Acton up in the Kitchen.

Book Review for “The Language of Food” by Annabel Abbs. Summary: "England 1837. Victorian London is awash with exciting new ingredients from spices to exotic fruits, but Eliza Acton has no desire to spend her days in the kitchen. Determined to be a poet and shamed by the suggestion she write a cookery book instead, … Continue reading Acton up in the Kitchen.

Painted for Intrigue.

Book Review for “The Fugitive Colours” by Nancy Bilyeau. Summary: "As Genevieve Sturbridge struggles to keep her silk design business afloat, she must face the fact that London in 1764 is very much a man’s world. Men control the arts and sciences, men control politics and law. And men definitely control women. A Huguenot living … Continue reading Painted for Intrigue.

TCL’s #MustGetMonday #1! – The Marriage Portrait.

Must Get Monday is something I found on Becca's blog @ The Becca Files (@thebeccafiles), which she's been doing for quite a while now. I've been meaning to do one myself, and since I have a small window, I figured, why not join in, right? Becca says: Whether it’s an upcoming release, new release, or … Continue reading TCL’s #MustGetMonday #1! – The Marriage Portrait.

A Honey of a Book

Book Review for “The Book Woman's Daughter” by Kim Michele Richardson. Summary: "In the ruggedness of the beautiful Kentucky mountains, Honey Lovett has always known that the old ways can make a hard life harder. As the daughter of the famed blue-skinned, Troublesome Creek packhorse librarian, Honey and her family have been hiding from the … Continue reading A Honey of a Book

Dreamy Vistas.

Book Review for “Small Eden” by Jane Davis. Summary: "1884. The symptoms of scarlet fever are easily mistaken for teething, as Robert Cooke and his pregnant wife Freya discover at the cost of their two infant sons. Freya immediately isolates for the safety of their unborn child. Cut off from each other, there is no … Continue reading Dreamy Vistas.

Veils of Sorrow.

Book Review for “The School for German Brides” by Aimie K. Runyan. Summary: "Germany, 1939 - As the war begins, Hanna Rombauer, a young German woman, is sent to live with her aunt and uncle after her mother’s death. Thrown into a life of luxury she never expected, Hanna soon finds herself unwillingly matched with … Continue reading Veils of Sorrow.

A Bottled Family.

Book Review for “Marrying the Ketchups” by Jennifer Close. Summary: "Here are the three things the Sullivan family knows to be true: the Chicago Cubs will always be the underdogs; historical progress is inevitable; and their grandfather, Bud, founder of JP Sullivan's, will always make the best burgers in Oak Park. But when, over the … Continue reading A Bottled Family.

#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.

#ShortStorySunday – No Fooling?

Book Review for “My Evil Mother: A Short Story” by Margaret Atwood. Summary: "Life is hard enough for a teenage girl in 1950s suburbia without having a mother who may—or may not—be a witch. A single mother at that. Sure, she fits in with her starched dresses, string of pearls, and floral aprons. Then there … Continue reading #ShortStorySunday – No Fooling?