• Book Review The Light Over London by Julia Kelly
    Bianca B,  Books,  Historical Fiction

    The Light Over London by Julia Kelly

    The Light Over London by Julia Kelly Cara Hargraves works with an exacting antiques dealer. It’s a perfect job for someone like her who is more content discovering treasures of the past rather than socializing with the present. But, while on site evaluating an estate, she finds a the diary of a young woman chronicling her experiences in World War II. The more Cara reads, the more she wants to learn about the diary’s owner and the more she learns about herself. LOUISE It’s 1941 in Cornwall, England and Louise is the plain girl working the counter at Bakeford’s Grocery & Fine Foods. She is content to stay at home…

  • Book Review The Second Midnight by Andrew Taylor
    Bianca B,  Books,  Fiction,  Historical Fiction

    The Second Midnight by Andrew Taylor

    The Second Midnight by Andrew Taylor It’s 1939, and Europe is on the brink of war. When Alfred Kendall takes his son, Hugh, on a Resistance missing to Prague, both of their lives will change forever. A TRIP TO PRAGUE With a failing glass business, Alfred Kendall is desperate to stay afloat. When an acquaintance asks his help with a secret mission, Alfred snatches the opportunity to earn a bit of money. The only hang-up is Hugh, his youngest son who was recently expelled from school. But delivering the confidential message outweighs reason. A father showing his son the ropes of his business is a perfect cover. Because Czechoslovakia is…

  • Book Review A Sisters Courage by Molly Green
    Bianca B,  Fiction,  Historical Fiction

    A Sister’s Courage by Molly Green

    A Sister’s Courage by Molly Green Raine is a hard-headed young woman with her sights set on becoming a pilot. But, it’s 1939, and Britain is on the brink of war. Working as an accountant at the local aerodrome isn’t enough – she wants to be in the cockpit. But, her mother and her boss have different ideas. NEVER GIVE UP Veronique, the youngest sister, is a tomboy who loves being outdoors. Middle sister, Suzanne, is a talented musician who aims to please her parents and can do no wrong. And then there is Lorraine (Raine) Linfoot – the eldest sister of the family. Smart, ambitious, and beautiful – she’d…

  • Book Cover The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis
    Bianca B,  Books,  Historical Fiction

    The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis

    New York’s iconic Chelsea Hotel is the backdrop for this riveting tale of the friendship and trials two women experience in their twenty-year friendship. The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis is a dazzling piece of historical fiction. FINDING FRIENDSHIP IN WAR Landing in Italy during World War II, Hazel Riley is a wide-eyed new addition to the USO tour. She is an aspiring actress that is best known as an understudy. Her fresh-faced appearance and reticence to take charge quickly earns her the nickname Hayseed Hazel. Maxine Mead, on the other hand, is the leading lady oozing with personality and looks to become a star. Quick thinking, brave, and confident,…

  • St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets by Annie England Noblin Book Review
    Bianca B,  Fiction

    St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets by Annie England Noblin

    Special thanks to TLC Book Tours & William Morrow for providing our copy of  St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets by Annie England Noblin in exchange for an honest & fair review. Maeve is Seattle-based sportswriter with a Major League Baseball boyfriend. But when her career and relationship come screeching to a halt, the future seems bleak. When Maeve gets a phone call from a stranger, it may open the door to a new life. WORST. DAY. EVER. So, sports may not be her passion, but Maeve loves being a journalist. As a sportswriter with a famous boyfriend (Go Mariners!), she’s gained insider access to interviews and parties. But, when…

  • Keep Me Afloat by Jennifer Gold Book review
    Bianca B,  Books,  Fiction

    Keep Me Afloat by Jennifer Gold

    Five years ago, Abby Fisher made the biggest mistake of her life. Now, she’s moved back home with her parents, hoping for a fresh start. But without a plan, and surrounded by people she’s hurt, moving on is harder than Abby imagined. DOES ANYONE NEED A MARINE BIOLOGIST? Abby knew she wanted to be a scientist from the moment she first saw sea water under a microscope. Now, she is a Marine Biologist whose been living her dream doing research in California. But when the research program runs out of funding, Abby doesn’t follow-up on the leads for other grants. Finding herself back home in a small town on Washington’s…

  • Book Review A Trace of Deceit by Karen Odden TLC Book Tours
    Bianca B,  Historical Fiction,  Mysteries & Thrillers

    A Trace of Deceit by Karen Odden

    Annabel’s older brother, Edwin, was a risk-taker – disappearing for days or weeks at a time. He usually turns up slack-jawed from the opium den or burdened with gambling debts. But when Edwin is murdered in his apartment, Annabel must piece together events and clues to discover who killed him and why. DELIBERATE DEATH Do you know that sick feeling that something is terribly wrong? And later finding out you were right? A painting student at the Slade in London, Annabel Rowe is a keen observer of life and of people. When her paintbrush drops suddenly, she senses something is amiss. However, rushing to Edwin’s apartment after class, she discovers…

  • The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy Book Cover
    Bianca B,  Fiction,  Kid Lit

    The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

    Step into Charlie’s world where four creatures befriend one another and teach us some of life’s important lessons. We live in complex times, and The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse provides a message of hope and understanding alongside illustrations you’ll cherish. FRIENDLY CREATURES When the Boy encounters the Mole, they are full of questions for one another. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “Kind” said the boy.  Each inquiry is answered honestly and simply – establishing this unlikely pair as friends. As the story progresses, The Fox and The Horse join the adventure. Each creature bringing a different element of wisdom. The journey…

  • Book review Lies in White Dresses by Sofia Grant
    Bianca B,  Books,  Historical Fiction

    Lies in White Dresses by Sofia Grant

    Based on true stories from the 1950s, Lies in White Dresses spins a tale of three women in search of the “Reno Cure” – a quick divorce. They share desperation for a new beginning, but long-hidden secrets and unexpected tragedy threaten to be their undoing. STRANGERS ON A TRAIN Francie Meeker and Vi Carothers have been best friends since they became neighbors decades ago. Experiencing life together – Pregnancies, raising children, and welcoming grandchildren – they find themselves in a new stage. Both in unfulfilling marriages, Francie hounded Vi for ages to travel to Reno to get divorced once and for all. Once Vi finally agrees, the two board a…

  • Recipe for Cornish Pasties Downton Abbey cookbook
    Bianca B,  Main Dishes,  Recipes

    Cornish Pasties

    These Cornish pasties are hearty, handheld pockets of goodness. Meat and veggies wrapped in flaky pie crust. Pasties are a perfect afternoon snack or even dinner if paired with some greens. THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THESE CORNISH PASTIES If you know me, you know my love of Downton Abbey runs deep. Yes, I wanted to celebrate the release of the Downton Abbey Movie this week by baking something really British. No, I couldn’t tackle kidney pie or any of the other concoctions Mrs. Patmore and Daisy whip up on a daily basis. For years I’ve thought, “I should try making hand pies.” But I always get waylaid by wanting to make…

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