Seattle – Charlotte Paul

Seattle ALBA historical saga about a Norwegian family and the empire they successfully build in early 20th century Seattle. 1986. Continue reading

The Cleft Rock – Alice Tisdale Hobart

The Cleft Rock ALBA historical novel about a Russian woman who marries a wealthy Californian; later, though they lead separate lives, they both become caught up in the California agricultural debates over water. 1948. Continue reading

The Middle Ground – Lincoln Charles Burner

The Middle Ground ALB

A historical novel about an Appalachian community violently divided between North and South, and a young man caught in the middle of it all, while the earliest battles of the American Civil War are waged around them. 1979. Continue reading

Juniata Valley – Virginia Cassel

Juniata Valley ALB

A historical novel focusing on five families whose attempts at forging a life in the Pennsylvania wilderness are complicated by the dangers of the French and Indian War. 1981. Continue reading

Each Bright River – Mildred Masterson McNeilly

Each Bright River ALBA historical novel about a wealthy Southern woman who goes to the Oregon territory in search of her fiance, but not everything goes according to plan. 1950. Continue reading

A Fair Barbarian – Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Fair Barbarian ALBA novel about a young American woman who comes to visit her aunt in England, and the effect her unrefined candor has on the conservative inhabitants of the town. 1880. Continue reading

The River Witch – Marjorie McIntyre

The River Witch ALB

A novel about a head-strong young woman and her life and trials on the Missouri River in the mid-19th century. 1955. Continue reading

Cimarron – Edna Ferber

Cimarron ALB

A novel about the early settlers of the Oklahoma territory, focusing in particular on an adventure-seeking lawyer/newspaper man, as well as his wife who molds the rugged land into a home. 1929. Continue reading

The World in the Evening – Christopher Isherwood

The World in the Evening ALB

A novel about a man in pre-WWII Europe and America who, while bedridden at his Quaker aunt’s house, reflects on his first marriage and the dissolution of his second. 1954. Continue reading