Glorious Amateur Girls.

Book Review for “The Secret Stealers” by Jane Healey. Summary: "Anna Cavanaugh is a restless young widow and brilliant French teacher at an all-girls school in Washington, DC. Everything changes when she’s recruited into the Office of Strategic Services by family friend and legendary WWI hero Major General William Donovan. Donovan has faith in her—and … Continue reading Glorious Amateur Girls.

TCL’s 2nd #SixforSunday – Blue and Green Books – March 28, 2021.

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 2nd #SixforSunday – Blue and Green Books – March 28, 2021.

On Santa Claus Lane.

Book Review for “Lurkers” by Sandi Tan. Summary: “The residents of Santa Claus Lane do their best to stay out of each other’s way, but desire, fury and mischief too often propel these suburban neighbors to collide. Precocious Korean American sisters Mira and Rosemary find their world rocked by a suicide, and they must fight … Continue reading On Santa Claus Lane.

Intimate Essays.

Book Review for “Conversations with My Body: Essays on My Life as a Jewish Woman” by Elana Sztokman. Summary: “Elana Sztokman arrived in Israel in 1993 as a young religious mother wearing a long skirt and a hat covering her hair. Today, nearly 30 years later, after spending years fighting for women’s rights in Orthodoxy, … Continue reading Intimate Essays.

#LetsDiscuss2021 #5 – Reading: Goals and Guilt – #DiscussionSunday.

As people started the year out with lots of reading challenges, from Goodreads to Pop Sugar, I also noticed an increased number of people on Facebook bemoaning the number of books they read in 2020, and are already worried about how many they'll read in 2021. The question is... Why do we set reading goals? … Continue reading #LetsDiscuss2021 #5 – Reading: Goals and Guilt – #DiscussionSunday.

Tricolors for Trying Times.

Book Review for “The Women of Chateau Lafayette” by Stephanie Dray. Summary: 1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband's political partner in the fight for American independence. But when their idealism sparks revolution in France, and the guillotine threatens everything she holds dear, Adrienne must choose to renounce the complicated man she loves, or … Continue reading Tricolors for Trying Times.

Guest Author Post: Sarah Bernhardt and the Siege of Paris by M.K. Tod.

Many thanks to Davida Chazan for inviting me to be on her blog today. I’m delighted to share a bit about Sarah Bernhardt’s role in the siege of Paris. Sarah Bernhardt and the Siege of Paris And an excerpt from M.K. Tod's upcoming novel "Paris in Ruins"  The Franco-Prussian war occurred in 1870 during the … Continue reading Guest Author Post: Sarah Bernhardt and the Siege of Paris by M.K. Tod.

#SomethingDifferent 8 – Another Poem by The Chocolate Lady!

Once upon a time, I wrote poetry! 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 interest, and I appreciate that. As … Continue reading #SomethingDifferent 8 – Another Poem by The Chocolate Lady!

Frozen Dreams.

Book Review for “About Grace” by Anthony Doerr. Summary: "David Winkler begins life in Anchorage, Alaska, a quiet boy drawn to the volatility of weather and obsessed with snow. Sometimes he sees things before they happen—a man carrying a hatbox will be hit by a bus; Winkler will fall in love with a woman in … Continue reading Frozen Dreams.

Budding Secrets.

Book Review for “The Rose Code” by Kate Quinn. Summary: "1940: As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything—beauty, wealth, and the … Continue reading Budding Secrets.