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Thursday, March 6, 2014

White House Intrigue
If nothing else, Jennifer Chiaverini is prolific. Along with over twenty novels in her Elm Creek Quilts series, all written in less than ten years, she has also produced numerous companion quilting books and has even designed her own line of fabrics. Her readership has gone beyond the niche of quilters to capture the hearts and imaginations of many other diverse readers around the world. And as if this isn't enough, she is now gracing the world of historical literature with novels set during the Civil War era, writing about little-known characters who were, until this author started to highlight them, mere footnotes on the pages of history.

Her latest, Mrs. Lincoln's Rival , is just as intriguing, if not more so, then her last offering, The Spymistress , which I reviewed here last year. Unlike its predecessors – the  first in the "series" was Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, which I also reviewed – this third has more of a "novel" feel to it, although Chiaverini still drapes her words and characters upon the skeleton of well-researched real-life historical events. But Mrs. Lincoln's Rival is not as cut and dry as the first two; although they were decently good reads. This novel revolves around the life and times of Katie Chase Sprague who, as the title states, became Mrs. Lincoln's societal nemesis during her husband's presidency. With its political and society intrigues, this narrative is, for sure, an eye-opener.

Tell you what – rather than me rambling on about yet another good read from one of my most favorite authors, why don't you just traipse on over to www.authorexposure.com and read my review comments for yourself. It – the book – is one you don't want to miss.
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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Miss Elmira's Secret Treasure: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
Colonial Theatre: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Roarin' 20s 
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast


Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood



Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She is currently working on her sixth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA

For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,