Fall 2018 Updates

So far, most of my 2018 posts have been book reviews.  This is because things have been busy. The beginning of the year saw my husband and I house hunting.  With the market in our area, it took several months of looking and seeing probably 50+ homes to find the one we purchased.  It wasn’t…

Cover: The Kennedy Debutante

Review: The Kennedy Debutante

The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Mahler Berkley Books, 2018. Hardcover, 384 pages. Starting with Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy’s debut into London society, this novel envisions the life of the glamourous Kennedy daughter from her father’s debut as ambassador to London in 1938 through the end of World War II.  Despite what the press may say, not…

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.…

Cover: The Sapphire Widow

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…