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While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
really liked it
Surprisingly engaging "women's fiction" novel, about three women who bond while watching Downton Abbey.
Aug 28, 2016
Aug 29, 2016
The Wicked City
liked it
Another entertaining novel from Williams, expertly blending a story from the past--that of Geneva Rose (aka Ginger) Kelly, a flapper from 1920s New Yo ...more
Dec 14, 2017
Dec 05, 2017
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
it was amazing
Would have never picked this up on my own, but SO glad a friend recommended it to me! Hysterically funny (really, I was laughing so hard I cried on th ...more
Jan 21, 2014
Jan 21, 2014
liked it
Loved the concept - a reimagining of Daphne du Maurier's classic Rebecca, complete with a newly married heroine and a manor house that's equally capti ...more
Sep 16, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
The Dream Keeper's Daughter
did not like it
Blech. Not having good luck lately with my time-travel picks. Again, this one sounded so promising - loved the title and especially loved the premise: ...more
Oct 16, 2017
Dec 07, 2017
Russian Winter
really liked it
This was one of those suspenseful novels that opens in the present-day, introduces a mystery (here, the secrets surrounding the jewels of a famous for ...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
The Little Women Letters
liked it
A companion book to Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women, featuring three (not four) sisters living in London (not Massachusetts). We have the abo ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Jan 11, 2012
A Place of Secrets
it was amazing
A really satisfying novel that melds past and present, with just a touch of the paranormal. Antiques appraiser Jude Gower acquires the perfect job - e ...more
Feb 03, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
The Knockoff
really liked it
Imogen Tate returns to Glossy, a prestigious fashion magazine, to find that her editorial position has been all but usurped by her former assistant, E ...more
Feb 27, 2018
Mar 15, 2018
The Borrower
liked it
Library Journal named this novel as a "top pick;" that, plus the fact that it featured a librarian and a reading-obsessed boy as the protagonists made ...more
Jul 20, 2011
Jul 21, 2011
The Fifth Petal
it was ok
A mix of police procedural and the paranormal, this would have been a perfect read during the Halloween season. As it was, I was intrigued by the sett ...more
Apr 26, 2017
Dec 18, 2017
In Another Life
liked it
Several of the cover blurbs referred to this novel as "evocative of Outlander, " and that's true in that here again the heroine is torn beween two era ...more
Feb 23, 2016
Feb 23, 2016
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
really liked it
Howe effortlessly twines together the parallel storylines of Connie Goodwin, a doctoral candidate at Harvard, and her Salem witch trial ancestors. It ...more
Dec 08, 2015
Dec 21, 2017
The Witch's Daughter (The Witch's Daughter, #1)
really liked it
I'm late to the party on this one, but I enjoyed it. Bess's story, beginning in the 1600s and moving to the present day, was a page-turning combo of h ...more
Jan 03, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
The Cookbook Collector
really liked it
A complex story of love, loss, and redemption, set just before September 11. Focusing on two sisters - Emily and Jessamine - the novel moves between t ...more
Dec 19, 2016
Dec 19, 2016
The Flight of Gemma Hardy
really liked it
A retelling of Jane Eyre, set in 1960s Scotland and Iceland. I really enjoyed this novel and thought the author took great care to remain true to the ...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 23, 2012
Black Rabbit Hall
liked it
A modern take on the Gothic, with the standard great house (falling apart picturesquely, with a hydrangea bush growing out of the ballroom floor); lon ...more
Feb 05, 2016
Feb 10, 2016
The Very Picture of You
really liked it
A portrait painter discovers the truth about herself--and her family's past--as she works on her latest commission.

I don't read a lot of "women's fict
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
A Desperate Fortune
it was amazing
Kearsley does it again, brilliantly intertwining the strands of the past with the present. Her modern-day protagonist, a computer programmer turned re ...more
Sep 04, 2016
Aug 31, 2016
The Madwoman Upstairs
really liked it
A young cousin of the Bronte siblings discovers that her father - an author himself - may be sending her messages from the grave. She journeys to Oxfo ...more
Mar 06, 2016
Mar 09, 2016
The Bookseller
liked it
A classic "what-if" novel, where the choice the protagonist makes causes her life - and the story - to branch in two very different directions: one wh ...more
Dec 27, 2015
Feb 12, 2016
The House Between Tides
liked it
Hetty Deveraux, a descendent of the Edwardian artist Theo Blake, inherits the house in Scotland where he retreated to paint. Upon arriving to inspect ...more
Sep 24, 2016
Sep 26, 2016
Mrs Queen Takes the Train
really liked it
What if Mrs. Queen - Queen Elizabeth II of England, that is - felt a little melancholy and decided that a trip to her old yacht would cheer her up? An ...more
Jul 27, 2016
Sep 19, 2016
The Island House
really liked it
A genre-crossing, time-hopping, fascinating read. On a remote Scottish island, a lonely archaeologist uncovers physical evidence of pagan and Christia ...more
Jun 02, 2012
Oct 04, 2012
The Rose Garden
liked it
I am a huge fan of Susanna Kearsley's and was eagerly awaiting this book. As always, Kearsley's prose is a delight - she writes just beautifully. I al ...more
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
Pioneer Girl
really liked it
The protagonist, a PhD in literature, receives a gold pin supposedly given to her Vietnamese grandfather by Rose Wilder Lane, and sets off to discover ...more
Aug 27, 2016
Aug 23, 2016
The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)
it was amazing
LOVED it. A totally unusual love story, told from the perspective of a genetics professor (who quite possibly has Asperger's) undertaking a Wife Proje ...more
Jan 08, 2014
Jan 08, 2014
The Firebird (Slains, #2)
it was amazing
I adore Susanna Kearsley's novels--she is a master at blending history, mystery, romance, and a touch of the paranormal into a modern Gothic. This lat ...more
Aug 07, 2017
Jan 08, 2013
The Gilder
it was ok
Explores how the past can affect the present...or how a mother's choices while as a young woman come back to haunt her relationship with her daughter. ...more
Feb 28, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
The Language of Flowers
liked it
I enjoyed this book but found it a difficult read - the protagonist, Victoria Jones, had such a difficult childhood (growing up in a series of terribl ...more
Feb 27, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
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