Some Like it… with Ghosts!

Book Review of “The Beautiful Strangers” by Camille Di Maio. There are actually two women named Kate Morgan. One of them is a ghost haunting at the famous Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, since her death in 1892. The other one is a young girl who is stuck working in her family’s fish and … Continue reading Some Like it… with Ghosts!

The Tint and the Taint

  Book Review of “The Blue” by Nancy Bilyeau. In the author’s notes of this book, Bilyeau calls this “a spy story set amid the rivalry of eighteenth-century porcelain factories,” in which the author tells the story of Geneviève Planché, who becomes entangled in the intrigue behind discovering a new shade of blue that is … Continue reading The Tint and the Taint

Elizabethian Fury in a Modern Female

Book Review of "Vinegar Girl" by Anne Tyler. In Anne Tyler's latest book, she takes on the task of modernizing Shakespeare's play "The Taming of the Shrew." To remind you, the original story is a simple one: Baptista has two beautiful daughters, the younger one is the sweet Bianca, and the older one is the … Continue reading Elizabethian Fury in a Modern Female

Books on the Waters

Book Review for "The Little Paris Bookshop" by Nina George. Jean Perdu has a bookshop in Paris, but it isn't on one of their charming streets. No, his bookshop is on a barge on the Seine. That isn't the only thing about it that's extraordinary; Jean has a penchant for finding just the right book … Continue reading Books on the Waters

Tell me who you love

Book Review of "A Place Called Winter" by Patrick Gale. After Harry's father died, leaving him and his brother Jack orphans, Harry finds his inheritance will keep them both far from poverty. With their good education and status, they are good catches to settle down with any moderately well off Edwardian women, so that's exactly … Continue reading Tell me who you love

Through a Darkened Lens

Book Review of "The Photographers Wife" by Suzanne Joinson. In one of the most beautifully written works of historical fiction, Joinson goes from Jerusalem in 1920 to Shoreham, England in 1937 through Prudence (or Prue). Prue at 11 in Jerusalem is with her architect father and his plans to chart and change the city, with … Continue reading Through a Darkened Lens

Less than Picture Perfect

Book Review of "Lessons in French" by Hilary Reyl. What budding artist wouldn't grab the chance to work in Paris with the world-famous photojournalist Lydia Schell? For Katherine, who just finished Yale, it will also be like going home, having lived in Paris as a young girl when her father was dying from cancer. Back … Continue reading Less than Picture Perfect

Hollywood Secrets and Pasts

Book Review of "Melting the Snow on Hester Street" by Daisy Waugh. Its 1929 and movie director Max Beecham and his actress wife Eleanor hobnob with Charlie Chaplain, Greta Garbo, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, John Barrymore, Gloria Swanson and more. To them, Max and Eleanor are the happiest, most loving couple in Hollywood. However, the … Continue reading Hollywood Secrets and Pasts

Trying Youth

Book Review of "Campari for Breakfast" by Sara Crowe. Sue Bowl has been through a lot more in life than most 17-year-olds have. Her mother, Buddleia, committed suicide, and not long after that, her father took up with another woman. Buddleia's sister, Aunt Coral, was still mourning the loss of their father when Buddleia took … Continue reading Trying Youth

A Frankly Amazing Woman

Book Review of "Loving Frank" by Nancy Horan. Anyone interested in early 20th century architecture might recognize the name Mamah Borthwick Cheney as being the woman who was Frank Lloyd Wright's lover - for whom he left his wife and family, which caused a scandal that rocked not only Chicago's society, but also the world … Continue reading A Frankly Amazing Woman