I’ve been (re) reading Outlander by Diana Gabalson lately. It’s slow going since it’s such a long book and I’ve been reading other books as well. I first read it about 5 or 6 years ago and I wasn’t impressed with it then. I blame it on not knowing that it was more romance than … More Outlandish

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin (Review)

Title: Victoria Author: Daisy Goodwin Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 401 Summary: In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina — Drina to her family — had always been … More Victoria by Daisy Goodwin (Review)

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Review)

Title: Serafina and the Black Cloak Author: Robert Beatty Publisher: Disney Hyperion (2015) Genre: historical/fantasy/mystery Pages: 291 Brief Summary: Serafina is growing up in the bowls of Biltmore estate. Her father is the mechanic for the boiler room and Serafina traps and kills rats. Except that she isn’t to be seen by anybody who lives … More Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (Review)

My Favorite Books #4: Atonement by Ian McEwan

Title: Atonement Author: Ian McEwan Published: 2003 (Anchor Books) Brief Summary: In 1935, 13 year old Briony Tallis witnesses an act between her older sister Cecilia and Robbie Turner, the son of one of the servants. Innocent of adult choices and intents added with her gift of writing, she spins a tale that has unintended … More My Favorite Books #4: Atonement by Ian McEwan