The Light Of Paris Book Review

Book review by Arlene.

5 out of 5 stars


“Paris In The Rain Is Still Paris”-Catherine Remini McReynolds, November 18, 1923.

The Light Of Paris will give the readers of this wonderful novel a real glimpse of Paris, the streets, the shops, the clubs, the people, the history, the charm, the love and yes, “The Light of Paris.”

Through the eyes and hearts of the two main characters, Margie, the grandmother when she was young and in Paris as sort of companion/chaperone for a friend and Madeline, her granddaughter, who never really knew her grandmother until she visits her mother’s house and discovers her grandmother’s journals she wrote when she was in Paris as a young woman.

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The Female Persuasion Book Review

Book Review by Arlene.

5 out of 5 stars

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I really enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it for any woman to read.

I felt it was spot on in creating a story line and characters that it represented the time period of the early sixties and beyond when women’s lib (as it was called then) took off and there was no looking back. The Women’s Movement was established.

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The Female Persuasion Book Club Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions:

1.What is a definition of feminism? Who is a feminist? What does the book tell us about feminist and feminism in the 21st century?

2. Faith and Greer grew up in different eras. What has changed in their respective youths? Can you relate to the generational differences in feminism as the book progressed?

3. What did you think about Greer when she didn’t hand over the letter that Zee wrote for Faith? Was Greer selfish? Why did Greer jeopardize their friendship?

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It’s Always The Husband Book Review

It’s Always The Husband: Book review by Arlene.

5 out of 5 stars

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Before I say anything else, let me say… do yourself a favor and do not sneak a peek at the end of this book!!!

I feel this book is skillfully written and it deserves your attention page by page until the last page!

So “It’s Always The Husband”… or is it!!

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The Address Book Review

5 out of 5 stars

The Address: Book Review by Arlene.

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The Address by Fiona Davis, opens in London 1884. Sara Smythe, at the age of 30, after toiling as a maid, has worked her way up to being the head housekeeper at London’s Langham Hotel only a month prior to obtaining the position of housekeeper. In the position of head housekeeper, Sara was in charge of many tasks and she was also in charge of all the maids in the large London hotel. Sara was called and was known as Mrs. Smythe. I felt this was an interesting tidbit of information of the time period in England’s history that no head housekeeper could be called a Miss. That was not proper!!

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The Address Book Club Discussion Questions

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Discussion Questions: The Address by Fiona Davis.

1. Have you read any other works by Fiona Davies? If so, did you find her writing style enjoyable and easy to follow?

2. Do you enjoy reading novels with parallel plots and story lines?

3. Do you feel Fiona Davis captured the parallel plot lines she 
interwove into the story?

4. Was there anything in the book that surprised you?

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The Recipe Box Book Review

The Recipe Box: Book Review by Arlene.
4 stars

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I felt this was the perfect time of year, with autumn fast approaching, to do a review of The Recipe Box. My daughter Kim gave me this book as one of my Mother’s Day gifts this year.

This wonderful “sweet book” delves into the deep emotional ties of family and especially the relationships of mothers and daughters and grandmothers and great-grandmothers. Continue reading “The Recipe Box Book Review”

The Recipe Box Book Club Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions:

1. What do you think about the author Wade Rouse using his grandmother’s name as a pen name in honor of her?

2. Do you have your own recipe box or have you been handed down a recipe box from your mother or grandmother?

3. We are living in the age of technology so when you are looking for a recipe do you immediately go to the internet or do you have a cookbook or cookbooks you use? Continue reading “The Recipe Box Book Club Discussion Questions”

I’ll See You in Paris Book Review

I’ll See You in Paris: Book Review By Arlene.
4 stars


I’ll See You In Paris is a perfect, interesting, and fun summertime read for on the beach, laying by the pool or sitting on your deck chair under the umbrella…wherever you choose to pick up that one good book that will entertain and possibly educate you along the way.

It is an historical fiction novel, about a real person, the mysterious Duchess of Marlborough who turns out to be quite the unusual, quacky woman to say the least but who also lived a very interesting life and did it her way!! She will keep you laughing or wondering if this could be real all throughout the book. I think, in the end, you will get her and possibly like and understand her… Continue reading “I’ll See You in Paris Book Review”

I’ll See You In Paris Book Club Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions:

1. Did you think Michelle Gable did a good job in creating the three main character’s lives, Laurel, Annie and the Duchess, in I’ll See You In Paris?

2. Did you think Gladys Deacon (The Duchess) ended up being a crazy old lady or was she just shrewd in manipulating her actions with other people?

3. Did you find the number of spaniels in the Grange to be a realistic approach to the living conditions in the Grange and was it believable to you that the people living there would put up with it? Continue reading “I’ll See You In Paris Book Club Discussion Questions”