I was so excited to start reading Delicious!: A Novel. The synopsis promises a story about a girl, New York, renowned chef James Beard (!), and a food magazine. It’s like someone asked me what I love and then pitched a big, fat juicy one right to me. Delicious! is absolutely everything it promises, and more. A story about family and relationships, ...
There is nothing like a Daphne du Maurier book. You’re probably familiar with her work, whether you know it or not–du Maurier wrote the short story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, and is probably most famous for her novel Rebecca, which was made into a fantastic movie with Lawrence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. (Omgosh, just thinking about it makes me ...
So, I know there’s a movie of Never Let Me Go out there in the world, but I refuse to see it. I fell so completely, unbelievably in love with this book, with Ishiguro’s writing, and with the unbelievable way in which this story was revealed, that I can’t imagine there’s any way I’ll be impressed with the film. ...
If you’ve been searching for a book that’s moving, thoughtful, and a little bit unexpected, The Language of Flowers could be just what you’re after. From Goodreads: A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others ...
It’s difficult, really, to explain a novel like Peace Like a River. I try to be discriminating about how often I give five stars when I review books, so that when I do, it really means something. Here, five stars doesn’t even feel like enough. Trite quips like “tour de force” and “emotional powerhouse” come to mind as I ...
A Scattered Life is proof positive that self-publishing is not always the mire of horrifying drivel its cracked up to be. Karen McQuestion is a fun, talented writer who shopped her manuscripts around, but just couldn’t get her foot in the traditional publishing door. This can happen for a number of reasons, but knowing, as I do, a couple of ...
I was initially really interested in reading Beauty: A Novel. It’s a tale about a female executive who goes to shut down a dying fish processing plant, only to discover she wants to buy it. She falls in love with the town and the people. It sounded like exactly my kind of book! Instead, this one felt like a ...
I’m going through and trying to add reviews for the books I read a couple of years ago (the ones I can remember, at least), and I am SHOCKED to discover I haven’t reviewed The Dry Grass of August yet. I loved this book so much that I can’t simply post a review and then have it sit quietly ...
For months, now, I’ve been on the lookout for a good, clean, read I can recommend wholeheartedly for a book group. This, friends, is it! When I came across the ARC for From the Kitchen of Half Truth, it was called Nutmeg, which I found charming. I’m not sure what’s up with the wordy title change, but don’t let that ...
I love a good period mystery/romance, but usually when I read them, I prepare myself for a touch of stuffiness from the narrator. I was so pleasantly surprised by the bubbly, energetic voice that greeted me from the pages of Anne Cleeland’s Daughter of the God-King. Hathor (who goes by Hattie; who can blame her?) is so headstrong, so ...