Stitched Together.

Book Review for “The Seamstress of New Orleans” by Diane C. McPhail. Summary: "The year 1900 ushers in a new century and the promise of social change, and women rise together toward equality. Yet rules and restrictions remain, especially for women like Alice Butterworth, whose husband has abruptly disappeared. Desperate to make a living for … Continue reading Stitched Together.

Oh, Benny!

Book Review for “The Book of Form and Emptiness” by Ruth Ozeki. Summary: "After the tragic death of his beloved musician father, fourteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house--a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. Although Benny doesn't understand what these things … Continue reading Oh, Benny!

Waves of Goodbyes.

Book Review for “Tides” by Sara Freeman. Summary: "After a sudden, devastating loss, Mara flees her family and ends up adrift in a wealthy coastal town. Mired in her grief, Mara's first few days are spent alone, surviving on what scraps of food she can find, and swimming at night in the ocean. When her … Continue reading Waves of Goodbyes.

Emmy’s Winning Wisdom.

Book Review for “Dear Mrs. Bird” by AJ Pearce. Summary: "London 1940, bombs are falling. Emmy Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War … Continue reading Emmy’s Winning Wisdom.

Women Helping with Wartime Hardships.

Book Review for “Yours Cheerfully” by AJ Pearce. Summary: "London, November 1941. Following the departure of the formidable Henrietta Bird from Woman’s Friend magazine, things are looking up for Emmeline Lake as she takes on the challenge of becoming a young wartime advice columnist. Her relationship with boyfriend Charles (now stationed back in the UK) … Continue reading Women Helping with Wartime Hardships.

A Scottish Summer Celebration.

Book Review for “Apricot Sky” by Ruby Ferguson. Summary: "It's 1948 in the Scottish Highlands, with postwar austerity and rationing in full effect, but Mr and Mrs MacAlvey and their family and friends are too irrepressibly cheerful to let it get them down. There's Raine, newly engaged to the brother of a local farmer, and Cleo, … Continue reading A Scottish Summer Celebration.

Surfing the Sorrows.

Book Review for “Malibu Rising” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Thanks for the free book, @PRHGlobal/@prhinternational! Summary: "Malibu: August 1983. It's the day of Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a … Continue reading Surfing the Sorrows.

Lady Deals the Cards.

Book Review for “A Betting Woman: A Novel of Madame Moustache” by Jenni L. Walsh. Summary: "When her whole family dies in a fire, young Simone flees her grief and travels west to reinvent herself in burgeoning San Francisco. Down to her last dollar and facing some unsavory options, Simone quick-wits her way to a … Continue reading Lady Deals the Cards.

TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for February 6, 2021.

From “Redhead by the Side of the Road” by Anne Tyler to “Uncommon Type: Stories” by Tom Hanks. 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 … Continue reading TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for February 6, 2021.

“… the Next Best Thing”?

Book Review for “The Charmed Wife” by Olga Grushin. Summary: “Cinderella married the man of her dreams--the perfect ending she deserved after diligently following all the fairy-tale rules. Yet now, two children and thirteen and a half years later, things have gone badly wrong and her life is far from perfect. One night, fed up, … Continue reading “… the Next Best Thing”?