Arias for Hope.

Book Review for “The Opera Sisters” by Marianne Monson. Summary: "British sisters Ida and Louise Cook enjoy their quiet, unassuming lives in south London. Ida writes romance novels, and Louise works as a secretary. In the evenings, the sisters indulge in their shared love for opera, saving their money to buy records and attend performances … Continue reading Arias for Hope.

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.

Heard of Female Thieves?

Book Review for “The Forty Elephants” by Erin Bledsoe. Summary: "Inspired by the true story of Alice Diamond and the Forty Elephants, the first all-female gang of London. London in the 1920s is no place for a woman with a mind of her own. Gang wars, violence, and an unforgiving world have left pickpocket Alice … Continue reading Heard of Female Thieves?

Greenbrier Resort.

Book Review for “The Grand Design” by Joy Callaway. Summary: "1908: The Greenbrier has been Dorothy Tuckerman’s escape for as long as she can recall—a summer resort nestled in West Virginia where American aristocracy can just be, a retreat surrounded by wilderness, unprotected by gates . . . a place completely unlike her home in … Continue reading Greenbrier Resort.

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.

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.

Causley and Effect.

Book Review for “Mother's Boy” by Patrick Gale. Summary: "Laura, an impoverished Cornish girl, meets her husband when they are both in service in Teignmouth in 1916. They have a baby, Charles, but Laura's husband returns home from the trenches a damaged man, already ill with the tuberculosis that will soon leave her a widow. … Continue reading Causley and Effect.

Frozen Glitter

Book Review for “A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice” by Rebecca Connolly. Summary: "Just after midnight on April 15, 1912, the passenger steamship Carpathia receives a distress signal from the largest passenger liner ever built, RMS Titanic, which is on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York. Captain Arthur Rostron is awakened … Continue reading Frozen Glitter

Move Over, Nina; Here Comes Mila!

Book Review for “The Diamond Eye” by Kate Quinn. Summary: "In 1937 in the snowbound city of Kiev (now known as Kyiv), wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young son--but Hitler's invasion of Ukraine and Russia sends her on a different path. Given a rifle … Continue reading Move Over, Nina; Here Comes Mila!

Sadly Hysterical.

Book Review for “City of Incurable Women” by Maud Casey. Summary: "“Where are the hysterics, those magnificent women of former times?” wrote Jacques Lacan. Long history’s ghosts, marginalized and dispossessed due to their gender and class, they are reimagined by Maud Casey as complex, flesh-and-blood people with stories to tell. These linked, evocative prose portraits, … Continue reading Sadly Hysterical.