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The Pull of the Stars

Yes, I know I said I would start writing reviews on Sunday mornings instead of Saturday mornings now, but it was a holiday in the U.S., so that is my excuse for again being a day late. Incidentally, I had a great holiday yesterday– I went for a 5 mile hike in a local park,…

Burial Rites

Burial Rites has been on my bookshelf for a little while. I kept saving it for the winter because I felt that it would fit the season, but then I also thought that it would be a sad book, so I kept putting it off because I wasn’t in the mood. This novel is set…

Fingersmith

Fingersmith is a historical fiction novel set in Victorian England and filled with twists, devious plots and people, betrayal, and a female/female romance. Sue Trinder was raised on the harsh side of London by a house of thieves. Her mother figure buys and sells orphans, her father figure is a fence for stolen goods, and…

Daisy Jones & The Six

I loved Taylor Jenkins Reid’s previous release, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I loved Evelyn because it focused on a time period I’m fascinated by (old Hollywood), it had a great romance, and the twist caught me by surprise at the end. It just worked as a great novel. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn…

Homegoing

This book has been sitting on my shelf for at least two years. Everyone praised the book when it came out, but I never felt the urge to pick it up because I knew it would not be an easy read. And it wasn’t, but it wasn’t supposed to be. Homegoing discusses the slave trade,…

The Immortalists

A few months ago, I picked this up, liked the first chapter, and then put it down because I became too busy. Earlier this month I picked The Immortalists up again, and I regretted it. Not because it was horrible. I simply did not get along with it at all. Why? Well, it’s definitely a…

The Essex Serpent

Cora Seaborne’s husband has passed away. She isn’t terribly upset about this, but she knows she should act the part of the bereaved widow. Cora is a free spirit who enjoys nature and science. A woman being interested in these “masculine” subjects is frowned upon in 1890’s England, but she does not care. Upon hearing…