Yearly Archives: 2016


Titanic: The Story of The Unsinkable Ship

This book is written by Henry Freeman as part of the Hourly History series. Available in both ebook and paperback - I read the Kindle edition. I have long been interested in the facts and the myths that surround the Titanic and have read accounts of that fateful night from just about every perspective. Titanic: [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:13+00:00December 24th, 2016|Book Reviews|0 Comments

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Although I am a product of the 1960s and 1970s, I must admit to not having read anything by this author before finding Ragtime on a markdown pile at my local bookseller. Thus I embarked on a journey that I hoped was historical and entertaining. I found what I was seeking. Ragtime follows the lives [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:13+00:00December 23rd, 2016|Book Reviews|0 Comments

A Duke To Remember by Kelly Bowen

  Come with me to old London, where actress Elise de Vries captivates theatergoers with her nightly performances. But there's more to this young woman than meets the eye. When not onstage, Miss de Vries users her skills at disguise to work undercover for a firm of private detectives who specialize in handling scandals among [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:13+00:00December 11th, 2016|Book Reviews|0 Comments

Only Beloved by Mary Balogh

  It's difficult to come into a series and begin reading with the final book. In a well-written series this should not be a problem and after reading Only Beloved I truly wished I had read the previous books in the Survivors Club series as there were many instances where characters and situations were referred [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:13+00:00December 11th, 2016|Book Reviews|0 Comments

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall-Smith

  Precious Ramotswe is the owner and principal of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency; Grace Makutski is her self-promoting sidekick/secretary/co-director. Together these two take on the problems of the townspeople of Gaborone in Botswana is a down-home, common-sense manner. In this seventeenth book in the series, the ladies undertake the task of finding a [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:13+00:00December 11th, 2016|Book Reviews|0 Comments

Opening Lines

Every reader, and every author, knows that the way to draw you into a story is to have an intriguing yet easily understandable opening. For example, Charles Dickens opened his Tale of Two Cities with, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times". Without a great opening, or 'hook' in writers' [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:13+00:00November 12th, 2016|General Observations|0 Comments

A Wave From Mama by A. Robert Allen (Book Review)

  We are all products of our past. And that is very true for young Venture Simmons who, along with his mother, has finally escaped the bonds of slavery and made it to Brooklyn. They don't count on being further persecuted by the people they meet there. Venture (or Vent for short) bears witness to [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:13+00:00October 15th, 2016|Book Reviews|0 Comments

Enchanted by Linda Heavner Gerald (Book Review)

  A woman with amnesia finds herself alone in an unfamiliar place. She's frightened and desperate. Why is she there? Was she with someone? Where did she come from? And what is her name? At the lowest point of her despair she begins to cry and her tears attract the attention of well-dressed gentleman who [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:13+00:00October 13th, 2016|Book Reviews|0 Comments