Passing the Books.

Book Review for “The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. Summary: "In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture on the New York society scene and … Continue reading Passing the Books.

A Scottish Summer Celebration.

Book Review for “Apricot Sky” by Ruby Ferguson. Summary: "It's 1948 in the Scottish Highlands, with postwar austerity and rationing in full effect, but Mr and Mrs MacAlvey and their family and friends are too irrepressibly cheerful to let it get them down. There's Raine, newly engaged to the brother of a local farmer, and Cleo, … Continue reading A Scottish Summer Celebration.

A Fashion of Fighting.

Book Review for “Sisters of the Resistance” by Christine Wells. Summary: "France, 1944: The Nazis still occupy Paris, and twenty-five-year-old Gabby Foucher hates these enemies, though, as the concierge of ten rue Royale, she makes it a point to avoid trouble, unlike her sister Yvette. Until she, like her sister, is recruited into the Resistance … Continue reading A Fashion of Fighting.

Gently Sweet Chaos.

Book Review for “Mrs. Lorimer's Quiet Summer” by Molly Clavering. Summary: "In what is surely Molly Clavering's most autobiographical novel, two middle-aged women writers, close friends and neighbours, offer one another advice and support while navigating life in a lively Border village. Lucy Lorimer, the more successful author, with her four children, in-laws, and grandchildren … Continue reading Gently Sweet Chaos.

The Fire in the Ice.

Book Review for “Ever Rest” by Roz Morris. Summary: Twenty years ago, Hugo and Ash were on top of the world. As the acclaimed rock band Ashbirds they were poised for superstardom. Then Ash went missing, lost in a mountaineering accident, and the lives of Hugo and everyone around him were changed forever. Irrepressible, infuriating, … Continue reading The Fire in the Ice.

Surfing the Sorrows.

Book Review for “Malibu Rising” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Thanks for the free book, @PRHGlobal/@prhinternational! Summary: "Malibu: August 1983. It's the day of Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a … Continue reading Surfing the Sorrows.

Lady Deals the Cards.

Book Review for “A Betting Woman: A Novel of Madame Moustache” by Jenni L. Walsh. Summary: "When her whole family dies in a fire, young Simone flees her grief and travels west to reinvent herself in burgeoning San Francisco. Down to her last dollar and facing some unsavory options, Simone quick-wits her way to a … Continue reading Lady Deals the Cards.

Opening and Closing Wounds.

Book Review for “Swimming Back to Trout River” by Linda Rui Feng. Summary: “In the summer of 1986 in a small Chinese village, ten-year-old Junie receives a momentous letter from her parents, who had left for America years ago: her father promises to return home and collect her by her twelfth birthday. But Junie’s growing … Continue reading Opening and Closing Wounds.

Sunny Days.

Book Review for “Summer on the Bluffs” by Sunny Hostin. Summary: "Welcome to Oak Bluffs, the most exclusive black beach community in the country. Known for its gingerbread Victorian-style houses and modern architectural marvels, this picturesque town hugging the sea is a mecca for the crème de la crème of black society—where Michelle and Barack … Continue reading Sunny Days.