Frozen 133 Years Ago.

Book Review for “The Children's Blizzard” by Melanie Benjamin. Summary: “The morning of January 12, 1888, was unusually mild, following a punishing cold spell. It was warm enough for the homesteaders of the Dakota territory to venture out again, and for their children to return to school without their heavy coats--leaving them unprepared when disaster … Continue reading Frozen 133 Years Ago.

A Scottish James Garner?

Book Review for “The House by the Loch” by Kirsty Wark. Summary: “Walter MacMillan is bewitched by the clever, glamorous Jean Thompson and can't believe his luck when she agrees to marry him. Neither can she, for Walter represents a strong and steady and loving man who can perhaps quiet the demons inside her. Yet … Continue reading A Scottish James Garner?

Up Into the Blue Skies.

Book Review for “The Good Doctor of Warsaw” by Elizabeth Gifford. Summary: “Deeply in love and about to marry, students Misha and Sophia flee a Warsaw under Nazi occupation for a chance at freedom. Forced to return to the Warsaw ghetto, they help Misha's mentor, Dr Janusz Korczak, care for the two hundred children in … Continue reading Up Into the Blue Skies.

Journeys Without Maps.

Book Review for “Woman Enters Left” by Jessica Brockmole. Summary: “In the 1950s, movie star Louise Wilde is caught between an unfulfilling acting career and a shaky marriage when she receives an out-of-the-blue phone call: She has inherited the estate of Florence “Florrie” Daniels, a Hollywood screenwriter she barely recalls meeting. Among Florrie’s possessions are … Continue reading Journeys Without Maps.

Idyllically Ordinary.

Book Review for “Rhododendron Pie” by Margery Sharp. Summary: “This story of Ann Laventies who refuses to live up to her family's elegance and snobbery. Her father is an exquisite dilettante; her brother, Dick, a competent artist and polished adventurer with the ladies; her sister, Elizabeth, the writer of fine essays. But Ann is disappointed … Continue reading Idyllically Ordinary.

Sadly Selfish Relationships

Book Review for “The Woman Before Wallis: A Novel of Windsors, Vanderbilts, and Royal Scandal” by Bryn Turnbull. Summary: “In the summer of 1926, when Thelma Morgan marries Viscount Duke Furness after a whirlwind romance, she’s immersed in a gilded world of extraordinary wealth and privilege. For Thelma, the daughter of an American diplomat, her … Continue reading Sadly Selfish Relationships

Smiles and a Funny Face.

Book Review for “Adele: A Novel” by Nicola Cassidy. Summary: "1905: Eight-year-old Adele Austerlitz moves from her humble home in Omaha, Nebraska, with her five-year-old brother Fred, to New York to begin training at a professional stage academy. They undertake a gruelling schedule of rehearsals and touring, setting the foundations of what will be the … Continue reading Smiles and a Funny Face.

Postcards from the Precipice.

Book Review for “The Berlin Girl” by Mandy Robotham. Summary: “Berlin, 1938: It’s the height of summer, and Germany is on the brink of war. When fledgling reporter Georgie Young is posted to Berlin, alongside fellow Londoner Max Spender, she knows they are entering the eye of the storm. Arriving to a city swathed in … Continue reading Postcards from the Precipice.

Un Assez Bon Repas!

Book Review for “The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux” by Samantha Vérant. Summary: Summary: “French-born American chef Sophie Valroux had one dream: to be part of the 1% of female chefs running a Michelin-starred restaurant. From spending summers with her grandmother, who taught her the power of cooking and food, to attending the Culinary … Continue reading Un Assez Bon Repas!

A Shaded Celebration.

Book Review for “The Last Blue” by Ilsa Morley. Summary: “In 1937, there are recesses in Appalachia no outsiders have ever explored. Two government-sponsored documentarians from Cincinnati, Ohio—a writer and photographer—are dispatched to penetrate this wilderness and record what they find for President Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. … From [a] happenstance meeting between a woman … Continue reading A Shaded Celebration.