ARC Review: The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

Official Synopsis from Amazon: As England enters World War II’s dark early days, spirited music professor Primrose Trent, recently arrived to the village of Chilbury, emboldens the women of the town to defy the Vicar’s stuffy edict to shutter the church’s choir in the absence of men and instead “carry on singing.” Resurrecting themselves as … More ARC Review: The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

ARC Review: Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh

Official Synopsis from Goodreads: After six years in England, Rachel has returned to Kenya and the farm where she spent her childhood, but the beloved home she’d longed for is much changed. Her father’s new companion—a strange, intolerant woman—has taken over the household. The political climate in the country grows more unsettled by the day … More ARC Review: Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh

ARC Review: The Ornatrix by Kate Howard

Official Synopsis: The passionate and elegantly dark tale of desire, obsession, and deceit by a talented new author. In this beautifully written debut, novelist Kate Howard proves herself to be a talent to watch, spinning a striking historical yarn packed with suspense and period detail worthy of Kate Mosse, Jessie Burton, or Tracy Chevalier. Flavia … More ARC Review: The Ornatrix by Kate Howard

ARC Review: The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg

Official Synopsis: The bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is at her superb best in this fun-loving, moving novel about what it means to be truly alive. Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening at the cemetery. Still Meadows, as it’s called, … More ARC Review: The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg

ARC Review: To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin

Official Synopsis from Goodreads: Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young Scottish widow and a French engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love. In February 1887, Caitriona Wallace and Émile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris, France–a … More ARC Review: To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin

ARC Review: Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Official Synopsis from Amazon: Drawing on Queen Victoria’s diaries, which she first started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, Daisy Goodwin―creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria and author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter―brings the young nineteenth-century monarch, who would go on to reign … More ARC Review: Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Stones From the River by Ursula Hegi: DNF and Discussion

Official Synopsis: From the acclaimed author of Floating in My Mother’s Palm and Children and Fire, a stunning story about ordinary people living in extraordinary times—“epic, daring, magnificent, the product of a defining and mesmerizing vision” (Los Angeles Times). Trudi Montag is a Zwerg—a dwarf—short, undesirable, different, the voice of anyone who has ever tried … More Stones From the River by Ursula Hegi: DNF and Discussion

ARC Review: Hell Bay by Will Thomas (Barker & Llewelyn Book 8)

Synopsis from Amazon: At the request of Her Majesty’s government, private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker agrees to take on his least favorite kind of assignment—he’s to provide security for a secret conference with the French government. The conference is to take place on the private estate of Lord Hargrave on a remote island off the … More ARC Review: Hell Bay by Will Thomas (Barker & Llewelyn Book 8)

Book Review & Book Club Discussion: The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Official Synopsis from Goodreads: Brooklyn, 1947: in the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born minutes apart to two women. They are sisters by marriage with an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic night; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and their once deep … More Book Review & Book Club Discussion: The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Book Review: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Official Synopsis from the back of the book: At the turn of the nineteenth century on a tobacco plantation in Virginia, young, white Lavinia, who was orphaned on her passage from Ireland, arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and is placed under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate, black daughter. Lavinia learns … More Book Review: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom