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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Think History is Boring? Think Again.

Glynis Tryon is the librarian in Seneca Falls, New York.  The year is 1848 and she has just been approached by her friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton to petition the women of Seneca Falls.  If we held a Women’s Rights Convention, would you come?

Shy Glynis is anything but excited with her new assignment.  Especially since curious Glynis smells something fishy in the recent death of one of the library’s benefactors. 

Wrapped up simultaneously in a murder mystery and a history-making convention, Glynis is not exactly leading the life of a typical take-care-of-the-home-and-the-kids nineteenth century woman.

Bronwyn Lear is Glynis’s niece.  She also happens to be a spy.  A female spy.  The year is now 1861.  Lincoln has been elected and is journeying to the White House for his inauguration.  When Bronwyn uncovers an assassination plot, she has to find a way out of the Deep South to warn Lincoln… which of course means not getting killed before she can pass on her information. 

Spanning historical events- the first Women’s Rights Convention, Native American relations in the north east, counterfeiting, the Underground Railroad, the role of spies in the Civil War, John Brown's raid- Mirriam Grace Monfredo’s Seneca Falls Inheritance series embodies more than just historical fiction.  While accurately depicting life in this era, from the position of women to the conditions in which soldiers were surviving and dying in the armies of the Union and the Confederacy, these books also span the genres.  I learned intriguing information about the civil war (and verified these facts later), became wrapped up in a love triangle or two, and set my brain to puzzling mysteries all within the pages of a single book.  And there is a whole series of these amazing works of art!  For works of art they truly are, written to envelope the reader in the action. 

They make you think.  What would you have done?  Would you have put yourself in incredible danger to help a slave?  To save the president?  What lengths would you have gone to to save a brother?  A friend?  Would you have obeyed orders or followed your heart?

I loved these books so much that I reread them less than two years later.  And of course I fell even more in love the second go round. 

Transport yourself back in time.  Lose yourself in the intrigue, the heart-wrenching decisions, and the world-changing history.  You won’t regret it.    


  1. It's a good book, indeed, when you love it even more the second time through.

  2. I love historical fiction! And this one sounds could. Would you mind citing the Title and Author and ISBN at the bottom of your entries? I know you mention it in your summary, but it would be a lovely note to flip back to when looking for it.

  3. I've added a Label gadget to the side of the blog so you can see the author and series/book name.