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ARC Review: The Divorce Colony

The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom on the American Frontier by April White April White’s The Divorce Colony is set during the Gilded Age, in the America of the late 1800s. It revolves around the lax divorce rules then to be found in South Dakota.  Today, getting divorced is almost easier than getting married. But in the Gilded Age, divorces were not so easy to obtain. Divorce was viewed as a moral concern for the state, and was denounced from the pulpit for threatening the sanctity of marriage. Even President Theodore Roosevelt spoke out against it.  Laws around divorce tended to be most lax on the frontiers of the United States. By the 1880s the territory of Dakota gained the dubious honor of posting the largest rise in divorces in the country. At the turn of the century one city - Sioux Falls, South Dakota - gained a reputation for having the laxest divorce laws of all, and required only a three month residency in order to take advantage of them

Book Spotlight: White Nights: A Coast-to-Coast Michigan Mystery

White Nights: A Coast-to-Coast Michigan Mystery by Deb Davies

I'm looking forward to reading this new mystery from indie author Deb Davies. It's the second in a series set in my home state of Michigan. This one is set on Manistique Lake, only a couple hundred miles from my home in our state's rugged and beautiful Upper Peninsula.  

The book is due out April 19th, and I'll have a review for you before then. In the meantime a big thank you to BHC Press and LibraryThing for the advanced copy!


Darkness and mystery follow four friends to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, threatening them at every turn…

Laurel and Arnie are delighted when their friends Claire and Charles join them for a visit at their summer home. Tucked away on beautiful Manistique Lake in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, it’s the perfect place for everyone to relax and enjoy all the state has to offer.

Their vacation doesn’t stay peaceful for long, however, when former cop Arnie is drawn into an ongoing investigation. Although it appears the victim, Maddy Pierce, may have committed suicide, other evidence points to the possibility of murder.

Investigating Maddy’s death involves the group more than they had imagined, and soon their trip goes from good to wrong. It’s apparent they have a malicious enemy and that someone is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Maddy’s death a mystery. 


Deb Davies enjoys writing mysteries about her favorite place: Michigan. 

She is passionate about rescued animals and nature, and also enjoys classical music. She resides with her husband, Rick, in an old farmhouse, and they summer in a cabin on a trout stream near Luzerne, Michigan.

Northern Light is the debut novel in her Coast-to-Coast Michigan Mystery series.

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