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Love and Fury by Samantha Silva

Love and Fury

Love and Fury: A Novel of Mary Wollstonecraft is one of those books that feels as though it was written just for me. As a Mary Wollstonecraft fan, I’m always happy to see her getting some attention above and beyond her role as the famous Mary Shelley’s mother (Full disclosure: I am also a fan of Mary Shelley). This historical fiction novel tells Mary Wollestonecraft’s story from when she first stands up to her father … Continue reading Love and Fury by Samantha Silva

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The Assassins of Thasalon by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Assassins of Thasalon

I love the Penric and Desdemona series by Lois McMaster Bujold, and have listened to most of the novellas while sewing over the past year or so. My delight at learning that there was a new novel length Penric story was not measurable by current methods, even with all three of my tape measures. As of this writing, I am on my third fourth (oy) day of book hangover after finishing it. The Assassins of … Continue reading The Assassins of Thasalon by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Beth and Amy by Virginia Kantra

Beth & Amy

Beth and Amy is a pitch-perfect retelling of Little Women / Good Wives from the point of view of Beth, Amy, and occasionally Abigail March. It completely captures the personalities of the March girls and their friends and family, while bringing them convincingly into the modern era. I loved it. Amy is returning to Bunyan for her sister Jo’s wedding to Eric Bhaer, and is apprehensive about seeing Trey Lawrence again. She has had a … Continue reading Beth and Amy by Virginia Kantra

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How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole

How to Find a Princess

How to Find a Princess is a playful retelling of Anastasia with a lovable cast of characters that made me smile. It pairs a reliable pragmatist with her catnip, a chaotic adventurer. If you found the first novel in the Reluctant Royals series a bit stressful, rejoice! The sequel has less angst, but it also has an abrupt ending. Makeda Hicks grew up listening to her grandmother’s stories of an affair with a man who … Continue reading How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole

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The Menopause Manifesto by Dr. Jen Gunter

The Menopause Manifesto

I didn’t expect this book to make me cry, but it did. Specifically, I got teary when I was reading the introduction and came across this sentence: “It shouldn’t require an act of feminism to know how your body works, but it does.” I felt equal parts furious, seen, and relieved when I read that. When The Vagina Bible was released a couple of years ago, I devoured it, paying special attention to the section … Continue reading The Menopause Manifesto by Dr. Jen Gunter

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Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor

Forever Amber

Some books defy reviews and Forever Amber, written by Kathleen Winsor in 1944, is one of them. Should you read it? Darned if I know. There’s a lot of toxic crap in it, and it features an amoral anti-heroine. There’s also great historical detail, and I cannot tell a lie, I tore through this book as though it was a bag of Cheetos, in that I knew it was bad for me but I couldn’t … Continue reading Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor

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When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning

When Books Went to War

When Books Went To War, by Molly Guptill Manning, is a delightful non-fiction sure to delight the heart of any bibliophile and/or history nerd. The book is fairly short for non-fiction (the paperback is just under 200 pages not counting appendixes), and easy to read (it avoids jargon). It’s fascinating and heartwarming and informative. I loved this book and would suggest it for any avid reader. When America joined WWII, the troops had many problems, … Continue reading When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning

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Arsenic and Adobo by Mia Manansala

Arsenic and Adobo

Lila Macapagal has moved back to Shady Palms after a hella-bad breakup, and is trying to help her aunt with her restaurant, which is in financial trouble. When Lila’s ex-boyfriend drops dead during his meal with his stepfather, the restaurant’s landlord, Lila becomes the prime suspect. She decides to investigate the nefarious ex to find out who really killed him. Lila is…not great at detecting. Lila’s investigation mainly rests on her going to different restaurants, … Continue reading Arsenic and Adobo by Mia Manansala

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Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall

Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake

Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake is a fun rom-com in which a single mom enters a baking contest (a fictional version of The Great British Bake Off) and finds true love. The question is not “will she find true love” but “with whom will she find it?” Readers should expect to be very hungry while reading this book, as well as by turns amused, infuriated, and delighted. They should also expect to be really moved … Continue reading Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall

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Elysium Girls by Kate Pentecost

Elysium Girls

Elysium Girls begins in a small Oklahoma town in 1835. The tiny town of Elysium is trying to make it through the Dust Bowl years after the massive dust storms of Black Sunday (April 14, 1935) scour the land and leave survivors in what seems to be the only town left in the world. There’s no telephone, no radio, nothing but desert. People can wander in the desert up to a point, but beyond Elysium … Continue reading Elysium Girls by Kate Pentecost

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The Lady Has A Past by Amanda Quick

The Lady Has a Past

The Lady Has a Past is a really strong romantic thriller with mild paranormal elements that delivers on both the thriller and the romantic aspects of the story. Unfortunately, while I thoroughly enjoyed this story while I was reading it, I found myself increasingly troubled by certain aspects of the narrative once I began to reflect on the story in order to write this review. The story begins when apprentice PI and former socialite Lyra … Continue reading The Lady Has A Past by Amanda Quick

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The Shadow in the Glass by J.J.A. Harwood

The Shadow in the Glass

The Shadow in the Glass is marketed as a Gothic Cinderella story, which is totally my jam, but in reality what I got was a Faustian morality tale with some Cinderella themes. It was a depressing read overall and, this is a big spoiler but an important one: Even if I meant to read this as a Faustian morality tale, it still left some questions unanswered at the end of the novel, and not in … Continue reading The Shadow in the Glass by J.J.A. Harwood

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