Book Review: The Gifts, Liz Hyder

Book Review: The Gifts, Liz Hyder Historical Fiction The Gifts, Liz Hyder Blog Tour October 19th, 2022   Victorian London was very different from our world. Sewage running through the streets. Surgery without anesthetic. Women locked into strictly prescribed roles. Wings bursting out from random people. Definitely not the sort of world we live in. […]

Book Review: The Two Lives of Sara, Catherine Adel West

Book Review: The Two Lives of Sara, Catherine Adel West   Historical Fiction: The Two Lives of Sara, Catherine Adel West Blog Tour November 28, 2022   I have written and erased my first sentence several times. It’s funny how books that make the most of words can leave me speechless.   Sara King has […]

Book Review: The Mensch, Leopold Borstinski

Book Review: The Mensch, Alex Cohen Book 7,  Leopold Borstinski   Historical Fiction: The Mensch, Alex Cohen Book 7,  Leopold Borstinski Blog Tour September 12, 2022   Alex Cohen is trying to retire. He has divested himself from most of his illegal businesses. He has moved to Florida where he is surrounded by family. He is trying […]

Book Review: Maisie Dobbs, Jaqueline Winspear

Book Review: Maisie Dobbs, Maisie Dobbs Book 1, Jaqueline Winspear   Mystery: Maisie Dobbs, Maisie Dobbs Book 1, Jaqueline Winspear   Every so often I run across an older book or series that makes me question my reading choices from years gone by. Maisie Dobbs is one of those books.   Jacqueline Winspear’s protagonist is a private […]

Book Review: The Restless Crucible, Yaw Agawu-Kakraba

Book Review: The Restless Crucible, Yaw Agawu-Kakraba   Literary Fiction/Historical Fiction: The Restless Crucible, Yaw Agawu-Kakraba   I really don’t know what I was expecting from this book. Going into it, I vaguely knew that it was about a black Brazilian slave who had aspired to become a slave-trader himself. I met the author at […]

Book Review: The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen

Book Review: The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen Literary Fiction: The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen   The Sympathizer is extraordinary. Considering all of the awards it won, including the Pulitzer Prize, that is hardly a revelation. Still, reading it for yourself drives home the power and emotion that earned it the many accolades it has received. […]

Blog Tour: The Garden of Angels, David Hewson

Book Review: The Garden of Angels, David Hewson   Book Review: The Garden of Angels, David Hewson Blog Tour: March 5, 2021   Paolo Uccello is dying. Having used his years building up the fortunes of the family’s Venice-based weaving business, he has one last thing to do: Tell his story.   His grandson Nico […]

Book Review: Love and Other Consolation Prizes, Jamie Ford

Book Review: Love and Other Consolation Prizes, Jamie Ford Book Review: Love and Other Consolation Prizes, Jamie Ford   I went into this novel with no previous information, only knowing that the author Jamie Ford would be visiting my hometown next month (Schlow Library, State College, PA, September 21, 2019). I came away with the […]

Book Review: In the Shadow of the Banyan, Vaddey Ratner

Book Review: In the Shadow of the Banyan, Vaddey Ratner   Historical Fiction: In the Shadow of the Banyan, Vaddey Ratner In the Shadow of the Banyan is a beautiful, haunting, exquisite story that will live in my heart for a long, long time. “War entered my childhood world not with the blasts of rockets and bombs […]