083X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480800830


There are 30,000 children each year diagnosed and battling cystic fibrosis. There is no cure for this progressive disease. Sticky Icky Booger Bugs is the tale of a boy’s battle with cystic fibrosis as he attempts to avoid the hospital. Kory is just like any other child. He loves recess, playing soccer and exploring his neighborhood with his best friend. With every puff, cough, and sneeze, Kory keeps the sticky icky booger bugs away so he can have fun every day!

Sticky Icky Booger Bugs was published by Archway on July 26, 2013 and is available on Amazon:

*Please stop by our main site My Book Addiction and More on November 16 for a giveaway on this title*


STICKY ICKY BOOGER BUGS by Sherry Frith,illustrated by Carol Newell Walter is a charming Children’s Picture Book/Cystic Fibrosis. Age range: 0-7.  A charming and educational tale of a young boy, Kory, who battles Cystic Fibrosis. This lively story is based on the author’s own struggles to help her boys better understand their disease, and cope with the their battle to keep the sticky icky boogers away. What an amazing tale, which beautifully explains for young children and parents alike how to better understand the terms, their struggles, and their never ending battle with Cystic Fibrosis. While, at this time there is no cure for this progressive disease, there are ways to help avoid the hospital, and live a more fulfilling life as they battle the sticky icky booger bugs. I would highly recommend this title to not only parents, children, but to educators as well as health care providers. What a wonderful way to help children better understand their disease. As a retired health care provider who worked with children with Cystic Fibrosis, I wished this title was available when I was working. A great read aloud! Oh, I forgot to mention the delightful illustrations. Educational as well as entertaining! Well done, Ms. Frith!! I absolutely loved it and can not say enough about this title!! A must for any and all health care providers, educators, parents,children, and grand-parents and anyone else who wishes to learn more on Cystic Fibrosis. Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


Rumors that Ruined a Lady (Harlequin Historical Series #1161)RUMORS THAT RUINED A LADY


Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Series: Armstrong Sisters #4

Series: Harlequin Historical Series , #1161

Source: Received for an honest review from the author and Net Galley.


  • Series: Harlequin Historical (Book 1161)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373297610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373297610



Amongst the gossip-hungry ton, no name has become more synonymous with sin than that of Lady Caroline Rider, cast out by her husband and disowned by her family. Rumor has it that the infamous “Caro” is now seeking oblivion in the opium dens of London!

There’s only one man who can save her—notorious rake Sebastian Conway, Marquis of Ardhallow. Soon Caro is installed in his country home, warming his bed, but their passion may not be enough to protect them once news of their scandalous arrangement breaks out….

UK and North America, November 2013
Harlequin Mills&Boon Historical
Available in paperback and ebook formats
ISBN (US) 978-0373297610
ISBN (UK) 978-0263898590

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RUMORS THAT RUINED A LADY by Marguerite Kaye is an exciting Regency Historical Romance set in 1819-1839 London.  Series: Harlequin Historical Series , #1161. “Armstrong Sisters” #4, but can be read as a stand alone. Visit the author’s website for a more on the previous “Armstrong Sisters” series. See,” Innocent in the Sheikh’s Harem (Celia)”, Harlequin Historical, June 2011
” The Governess and the Sheikh (Cassandra)”, Harlequin Historical, August 2011 and
“The Beauty Within (Cressida)”, Harlequin Historical, May 2013.

Fast paced story. This is Lady Caroline Rider,aka Caro and Sebastian Conway, Marquis of Ardhallow’s story and what a story! Filled with passion, secrets, scandal, gossip,romance and love. Gossip and scandal may just be that gossip for Caro has been disowned by her family as scandalous, cast aside by her husband and labeled as sin itself. But things are not always as they appear. Sebastian,an old friend or her brother’s ex-friend, is determined to save her from the delirium of opium and the opium dens of London. So he installs her in his country estate to protect her from gossip and save her from her opium delirium. Passion ignites, and where their is passion and desire, gossip and scandal will follow. While, divorce is not an option for Caroline, she can not bring herself to ruin Sebastian, she must leave him to save him from ruination. But can she live without Sebastian in her life? Can Sebastian live without Caro? What follows is heart warming, emotional and compelling. I love this author’s stories. The Armstrong Sisters are strong, determined and passionate. With compelling, passionate, and engaging characters you will not go wrong with “Rumors That Ruined a Lady”. Received for an honest review from the author and Net Galley.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


Perfectly Matched (Blue Willow Brides Series #3)PERFECTLY MATCHED


Genre: Historical Romance (American West/Colorado)

Series: The Blue Willow Brides #3

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Series: The Blue Willow Brides (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800734645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734640

*From the publisher*



His life runs like clockwork. Hers is a spontaneous adventure. But God’s timing is always perfect.

Anna Olsen knows it’s time to leave her sister’s increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following both sisters’ examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife.

Almost immediately it’s painfully apparent that Anna and Edward are very different. Anna is a free spirit who would rather be painting and enjoying the company of friends than cleaning house. Edward is a consummate perfectionist who, on their wedding day, hands Anna a list of chores that need to be done around the house daily.

Can this mismatched couple see past their differences to a harmonious future? Or will their disparate passions create obstacles neither is willing to surmount?


PERFECTLY MATCHED by Maggie Brendan is another exciting  Christian Historical Romance set in 1888 Denver, Colorado. #3 and final in “The Blue Willow Brides” series, but can be read as a stand alone. See,” Deeply Devoted” and “Twice Promised”. This is Anna Olsen’s story and her shot at being a mail order bride. While, Anna is a free spirit with a love for animals, her intended, a clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker,is a perfectionist and a list maker. Together, they have many obstacles to overcome. On Anna’s wedding day Edward hands her a list of “Your Wifely Duties”. Oh, I loved this one: “The consummation of our marriage will take place after ten days to give you time to adjust.” Let the trials begin…..

Written with Ms. Brendan’s usual aplomb. She has gives the reader a mixture of mystery and suspense with faith,hope,forgiveness,conflict,history and the power of love. A must read for any historical reader. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

“Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”



REVIEWED BY: AprilR,  Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


Reluctant Courtship, A: A NovelA RELUCTANT COURTSHIP


Genre: Christian Historical Romance ( Regency)

Series: The Daughters of Bainbridge House #3

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Series: The Daughters of Bainbridge House (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800734688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734688

*from the publisher*

A woman without a prospect. A man without a homeland. Can love give them a future?

Honore Bainbridge has been courted by two men, one of whom turned out to be a traitor, the other a murderer. Banished to her family’s country estate, where she will hopefully stay out of trouble, she finally meets the man she is sure is exactly right for her: Lord Ashmoor. Tall, dark, and handsome–what more could a girl ask for?

But he too is under suspicion because of his American upbringing and accusations that he has helped French prisoners escape from Dartmoor Prison. If he’s to keep out of a British prison himself and secure his place in British society, Lord Ashmoor needs a wife beyond reproach–something the vexingly beautiful Honore certainly is not. Though they find themselves drawn to each other, family obligations may conspire to keep them apart forever.

For the sake of her heart, Honore determines to prove Ashmoor’s innocence–even if doing so risks her own life.



A RELUCTANT COURTSHIP by Laurie Alice Eakes is an exciting Christian Historical Romance set in 1813 Devonshire, England. #3 in “The Daughters of Bainbridge House”, but can be read as a stand alone. See, “A Necessary Deception” and ” A Flight of Fancy”. “A Reluctant Courtship” is my favorite so far in this series. Follow Honore Bainbridge and Lord Ashmoor on a journey of danger, banishment,spies,family obligations,faith,healing,forgiveness,hope and love. With a bit of romance,lots of luck, Honore and Ashmoor may just find love and happiness and live to enjoy their lives.  Along with a lot of danger, a secret or two,revenge,justice,betrayal, you will find grace and the power of love. Honore must fight to save Ashmoor and prove him innocent of treason and being a traitor.A must read! I have enjoyed each and every one of Ms. Eakes stories,she is a wonderful storyteller that draws the reader into her stories and holds them there. She writes gripping,powerful and emotional stories from the very first page to the last page and leaves you in awe.  Loved this story! Bravo,Ms. Eakes!!Received for an honest review from the publisher.

“Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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