Tempest Trials

Book Review for “The Arctic Fury” by Greer Macallister. Summary: “In early 1853, experienced California Trail guide Virginia Reeve is summoned to Boston by a mysterious benefactor who offers her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: lead a party of 12 women into the wild, hazardous Arctic to search for the lost Franklin Expedition. It’s an extraordinary request, … Continue reading Tempest Trials

Smiles and a Funny Face.

Book Review for “Adele: A Novel” by Nicola Cassidy. Summary: "1905: Eight-year-old Adele Austerlitz moves from her humble home in Omaha, Nebraska, with her five-year-old brother Fred, to New York to begin training at a professional stage academy. They undertake a gruelling schedule of rehearsals and touring, setting the foundations of what will be the … Continue reading Smiles and a Funny Face.

Postcards from the Precipice.

Book Review for “The Berlin Girl” by Mandy Robotham. Summary: “Berlin, 1938: It’s the height of summer, and Germany is on the brink of war. When fledgling reporter Georgie Young is posted to Berlin, alongside fellow Londoner Max Spender, she knows they are entering the eye of the storm. Arriving to a city swathed in … Continue reading Postcards from the Precipice.

More Fried Green Tomatoes? Yes, Please!

Book Review for “The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop” by Fannie Flagg. Summary: “Bud Threadgoode grew up in the bustling little railroad town of Whistle Stop, Alabama, with his mother Ruth, church going and proper, and his Aunt Idgie, the fun-loving hell-raiser. Together they ran the town's popular Whistle Stop Cafe, known far and wide … Continue reading More Fried Green Tomatoes? Yes, Please!

A Little Dobbs Will Do You!

Book Review for “Maisie Dobbs” (Maisie Dobbs Mystery #1) by Jacqueline Winspear. Summary: “Maisie Dobbs, Psychologist and Investigator, began her working life at the age of thirteen as a servant in a Belgravia mansion, only to be discovered reading in the library by her employer, Lady Rowan Compton. Fearing dismissal, Maisie is shocked when she … Continue reading A Little Dobbs Will Do You!

The Bird in the Bamboo Cage

Book Review for “When we were Young and Brave” by Hazel Gaynor. Summary: “China, December 1941. Having left an unhappy life in England for a teaching post at a missionary school in northern China, Elspeth Kent is now anxious to return home to help the war effort. But as she prepares to leave China, a … Continue reading The Bird in the Bamboo Cage

A Shaded Celebration.

Book Review for “The Last Blue” by Ilsa Morley. Summary: “In 1937, there are recesses in Appalachia no outsiders have ever explored. Two government-sponsored documentarians from Cincinnati, Ohio—a writer and photographer—are dispatched to penetrate this wilderness and record what they find for President Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. … From [a] happenstance meeting between a woman … Continue reading A Shaded Celebration.

Scottish Shadows.

Book Review for “The Bass Rock” by Evie Wyld. From the blurb: “Surging out of the sea, the Bass Rock has always borne witness to the lives that pass under its shadow on the Scottish mainland. And across the centuries, the fates of three women are inextricably linked to this place and to each other. … Continue reading Scottish Shadows.

… and one real marriage.

Book Review for “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Summary: “Reclusive Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant to write her story, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Determined to … Continue reading … and one real marriage.

Young American Male Overseas.

Book Review for “The Boys Next Door: A Novel of the Beatles” by Dan Greenberger. Summary: “Alan Levy is a college student who, in the fall of 1960, spends a semester abroad in Hamburg, Germany. There, he has the misfortune to rent a room next door to an up-and-coming rock and roll band from the … Continue reading Young American Male Overseas.