Finding Nita.

Book Review for “The Direction of the Wind” by Mansi Shah. Summary: "Sophie Shah was six when she learned her mother, Nita, had died. For twenty-two years, she shouldered the burden of that loss. But when her father passes away, Sophie discovers a cache of hidden letters revealing a shattering truth: her mother didn’t die. … Continue reading Finding Nita.

Historical Highlands’ Legends.

Book Review for “Sisters of Castle Leod” by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard. Summary: "Lady Sibell Mackenzie is a spiritualist, a believer in reincarnation, and a popular author of mystical romances. Petite and proper, she values tradition and duty. Her younger sister Lady Constance, swimming champion and big game hunter, is a statuesque beauty who scandalizes British … Continue reading Historical Highlands’ Legends.

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.

#CCSpin 32 Review – Three Turns to her Future.

Book Review for “Which Way?” by Theodora Benson. Summary: "'There was no one in the room. Blinds and curtains were closed; the light of the skies, if any, was shut out. ... Only the fire was alive, consuming its life-for what? Then the door opened and as Claudia came with hurried steps into the fire's … Continue reading #CCSpin 32 Review – Three Turns to her Future.

Good Lies.

Book Review for “The Lipstick Bureau” by Michelle Gable. Summary: "1944, Rome. Newlywed Niki Novotná is recruited by a new American spy agency to establish a secret branch in Italy's capital. One of the OSS's few female operatives abroad and multilingual, she's tasked with crafting fake stories and distributing propaganda to lower the morale of … Continue reading Good Lies.

DNA of a Female Scientist.

Book Review for “Her Hidden Genius” by Marie Benedict. Summary: "Rosalind Franklin has always been an outsider―brilliant, but different. Whether working at the laboratory she adored in Paris or toiling at a university in London, she feels closest to the science, those unchanging laws of physics and chemistry that guide her experiments. When she is … Continue reading DNA of a Female Scientist.

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.

Gently Rambling Mystery.

Book Review for “A Dangerous Business” by Jane Smiley. Summary: "Monterey, 1851. Ever since her husband was killed in a bar fight, Eliza Ripple has been working in a brothel. It seems like a better life, at least at first. The madam, Mrs. Parks, is kind, the men are (relatively) well behaved, and Eliza has … Continue reading Gently Rambling Mystery.

Scandals Crossing the Pond.

Book Review for “The American Adventuress” by C.W. Gortner. Summary: "A big, juicy biopic novel by the author of Mademoiselle Chanel about the scandalous life of Jennie Jerome Churchill, mother of Winston, an heiress from New York who married into one of England’s most storied families but who always lived life on her own terms, … Continue reading Scandals Crossing the Pond.