Four Stars Run away to the circus. It is not an unheard of means of escaping reality. But, what if running away to the circus means hiding under the cover of the Big Top while WWII bombs burst overhead? The circus becomes a family for cast-offs through various circumstances, and none more so in Jenoff’s […]
Four Stars Here is a story nestled in a secluded moor where reality pays a visit but rarely stays for long. It’s a century’s trove of secrets and memories decaying and reborn. Just like Evelyn Talbot, you will never want to leave Tall Chimneys.
Five Stars I loved the historical perspective about the Dutch art world in The Girls with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. The first-person narrative was especially effective in conveying the possible story behind Vermeer’s painting. Highly recommended!
Five Stars The Alice Network by Kate Quinn connects characters from both World Wars with historical integrity and fascinating fiction. This is a must-read for anyone interested in women’s roles during wartime and what they risked to save lives including their own.
Five Stars Finding the key is only the beginning to unlocking the compelling story of these in-depth characters. I can’t wait to read more of Hughs’ books!
Four Stars The Girl in the Picture by Kerry Barret tells the story of a present-day mystery writer moving to a small, England town only to discover an unsolved murder surrounding the family who lived in her house in 1855. Quite simply, this is a good, clean read. I finished the book in about two days, so […]
Five Stars Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth is the definition of an epic epoch. Not only is this book centered around a specific time period–The Middle Ages–during the building of the cathedrals in Europe, it is a stunning volume of intrigue, scandal, and history-based story-telling. Do not be discouraged by the almost 1,000 page length. This […]
Five Stars After reading The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, I am intrigued by the landscape and lifestyle found in Alaska. The wild beauty of this last frontier comes through with exquisite clarity. The rugged realism, profoundly protrayed through the characters, reveals survival instincts after the trauma of the Vietnam War and the terror of […]
Five Stars The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers is truly a masterpiece of story and character development. Once you start this book, don’t plan on doing anything else until you finish!
Five Stars A Gentleman in Moscow is an exquisite story written in the spirit of Russian literature with a contemporary voice. Spanning from 1922 to 1954, this book tells about a Russian count under house arrest in a hotel in Moscow. With historical accuracy and unforgettable characters, this is a title to move to the […]