Author Archives: mkstelmack

About mkstelmack

A reader of Russian literature, romance, homeschooling catalogues and juvenile literature. A writer of unusual historical romances set in imperial Russia. A mother of two (quarter-Russians), a wife of one (half-Russian).

A Rum Tale

Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan’s Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws’ Bloody Reign by Stephan Talty My rating: 4 of 5 stars I took in the audio version of … Continue reading

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Mercy and other God-given talents

Sorry if I get any story facts wrong here, because the day after I finished Grave Mercy, I lent it out. It’s meant to be shared. A lot of others have talked about how cool it is to have an … Continue reading

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Blame Sarah for My Weeds

A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was my first Sarah MacLean and what a fab way to lose my SM virginity. I tore through this book on a sunny Saturday … Continue reading

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Not So Dumb After All

Dreaming by Jill Barnett My rating: 4 of 5 stars Actually, my rating’s closer to 3 1/2 stars, only because I read the kindle edition which had annoying typos throughout and because overall the story was tad conventional BUT I … Continue reading

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The Jewel that Kinda Glitters

The Jewel of St. Petersburg by Kate Furnivall My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Jewel of St. Petersburg has got everything I look for in a good novel: historical events that matter , vivid people making hard choices, a … Continue reading

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By Small and Gradual Changes

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly My rating: 5 of 5 stars By small and gradual changes are great things achieved. That’s one of the defining principles of evolution, and of Calpurnia Virginia Tate, the heroine in this … Continue reading

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A Ripping Yarn, or Where I Wax Academic

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield My rating: 5 of 5 stars I don’t think I can add more glory to this book than it has already received, so I’ll just say I felt almost honored to have read it. … Continue reading

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