My July 2022 Reads

July 2022 reads

Summer reading continues – yay! I had a great July in books. Here are the novels I read and the accompanying reviews. Have you read any of these? What did you think? I’m always open to book recommendations – so drop any novels you recommend into the comments section.   The Lonely Hearts Lido Club…

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My June 2022 reads

June 2022 reads

Summer reading is always my favorite reading – even if my son’s fractued arm put a damper on beach and poolside reading during this steamy month… But that lament is for another day. At least the reading was always good. I had a great June in books. Here are the novels I read and the…

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Book review: What the Lady Wants

What The Lady Wants book cover

I love historical fiction and have a softspot for America’s Gilded Age, so I was very pleased to discover What the Lady Wants. Not surprisingly, I loved the novel. This is my third Renee Rosen novel, each set in a different period of time. What the Lady Wants opens in 1871, on the eve of…

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Book review : The Piano Teacher

The Piano Taecher book cover

This is the second novel by Janice Y.K. Lee that I’ve read. A few years ago, I enjoyed her excellent The Expatriates, so I was curious to read this novel set in Hong Kong in the lead-up to World War II and the time of the Japanese occupation. Lee is from Hong Kong and covered…

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Book review: Midnight Blue

Midnight Blue book cover

I bought this book at an airport bookstore in Amsterdam’s Schipol heading back home from a long flight. It then sat for two years on my bookshelf before I remembered about it and picked it up. Am I glad I did! Written by Dutch novelist Simone van der Vlugt, this novel was translated to English…

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Book review: I leoni di Sicilia

We all know the old adage that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But when lockdown ended in Rome and I could walk around and visit bookshops (!!) when they were one of the first non-essential businesses to be allowed to open, I couldn’t resist the stunning cover of I leoni di Sicilia.…

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Book review: The Masterpiece

This is the third Fiona Davis novel I’ve read. Her novels are ideal for someone like me, who enjoys dual storylines: one historical, one contemporary. It’s a plus that Davis’ novels always include a New York landmark that serves as an additional story protagonist. In her first novel, it was the Barbizon – housing for…

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Book review: A Gentleman in Moscow

I adored this novel, the story of “former person” Count Alexander Rostov. In 1922, Count Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club and Master of the Hunt – is declared an enemy of the state and informed he will be shot if he ever ventures out of his…

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