The Real Miss Moneypenny.

Book Review for “One Woman's War” by Christine Wells. Summary: "When Victoire "Paddy" Bennett first walks into the Admiralty's Room 39, home to the Intelligence Division, all the bright and lively young woman expects is a secretarial position to the charismatic Commander Ian Fleming. But soon her job is so much more, and when Fleming … Continue reading The Real Miss Moneypenny.

Gently Rambling Mystery.

Book Review for “A Dangerous Business” by Jane Smiley. Summary: "Monterey, 1851. Ever since her husband was killed in a bar fight, Eliza Ripple has been working in a brothel. It seems like a better life, at least at first. The madam, Mrs. Parks, is kind, the men are (relatively) well behaved, and Eliza has … Continue reading Gently Rambling Mystery.

Scandals Crossing the Pond.

Book Review for “The American Adventuress” by C.W. Gortner. Summary: "A big, juicy biopic novel by the author of Mademoiselle Chanel about the scandalous life of Jennie Jerome Churchill, mother of Winston, an heiress from New York who married into one of England’s most storied families but who always lived life on her own terms, … Continue reading Scandals Crossing the Pond.

TCL’s #NovNov22 #2 – Last Leg of the Journey.

Book Review for “Maureen Fry & the Angel of the North” by Rachel Joyce. Summary: "Ten years ago, Harold Fry set off on his epic journey on foot to save a friend. But the story doesn't end there. Now his wife, Maureen, has her own pilgrimage to make. Maureen Fry has settled into the quiet … Continue reading TCL’s #NovNov22 #2 – Last Leg of the Journey.

TCL’s #NovNov22 #1 – A Different Home.

Book Review for “Foster” by Claire Keegan. Summary: "It is a hot summer in rural Ireland. A girl is sent to live with foster parents on a farm, not knowing when she will return home. In the strangers' house, she finds a warmth and affection she has not known before and slowly begins to blossom … Continue reading TCL’s #NovNov22 #1 – A Different Home.

Social Dressings.

Book Review for “By Her Own Design” by Piper Huguley. Summary: "Raised in Jim Crow Alabama, Ann learned the art of sewing from her mother and her grandmother, a former slave, who are the most talented seamstresses in the state. After Ann elopes at twelve with an older man who soon proves himself to be … Continue reading Social Dressings.

#CCSpin 31 Review – Genteel Amazonians.

Book Review for “Cranford” by Elizabeth Gaskell. Summary: "Welcome to Cranford, where everyone knows one another and a cow wears pajamas. It’s a community built on friendship and kindness, where women hold court and most of the houses—and men—are rarely seen. Two colorful spinster sisters at the heart of Cranford, Miss Matty and Miss Deborah … Continue reading #CCSpin 31 Review – Genteel Amazonians.

Charming, Mysterious Romance.

Book Review for “To Capture His Heart” by Nancy Campbell Allen. Summary: "Eva Caldwell is an accomplished and well-known photographer who often works with the local constabulary to assist in documenting crime scenes, which means she also often works alongside the handsome and charming detective, Nathan Winston. She appreciates his intellect and how he treats … Continue reading Charming, Mysterious Romance.

The Classics Club Spin #ccspin #31 pick for TCL!

Our lucky winning number for the 31st Classics Club Spin is... Sorry I'm a little bit late with this, but I scheduled a bunch of posts before I got this information (and before I went on vacation), so it took a bit to fit this in! According to my announcement post, this means I will … Continue reading The Classics Club Spin #ccspin #31 pick for TCL!

… you’d be behind me.

Book Review for “Lucy by the Sea” by Elizabeth Strout. Summary: "As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and on-again, off-again friend, William. For the next several months, it's just Lucy, William, and their … Continue reading … you’d be behind me.