Lilac Girls Book Review

Lilac Girls: Book Review by Dinh.

4 stars

Summary:

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate but on the eve of a fateful war, her world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences. Continue reading “Lilac Girls Book Review”

Sweetbitter Book Review

Sweetbitter: Book Review by Arlene.

3.5 stars out of 5 for Sweetbitter

Review:

The broken wine glass on the book jacket cover is the perfect silent opening line of my review.

If you are a lover of good food and wine you might be drawn to read this debut novel by Stephanie Danler.

If you choose to read this book after viewing our intro comments, keep in mind the story line is entirely based through the eyes of Tess, the 22 year old young woman searching for answers to her own life when she leaves her mid west town alone for the mystique and inviting intrigue of New York City in downtown Manhattan. Continue reading “Sweetbitter Book Review”

A Gentleman In Moscow Book Review

A Gentleman In Moscow: Book Review by Dinh.

5 out of 5 stars for A Gentleman in Mosow

Synopsis:

When in 1922, the thirty year old Count is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, he is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. An indomitable man of erudition and wit, Rostov must now live in the attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Continue reading “A Gentleman In Moscow Book Review”

The Nest Book Review

The Nest: Book Review by Dinh.

4 stars for The Nest

Synopsis:

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Continue reading “The Nest Book Review”

The Underground Railroad Book Review

The Underground Railroad: Book Review by Dinh.

4 stars

Synopsis:

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits.

When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Continue reading “The Underground Railroad Book Review”

Fates and Furies Book Review

Fates and Furies: Book Review by Dinh

4.5 stars

Synopsis:

They meet in the final months of college, and by graduation, they had married. It’s 1991. At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. There are lean, romantic years that follow: potluck parties in a Manhattan basement apartment; a wilting acting career that doesn’t pay the bills; a household that seems to run on good luck and good sex. Continue reading “Fates and Furies Book Review”

Britt-Marie Was Here Book Review

Britt-Marie Was Here: Book Review By Dinh.

4 stars

Synopsis:

Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. A disorganized cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable sins. She begins her day at 6 a.m., because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It’s just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticism, which is certainly not her intention. She is not one to judge others- no matter how ill-mannered, unkempt, or morally suspect they might be. Continue reading “Britt-Marie Was Here Book Review”

The Book of Speculation Book Review

The Book of Speculation: Book Review by Dinh.

4 stars

Synopsis:

Dear Mr. Watson,
I came across this book at auction as part of a larger lot I purchased on speculation. The damage renders it useless to me, but a name inside it led me to believe it might be of interest to you or your family….

Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by hold her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off to join the circus six years ago. Continue reading “The Book of Speculation Book Review”

The Paris Wife Book Review

The Paris Wife: Book Review by Arlene

5 out of 5 stars

 

Review:

Imagine, if you can, it is the 1920’s and you are a young impressionable woman. You are at a crossroads in your life and you meet Ernest Hemingway at a party in Chicago before he became famous.

You both fall deeply and passionately in love and there is no looking back.

This was Hadley Richardson a quiet twenty-eight year old who has all but given up on love and happiness – This is a quote from the back of the book. Continue reading “The Paris Wife Book Review”

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry Book Review

Book Review by Dinh.

4.5 stars

 

Synopsis:

“Granny has been telling these fairy tales for as long as Elsa can remember In the beginning, they were only to make Elsa go to sleep, and to get her to practice Granny’s secret language, and a little because Granny is just about as nutty as a granny should be. But lately, the stories have another dimension as well. Something Elsa can’t quite put her finger on.” Continue reading “My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry Book Review”