Book Review: First Impressions: A Novel by Charlie Lovett

Book Quick Facts Title: First Impressions: A Novel Author: Charlie Lovett Rating: ★★★★ Review Sophie Collingwood grew up in a house with an impressive library-only she is never allowed in it. While her family doesn’t understand her bookish love, she finds a supporter in her eccentric uncle who always encourages her reading. Especially her reading…

Book Review: Manga Art

Book Quick Facts Title: Manga Art Author: Mark Crilley Rating: ★★★★ Review Have you ever looked at a piece of art and wondered what inspired the artist to create it? What technique did they use? What materials? Manga Art by Mark Crilley fulfills an inquisitive art lover’s dreams of getting a behind the scenes look…

Book Review: The Dashwood Sisters Tell All

Book Quick Facts Title: The Dashwood Sisters Tell All Author: Beth Pattillo Rating: ★★1/2 Review Ellen Dodge lives in sensible stretch shorts and the cold hard reality that her true love married someone else ten years ago. Mimi Dodge lives in tight pink miniskirts and the arms of this week’s doomed romance. The sisters share nothing…

What is an English Lord? Understand Peerage Titles in Period Dramas

What is an English Lord? Today we’ll be talking about the Lords, Ladies, and forms of address for the peerage of England. So, if you’re a fan of classic literature or period dramas, you’ve probably been introduced to a world of lords and ladies. In Jane Austen’s works, for example, we have Lady Catherine de…

Book Review: The Painter’s Daughter

Book Quick Facts Title: The Painter’s Daughter Author: Julie Klassen Rating: ★★★★ Review Sophie feels sure that handsome, wealthy, Wesley Overtree will marry her when she tells him about their child. Yet, she never gets the chance to speak those words and watch as joy and love fill his eyes. Instead, she finds his artist…

Book Review: Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

Book Quick Facts Title: Belgravia Author: Julian Fellowes Rating: ★★★ Review Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia introduces us to a familiar world where Young Queen Victoria has just recently taken the throne. Aristocrats remain firmly on top of the social world. Servants still scurry to do their backbreaking work for little pay and even less dignity. And…

5 Family Friendly Frontier Drama Series

When you of the old west, of what do you think? Does a world of desperadoes and gun-slingers fill your mind? Or is frontier world center around a small town with uplifting family principles? These five frontier dramas often combined the best of both of these, centered on small town life with the occasional introduction…

Book Review: Reading People by Anne Bogel

Title: Reading People Author: Anne Bogel Rating: ★★1/2 Personality tests! They’re as old as click-bait on the internet…okay, they’re hundreds of years older than that actually. In Anne Bogel’s Reading People, she goes over some of the best-known personality theory frameworks and from where they come. She also shows how understanding them, and thereby yourself,…

Why is Everyone Eloping in Gretna Green?

Why does Lydia Bennet want to get married at Gretna Green? Oh, Lydia Bennet, why do you make such trouble for your family? Besides being the biggest flirt in the country, you also decide to run away with reprehensible George Wickham to Gretna Green. But, wait, what is Gretna Green? Why would Lydia want to…

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