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

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 #DNF Friday #8 – Not Downton Abbey!

Why I can't write a Book Review for “Belgravia” by Julian Fellowes. Summary: "It is the evening of 15 June 1815, and the Duchess of Richmond has thrown a magnificent ball in Brussels for the Duke of Wellington. The guests include James and Anne Trenchard, who have made their money in trade, along with their … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday #8 – Not Downton Abbey!

TCL joins the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge (again) for 2022!

Sign Up to Join the 2022 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge Here! About the 2022 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: Again in 2022 this Reading Challenge will be hosted by Marg at The Intrepid Reader. Marg actually hosted the challenge before passing the baton to Amy at Passages to the Past, and last year she passed it … Continue reading TCL joins the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge (again) for 2022!

TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for December 4, 2021.

From “Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton author to “The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances” by Ellen Cooney. This is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. Each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. … Continue reading TCL’s #6Degrees of Separation for December 4, 2021.

TCL’s #TopTenTuesday for November 23, 2021 – Characters I’d Love an Update On.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. The rules are simple: Each Tuesday, Jana assigns … Continue reading TCL’s #TopTenTuesday for November 23, 2021 – Characters I’d Love an Update On.

Gotten to a Nunnery…

Book Review for “Learwife” by J.R. Thorp. Summary: "Word has come. Care-bent King Lear is dead, driven mad and betrayed. His three daughters too, broken in battle. But someone has survived: Lear's queen. Exiled to a nunnery years ago, written out of history, her name forgotten. Now she can tell her story. Though her grief … Continue reading Gotten to a Nunnery…

Eleven Days in the Dark.

Book Review for “The Mystery of Mrs. Christie” by Marie Benedict. Summary: "In December 1926, Agatha Christie goes missing. Investigators find her empty car on the edge of a deep, gloomy pond, the only clues some tire tracks nearby and a fur coat left in the car—strange for a frigid night. Her husband and daughter … Continue reading Eleven Days in the Dark.

A Bubbly Fictional Biography.

Book Review for “Champagne Widows: First Woman of Champagne, Veuve Clicquot" by Rebecca Rosenberg. Summary: "Champagne, France, 1800. Twenty-year-old Barbe-Nicole inherited Le Nez (an uncanny sense of smell) from her great-grandfather, a renowned champagne maker. She is determined to use Le Nez to make great champagne, but the Napoleon Code prohibits women from owning a … Continue reading A Bubbly Fictional Biography.

Everything and Nothing.

Book Review for “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr. Summary: "Thirteen-year-old Anna, an orphan, lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople in a house of women who make their living embroidering the robes of priests. Restless, insatiably curious, Anna learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds a book, … Continue reading Everything and Nothing.