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 ...
May I just say that I love Thanksgiving? It’s my absolute favorite holiday–the food, the family, the food…. So the premise (um, and the title. And frankly, the cover art) of Ellen Cooney’s Thanksgiving appealed to me, completely: “the story of one family through many generations, as Thanksgiving dinner is prepared.” In execution, the premise is a little less on-point. ...
I usually detest modernizations and retellings of classic literature, but The Flight of Gemma Hardy received such high praise that I found myself, with trepidation, checking it out from the library. I am so glad I did. Gemma’s tale is beautifully written. It follows the story of Jane Eyre in its main arc, but the details belong firmly to Gemma–enough ...