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Review: The Last Train to London: A Novel by Meg Waite Clayton

My Interest If you read this blog regularly you will know that World War II and the Holocaust are major topics of my nonfiction reading. I have known of the  Kindertransports, but have read next to nothing about them. So, when an author I’ve enjoyed released a new novel on the whole rescue operation I… Continue reading Review: The Last Train to London: A Novel by Meg Waite Clayton

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Books With Train Times in the Titles: Updated

Train schedules take on a life of their own. Regular commuters just know when the train is scheduled–the 5:03, if they really hustle to the station, or the 5:22 if they don’t, takes them home to family and dinner, for example. I lived like this with the bus schedule for two years in a city… Continue reading Books With Train Times in the Titles: Updated

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6 Degrees of Separation: Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

About the Book “Martha Friel just turned forty. Once, she worked at Vogue and planned to write a novel. Now, she creates internet content. She used to live in a pied-à-terre in Paris. Now she lives in a gated community in Oxford, the only person she knows without a PhD, a baby or both, in… Continue reading 6 Degrees of Separation: Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

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My Top Historical Fiction Titles of 2019 and my Favorite of the Year

This was quite a year for historical fiction reading! Almost any of the books listed here could have been my favorite of the year. There are the mega-hits like Where the Crawdads Sing, a few of my “must-read” authors such as Meg Waite Clayton, Adriana Trigiani, Tracy Chevalier, and writing duo Hazel Gaynor and Heather… Continue reading My Top Historical Fiction Titles of 2019 and my Favorite of the Year

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My TBR That Sound Comforting 

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was supposed to be “Comfort Reads.” I’ve used my favorite re-reads sooooooo many times on this blog that I just couldn’t do it again. So, I’ve tweaked the topic a little to present  books on my TBR that sound comforting.  Forthcoming Books Same, book, but different titles for the… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My TBR That Sound Comforting 

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Review: Nobody Better! by Helen Charlesworth. An Old Etonian in the Great War

My Interest The Edwardians are a great love of mine. That era was about the aristocracy, their privileged lives, their world. The Great War, aka World War I, ended all of that (well, much of it). This book, about one of the 1100+ Old Etonians who gave his all for King and Empire, cropped up… Continue reading Review: Nobody Better! by Helen Charlesworth. An Old Etonian in the Great War

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Review: Spring Magic by D.E. Stevenson

My Interest I’m still going on with some seasonal reading. This one, with “Spring” in the title fit the bill nicely. Add to it that it is yet another Dean Street Press/Furrowed Middle Brow, title and you have my interested zeroed in. The Story Frances Field has led a life almost unimaginable today. Raised in… Continue reading Review: Spring Magic by D.E. Stevenson

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Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus: Cross-Generational Romance at the North Pole

December 10, 2015hopewellslibraryoflifeEdit “Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus: Cross-Generational Romance at the North Pole” This piece is copyright protected. Please do not share without permission. 21 November 2012 It is announced today from the North Pole that Mrs. Santa (Jane Evelyn Fey) Claus, wife of Mr.  Santa M.P. Claus, has died of cancer.  In lieu of… Continue reading Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus: Cross-Generational Romance at the North Pole

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Review: The Fortnight in September by RC Sherriff

My Interest For once I forgot to note which blog I found this book on! I always like to give a nice shout-out to fellow bloggers whose reviews get me to read the book. Regardless of where I noticed it first, this book fit perfectly with my seasonal reading plan and I had a nice… Continue reading Review: The Fortnight in September by RC Sherriff