RECOMMENDED: The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen is $1.99 and a Kindle daily Deal! Allen is an auto-buy author for me and I just love the way she adds in some fabulism to her women’s fiction. Some readers felt that this book and its characters weren’t as great as Allen’s other novels. While others say that if you’re looking for something heartfelt and cozy, this should hit the spot.
The Secret Ingredient’s premise appealed to me because it has two chefs falling in love in a small town. I expected a fun comfort read and was pleasantly surprised when it delivered more than that, especially through one of the leads, Adah. Adah Campbell’s excited for a fresh start with her son, Pete, in South Bay, Maine. After working her way up from greasy spoons to fine dining restaurants in Chicago over the last decade, … Continue reading The Secret Ingredient by KD Fisher
We open during the Pre Dreaded Rose Ceremony cocktail party. Yosef confronts Clare about the strip dodgeball game and that he thought it was humiliating and degrading. Then he tells her that he expected more from the oldest Bachelorette and that Clare is setting a bad example for his daughter. “I’m ashamed to be associated with you,” he says. “I can’t believe I sacrificed so much to be here just to watch this distasteful and … Continue reading Elyse Watches The Bachelorette–S16 E3: Dale, Dale, Dale
The transcript for Podcast 429. Here She Is: Discussing Beauty Pageants and History with Dr. Hilary Levey Friedman has been posted!
RECOMMENDED: Soulless by Gail Carriger is $2.99 and a Kindle Daily Deal! This is the first book by the Parasol Protectorate series and for many readers, this book ignited their love for Carriger’s writing. I loved the first book, especially the heroine, but I agree with other reviewers in that there’s a lot of different things going on that conflict with one another.
My Last Duchess is pure, frothy, Georgian-era historical escapism. Reading it felt like being wrapped up in a warm blanket while watching a picturesque snowfall outside. I can’t say it was particularly substantial or thought-provoking, but for the most part, it was a pleasure. This book is a prequel to Eloisa James’ ongoing Wildes of Lindow Castle series about the numerous Wilde offspring and their exploits. My Last Duchess tells the tale of how the … Continue reading My Last Duchess by Eloisa James
My guest today is Dr. Hilary Levey Friedman, Brown University professor and author of the new book Here She Is: The Complicated Reign of the Beauty Pageant in America. I had a chance to read the book and was so eager to discuss it, in particular because of the ways in which public conceptions of beauty pageants overlap with public conceptions of romance. We talk about pageants, history, popular culture, and several surprising elements of … Continue reading 429. Here She Is: Discussing Beauty Pageants and History with Dr. Hilary Levey Friedman
RECOMMENDED: Beach Read by Emily Henry is $1.99! Catherine gave it an A:
I love this book. It does take you down into the darkness at times, but it leads you out again, and shows you the path so that you will be able to find it next time. It is sweet and sharp and clever and extremely funny and it left me with a happy sigh and a smile on my face.
Time again for one of the most challenging recommendation features we have: READY, SET, GO! Here are the rules: We pick a specific sub-genre, trope, or type of romance, and we have to make ONE recommendation for that type. And no more than two sentences as to why. Just One. And our theme this month? The doomy-est scrolly-est days of hellscape in the US are next week, and I’m sending all of you virtual comfort … Continue reading Ready Set Go: In Case of Emergency, Read This Book!
It is officially the last Wednesday of October. This month just flew right by and the Boston area might get their first snowfall of the season this Friday. I’m not sure if I’m ready. Once again, I’m reminding you to vote. Vote early in person if you can, as the precedent set by the ruling in Wisconsin makes me nervous for mail-in ballots that don’t make it in by November 3rd. … Content warning here … Continue reading Links: Just Some Wholesome Content
RECOMMENDED: The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin is $2.99! This is a Kindle Daily Deal and Sarah previously gave it B+:
If you’re curious about your own habit formation, what motivates you, and how to work with your own tendency, you should definitely take the quiz and check out the book. It would likely be an insightful read.
I picked this ARC up for the title, which delighted me, and for the setting, which centres around a charity school for Wayward Girls in Georgian England that is in fact a secret training ground for young women on a mission to bring justice to corrupt aristocrats. The Virgin who Ruined Lord Gray straddles the line between traditional historical romance and romantic suspense, and I found it an enjoyable, but flawed read. This story centres … Continue reading The Virgin who Ruined Lord Gray by Anna Bradley