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A City of Bells (Torminster, #1)
Such a sweet and gentle book. it is a beautiful thing when a sensitive and creative child is brought up in a steady, encouraging serene atmosphere. An...more
Dec 29, 2009
Dec 29, 2009
Tyringham Park
Tyringham Park is an unusual novel. The cover review equates it to the Last September meets Downton Abbey, which is what initially drew me in. While i...more
Aug 30, 2014
Sep 09, 2014
The House at the End of Hope Street: A Novel
This rating is based on the imaginative joy and inspiration this book brings. It's not for the quality of writing which is sadly lacking in more than...more
Aug 02, 2014
Aug 01, 2014
Still She Wished for Company
I've never read a ghost story quite this. A ghost story? A love story? the past being haunted by the future story? I was left at the end with so many...more
Mar 04, 2010
Mar 03, 2010
A Month in the Country
A small gem of a book spanning one summer in a small town in Yorkshire. It covers the delights of work (in this case, art restoration) and the gentle...more
Jun 27, 2014
Jun 27, 2014
Cinnamon and Gunpowder
This book has amazing food passages (told from the viewpoint of a chef stolen from his home by a pirate queen) and oddly insightful and beautiful pass...more
Feb 12, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
The Forgotten Garden
I adore the plots of Morton's books: haunted houses from an elegant age, dysfunctional families, and sympathetic female characters who meet up with sy...more
May 10, 2014
Aug 01, 2013
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
There are so many Wes Anderson touches in this story it's odd- cute fish, small black flags with "N" and lots of happily ending adventures. I nominate...more
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Aug 22, 2014
The Seance
I really enjoyed the author's excellent use of multiple narrators. The various narrations rested in each other like nesting boxes and each moved seaml...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
No One Could Have Guessed the Weather
I was initially unimpressed by this book. One of the main characters who opens the novel, comes across self-involved, boring and self-absorbed. Pick w...more
Dec 2013
Jan 05, 2014

I was surprised to run into “Flush” because I’m fairly acquainted with Woolf’s writing (I’m a huge fan of her Common Readers) but I ha...more
Nov 05, 2009
Nov 06, 2009
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
“…and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.” This is excerpt from the back of...more
Oct 08, 2009
Oct 14, 2009
Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners
I picked up this book solely due to my mother's ongoing complaints about her own mother's obsession on Emily Post's etiquette. Growing up, my mother r...more
Mar 02, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
The Brontës Went to Woolworths
**spoiler alert** This my second time through reading the book. I've always loved the first half which introduces us to the Carne sisters with Deidre...more
Sep 2010
Aug 29, 2010
Jane Eyre
**spoiler alert** What struck me at once about Jane Eyre was her incredible refusal to throw her self on the altar of anyone’s desire or command. She...more
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Apr 19, 2010
The Broken Teaglass
This is a quiet little book that grew on me. The protagonist is very lovable. He reminded me so much of Ian from Ann Tyler's "Saint Maybe." Both are f...more
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 13, 2010
An Untamed State
This is a soul wrenching read. I wasn't sure if I could make it through until I read Gay's essay, "The Careless Language of Sexual Violence." http://t...more
Sep 18, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
Wuthering Heights
I've read this book a handful of times through my 30+ life span and each time, I've loathed it. This time, however, I did not.
I had the greatest good...more
Dec 03, 2011
Nov 25, 2011
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
SPOILER WARNING! consider yourself warned. yep.

“The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane” by Katherine Howe pretty much jumped at me from off the shelf a...more
Oct 26, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
Coming Home
An immensely enjoyable read that though large, never gets dull. Every time I picked it up, I dived right in and in one day, I read half of the book- t...more
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
Keeping the Castle
Imagine my surprise when I tumbled into this book, expecting another sweet romance and finding instead, characters speaking, talking and even acting i...more
Jul 04, 2013
Jul 02, 2013
The Little Stranger
I would have never connected a poltergeist with the story of a family in England seeing the great decline of their own upper class and therefor the gr...more
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May 20, 2009
The Slaves of Solitude
This is book was completely unexpected. Who would think that life of 38 year old, spinster Enid Roach would prove so insightful and delightful? Sure,...more
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May 20, 2009
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women
It was refreshing to dive into the life of a such a strong and forceful personality. It was Louisa's incredible drive that led her to success and fame...more
Jan 27, 2010
Jan 04, 2010
Noah's Compass
This is a book about my father- and all the people who are always so emotionally distant and nonchalant no matter how much we love them. Liam is a man...more
Jan 24, 2010
Jan 23, 2010
The Last Dragonslayer (The Last Dragonslayer, #1)
Yet another great read from fantasy writer, Jasper Fforde. This one is set around the plucky Jennifer Strange, a foundling running an ailing magicians...more
Jul 19, 2013
Jul 19, 2013
The Girl Who Chased the Moon
**spoiler alert** Addison Allen is getting better and better and this novel proves it. I stretched it over three days and wished it would go on indefi...more
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Mar 28, 2010
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
This is a gentle book- it's a great pleasure to get to know the Major and his dry wit and see the world through his "old git" eyes. It's all about the...more
Apr 13, 2010
Apr 09, 2010
The Sorrows of Young Werther
The "Werther" opera is opening this winter and I've always meant to read the book so I picked it up. What a fun surprise. The narrator is quirky, ador...more
Nov 14, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
The Pigeon Pie Mystery
"Pigeon Pie" set in the 1890's at Hampton Court Palace, one of the palaces for the British Monarchy and at the time of the story, now divided into "gr...more
Jan 22, 2013
Dec 23, 2012
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