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”

Playing With Fire Book Review

Playing With Fire: Book Review By Arlene.
5 out of 5 stars


I have been a devoted fan of Tess Gerritsen for many many years. In my opinion, her novels will keep you turning the pages until the final page of every book. Looking forward to her next novel was, and is, always something I look forward to reading.

I think Tess Gerritsen is an outstanding novelist and Playing with Fire as the Los Angeles Times wrote, “Will make readers drop everything to immerse themselves in its propulsive dual narrative.”

I found the story mesmerizing at its start. It all begins with a mysterious, loose sheet of music, the protagonist finds in an old book of music in a small old antiques shop on her last day in Rome. Continue reading “Playing With Fire Book Review”

Playing With Fire Book Club Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions:

1. Have you read any or all of Tess Gerritsen’s books before reading Playing with Fire?

2. What did you think of the picture on the cover of the book jacket as it related to the story line and did it draw your attention to being interested in reading this novel?

3. Have you ever visited Venice and if so, did you think Tess Gerritsen did a good job relating Venice to the story? Continue reading “Playing With Fire Book Club Discussion Questions”

True Colors Book Review

True Colors: Book Review by Arlene.
5 out of 5 stars


The Grey sisters have always been close. After their mother’s death, the girls banded together, becoming best friends. Their stern, disapproving father cares less about his children than about his reputation. To Henry Grey, appearances are everything, and years later, he still demands that his daughters reflect his standing in the community.

Winona, the oldest, needs her father’s approval most of all. An overweight bookworm who never felt at home on the sprawling horse ranch that has been in her family for three generations, she knows that she doesn’t have the qualities her father values. But as the best lawyer in town, she’s determined to someday find a way to prove her worth to him. Continue reading “True Colors Book Review”