Book Review for “Her Secret War” by Pam Lecky. Summary: "On 31st May 1941, Germany drops bombs on neutral Dublin and Sarah Gillespie loses her family and home that fateful night. Days later, the man she loves leaves Ireland to enlist in the RAF. With nothing to keep her in Ireland and a burning desire … Continue reading Sarah and the Subterfuge.
Book Review for “Small Things Like These” by Claire Keegan. Summary: "It is 1985 in a small Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal merchant and family man faces into his busiest season. Early one morning, while delivering an order to the local convent, Bill makes a discovery which … Continue reading TCL’s #NovNov 5 – Tiny Huge Kindnesses.
Book Review for “Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton. Summary: "The classic novel of despair, forbidden emotions, and sexual undercurrents set against the austere New England countryside. Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious and hypochondriac wife, Zeena. But when Zeena's vivacious cousin enters their household … Continue reading TCL’s #NovNov 4 – Classic Wharton.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. The rules are simple: Each Tuesday, Jana assigns … Continue reading TCL’s #TopTenTuesday for November 23, 2021 – Characters I’d Love an Update On.
Definitions of the various labels that publishers and authors use with their work, together with their readers, have always been up for discussion. I recall one 'argument' I had with someone who told me point blank that if a book had magical elements with a realistic setting, but the author wasn't Latinx, that it shouldn't … Continue reading #LetsDiscuss2021 #13 – About Literary Fiction – #DiscussionSunday.
Book Review for “The Lady in the Lake” by Raymond Chandler. Summary: "A couple of missing wives—one a rich man's and one a poor man's—become the objects of Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about … Continue reading TCL’s #CCSpin 28 Review – Doubled and Troubled.
An Alternative Author Interview: TCL's Countdown Questions. This time I’m featuring author Brianne Moore! I believe I saw Brianne's debut novel "All Stirred Up" offered as an ARC, but it looked a bit too romancy for me (yes, I did judge it by its cover. Sorry, my dear! But now that I see it is … Continue reading TCL’s Countdown Questions #40: Author Brianne Moore!
What is #SixforSunday? #SixforSunday was a little blog feature Steph @ A little but a lot started in June 2017 for herself. It’s a weekly blog post where you get to share 6 books which fill a certain prompt. Originally, #SixforSunday was a post Steph did that she never thought she would stick with! It … Continue reading TCL’s #SixforSunday #8- #NovNov – Novellas Read in 2021 before November.
Book Review for “The Looking Glass” by Carla Sarett. Summary: "Claire Charles, a member of 1930s New York high society, has been trained in painting in preparation for marriage, but shocks everyone by pursuing art as a career and her own inclinations. In Paris, fifteen years later, she collides with Leah, a mysterious artist who … Continue reading TCL’s #NovNov 3 – Distorted Reflections.
Book Review for “Somebody Loves You” by Mona Arshi. Summary: "Ruby gives up talking at a young age. Her mother isn’t always there to notice; she comes and goes and goes and comes, until, one day, she doesn’t. Silence becomes Ruby’s refuge, sheltering her from the weather of her mother’s mental illness and a pressurized … Continue reading TCL’s #NovNov 2 – The Loudest Silence.