A Vine Intrigue.

Book Review for “A Botanist's Guide to Parties and Poisons” by Kate Khavari. Summary: "London, 1923. Newly minted research assistant Saffron Everleigh attends a dinner party for the University College of London. While she expects to engage in conversations about the university's large expedition to the Amazon, she doesn’t expect Mrs. Henry, one of the … Continue reading A Vine Intrigue.

Greenbrier Resort.

Book Review for “The Grand Design” by Joy Callaway. Summary: "1908: The Greenbrier has been Dorothy Tuckerman’s escape for as long as she can recall—a summer resort nestled in West Virginia where American aristocracy can just be, a retreat surrounded by wilderness, unprotected by gates . . . a place completely unlike her home in … Continue reading Greenbrier Resort.

Wrapped up in Rules.

Book Review for “Bloomsbury Girls” by Natalie Jenner. Summary: "Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare book store that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager's unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, … Continue reading Wrapped up in Rules.

#CCSpin 29 Review – Windows into Souls.

Book Review for “Giovanni's Room” by James Baldwin. Summary: “When David meets the sensual Giovanni in a bohemian bar, he is swept into a passionate love affair. But his girlfriend’s return to Paris destroys everything. Unable to admit to the truth, David pretends the liaison never happened – while Giovanni’s life descends into tragedy. United … Continue reading #CCSpin 29 Review – Windows into Souls.

Shades of Cyrano.

Book Review for “Until We Meet” by Camille Di Maio. Summary: "Margaret Beck is proud of her work at the Brooklyn Navy Yard sewing stars onto the Stars and Stripes, but she yearns to contribute to the war effort more meaningfully. She's angling for a promotion to the mechanic section, but she doesn't want to … Continue reading Shades of Cyrano.

Sarah’s Second Secret.

Book Review for “Her Last Betrayal” by Pam Lecky. Summary: "After losing her family to a Nazi bomb attack back home in Ireland, Sarah Gillespie joins the British Secret Services to bring them justice. Partnered with an American undercover agent, Lieutenant Tony Anderson, Sarah embarks on a dangerous mission that takes her from war-torn London … Continue reading Sarah’s Second Secret.

Months of Somedays!

Book Review for “A Year of Mr Maybes” by Judy Leigh. Summary: "Val didn’t expect to be starting again in her seventies, but when life gives her lemons, Val is determined to make lemonade. Settled into her new home – a picture-perfect fisherman’s cottage in the small Cornish seaside town of Lowenstowe – Val is … Continue reading Months of Somedays!

An Entwined Family.

Book Review for “French Braid” by Anne Tyler. Summary: "The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever venture beyond Baltimore, but in some ways they have never been farther apart. Mercy has trouble resisting the siren call of her aspirations to be a painter, which means … Continue reading An Entwined Family.

Nightingales in the Jungle.

Book Review for “Angels of the Pacific” by Elise Hooper. Summary: "The Philippines, 1941. Tess Abbott, an American Army nurse, has fled the hardships of the Great Depression at home for the glamour and adventure of Manila, one of the most desirable postings in the world. But everything changes when the Japanese Imperial Army invades … Continue reading Nightingales in the Jungle.

The Inward Eye – Another #CCDare Love is in the Air.

Book Review for “Five Windows” by D. E. Stevenson. Summary: "“Life is like looking out of a lot of different windows.” So says Malcolm, shepherd and boyhood friend of David Kirk, and the words linger in David’s mind as he reflects on his life so far. He recalls the window of his parents’ home in … Continue reading The Inward Eye – Another #CCDare Love is in the Air.