REVIEW: Of Women and Salt

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I planned this post for today as Mexico plays a role for two of the characters but now that I’ve read it, none of the women are actually Mexican so bear with the fact that it doesn’t really make sense for today (best laid plans right?). Either way – Viva Mexico!Continue reading “REVIEW: Of Women and Salt”

REVIEW: The Order

The Order is a story that imagines an underground Catholic network who are trying to sway the election of a new pope. I like stories like this, ones that take just a slight tweak of real life and show you just how things could be. I really liked the main characters and the complexity ofContinue reading “REVIEW: The Order”

REVIEW: Find Me in Havana

“And what have I taught you about song?” “That songs transport us. “That’s right. If it has its voice, it is not trapped.” ———————————— I don’t know what it is about stories in Havana, but I am enamored. I also really love stories about old Hollywood… So this one was right up my alley. WeContinue reading “REVIEW: Find Me in Havana”

REVIEW: A Dance with Donegal

I’m very torn about how to rate this one, I really enjoyed the story but had a few issues with the structure of the story that kept this from being a perfect story for me. I tore through it because I love stories of Ireland and I found Moira to be so endearing and IContinue reading “REVIEW: A Dance with Donegal”

REVIEW: Libertie

“-we must work hard and be good even in freedom. That’s what you telling me. With rules like that, don’t it make you wonder what freedom’s for?” ———————— Wow, what a heavy story about freedom, identity and the weight of love. Libertie made me so frustrated at every turn. And so did her mother. AndContinue reading “REVIEW: Libertie”

REVIEW: Half-Life

As a female scientist myself, I am here for all the stories I can find about trail-blazing women in the field. Marie Curie, the first female Nobel Prize (ultimately the winner of two) is one that I greatly admire but I didn’t know much about her personal life. Cantor tells us the story of howContinue reading “REVIEW: Half-Life”

Pub Day Review: The Rebel Nun

“‘Perhaps you should think less and pray more.’ I shook my head and dropped back down on the bench. Was even this champion of the Holy Cross now adopting the church’s new attitude toward women? ‘What would you say if I suggested you think less and pray more.’ I asked. ‘But I’m a m-… poet.’Continue reading “Pub Day Review: The Rebel Nun”

Review: The Lost Apothecary

The Lost Apothecary is a dual timeline historical fiction / mystery story which brings you between modern times and 1790s London. When Caroline arrives in London on her first trip from the US she stumbles upon a group who are mudlarking, which is looking at tidal earth when the Thames has receded for historical artifacts.Continue reading “Review: The Lost Apothecary”

REVIEW: Where the Lost Wander

“… his thoughts, when he shares them, are like little shoots of green grass on a dry prairie. The flowers on the prickly pears that grow among the rocks.” —————————————— I adore stories of the American Prairie and pioneer times. There is such beauty in the untamed land, passion in indigenous stories and strength inContinue reading “REVIEW: Where the Lost Wander”

REVIEW: The Paris Library

“… a library without members is a cemetery of books… Books are like people; without contact, they cease to exist.” ——————————– The Paris Library is really about the American Library in Paris and its unique cast of characters. Odile is passionate about reading and working despite her parent’s wishes as the war reaches France. TheContinue reading “REVIEW: The Paris Library”