The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Fun, wry, ridiculous love story set in the LA world of bookstores, quiz shoes and freeways. Nina Hill is a wonderful introverted anxious young adult character  whose whole life is disrupted during the course of the book. An only child, she finds out she has a family about which she never guessed.  A bookstore employee, […]


Stone River Crossing by Tom Tingle

Stone River Crossing by Tom Tingle

Martha Tom,  a Choctaw girl, crosses the river and befriends Lil’ Mo whose enslaved family works on a plantation in the Southeastern United States in the early 1800’s.  Soon after, Lil’ Mo’s family is threatened with forced separation.  Told with humor, warmth and heart, this story has a climax based on Choctaw folklore, told with […]


The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

Historical fiction meets fantasy in this story of travel, adventure and friendship during the Victorian era. Merrick Tremayne, a botanist injured while smuggling opium for the East India Company, is sent by them to Peru to steal shoots from the “quinine tree” so that the Company will have its own supply. Merrick finds forests full […]


Father Brown TV series [seasons 1-6]

Father Brown TV series [seasons 1-6]

Golly, there are a lot of murders in Kembleford! And if it weren’t for clever, observant and somewhat nosy Father Brown of St. Mary’s Catholic church, played by the perfectly cast Mark Williams (Mr. Weasley from Harry Potter), not a single one of them would be solved. Charm and period quaintness (early 1950s) abound in […]


Waning Age by S.E. Grove

Waning Age by S.E. Grove

Imagine a world where everyone loses their emotions once they become a teen.  This is Natalia Peña’s reality.  Natalia and her brother, Calvino,  are parentless and living with guardians.   Calvino is a few years younger and his emotions should have started to wane, but they’re not.  After Calvino takes a test regarding his emotions at […]


The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Based on the true stories of the brave and intrepid women spies of WWI, this novel flies with excitement, terror, dread. Told in two voices, that of the spy Eve Gardiner, code name Marguerite, as she is recruited and, in spite of enormous fear, acts with great ingenuity, and of Charlie St. Claire, an unmarried […]


A Circle of Elephants

A Circle of Elephants

This is a well written, heartfelt story of a thirteen year old Elephant boy in 1975 Nepal who works with his “elephant brother, Hira Prashad,” to keep animals and humans safe in the Boarderlands area.  A Circle of Elephants is a sequel and throughout the text refers to the protagonists’ earlier experiences, captured in What […]


Cogheart

Cogheart

Wonderful (and terrifying) story set in a terrific steampunk world replete with airships, mechanical animals, and very bad guys with silver eyes. A page turner with heart and wind up keys. Lily lost her mother years ago – and now word comes that her father’s been lost in an airship accident. Then her governess threatens […]


The Flatshare

The Flatshare

Just want to button hole you and say, Read this great book! The Flatshare is a fantastic contemporary romantic comedy written by a millennial for millennial readers, but everyone will enjoy and learn from it. Tiffy is an underpaid editor at a Crafts & How To publisher looking for a fast way to move out […]


Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century by Lorene Carey

Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century by Lorene Carey

Written in a conversational style, like listening to the friend who starts stories in the middle, this memoir is of the year Lorene and her family shared their home with her 100 year old grandmother, so they could help her as she came to the end of her life. The story wraps the reader in […]