Book Review: Longhorn

Author: Jo Baker Publisher: Knopf, 2013 Format: Audiobook, Narrated by Emma Fielding Longbourn is the title of this book. If you are a Pride and Prejudice fan, you’ll recognize Longbourn as the setting for Jane Austin’s famous novel. The author, Jo Baker, took the setting and turned it into a completely different story. Many have […]

Book Review: The Spider Woman’s Daughter

Author: Anne Hillman Publisher: Harper Collins 2013 Format: Audiobook, Read perfectly by Christina Delaine My husband and I “discovered” Tony Hillerman’s books back in the 1980s when we were driving back and forth between our home in the Kansas City area and Santa Fe, New Mexico where are two oldest children were going to college. […]

Book Review: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspeare

Author: Jacqueline Winspeare Publisher: Penguin Group 2003 Format: Audiobook read by Rita Barrington Earlier this year I read the latest book, A Dangerous Place, in this Maisie Hobbs series. It was the twelfth book in the author’s series, but I liked it so much that I suggested to one of my books clubs that we […]

Book Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The purpose of the More Diverse Universe Challenge is to draw attention to authors of color. As you can see, I’m a few days late in celebrating my second author in this challenge. (See my post celebrating Zora Neale Hurston HERE.) So even though I’m late, I’m posting anyway. I don’t think it hurts to draw attention […]

Book Tour: Murder and Other Natural Disasters

Author: Lida Sideris Publisher: The Wild Rose Press Inc. September 2015 Why I Read This Book: I do subscribe to this theory: You can judge a book by it’s cover. I do it all the time without picking loads of disastrous stories. When I saw the cover (and the title) of this book I immediately […]

Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling

Author: Robert Galbraith (Pen name of J.K. Rowling) Publisher: Mulholland Books 2013 Format: Audibook narrated by Robert Glenister Why I Read This Book: It was a book club selection, but I told myself I’d read only the first chapter. I really didn’t want to read it as I’m not a Harry Potter fan. Although the […]

Book Review: That Chesapeake Summer by Mariah Stewart

This is the sixth year in a row Mariah Stewart has given us a touching summer romance set in the small town of St. Denis. Thanks to her previous nine novels, I already know most of the prominent citizens. I always enjoy touching base with those people and then meeting a new two-some. In That […]

A Summer Reading Classic: Coming Home by Rosamund Pilcher

For years my summer reading always included a novel by Rosamunde Pilcher. Her character-rich stories always took me off to the English countryside to meet interesting people who would soon become my friends. Now that the author is no longer writing, I decided to go back and re-read one of my favorites. Coming Home is […]

A Golden Age Mystery: The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude

Originally Published in 1936, Re-published by Poisoned Pen Press in 2015 There isn’t much I enjoy more than reading mysteries written during the Golden Age of Mystery, the time period between the two world wars. It’s the reason I’m so obsessed with Agatha Christie’s books. This time period is a less harried time, the plots […]

Book Review: Madame President

Author: Nicolle Wallace Publisher: Atria Books, April 28, 2015 Genre: Literary Fiction Nicolle Wallace is one of the co-hosts on TV’s The View. Ms. Wallace has also been a communications director for George W. Bush and an advisor to Sarah Pallin when she was running for the vice-presidency. Obviously, Ms. Wallace knows a bit about […]