Book Review: The Henna Artist

Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel.Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city … Continue reading Book Review: The Henna Artist

Book Review- Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown

An extraordinary memoir of drama, tragedy, and royal secrets by Anne Glenconner--a close member of the royal circle and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. As seen on Netflix's The Crown. Anne Glenconner has been at the center of the royal circle from childhood, when she met and befriended the future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, the … Continue reading Book Review- Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown

Book Review: The Splendid and The Vile

On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and … Continue reading Book Review: The Splendid and The Vile

Book Review: Gold Rush Girl

Newbery Medalist Avi brings us mud-caked, tent-filled San Francisco in 1848 with a willful heroine who goes on an unintended -- and perilous -- adventure to save her brother. Victoria Blaisdell longs for independence and adventure, and she yearns to accompany her father as he sails west in search of real gold! But it is … Continue reading Book Review: Gold Rush Girl

Book Review: The Dutch House

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a … Continue reading Book Review: The Dutch House

Book Review: On Snowden Mountain

Note to parents: We're using it in our 8th grade Home Ed curriculum this year. I'll write up a post over at GoodEnoughHomeschool.Com with a book list this weekend. I adore historical fiction. I've based my entire home education program on intertwining great stories with factual spine books, so that my kids not only get … Continue reading Book Review: On Snowden Mountain

Book Review- Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor

https://www.amazon.com/Gold-Digger-Remarkable-Baby-Tabor-ebook/dp/B07P6VXF97/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=gold+digger+Rebecca+Rosenberg&qid=1559917517&s=gateway&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=1e8b1d053c01d7310e5d5258fde3d046&language=en_US This book is free right now on Kindle Unlimited, but I'd have paid to read it. Confession: this is the first book I've read about that period in Colorado that wasn't for kids. It was a treacherous time to be a woman out there for sure.In 1878, Lizzie didn't have much choice about getting … Continue reading Book Review- Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor

Book Review-The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding

https://www.amazon.com/Gown-Novel-Royal-Wedding/dp/0062674951/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Gown%3A+A+Novel+of+the+Royal+Wedding&qid=1559500949&s=gateway&sr=8-1 I've read a lot about World War 2, and this is such a fresh take on Britain just before Queen Elizabeth gets married. It's not so much about the Royal Wedding despite the title. The story has three narrators, Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin are embroiderers who worked on The Dress themselves. Heather Mackenzie … Continue reading Book Review-The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding