Cover: Becoming Belle

Review: Becoming Belle

Becoming Belle by Nuala O’Connor G.P. Putnam and Sons, 2018.  Hardcover, 384 pages. This based on a true story novel tells the story of Belle Bilton.  Belle grew up with three sisters in a middle-class military family but dreamed of the stage.  In 1887, Belle left her family for London and took to the stage.…

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Review: The Sapphire Widow

The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies Crown, 2018.  Hardcover, 368 pages. Set several years after the events in The Tea Planter’s Wife, Jefferies returns to the setting of Ceylon.  This time, the story focuses on Louisa Reeve and her family.  Louisa grew up as a motherless daughter of a gem dealer. Her father, Jonathan, loved…

Cover: Burning Sky

Review: Burning Sky

Burning Sky by Lori Benton Waterbrook Press, 2013.  Trade paperback, 416 pages. Benton’s debut novel from 2013 is a wonderful depiction of life on the western fringes on early America.  Opening with the return of Willa Oberchain to her hometown of Shiloh, New York, one is quickly introduced to the two main characters.  Willa discovers…