TCL is Going on Vacation Abroad

See you later, alligators! This is just a quick post to let you all know that I'm going abroad (The Netherlands, with side trips to Scotland and maybe London and/or Belgium) until October 14th. That means no new posts or book reviews until then, except for one already scheduled "#6Degrees" post. While I'm away, I … Continue reading TCL is Going on Vacation Abroad

Liberty, Equality, Sorority!

Book Review for “Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution’s Women” by Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot, Kate Quinn, and Heather Webb. This is not a novel but it’s also very much a novel. To be precise, rather it’s a collection of six short stories (or more accurately, six short … Continue reading Liberty, Equality, Sorority!

TCL’s Countdown Questions #17: Author Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard

An Alternative Author Interview: TCL's Countdown Questions. This week I’m featuring author Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard There are many subjects that, when included in novels, will pique my interest immediately, be they historical or contemporary fiction. One of them is music of any kind ('cause there's lots of musical talent in my family). That's why I … Continue reading TCL’s Countdown Questions #17: Author Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard

TCL’s Literary Musings: Women’s Fiction.

What is Women's Fiction? Is it really a genre? How does it differ from chick-lit? After the “Top Ten Tuesday” of June 11, where we talked about our “unpopular bookish opinions” I began a discussion with another blogger – Christine who has the blog Life with All the Books – about women’s fiction. In her … Continue reading TCL’s Literary Musings: Women’s Fiction.

TCL’s Countdown Questions #16: Author Mary Doria Russell.

An Alternative Author Interview: TCL's Countdown Questions. This week I’m featuring author Mary Doria Russell I was trying to get Fredrik Backman to answer these questions, but his publicist said he didn't have time. However, she very generously gave me pre-approved widgets to two books on NetGalley instead. One of them was for Mary Doria … Continue reading TCL’s Countdown Questions #16: Author Mary Doria Russell.

Saving a Whole World.

Book Review for “The Last Train to London” by Meg Waite Clayton. This is the fictionalized story of Geertruida Wijsmuller, aka “Tante Truus” the Dutch, Christian woman who saved over 10,000 mostly Jewish children from the clutches of the Nazis through what came to be known as the Kindertransport. Although this is historical fiction, the … Continue reading Saving a Whole World.

TCL’s Countdown Questions #15: Author Roz Morris.

An Alternative Author Interview: TCL's Countdown Questions. This week I’m featuring author, editor, speaker, writing coach, ghost-writer, (and my friend) Roz Morris. I came to know Roz Morris when she contacted me with a request to read and review one of her books. Now, normally, when someone pitches me a novel in a genre I … Continue reading TCL’s Countdown Questions #15: Author Roz Morris.

#6Degrees of Separation for September 7, 2019.

From “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles to “The Last Mrs. Parrish” by Liv Constantine. 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 … Continue reading #6Degrees of Separation for September 7, 2019.

A Good Ghost.

Book Review for “Signed, Mata Hari” by Yannick Murphy. Margaretha Zelle, aka Mata Hari, was a woman who lived a strange and disjointed life, and died in disgrace, executed for her spying during the first World War. This historical, biographical novel describes her complex history from her early life in the Netherlands, to her loveless … Continue reading A Good Ghost.

TCL’s Countdown Questions #14: Author Jane Healey.

An Alternative Author Interview: TCL's Countdown Questions. This week I’m featuring author Jane Healey. When I first heard of Jane Healey's novel "The Beantown Girls" I must admit I was skeptical. To be honest, I wasn't sure I liked the cover (something about the red glasses on one of the women bothered me). But we … Continue reading TCL’s Countdown Questions #14: Author Jane Healey.