Where Beauties Bloom.

Book Review for “The Magnolia Palace” by Fiona Davis. Summary: "Two savvy women separated by 50 years ponder the same curious questions in Fiona Davis’ richly detailed historical mystery. In 1919, down-on-her-luck model Lillian Carter gets a job as a private secretary for demanding socialite Helen Frick. Working in Helen’s Upper East Side mansion proves … Continue reading Where Beauties Bloom.

American in Paris

Book Review for “The Paris Bookseller” by Kerri Maher. Summary: “When bookish young American Sylvia Beach opens Shakespeare and Company on a quiet street in Paris in 1919, she has no idea that she and her new bookstore will change the course of literature itself. Shakespeare and Company is more than a bookstore and lending … Continue reading American in Paris

TCL’s Best of the Best List for 2013-2021

You've seen my yearly Top Five/Top Ten lists, but how about a "best of the best" list? For those of you who have been following this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been producing a list of my favorite books published for each of the years I’ve been blogging. Last year, I gave you my top … Continue reading TCL’s Best of the Best List for 2013-2021

Double Miss Trouble!

Book Review for “The Fair Miss Fortune” by D.E. Stevenson. Summary: "The village of Dingleford is all aquiver with the arrival of lovely young Miss Fortune with plans to open a tea house. Captain Charles Weatherby, just back from India, has "no use for bright little creatures no matter how long their eyelashes might be," … Continue reading Double Miss Trouble!

TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for January 1, 2022.

From “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles to “book” by author. 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 connected to all … Continue reading TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for January 1, 2022.

TCL’s Top Ten (or more) Favorite Books of 2021.

2021- the Year of 4.75 stars! This past year has seen me read more books than ever. I'm guessing that's because of several reasons. The pandemic meant more time at home, and that, combined with my now being retired for over a year, meant more time for reading overall. There are other reasons I read … Continue reading TCL’s Top Ten (or more) Favorite Books of 2021.

Cocoa Conspiracies.

Book Review for “The Spanish Daughter” by Lorena Hughes. Summary: "As a child in Spain, Puri always knew her passion for chocolate was inherited from her father. But it’s not until his death that she learns of something else she’s inherited—a cocoa estate in Vinces, Ecuador, a town nicknamed “París Chiquito.” Eager to claim her … Continue reading Cocoa Conspiracies.

TCL’s #DNF Friday #8 – Not Downton Abbey!

Why I can't write a Book Review for “Belgravia” by Julian Fellowes. Summary: "It is the evening of 15 June 1815, and the Duchess of Richmond has thrown a magnificent ball in Brussels for the Duke of Wellington. The guests include James and Anne Trenchard, who have made their money in trade, along with their … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday #8 – Not Downton Abbey!

TCL joins the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge (again) for 2022!

Sign Up to Join the 2022 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge Here! About the 2022 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: Again in 2022 this Reading Challenge will be hosted by Marg at The Intrepid Reader. Marg actually hosted the challenge before passing the baton to Amy at Passages to the Past, and last year she passed it … Continue reading TCL joins the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge (again) for 2022!

Emmy’s Winning Wisdom.

Book Review for “Dear Mrs. Bird” by AJ Pearce. Summary: "London 1940, bombs are falling. Emmy Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War … Continue reading Emmy’s Winning Wisdom.