Saving a Whole World.

Book Review for “The Last Train to London” by Meg Waite Clayton. This is the fictionalized story of Geertruida Wijsmuller, aka “Tante Truus” the Dutch, Christian woman who saved over 10,000 mostly Jewish children from the clutches of the Nazis through what came to be known as the Kindertransport. Although this is historical fiction, the … Continue reading Saving a Whole World.

TCL’s Countdown Questions #15: Author Roz Morris.

An Alternative Author Interview: TCL's Countdown Questions. This week I’m featuring author, editor, speaker, writing coach, ghost-writer, (and my friend) Roz Morris. I came to know Roz Morris when she contacted me with a request to read and review one of her books. Now, normally, when someone pitches me a novel in a genre I … Continue reading TCL’s Countdown Questions #15: Author Roz Morris.

#6Degrees of Separation for September 7, 2019.

From “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles to “The Last Mrs. Parrish” by Liv Constantine. 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 … Continue reading #6Degrees of Separation for September 7, 2019.

A Good Ghost.

Book Review for “Signed, Mata Hari” by Yannick Murphy. Margaretha Zelle, aka Mata Hari, was a woman who lived a strange and disjointed life, and died in disgrace, executed for her spying during the first World War. This historical, biographical novel describes her complex history from her early life in the Netherlands, to her loveless … Continue reading A Good Ghost.

TCL’s Countdown Questions #14: Author Jane Healey.

An Alternative Author Interview: TCL's Countdown Questions. This week I’m featuring author Jane Healey. When I first heard of Jane Healey's novel "The Beantown Girls" I must admit I was skeptical. To be honest, I wasn't sure I liked the cover (something about the red glasses on one of the women bothered me). But we … Continue reading TCL’s Countdown Questions #14: Author Jane Healey.

Three for the Price of One.

Book Review for “The Lady and the Highwayman” by Sarah M. Eden. During Victorian England, there were essentially two types of books available. Of course, one was considered literature; well written tales that both middle and upper classes found worthy of reading, known as "silver-fork" novels. The other was what they called “penny dreadfuls” which … Continue reading Three for the Price of One.

TCL joins the 2019 It’s So Classic Blog Party

It's So Classic. I discovered this tag through fellow blogger Livia's post on her blog here. Since I thought I wouldn't have a book review ready for this week, I figured I'd join in! The rules are very simple, which I took from the host's blog: Link your post to Rebellious Writing (rebelliouswriting.com) Answer the … Continue reading TCL joins the 2019 It’s So Classic Blog Party

TCL’s Countdown Questions #13: Author Crystal King.

An Alternative Author Interview: TCL's Countdown Questions. This week I’m featuring author Crystal King. I'm not sure when my love for culinary fiction began. Maybe it was one of Joanne Harris's books that got me hooked. I've read quite a few, actually. My love of Rome came from reading Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome" books … Continue reading TCL’s Countdown Questions #13: Author Crystal King.

But that is not my point.

Book Review for “Klotsvog” by Margarita Khemlin (Translated by Lisa C. Hayden). According to the publisher, Columbia University Press, “Klotsvog is a novel about being Jewish in the Soviet Union and the historical trauma of World War II—and it’s a novel about the petty dramas and demons of one strikingly vain woman. Maya Abramovna Klotsvog … Continue reading But that is not my point.

TCL’s Countdown Questions #12: Author Andrea Bobotis.

An Alternative Author Interview: TCL's Countdown Questions. This week I’m featuring author Andrea Bobotis. Andrea Bobotis' debut novel "The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt" just blew me away, I loved it THAT much (and as of this writing, it is still my favorite book of 2019)! I'm now following (hopefully not to the level … Continue reading TCL’s Countdown Questions #12: Author Andrea Bobotis.