The Sparkle and its Tarnish

Book Review for "The Objects of Her Affection" by Sonya Cobb. If it hadn't been for that mortgage scam, the life Sophie dreamed of for her husband and two kids would have been exactly what she missed as a child - anchored and safe. But with her freelance web design work all but dried up … Continue reading The Sparkle and its Tarnish

Beneath the Black Hats and the Wigs

Book Review of "Invisible City" by Julia Dahl. The police just found a naked woman's body in a Brooklyn scrap yard, and that's news. So the paper sends their newest stringer, Rebekah Roberts, to get the story. When she gets there, she finds herself in the midst of the exact same Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community her … Continue reading Beneath the Black Hats and the Wigs

Conditions of the Heart

Book Review of "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman. They don't make men like Ove anymore. He's just a man who worked at his job and loved his wife. Now at 59, forced into early retirement not long after his wife died, there nothing left to live for. That's when Ove decides to do … Continue reading Conditions of the Heart

The 12 Days of Kelly Christmas

Book Review for "The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81" by J.B. Morrison. Turning 81 is not a remarkable event, unless a milk float runs you down, giving you a concussion, breaking your arm and fracturing a bone in your foot. When this happened to Frank Derrick, he probably said nothing more than … Continue reading The 12 Days of Kelly Christmas

A Dazzling Dozen of Speakeasy Sisters

Book Review for "The Girls of the Kingfisher Club" by Genevieve Valentine.   Every one of the 12 Hamilton sisters have been shuttered away from the world since the day they were born. With no boys as his heir, their father wants to make sure his girls stay unsullied until he can marry them off … Continue reading A Dazzling Dozen of Speakeasy Sisters

Unseen Visions, Hiding in Plain Sight

Book Review of "The Moon Sisters" by Therese Walsh Beth Moon is gone, and it may have been suicide. Her two daughters, Jazz and Olivia, are in as much disagreement with how to handle it as are their personalities. Jazz wants to put it all behind her and begin a real-life job. Olivia wants to … Continue reading Unseen Visions, Hiding in Plain Sight

The Soprano who Inspired Mozart

Book Review for "Vienna Nocturne" by Vivian Shotwell.   In the late 18th Century, the only places where a singer could become truly famous were in Italy and Vienna. So that's where the British child prodigy Anna Storace went to show off her amazing voice. Her rise to fame was legendary, as was her friendship … Continue reading The Soprano who Inspired Mozart

Jekylls and Hydes in the Stevenson Family

Book Review for "Under the Wide and Starry Sky" by Nancy Horan. Fanny Osbourne is running away from America with her three children. She's had enough of her husband's cheating ways; surely Antwerp is far enough away. But when her youngest son falls ill and then dies, she's encouraged to recuperate in provincial France. There … Continue reading Jekylls and Hydes in the Stevenson Family

The Making of a French Empress

Book Review for "Becoming Josephine" by Heather Webb. It took 30 years for Marie Jos├Ęphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie to go from being a young Creole girl from Martinique, to being Rose de Beauharnais and finally becoming Josephine Bonaparte and the first Empress of the French Empire, before she was divorced from Napoleon. Her … Continue reading The Making of a French Empress

One Family, One Holiday, Many Generations of Women

Book Review of "Thanksgiving" by Ellen Cooney. Patience was a newlywed, pregnant with her first child on that cold November morning of 1662. When she went outside in search of her husband, she saw a turkey fly into the oak tree in her yard. The fateful killing of that bird ended up being something to … Continue reading One Family, One Holiday, Many Generations of Women