A 3.5 star read for me. While I liked the mystery of what happened to Charlotte and I can usually roll with unreliable narrators, I found Sue & heA 3.5 star read for me. While I liked the mystery of what happened to Charlotte and I can usually roll with unreliable narrators, I found Sue & her diary entries of the past to be irritating. This was definitely a page turner but once the past and present converged this was a crackfic hot mess and I kept reading to see how far the author was going to take this. If I'd known this was how the book was going to read, I'd have saved it for a vacation beach read. It was that kind of melodramatic. Still, I'm glad I read it as it's been on my TBR list for some time and all in all, I'd read another book by this author....more
Definitely a 4.5 read and a favorite for sure! I'm a sucker for department store stories and Marshall Field & Co is about as storied as they comeDefinitely a 4.5 read and a favorite for sure! I'm a sucker for department store stories and Marshall Field & Co is about as storied as they come so I was pretty excited to read this one. Delia and Marshall had a more than 30 year affair and it wasn't until both their original spouses had expired that Delia became "Mrs. Field". The story of a long romance between the young woman and the man many years her senior reminded me of A Triple Knot by Emma Campion (I read it last year). There was a lot that took place over the span of the story and I won't spoil it but I do think Arthur Caton and Nannie Field are two of the more interesting characters featured. I admit to not being a bit sorry when Nannie's storyline concluded & considering she was the first Mrs. Field and had a legitimate claim to post a grievance about, that took some doing. Arthur's story was just heart-breaking and poignant. I did tire a bit of Delia's shaking & apprehensiveness over being shunned by the socialite circuit. This spanned years and I felt that as she was carrying on her affair as pretty much public knowledge she shouldn't have expected any other, she shouldn't have cared nor should she have craved those two-faced bitter chicks phony attention for a minute. Still, this was a very good and long look at some very interesting characters and there are also great descriptions of the Chicago fire, beautiful homes and the various iterations of Marshall Field's stores over time. If you're a fan, Selfridge even features into the story here and I enjoyed that as well.
I'd definitely recommend this one to historical fiction fans, department store story fans and just anyone looking for a good weekend read. ...more
This was another 3.5 read for me. Like the first book, I'm really here for the world-building and insight to the universe these characters inhabit. ThThis was another 3.5 read for me. Like the first book, I'm really here for the world-building and insight to the universe these characters inhabit. The main characters of Jubilee and Flynn are much like Lilac and Tarver were for me in the first book, not terribly memorable and I'm glad I won't have to spend the next book with them as I feel they couldn't carry another book either. I know this is a YA series but I still had as hard a time getting into the "high ranked teenage solider" with Lee as I did with Tarver in the first book. I accept it but I'm still side-eyeing on the wish-fulfillment front. And speaking of wish-fulfillment, some credibility was lost when Flynn was described as being so beautiful as to "have been put together by an artist". Stop. As I said, I'm not in this for the romance, such as it is, I truly think the strengths of this series and this book, is in the environs & what's actually happening with the war and TerraDyn (corporations) and government/politics. I think the author could have done something great with an adult-centric story in this universe as I find that terribly interesting. It's still light scifi but the world is a scifi worthy one. And on that basis alone, I'll read the next. ...more
More like a 3.5 actually. I've read other cozy mysteries by the author & figured I'd give another a go (they had the first two available at the liMore like a 3.5 actually. I've read other cozy mysteries by the author & figured I'd give another a go (they had the first two available at the library and that's what really motivated me to pick this one up). Like her other series, these are quick reads and easy to follow. I will say that I found this opener stronger than the Hat Shoppe series and that was nice. I'd definitely recommend this for fans of cozies looking for a new series or fans of the author. ...more