Three Belles’ Secrets.

Book review of "The Glass Ocean" by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White. The sinking of the Lusitania by Germany was the tragic event that brought America into the first World War. In this novel, the three co-authors, look at that event through the eyes of three women, two of whom survived the disaster, … Continue reading Three Belles’ Secrets.

Deceptions Large and Small

Book Review of "The Last Mrs. Parrish" by Liv Constantine. For most of her life, Amber has been envious of people with money. That's why Amber has a plan to insinuate herself into the world of the rich and powerful. Her scheme isn't all that complicated, but it will take a little bit of patience. … Continue reading Deceptions Large and Small

Matching Wartime Messages

Book Review of "Last Christmas in Paris" by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb When the "war to end all wars" began in the summer of 1914, British soldiers were sure that they'd all be home for Christmas. Unfortunately, they didn't know that many of them wouldn't make it to see that Christmas, or the next … Continue reading Matching Wartime Messages

Truth and Politics

Book Review of "The Death of an Owl by Paul Torday. According to the forward (written by the late Torday's son Piers), this book is "about a man who couldn't help but tell the truth, and how that played out when he gets involved in a scandal involving a politician who runs over an owl … Continue reading Truth and Politics

Five (or seven) GOOD things to come out of 2016

2016: A Year Mostly About Women. Since 2016 has been such a rotten year in general, it is always nice to find something positive to focus on. One bright light I can give you is my "Top 5 Favorite Books of 2016." As in past years, it seems that once again, I need to squeeze … Continue reading Five (or seven) GOOD things to come out of 2016

Nine Times November 11, 1918

Book Review of "Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War" by various authors. It isn't often that a group of authors come together to make a collection of short stories. From what I can see, most collections with various authors are ones that a publisher collected, often from a slew of single-author … Continue reading Nine Times November 11, 1918

Burning and Building Bridges

Book Review of "Letters from the Fire" by Alma Alexandra Hromic and R. A. Deckert During the NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, also known as "Operation Allied Force," two people "meet" on an internet newsgroup – one is a woman in Yugoslavia, watching the bombing of her homeland by NATO forces. The … Continue reading Burning and Building Bridges

Completing Charlotte Brontë’s manuscript

Book Review of "Emma Brown" by Clare Boylan NOTE: When Charlotte Brontë, author of the classic novel "Jane Eyre," died in 1855, she left behind 20 pages of a manuscript of a new novel, along with some other scraps of pieces she had been working on. Almost 150 years later in 2003, Irish author Clare … Continue reading Completing Charlotte Brontë’s manuscript

A Website that Became a Book

Book Review of "Four Word Film Reviews - The Book" by Benj Clews and Michael Onesi (et.al.) I love movies, and I also enjoy reading on-line movie reviews, whether they are on IMDb or by some reputable, well-know film critic. Heck, I even write them myself. But sometimes I like to have a reference book … Continue reading A Website that Became a Book

A Trio of Girls and Their Off-Key Father

Book Review of "Finding Amos" by J.D. Mason, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Bernice L. McFadden. Amos is the only connection between Cass, Toya and Tomiko. Back in the day, when he was making it in the music scene of Motown and blues, he was very popular with the women. These girls' mothers were among them, … Continue reading A Trio of Girls and Their Off-Key Father