Seasoned for Stealth

Book Review for “The Chef’s Secret” by Crystal King. In the 1500s in Italy, there lived a man, Bartolomeo Scappi, who is known to this day as one of Europe’s most creative and talented chefs. Scappi, who died in 1577, rose from being a humble cook to a master who devised elaborate dishes and meals … Continue reading Seasoned for Stealth

The Tint and the Taint

  Book Review of “The Blue” by Nancy Bilyeau. In the author’s notes of this book, Bilyeau calls this “a spy story set amid the rivalry of eighteenth-century porcelain factories,” in which the author tells the story of Geneviève Planché, who becomes entangled in the intrigue behind discovering a new shade of blue that is … Continue reading The Tint and the Taint

7 Centuries and 6 Families of Paris

Book Review of “Paris: The Epic Novel of the City of Lights” by Edward Rutherfurd. Epic is a word that has been bandied about far too often, and putting it into the subtitle of this novel might seem a bit pretentious. However, it is precisely the word that use be used about this book, seeing … Continue reading 7 Centuries and 6 Families of Paris

Blog Tour Free Giveaway for The War Between Us by Sarah Creviston Lee

Blog Tour for "The War Between Us" by Sarah Creviston Lee Publication Date: December 14, 2015 Paperback & eBook; 330 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction Editor's Choice Award from the Historical Novel Society.     Alex Moon is not the enemy. Six months after Pearl Harbor's tragedy, Korean American Alex Moon is sent away from his … Continue reading Blog Tour Free Giveaway for The War Between Us by Sarah Creviston Lee

The Rise and Fall of Ragtime

  Book Review of Temptation Rag: A Novel by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard. Back in the late 19th century in America, the latest rage was ragtime music. While the first name that might come to mind for us today is Scott Joplin, the origins of this musical genre predated him by quite a bit. In the … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of Ragtime

Women’s Wartime Communications

 Book review of "Girls on the Line" a Novel by Aimie K. Runyan.  The women of the US Army’s Signal Corps were known as the “Hello Girls,” and their deployment to France at the end of 1917 was considered both controversial and expedient. When Ruby Wager’s brother is one of the first casualties of the … Continue reading Women’s Wartime Communications

A Dutch Treat

Book Review of A Light of Her Own by Carrie Callaghan. Judith Leyster lived in Holland in the 17th century, during a time when such things as painting, needlework and music, were acceptable as feminine pastimes. For example, artist Frans De Grebber taught all his children to paint, including his daughter Maria, and he even … Continue reading A Dutch Treat

Three Belles’ Secrets.

Book review of "The Glass Ocean" by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White. The sinking of the Lusitania by Germany was the tragic event that brought America into the first World War. In this novel, the three co-authors, look at that event through the eyes of three women, two of whom survived the disaster, … Continue reading Three Belles’ Secrets.

Female Confidential

Book Review of "Vox: A Novel" by Christina Dalcher.   This novel is set in the not too distant future, where institutional misogyny has reached such heights that women are now totally out of the workforce and females are only allowed to speak 100 words a day (and no cheating with sign language, either). The … Continue reading Female Confidential

Bottling their History

Book review of "The Lost Vintage" by Ann Mah Kate knows that if she’s ever going to pass the Masters of Wine test, she’ll have to learn much more about French wines, particularly the ones from Burgundy. To do that, she’ll decides it’s time to go back to France, where her family’s ancient vineyards are … Continue reading Bottling their History