Sisterly Scandals.

Book Review for “The Mitford Affair” by Marie Benedict. Summary: "Between the World Wars, the six Mitford sisters dominate the English political, literary, and social scenes. Though they've weathered scandals before, the family falls into disarray when Diana divorces her husband to marry a fascist leader and Unity follows her sister's lead, inciting rumors that … Continue reading Sisterly Scandals.

Sharing Cider and Stories.

Book Review for “The Golden Oldies' Book Club” by Judy Leigh. Summary: "Ruth the librarian fears she’s too old to find love, but a discussion about Lady Chatterley’s Lover makes her think again. Aurora doesn’t feel seventy-two and longs to relive the excitement of her youth, while Verity is getting increasingly tired of her husband … Continue reading Sharing Cider and Stories.

The Real Miss Moneypenny.

Book Review for “One Woman's War” by Christine Wells. Summary: "When Victoire "Paddy" Bennett first walks into the Admiralty's Room 39, home to the Intelligence Division, all the bright and lively young woman expects is a secretarial position to the charismatic Commander Ian Fleming. But soon her job is so much more, and when Fleming … Continue reading The Real Miss Moneypenny.

Royal Artistry.

Book Review for “In the Shadow of a Queen” by Heather B. Moore. Summary: "Princess Louise’s life is upended after her father’s untimely death. Captive to the queen’s overwhelming mourning, Louise is forbidden to leave her mother’s tight circle of control and is eventually relegated to the position of personal secretary to her mother—the same … Continue reading Royal Artistry.

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.

Stepping Forwards; Looking Back.

Book Review for “The Marble Staircase” by Elizabeth Fair. Summary: "Charlotte Moley, long brow-beaten by her rather stodgy grown daughter Alison and very traditional mother, has been brought to the coastal town of Nything by an unexpected inheritance. The flamboyantly larger-than-life Mrs. Gamalion, who many years before had swept into the newly-widowed Charlotte's recuperative holiday … Continue reading Stepping Forwards; Looking Back.

Plumes and Doom!

Book Review for “Birds of a Feather” by Jacqueline Winspear. Summary: "An eventful year has passed for Maisie Dobbs. Since starting a one-woman private investigation agency in 1929 London, she now has a professional office in Fitzroy Square and an assistant, the happy-go-lucky Billy Beale. She has proven herself as a psychologist and investigator, and … Continue reading Plumes and Doom!

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.

TCL’s #DNF Friday #8 – Not Downton Abbey!

Why I can't write a Book Review for “Belgravia” by Julian Fellowes. Summary: "It is the evening of 15 June 1815, and the Duchess of Richmond has thrown a magnificent ball in Brussels for the Duke of Wellington. The guests include James and Anne Trenchard, who have made their money in trade, along with their … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday #8 – Not Downton Abbey!

A Viral Vacation.

Book Review for “The Golden Girls' Getaway” by Judy Leigh. Summary: "It has been a long and lonely year for neighbours Vivienne, Mary and Gwen. All ladies of a ‘certain age’, their lockdown experience has left them feeling isolated and alone. They are in desperate need of a change. Things start to look up however, … Continue reading A Viral Vacation.