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

Book Club, Fiction, Mystery

The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex

Book club is back! We have a new name, again, but now that I have a new bookstore to work at, I’m hoping this one will be the one to stick. We’ve had some major shuffling in the last two and a half years - countless virtual meetings, a false start in July, and now… Continue reading The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex

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

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