June 3, 2019

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

The “volcanically sexy” (USA Today) bestseller about a widow and her daughter who take a young couple into their home in 1920s London. It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa—a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants—life is about to be transformed,
May 30, 2019

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart

It's all a grand adventure when English Christy Mansel unexpectedly runs into her cousin Charles in Damascus. And being young, rich, impetuous, and used to doing whatever they please, they decide to barge in uninvited on their eccentric Great-Aunt Harriet—despite a long-standing family rule strictly forbidding unannounced visits.
May 28, 2019

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings by Helen Jukes

A fascinating, insightful and inspiring account of a novice beekeeper's year of keeping honeybees, which will appeal to readers of H is For Hawk and The Outrun. Entering her thirties, Helen Jukes feels trapped in an urban grind of office politics and temporary addresses – disconnected, stressed. Struggling to settle into her latest job and home in Oxford,
May 27, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will alter her destiny…and it’s a lie that will remain buried until the next century. Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz.
May 25, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Love or Nearest Offer by Adele Geras

What if your estate agent could find you not just your perfect house, but your perfect job, your perfect partner... your perfect new life? On paper, Iris Atkins is an estate agent, but she's not just good at finding suitable houses for her clients.
May 23, 2019

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: Season of Storm by Susannah Kearsley

When Celia Sands arrives at a remote Italian villa to star in the first performance of a deceased playwright's masterpiece, she is instantly drawn to the mysteries surrounding the play -- and to her compelling, compassionate employer.
May 22, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Huntress by Kate Quinn

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…Bold, reckless Nina Markova grows up on the icy edge of Soviet Russia, dreaming of flight and fearing nothing. When the tide of war sweeps over her homeland, she gambles everything to join the infamous Night Witches,
May 20, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and The Mystery of Consciousness by Kate Cole-Adams

A hundred and seventy years ago many people would have chosen to die rather than undergo the ordeal of surgery. Today, even major operations are routine. Anaesthesia has made them possible. But how much do we really know about what happens when we go under?
May 16, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in.Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than up to the task.