Saturday, April 10, 2021
Author: Karen Heenan
Publication: Trade paperback, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction
Setting: 16th century EnglandDescription: Life in Southwark is hard for Peter Davydd and his family. They lost one child to the sweating sickness. His wife and daughters do washing and ironing for those who can afford it but barely make a living so he brings ten-year-old Bess to Greenwich Palace. Recognizing his child’s exceptional voice and Henry VIII’s love of music, Davydd sells his child to the king, freeing himself of a burdensome mouth to feed and also securing her the training she needs.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Author: Donna Tartt
Publication: Little, Brown & Co., hardcover, 2013
Setting: New York, Las Vegas, AmsterdamDescription: On their way to what will be an unpleasant school meeting about Theo’s bad attitude, he and his mother stop at the Met to visit a Dutch Masters exhibit.
Saturday, April 3, 2021
It’s time for #6degrees, inspired by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. We all start at the same place, add six books, and see where we end up. This month’s starting point is Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, which won the 2020 Booker Prize.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Authors: Alice and Martin Provensen
Publication: Atheneum, hardcover, 1978
Genre: Picture bookDescription: This book chronicles a year on a farm, starting in January during the cold, grey days of winter, through spring and rebirth, the sense of change in the fall air, to the end of the year in December.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Author: Laura Wood
Publication: Scholastic UK, paperback, 2020
Setting: 1930s EnglandDescription: Freya, the younger sister of Lou from A Sky Painted Gold, has always wanted to be an actress, so leaves Cornwall dramatically at 18, fortuitously meeting Kit McKay on the train to London.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Author: Claire Douglas
Publication: Harper Collins, hardcover, 2020
Setting: Present-day WalesDescription: Kirsty Woodhouse and her husband Adrian had always talked about returning to her native Wales to open a guesthouse in the Brecon Beacons, but she accelerated the plan after what happened to Adrian in London.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Author: Phyllis Whitney
Illustrator: Ezra Jack Keats
Publication: The Westminster Press, hardcover, 1954
Genre: Juvenile Mystery
Setting: ScotlandDescription: When a serious illness sends her beloved Grandmother MacLeod to the hospital, Cathy finds herself on the trip of a lifetime to the Isle of Skye with relatives she barely knows – her mother’s brother Jerry, his wife Lila, and two cousins, Don and Punch. Mrs. MacLeod came from Skye and, despite her illness, managed to organize a box of messages and surprises for Cathy to open periodically on her trip, which will help her explore her Scotch heritage and make friends with her cousins.
Friday, March 19, 2021
Title: Death in the Grand Manor: Tessa Crichton #1
Author: Anne Morice
Publication: Dean Street Press, April 2021 (originally published in 1970)
Genre: Mystery series
Setting: 20th century England