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.
Book Review for “The Mayfair Bookshop” by Eliza Knight. Summary: "1938: She was one of the six sparkling Mitford sisters, known for her stinging quips, stylish dress, and bright green eyes. But Nancy Mitford’s seemingly dazzling life was really one of turmoil: with a perpetually unfaithful and broke husband, two Nazi sympathizer sisters, and her … Continue reading In Pursuit of Nancy.
Book Review for “Carrie Soto is Back” by Taylor Jenkins-Reid. #ad Thanks for the free book PRH International! Summary: "Carrie Soto is fierce, and her determination to win at any cost has not made her popular. But by the time she retires from tennis, she is the best player the world has ever seen. She … Continue reading Game, Set, and Matched!
Book Review for “Véronique's Journey” a Novella by Patti Flinn. Summary: "In 18th century France, the choices for a young black woman of modest means are slim. Véronique Clair loves her parents and their small home in the countryside of Burgundy but dreams of using her talent for sewing and embroidery to make her own … Continue reading #ShortStorySunday – Stitching Each Step.
Book Review for “The Forty Elephants” by Erin Bledsoe. Summary: "Inspired by the true story of Alice Diamond and the Forty Elephants, the first all-female gang of London. London in the 1920s is no place for a woman with a mind of her own. Gang wars, violence, and an unforgiving world have left pickpocket Alice … Continue reading Heard of Female Thieves?
Book Review for “Zorrie” by Laird Hunt. Summary: "As a girl, Zorrie Underwood’s modest and hardscrabble home county was the only constant in her young life. After losing both her parents, Zorrie moved in with her aunt, whose own death orphaned Zorrie all over again, casting her off into the perilous realities and sublime landscapes … Continue reading Ghost Girl.
Short Story Review for “Signal Moon: A Short Story” by Kate Quinn. Summary: "Yorkshire, 1943. Lily Baines, a bright young debutante increasingly ground down by an endless war, has traded in her white gloves for a set of headphones. It’s her job to intercept enemy naval communications and send them to Bletchley Park for decryption. … Continue reading #ShortStorySunday – A Wireless Wormhole.
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.
Book Review for “Standing in the Rainbow” by Fannie Flagg. Summary: "Along with Neighbor Dorothy, the lady with the smile in her voice, whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news, we also meet Bobby, her ten-year-old son, destined to live a thousand lives, most of them in his imagination; … Continue reading Radio WDOT Live!
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!