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

Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly

From author Lara Elena Donnelly, a debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup
Trust no one with anything – especially in Amberlough City.
Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, especially from Aristide Makricosta. They suit each other: Aristide turns a blind eye to Cyril’s clandestine affairs, and Cyril keeps his lover’s moonlighting job as a smuggler under wraps.
Cyril participates on a mission that leads to disastrous results, leaving smoke from various political fires smoldering throughout the city. Shielding Aristide from the expected fallout isn’t easy, though, for he refuses to let anything – not the crooked city police or the mounting rage from radical conservatives – dictate his life.
Enter streetwise Cordelia Lehane, a top dancer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, who could be the key to Cyril’s plans—if she can be trusted. As the twinkling lights of nightclub marquees yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means — and people — necessary. Including each other.
Combining the espionage thrills of le CarrĂ© with the allure of an alternate vintage era, Amberlough will thoroughly seduce and enthrall you.

I admit that I hesitated when I received this historical fantasy book to review, because I am a true die hard historical fiction afficionado. But as soon as I started reading it, I was immediately delighted. The writing is lovely and the characters flawed and fascinating. A nicely intricate plot that is easy to follow, culminates in a wholly satisfying ending that draws together all the characters. This is an exciting new read. And although I specialize in women's fiction, this novel transcends gender and will appeal to both sexes! Truly a delight!