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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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.
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.
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