Tasty Toppings.

Book Review for “Gentleman's Relish: Stories” by Patrick Gale. Summary: "A son wreaks revenge through the power of cookery, a lonely wife finds short-lived solace in angling lessons from a prisoner, and an obedience lesson with a puppy leads to the discovery of a murder... From the delightfully chilling to the humorous and heart-warming, this … Continue reading Tasty Toppings.

Precious Memories.

Book Review for “The Last Night in London” by Karen White. Summary: "London, 1939. Beautiful and ambitious Eva Harlow and her American best friend, Precious Dubose, are trying to make their way as fashion models. When Eva falls in love with Graham St. John, an aristocrat and Royal Air Force pilot, she can’t believe her … Continue reading Precious Memories.

We Will Walk Up the Avenue.

Book Review for “The Social Graces” by Renée Rosen. Summary: "In the glittering world of Manhattan's upper crust, where wives turn a blind eye to husbands' infidelities, and women have few rights and even less independence, society is everything. The more celebrated the hostess, the more powerful the woman. And none is more powerful than … Continue reading We Will Walk Up the Avenue.

TCL’s #DNF Friday #2

Why I can't write a Book Review for “Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan” by Ruth Gillian. Summary: At the start of the twentieth century, a young girl and her family emigrate from the continent in search of a better life in America, only to pitch up in Ireland by mistake. In 1958, a mute … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday #2

Petrie’s Dishings.

Book Review for “Antiquities: A Story” by Cynthia Ozick. Summary: Lloyd Wilkinson Petrie, one of the seven elderly trustees of the now defunct (for thirty-four years) Temple Academy for Boys, is preparing a memoir of his days at the school, intertwined with the troubling distractions of present events. As he navigates, with faltering recall, between … Continue reading Petrie’s Dishings.

Industry about the Cottage.

Book Review for “The Jane Austen Society” by Natalie Jenner. Summary: Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable. One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England's finest … Continue reading Industry about the Cottage.

Tricolors for Trying Times.

Book Review for “The Women of Chateau Lafayette” by Stephanie Dray. Summary: 1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband's political partner in the fight for American independence. But when their idealism sparks revolution in France, and the guillotine threatens everything she holds dear, Adrienne must choose to renounce the complicated man she loves, or … Continue reading Tricolors for Trying Times.

Guest Author Post: Sarah Bernhardt and the Siege of Paris by M.K. Tod.

Many thanks to Davida Chazan for inviting me to be on her blog today. I’m delighted to share a bit about Sarah Bernhardt’s role in the siege of Paris. Sarah Bernhardt and the Siege of Paris And an excerpt from M.K. Tod's upcoming novel "Paris in Ruins"  The Franco-Prussian war occurred in 1870 during the … Continue reading Guest Author Post: Sarah Bernhardt and the Siege of Paris by M.K. Tod.

Budding Secrets.

Book Review for “The Rose Code” by Kate Quinn. Summary: "1940: As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything—beauty, wealth, and the … Continue reading Budding Secrets.