Where Beauties Bloom.

Book Review for “The Magnolia Palace” by Fiona Davis. Summary: "Two savvy women separated by 50 years ponder the same curious questions in Fiona Davis’ richly detailed historical mystery. In 1919, down-on-her-luck model Lillian Carter gets a job as a private secretary for demanding socialite Helen Frick. Working in Helen’s Upper East Side mansion proves … Continue reading Where Beauties Bloom.

TCL’s First Lines Friday #1 for January 21, 2022!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers that was originally hosted by Emma @ (the apparently, now defunct) Wandering Words (don't click on the link, it isn't there anymore). I've seen this on several blogs, and most recently I noticed that my fellow blogger Julie @ One Book More is still doing … Continue reading TCL’s First Lines Friday #1 for January 21, 2022!

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.

… who would not be blithe.

Book Review for “All Among the Barley” by Melissa Harrison. Summary: "Fourteen-year-old Edie [Edith] Mather lives with her family at Wych Farm, where the shadow of the Great War still hangs over a community impoverished by the Great Depression. Glamorous outsider Constance FitzAllen arrives from London, determined to make a record of fading rural traditions … Continue reading … who would not be blithe.

American in Paris

Book Review for “The Paris Bookseller” by Kerri Maher. Summary: “When bookish young American Sylvia Beach opens Shakespeare and Company on a quiet street in Paris in 1919, she has no idea that she and her new bookstore will change the course of literature itself. Shakespeare and Company is more than a bookstore and lending … Continue reading American in Paris

TCL’s Best of the Best List for 2013-2021

You've seen my yearly Top Five/Top Ten lists, but how about a "best of the best" list? For those of you who have been following this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been producing a list of my favorite books published for each of the years I’ve been blogging. Last year, I gave you my top … Continue reading TCL’s Best of the Best List for 2013-2021

The Rapid Movement of Wings.

Book Review for “No Land to Light On” by Yara Zgheib. Summary: "Hadi and Sama are a young Syrian couple flying high on a whirlwind love, dreaming up a life in the country that brought them together. She had come to Boston years before chasing dreams of a bigger life; he’d landed there as a … Continue reading The Rapid Movement of Wings.

Double Miss Trouble!

Book Review for “The Fair Miss Fortune” by D.E. Stevenson. Summary: "The village of Dingleford is all aquiver with the arrival of lovely young Miss Fortune with plans to open a tea house. Captain Charles Weatherby, just back from India, has "no use for bright little creatures no matter how long their eyelashes might be," … Continue reading Double Miss Trouble!

TCL’s Top Ten (or more) Favorite Books of 2021.

2021- the Year of 4.75 stars! This past year has seen me read more books than ever. I'm guessing that's because of several reasons. The pandemic meant more time at home, and that, combined with my now being retired for over a year, meant more time for reading overall. There are other reasons I read … Continue reading TCL’s Top Ten (or more) Favorite Books of 2021.

Cocoa Conspiracies.

Book Review for “The Spanish Daughter” by Lorena Hughes. Summary: "As a child in Spain, Puri always knew her passion for chocolate was inherited from her father. But it’s not until his death that she learns of something else she’s inherited—a cocoa estate in Vinces, Ecuador, a town nicknamed “París Chiquito.” Eager to claim her … Continue reading Cocoa Conspiracies.