Opening and Closing Wounds.

Book Review for “Swimming Back to Trout River” by Linda Rui Feng. Summary: “In the summer of 1986 in a small Chinese village, ten-year-old Junie receives a momentous letter from her parents, who had left for America years ago: her father promises to return home and collect her by her twelfth birthday. But Junie’s growing … Continue reading Opening and Closing Wounds.

TCL Gets the Aesthete Blogger Award!

I was recently nominated for this award by Hundreds & Thousands of Books, so thank you for this (admittedly, she and I don’t read the same books, but she’s built this lovely blog so I still visit from time to time)! This is an award that was created by Ashmita @ The Fictional Journal. Ahsmita … Continue reading TCL Gets the Aesthete Blogger Award!

Cover Reveal: The Amber Crown by Jacey Bedford

The Amber Crown By Jacey Bedford Genre: Epic Fantasy At last Jacey is allowed to show everyone the cover of her upcoming book, The Amber Crown. It’s not out until 11th January 2022, but that will be here before you know it. It’s available to pre-order from Amazon and other good book retailers. It says … Continue reading Cover Reveal: The Amber Crown by Jacey Bedford

Sunny Days.

Book Review for “Summer on the Bluffs” by Sunny Hostin. Summary: "Welcome to Oak Bluffs, the most exclusive black beach community in the country. Known for its gingerbread Victorian-style houses and modern architectural marvels, this picturesque town hugging the sea is a mecca for the crème de la crème of black society—where Michelle and Barack … Continue reading Sunny Days.

TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for May 1, 2021.

From “Beezus and Ramona” by Beverly Cleary to “Fall of Poppies” by various authors. This is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. Each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be … Continue reading TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for May 1, 2021.

TCL’s #ThrowbackThursday and #LinkParty #15 – April 29-June 3, 2021.

What is Throwback Thursday? I've noticed several of these meme on a few book blogs. For example, Susan Loves Books does one, which is (or was originally) hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk. I also noticed that another fellow blogger, Lorrea @ What 'Cha Readin'?, was doing this as a monthly meme for her blog. Then … Continue reading TCL’s #ThrowbackThursday and #LinkParty #15 – April 29-June 3, 2021.

Tessa Tries Intrigue.

Book Review for “Death in the Grand Manor: A Tessa Crichton Mystery” by Anne Morice. Summary: “The narrator of this classic mystery is fashionable young actress, Tessa Crichton-obliged to turn private detective when murder strikes in the rural stronghold of Roakes Common. Leading hate-figures in the community are Mr. and Mrs. Cornford - the nouveaux … Continue reading Tessa Tries Intrigue.

Tasty Toppings.

Book Review for “Gentleman's Relish: Stories” by Patrick Gale. Summary: "A son wreaks revenge through the power of cookery, a lonely wife finds short-lived solace in angling lessons from a prisoner, and an obedience lesson with a puppy leads to the discovery of a murder... From the delightfully chilling to the humorous and heart-warming, this … Continue reading Tasty Toppings.

#SomethingDifferent 9 – Two More Poems by The Chocolate Lady!

Once upon a time, I wrote poetry! Oh, and happy National Poetry Month! Somewhere deep inside my #LetsDiscuss2020 #DiscussionSunday post about my regimen vs. impulse posting, I posed the question if anyone thought it might be fun for me to post some of my poetry here on my blog. Well, a couple of people showed … Continue reading #SomethingDifferent 9 – Two More Poems by The Chocolate Lady!

Precious Memories.

Book Review for “The Last Night in London” by Karen White. Summary: "London, 1939. Beautiful and ambitious Eva Harlow and her American best friend, Precious Dubose, are trying to make their way as fashion models. When Eva falls in love with Graham St. John, an aristocrat and Royal Air Force pilot, she can’t believe her … Continue reading Precious Memories.