Category Archives: Book Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Death in St. Petersburg by Tasha Alexander

Book Quick Facts Title: Death in St. Petersburg Author: Tasha Alexander Rating: ★★★★★ Review Mysteries have a way of finding Lady Emily Hardgraves no matter what glittering city of Victorian Europe she finds herself. When she steps out of the warm ballet onto the snowy streets of St. Petersburg, she finds herself face to face…

Book Review: The Road to Paradise: A Vintage National Parks Novel

Book Quick Facts Title: The Road to Paradise Author: Karen Barnett Rating: ★★★★★ Review Nature calls to Margie Lane, promising to wrap her in its wild embrace and protect her from the city, her family and the problems she yearns to leave behind. What can’t a summer in the meadows and glaciers of Mount Ranier…

BOOK REVIEW: Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

Book Quick Facts Title: Death Below Stairs Author: Jennifer Ashley Rating: ★★★ Review   Kat Holloway accepts a position as the head cook in the London townhouse of a rich family. She cooks dinner. She goes to bed. Then she wakes up in the morning to find her kitchen assistant dead in the pantry. A…

Book Review: Unequal Affections by Lara S. Ormiston

  Book Quick Facts Title: Unequal Affections: A Pride & Prejudice Retelling Author: Lara S. Ormiston Rating: ★★★★★ Review Okay, can I just start this review by saying how much I love Unequal Affections? Is that even allowable in the book review world? Because if it isn’t, it should be. This book is amazing. Which…

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…

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…

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,…

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