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A Sampling of Reviews

5.0 out of 5 starsRefined people can be nasty. By Dave Archard on November 10, 2015

ByAmazon Customeron November 10, 2015

Format: Paperback

The book took me back to a period of trolley cars, parasols, and house detectives, yet the story included a surprising contemporary twist - a presidential election. It was delicious to discover how proper gentlemen and ladies of a bygone era hid sinister family troubles masked with politics until the white gloves came off.


5.0 out of 5 starsCharacters that linger!

ByMary Custurerion September 14, 2015

Format: Paperback

Everything we heard about the late 19 th century and early twenties, the time In which women were still repressed by stringent rules which did not take into account their feelings and fears, comes alive in Veronica H. Hart’s new novel The Reluctant Daughters. The four protagonists sometimes act as foils for one another, whether they reveal their specific role as nurturer, rebel, victim or dictator. Their discourses, even their battles, help them to grow in understanding of themselves as well as of each other at s they romp through the deep, well-kept mystery which has inspired a dangerous revenge.
Victoria Hart has once again given us a gripping conundrum which is very hard to put down until the end.  And again, her vivid characterizations force us to remember the characters long after the novel has been read.  


4.0 out of 5 starsA book for Knick and The Roosevelts' fans

ByJulie E. Painteron October 25, 2014

Format: Paperback

Bitterness rides high when Elizabeth Riis, steel heiress, and her family entourage unfold in the historical setting. The sense of place is well established while these historical characters emerge in the intriguing plot.

This well researched story hooks the senses and holds the reader's interest as Tammany Hall's influences are felt, and the Pinkerton men strut across the pages.




Gripping Tale Well Told

By Dave Archard, November 14, 2015

This book totally captivated me. A young girl in WWII Russia keeps her passion burning to be a concert pianist while savaging for food in fields pocked with bomb craters. Her family attempts to flee Leningrad while avoiding capture by the Russians. The work put me between the devastation of war and the desire for a better life.

5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent WW II story

ByButterfly on August 15, 2015

Format: Paperback

I love books set in WWII era, especially well-written stories of love, perseverance, and faith. These stories show how humans can remain humane in the midst of inhumanity.


5.0 out of 5 starsA real page-turner!

ByN. S.Deming on August 1, 2015

Format: Paperback

I've enjoyed all of the works I've read by this author, and Elena- The Girl With the Piano is my current favorite. I was hooked when I read the very first line of this book. The characters were very real; I could truly visualize all that they endured throughout this WW II setting. At first, I read this quickly, because I had to find out what the next page would bring. About halfway through I slowed down, because I didn't want the story to end!

5.0 out of 5 starsThe Saving Grace of Music

Bybook lover on June 10, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Very interested in WW II from Russian perspective. An in depth story that showed the suffering in Russia when Germany blockaded St Petersburg and also followed one child and how she survived and her mistreatment by her mother.


5.0 out of 5 starsYou will not be able to put it down!

ByWilliam G. Collins on June 6, 2014

Format: Paperback

This is one of the most moving stories about WW2 I have ever read! Veronica Hart has created in young Elena, a character who will capture your heart. Her descriptions of life in Leningrad during the German bombardment are horrific and filled with the hopelessness of her family's daily existence. Yet, the touching use of a cloth piano keyboard becomes a thread of hope, tying her to her dream This story is appropriate for young and old, and informs the reader about what millions of people went through in Europe as the war came to an end. Elena is highly recommended




Twisted Knickers, A Bunch of Shorts (Stories), by Robert Hart

Twisted Knickers, a brief selection of short stories, or a short collection of brief stories, bunched together in a short book. The stories range from humorous (The Muse and a Rose), to the poignant (The Drawing, Two), whimsical (The Transformation of Marmaduke), and satirical (The Primary Candidate, The Zen of Deep Pit Latrines), and even iconoclastic (The Greek Defense.) 


What readers are saying:

5 Stars. Getting directly to the bottom of things, reading Twisted Knickers may result in your uncontrollable laughing, or rolling on the floor hysterically. - William E. Dempsey, Author of the Mike Stafford novels.

5 Stars. Lively and clever, Twisted Knickers includes the classical education you didn't know you wanted until Bob Hart made it accessible and hysterically funny. - Marie Brack, Author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century.

5 Stars. A rollicking good read! Bob's British wit and knowledge of the human condition takes us on a search for answers to questions no one dated ask until he came along. - William G. Collins, www.collinsauthor.com