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Book Review: The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato

Publisher: St. Martins Griffin, 2009 The Glassblower of Murano is a lovely historical fiction that tells two stories with great similarities. Set in Murano, a suburb of Venice, it intersperses the stories of a gifted glassblower, Corradino, in the seventeenth century with modern-day Leonora, an apprentice glassblower. Corradino is Leonora’s ancestor. She appears to have […]

Book Review: The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

Published by: Crown/Random House, 2014 An epistolary novel is a rare thing for me. I can only remember reading two other ones. I wanted to try The Divorce Papers because it seemed a little different, an interesting look behind the scenes, or should I say, in the locked file cabinets, at a law firm. It […]

Agatha: Easy To Kill or Murder Is Easy

As you know, I’ve been working my way through all of Agatha Christie’s novels in publication order. After reading her first thirty-seven books, I was getting a little tired of Hercule Poirot. I have a hunch Agatha (after thirty-eight books we are on a first name basis) was feeling the same way. I say that […]

Book Review: Sackett’s Land

There’s nothing like good historical fiction set in the “Old West.” Many of those stories were written by one of that genre’s legends, Louis L’Amour. That was back in the hey-day of the Western. In Mr. L’Amour’s one hundred plus novels he featured lots of different characters plus the characters in at least three different […]

Agatha Christie: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

Dodd, Mead & Company, 1941 Hercule Poirot had an appointment with his dentist. It seems to be a fairly normal busy day for the dentist, Dr. Morley. Poirot sees several people come and go while he is there. As it turns out, this is important. Somewhere in the middle of all of this the dentist […]

Book Review: At the River’s Edge by Mariah Stewart

Ballantine Books, 2014 At the River’s Edge is Book #7 in Mariah Stewart’s Chesapeake Diaries series. I have read them all. There are a couple of reasons I’ve stuck with the series. First of all, Mariah Stewart is a blog-friendly author. Secondly, I love the way she writes. She logically presents her characters and the […]

Book Review: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Morrow, 2013 Orphan Train is the story of two girls who have a lot in common. They don’t meet until Vivian is 91 and Molly is 17. It’s 2011 when we first meet Molly. As defined by parental presence, Molly is an orphan. Her dad is long-gone and her mom is in prison. She’s been […]

Book Review: The Supreme Macaroni Company

Author: Adriana Trigiani Publisher: Harper, November 2013 Genre: Fiction Format: Kindle via NetGalley Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours My Rating: B So many of my fellow Book Bloggers have been singing the praises of Adriana Trigiani for a long time. I finally decided to give this one a try. First, here is the summary […]

Book Review: Country Loving

Author: Cathy Woodman Publisher: Arrow,Random House in UK – September 2013 Genre: Fiction Format: eReader Source: Publisher vis TLC Book Tours My Rating: B I liked this novel a lot. It gave me the chance to spend some time on a dairy farm in Devon (south of London). I like stories where things are a […]

Take A Look At My New Quilt Plus A Book Review

Author: Sandra Dallas Publisher: St. Martins Press, 1998 Genre: Historical Fiction Format: Audiobook Source: Public Library My Rating: B I’ve had this book on my To-Read list for a couple of years. Something happened that made me push the book to the top and prompted me to read it. That something was a quilt I […]