Friday, April 28, 2017

Gutsy Gal - Martha Louise Black

Martha Louise Black was a true lady, but with a very tough constitution. In 1898 she abandoned Chicago society and went north to take part in the exciting Kondike Gold Rush. Fascinated by the North, Martha opened a milling business to support her three sons by her first marriage. At the age of 70, she entered politics and campaigned on foot throughout the vast Yukon and became the second woman ever elected to the Canadian Parliament. She was known for her great style and spirit. It was these qualities that made her a great legend of the North!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Scandalous Bad Girl - Alice Adeline Cooke

Alice Adeline Cooke

Alice gained notoriety as a bigamist and thief. By the age of 24 she had amassed an impressive number of and at least two husbands that we know of. It's not hard to see why. Even the police were taken with her beauty. They described her as "rather good looking". 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan


For readers of Lilac Girls and The Nightingale, The Chilbury Ladies' Choir unfolds the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of a village choir during World War II

As England becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II and the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village forge an uncommon bond. They defy the Vicar’s stuffy edict to close the choir and instead “carry on singing,” resurrecting themselves as the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. We come to know the home-front struggles of five unforgettable choir members: a timid widow devastated when her only son goes to fight; the older daughter of a local scion drawn to a mysterious artist; her younger sister pining over an impossible crush; a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia hiding a family secret; and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past. 
An enchanting ensemble story that shuttles from village intrigue to romance to the heartbreaking matters of life and death, Jennifer Ryan’s debut novel thrillingly illuminates the true strength of the women on the home front in a village of indomitable spirit.


The Chilbury Ladies Choir is a heartwarming novel set in England during World War II. It is an epistolary novel told through letters and journal entries of several women in the town of Chilbury. What is most charming are the unique personalities of the characters - the widow, the busybody, the refugee, and more. With all the men gone to war, they are forced to recreate their choir as "Ladies Only". There are secrets, romances, triumphs, and great sadness too which takes the reader on a continual roller coaster of emotion. I am not surprised that this book has reached national bestseller status. It is sure to please!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bad Girl - Susan Joyce

This is Susan Joyce. Susan was caught stealing stealing 6s 5d from a gas meter at a house. When the occupant of the house noticed the meter's broken lock and the money extracted, the police were called.  

Susan's sister, Ellen, did nothing to protect her wayward sister. In fact, she ratted on Susan and told the police that Susan came to her came to her house with her apron full of copper. Susan had no choice but to admit her crime to the investigating detectives. She relinquished the money and was dutifully charged. She was fined 5s and 10s in costs. 

Vintage Beauty circa 1900 to 1910