Mysterious Models

Book Review of "The Miniaturist" by Jessie Burton The blurb for this book reads as follows: "On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives at a grand house in Amsterdam to begin her new life as the wife of wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt. Though curiously distant, he presents her with an extraordinary wedding … Continue reading Mysterious Models

A New Christmas Carol

Review of The Deal of a Lifetime: A Novella by Fredrik Backman The protagonist of this novella is a father who is wealthy, successful and famous. He also has cancer, but so does the adorable five-year-old girl he meets in the hospital. Both of them are going to die eventually. The question is, does it … Continue reading A New Christmas Carol

The Eves of Winter Stories

Book Review of "A Snow Garden & Other Stories" by Rachel Joyce In this collection, Rachel Joyce connects seven stories spanning from just before Christmas Eve through New Year's Eve. Joyce not only arranges these tales chronologically, she also links them with other elements. The stories here are: Faraway Smell of Lemon - Binny wasn't … Continue reading The Eves of Winter Stories

Perfecting your Good-bye

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman Stock up on tissues folks, because Fredrik Backman is BACK! This time, Backman gives us a perfectly formed, exquisitely developed novella (whose title is almost longer than the book itself) about a man slowly succumbing to dementia and his relationship to his … Continue reading Perfecting your Good-bye

Eling for Healing

The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh Almost a decade after a tragic accident, Maeve Leahy is still trying to come to terms with what happened between her and her identical twin sister, Moira. When a Javanese knife, called a Kris, comes into Maeve's life, its mystery and magic bring these past events … Continue reading Eling for Healing

Imaginary Things by Andrea Lochen eBook price promotion!

Special eBook Price Promotion Beginning March 7 and through March 21, you can buy the eBook ofImaginary Things by Andrea Lochenfor only $1.99 from:Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo (USA, Canada & Australia) Imaginary Things by Andrea LochenSummary: Burned-out and broke, twenty-two-year-old single mother Anna Jennings moves to her grandparents' rural home for … Continue reading Imaginary Things by Andrea Lochen eBook price promotion!

In Congruence

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie This novel, according to Rushdie's website, is "a wonder tale about the way we live now, a rich and multifaceted work that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story to bring alive a world – our world – that has been plunged into an … Continue reading In Congruence

A Literal Fly on the Wall

Jacob's Folly by Rebecca Miller Jacob Cerf was an impoverished, religious Jewish peddler in 18th Century Paris. Circumstance led him away from his family and faith and into a world of impious debauchery. 300 years later, he's back, but now he's a fly in 21st Century New York and involved in the lives of two … Continue reading A Literal Fly on the Wall

Twins and Ghosts

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger Elspeth and Edwina were identical twins, estranged for many years. When Elspeth dies in London, she leaves her flat to her sister's, nieces - Julia and Veronica - who are also identical twins. However, there is a condition. The two girls must leave the USA and their mother behind, … Continue reading Twins and Ghosts

Illusions and Elusions

The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister It is 1905 and the woman they call the Amazing Arden is a magician whose fame is on the rise. After her last show, they find a dead man and identify him as her husband; of course, she is the first suspect for this murder. Officer Virgil Holt was … Continue reading Illusions and Elusions