Pulling a “Nellie Bly”!

Book Review of “Woman 99” by Greer Macallister. How far would you go to save your sister? What if she’s the one who saved your life many times throughout your childhood? Would you risk everything, possibly even your own sanity? This is the dilemma that Charlotte Smith faces when her sister Phoebe is put into … Continue reading Pulling a “Nellie Bly”!

The Tint and the Taint

  Book Review of “The Blue” by Nancy Bilyeau. In the author’s notes of this book, Bilyeau calls this “a spy story set amid the rivalry of eighteenth-century porcelain factories,” in which the author tells the story of Geneviève Planché, who becomes entangled in the intrigue behind discovering a new shade of blue that is … Continue reading The Tint and the Taint

The Beauty of Genius

Book Review of “The Only Woman in the Room” by Marie Benedict. The name Hedy Lamarr might not mean much to many younger people these days, even less so will the name Hedwig Kiesler, with or without the additional names of her many husbands. But Hedy Lamarr was a very popular screen and stage actress … Continue reading The Beauty of Genius

A Female Journalistic Pioneer

  Book Review of “What Girls are Good For: A Novel of Nellie Bly” by David Blixt. Anyone who has studied journalism, or is interested in historical women who were pioneers in their fields, will probably have heard of Nellie Bly, aka Elizabeth Cochrane. Nellie was famous mostly for getting herself admitted to an insane … Continue reading A Female Journalistic Pioneer

Inconvenient Separations

  Book Review of “Brides in the Sky: Stories and a Novella” by Cary Holladay. This book is a collection of eight short stories and a novella, which include the following: Brides in the Sky Shades Comanche Queen Fairy Tales Interview with Etta Place, Sweetheart of the Sundance Kid Ghost Walk Operator Hay Season A … Continue reading Inconvenient Separations

Ghostly Blues

Book Review of "The Clockmaker’s Daughter" by Kate Morton. According to Goodreads, this book is “a story of murder, mystery, and thievery; of art, love and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has … Continue reading Ghostly Blues

Elizabethian Fury in a Modern Female

Book Review of "Vinegar Girl" by Anne Tyler. In Anne Tyler's latest book, she takes on the task of modernizing Shakespeare's play "The Taming of the Shrew." To remind you, the original story is a simple one: Baptista has two beautiful daughters, the younger one is the sweet Bianca, and the older one is the … Continue reading Elizabethian Fury in a Modern Female

Devotion en masse

Book Review of "The Atomic Weight of Love" by Elizabeth Church. Meridian is very smart, and she wants to become an ornithologist, something very unusual for a girl growing up in post-WWI in America. With the support of her mother, and knowing she has the blessing of her late father she begins that journey. However, … Continue reading Devotion en masse

The Business of Compassion

Book Review for "The Light of Hidden Flowers" by Jennifer Handford. This is one of those books that, if you read it, you'll be glad you didn't overlook it because you judged it by its cover, its title or even its synopsis. Starting with the latter, the publisher's synopsis for this book is as follows: … Continue reading The Business of Compassion

The Monsters Within

Book Review for "The Determined Heart" by Antoinette May. The bulk of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's fame came from her novel "Frankenstein." However, she was also married to Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the daughter of two well-known writers, Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin. This novel examines the life of this woman who, in the early 1800s, … Continue reading The Monsters Within