TCL’s #DNF Friday #12 – The Con with No Pros.

Why I can't write a Book Review for “The Patron Saint of Second Chances” by Christine Simon. Summary: Vacuum repairman and self-appointed mayor of Prometto, Italy (population 212) Signor Speranza has a problem. He needs 70,000 euros to fix the village pipes, or the water commission will shut off the water, and residents will disperse. … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday #12 – The Con with No Pros.

#CCSpin 31 Review – Genteel Amazonians.

Book Review for “Cranford” by Elizabeth Gaskell. Summary: "Welcome to Cranford, where everyone knows one another and a cow wears pajamas. It’s a community built on friendship and kindness, where women hold court and most of the houses—and men—are rarely seen. Two colorful spinster sisters at the heart of Cranford, Miss Matty and Miss Deborah … Continue reading #CCSpin 31 Review – Genteel Amazonians.

Looking Through the Glass.

Book Review for “The Color of Ice” by Barbara Linn Probst. Summary: "Cathryn McAllister, a freelance photographer, travels to Iceland for a photo shoot with an enigmatic artist who wants to capture the country's iconic blue icebergs in glass. Her plan is to head out, when the job is done, on a carefully curated "best … Continue reading Looking Through the Glass.

Charming, Mysterious Romance.

Book Review for “To Capture His Heart” by Nancy Campbell Allen. Summary: "Eva Caldwell is an accomplished and well-known photographer who often works with the local constabulary to assist in documenting crime scenes, which means she also often works alongside the handsome and charming detective, Nathan Winston. She appreciates his intellect and how he treats … Continue reading Charming, Mysterious Romance.

Royal Artistry.

Book Review for “In the Shadow of a Queen” by Heather B. Moore. Summary: "Princess Louise’s life is upended after her father’s untimely death. Captive to the queen’s overwhelming mourning, Louise is forbidden to leave her mother’s tight circle of control and is eventually relegated to the position of personal secretary to her mother—the same … Continue reading Royal Artistry.

TCL’s #DNF Friday #11 – Ports Uncalled.

Why I can't write a Book Review for “Hotel Portofino” by J.P. O'Connell. Summary: "Hotel Portofino has been open for only a few weeks, but already the problems are mounting for its owner Bella Ainsworth. Her high-class guests are demanding and hard to please. And she’s being targeted by a scheming and corrupt local politician, … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday #11 – Ports Uncalled.

American Icon in Paris.

Book Review for “Jacqueline in Paris” by Ann Mah. Summary: "In August 1949 Jacqueline Bouvier arrives in postwar Paris to begin her junior year abroad. She’s twenty years old, socially poised but financially precarious, and all too aware of her mother’s expectations that she make a brilliant match. Before relenting to family pressure, she has … Continue reading American Icon in Paris.

… you’d be behind me.

Book Review for “Lucy by the Sea” by Elizabeth Strout. Summary: "As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and on-again, off-again friend, William. For the next several months, it's just Lucy, William, and their … Continue reading … you’d be behind me.

In Pursuit of Nancy.

Book Review for “The Mayfair Bookshop” by Eliza Knight. Summary: "1938: She was one of the six sparkling Mitford sisters, known for her stinging quips, stylish dress, and bright green eyes. But Nancy Mitford’s seemingly dazzling life was really one of turmoil: with a perpetually unfaithful and broke husband, two Nazi sympathizer sisters, and her … Continue reading In Pursuit of Nancy.

TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for September 3, 2022.

From "The Woman Before Wallis" by Bryn Turnbull to ... . 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 September 3, 2022.