Fiction, Historical, Romance

Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore

League of Extraordinary Women #3 And now we have the third in the series, and the first one I read because I’m obsessed with Scotland. I enjoyed this one, but it is ultimately probably my least favorite of the three, mostly for the last few chapters. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Going toe-to-toe with a brooding… Continue reading Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore

Fiction, Historical, Romance

A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

League of Extraordinary Women #2 This one wound up being the third one I read, but my favorite of the three so far. Lucie (and her cat Boudicca) are my favorites from the series thus far and I will certainly be naming my next cat Boudicca in her honor.  Synopsis From the publisher marketing:A lady… Continue reading A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

Fiction, Historical, Romance

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

League of Extraordinary Women #1 So I had been waiting to write reviews for the three books in this series until this fall to coincide with the release of the fourth book in the series but it’s now been pushed back. Again. To September of 2023. So before I forget everything that happened in these… Continue reading Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

Fiction, Historical

Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

Hester was sent to me while still in the manuscript stage last October. It’s been a very long time since I read The Scarlet Letter, but given my love of the Emma-Stone-led Easy A, I figured I could do with reading another adaptation. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Isobel Gamble is a young seamstress carrying generations… Continue reading Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

Fiction, Historical

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I learned early last year that I would read anything Taylor Jenkins Reid writes. Her talent for creating the most compelling, yet often unlikeable, characters and making you root for their happiness is a true talent and a gift to readers everywhere. When I learned she would be writing Carrie Soto’s story, a character first… Continue reading Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Fiction, Historical

The Words I Never Wrote by Jane Thynne

Inspiration for Reading: Historical fiction has been my genre of choice for nearly as long as I can remember. I pretty much went from reading Boxcar Children mysteries to historical fiction. And in particular, a novel about women during World War II is always sure to catch my attention. Synopsis From the back cover:New York,… Continue reading The Words I Never Wrote by Jane Thynne

Fiction, Historical, Social Themes

Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

The Jane Austen Society #2 To say I pestered our sales rep endlessly for a manuscript of Bloomsbury Girls would be an understatement. As soon as I knew it was coming (summer 2020 when I did a virtual event with Natalie for the bookstore) I asked at least biweekly when I would be allowed to… Continue reading Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

Fantasy, Fiction, Historical

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

I love all things pertaining to dragons and I was immediately sucked in by the description of When Women Were Dragons. I'd heard wonderful things about Kelly's middle grade novels and her first adult novel certainly did not disappoint. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Alex Green is a young girl in a world much like ours,… Continue reading When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

Fiction, Historical

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

I read this book in September of last year when I was in a "mid-century feminist fiction" mood and had just finished The Kitchen Front and Bloomsbury Girls and was looking for a book with a similar feel. This one had just come across my desk from the publisher and I hungrily devoured it in… Continue reading Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Fiction, Historical

The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

In an effort to read more of my advance reader copies that I'd been hoarding on my shelves, and to continue with my mid-century feminist historical cozy fiction kick, I picked up The Kitchen Front last September. (I'm publishing the review now because the paperback is out on Tuesday here in the States). Synopsis From… Continue reading The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan