The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. [Book Review]

Elsa believes what her family tells her--that she is weak because she suffered scarlet fever as a child. Elsa, however, soon proves her strength by helping her family survive during the worst and bleakest time in American history, the dust bowl years. Even though Elsa loses everything she owns twice and her husband, Rafe, leaves … Continue reading The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. [Book Review]

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner [Book Review].

After learning that her husband has been unfaithful, Caroline goes on a trip to London by herself. Even though the trip was supposed to be an anniversary trip with her husband, Caroline goes alone and embarks on a personal quest. The novel is empowering because it features a character who wants to reshape her circumstances: … Continue reading The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner [Book Review].

The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell

by Chantal W. This narrative switches back and forth from the point of view of Cady, a contemporary woman from San Francisco who finds herself drawn to Provence; Maelle, a young woman from Bretagne who wants to carve carousel figures; and Patrice Clement, a young man from Paris whose family owns Chateau Clement. The stories … Continue reading The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell

Book Review: The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Though she wants to hide her supernatural gifts, Nicola finds that increasingly difficult to do. When a woman tries to sell a Russian relic in the art and antiquities gallery where she works, Nicola feels motivated to use her psychometric abilities. Holding the relic in her hands, Nicola knows the woman's story is true; the relic … Continue reading Book Review: The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Book Review: The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman

World War II-era fiction is popular right now but what makes this debut different is that it  portrays an ordinary German family. The incidents were inspired by the author's own family. The story is centered around Christine and her desire to protect her family and her boyfriend who is Jewish. The Plum Tree is about longing, … Continue reading Book Review: The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman