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#141 ~ Mermaids in the Basement

Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West Imagine finding evidence that your boyfriend, an up and coming movie director, was cheating on you with one of his starlets through a gossip magazine.  Imagine also that your mother Shelby and beloved step father just recently died in a plane crash, you’ve never had a good […]

#140 ~ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows In this novel, Shaffer and Barrows tell a story of chance encounters and destiny through letters mailed mainly between Juliet Ashton, a British author, and several citizens of Guernsey in the Channel Islands.  Relationships that begin as a fluke when […]

Great Review of Nineteenth St., NW

Last year I offered up eight or so books to people to read and review because I just didn’t have the time to do it myself.  Valerie from Life is a Patchwork Quit (love me some warm snuggly quilts this time of year) selected Nineteenth Street, NW by Brett Wood.  She read and published her […]

#139 Tomato Girl

Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek During Nanowrimo 2008, Karen Harrington posted an article that Janet Finch wrote to encourage participants, “Dear Author – ‘Make Trouble for Your Characters.’ ”  Jayne Pupek did just that for Ellie Sanders, an adolescent girl growing up in a home with a mentally ill mother.  Ultimately, she is the one […]

#138 ~ Etta

Etta by Gerald Kolpan I am not typically one for reading Westerns.  The American West has never held my imagination the way it has for so many people.  Still, when Etta was offered as an Early Reader choice on LibraryThing in December, I requested it and was lucky enough to snag it.  I don’t think […]

#137 ~ The Sinner’s Guide to Confession

The Sinner’s Guide to Confession by Phyllis Schieber Kaye, Barbara, and Ellen are women whose friendships came together came together as adults and has remained and solidified as they grew older. Kaye and Barbara have grown children they love. Ellen, who married later in adulthood, tried unsuccessfully to conceive with her husband, Bill. Her attempts […]

#135 ~ My Lady of Cleves

My Lady of Cleves: A Novel of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves by Margaret Campbell Barnes Anne of Cleves was the most unlikely of all of Henry VIII’s wives. She did not especially want to be queen, she was not physically beautiful, and she was rather forced upon him in order to produce an […]

#134 ~ Loving Frank

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan In search of a home of his own, Mr. Edwin Cheney of Chicago convinced his wife Mamah to agree to commissioning a local American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, to design and build their family home. Mr. Cheney gained his house, but he couldn’t have known that he would ultimately lose […]

#133 ~ The Sister

The Sister by Poppy Adams, read by Juliet Mills Virginia Stone, a 70 year old spinster, lives alone with her moths at Bulburrow Court, her family’s mansion.  She is an eccentric old woman who grew up during WWII and its aftermath.  She is peculiar, most especially about time and tea.  To say she is set […]

#132 ~ The Conqueror

The Conqueror by Georgette Heyer The Conqueror tells the story of William the Conqueror, from his bastard birth, to his life as the Duke of Normandy, and finally to his triumphant rise to the throne of England. Given the circumstances of William’s life and the political climate of both Normandy and England in the 11th […]