I remember finding The Thorn Birds on my parents' garage bookshelves when I was about eight years old, and thinking I was out of other reading material, so I might as well take it on. (I decided perhaps not, once I came across the word "flaccid," in relation to a priest's genitalia, and looked it up. I thought maybe I wasn't ...
I went through a period with books where it seemed like absolutely everything I picked up with a chore. I'm the type of girl who gets excited by covers, and usually leaves a library with a stack of seven or eight, but for a long while, not much even looked good. But last December, All We Have Left caught ...
Amy Snow | Fefferbooks
When Amy Snow came to me, I really wasn't sure what to think. It's clearly historical fiction, but though the cover art reads romance, it's billed as a mystery. More a gothic novel than anything else, it reads at times a little like Jane Eyre, but after not too long it takes on its own life. Amy is an orphan, found in the snow ...
Paris, 1917. The notorious dancer Mata Hari sits in a cold cell awaiting freedom…or death. Alone and despondent, Mata Hari is as confused as the rest of the world about the charges she’s been arrested on: treason leading to the deaths of thousands of French soldiers. As Mata Hari waits for her fate to be decided, she relays the story ...
The first line of the synopsis for Of Monsters and Madness says, “A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author.” So…that pretty much sealed the deal for me right there. Gothic? Check. Romantic? Historical? Check-check. POE? JUST HAND IT OVER, PLEASE. I’ve been in ...
“I thought she was stealing my life, but in truth she opened its compartments and let me look inside.” The Miniaturist is a sheer oddity of a novel–every bit as curious in its workmanship as the miniature figures described in the novel; as delightfully artistic as it is thought-provokingly disconcerting. To say I enjoyed The Miniaturist would be to go too far, and yet, I didn’t ...
I’m delighted, today, to have author Nomi Eve on the blog for an interview! Nomi is the author of Henna House, a book that intrigued me from the moment I saw the gorgeous cover. Click here for her answers to my 5 Questions! An evocative and stirring novel about a young woman living in the fascinating and rarely portrayed community of Yemenite Jews ...
It just occurred to me this weekend that I haven’t recommended These Is My Words on the site, yet, and that needs to be remedied, right away. I have to be honest: though I grew up reading the Little House books, and I do have a strange idealistic dream that I might live in a farmhouse someday (but maybe not have to ...
Sometimes my Backlist posts can be difficult to write, either because I didn’t keep very good notes on books before I was blogging, or because it takes a long time for inspiration to strike as I’m looking through my list of older reads. Looking at my list from 2011 today, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t yet recommended The Kitchen House. If you like ...
I’m not sure why I went into this book thinking I’d be reading a light summer-y “chick lit” type story. (Is it the cover? It’s not like I don’t have a synopsis available! Haha!) Instead,The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street is a dense, 512-page historical saga that spans the 1910s to the 1980s, taking in everything from Ellis ...