Butterfly Cottage

Butterfly Cottage by Carrie Fancett Pagels My rating: 5 of 5 stars If you enjoy women’s fiction that is uplifting instead of gloomy, this is your book. Told in three points of view, it explores the lives of a grandmother, a daughter, and a granddaughter with their generational differences, challenges, and goals. It’s heartwarming andContinue reading “Butterfly Cottage”

Avoiding Marriage

Avoiding Marriage: A Practically Married Novella by Karin Beery My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a fun read! I love it when minor characters from one book are brought back and fleshed out into their own stories. It’s even better when a not-so-admired character comes back to redeem themselves. You don’t need toContinue reading “Avoiding Marriage”

Bent Tree Bride

Bent Tree Bride by Denise Weimer My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love this type of story! Lots of real history, a healthy sprinkling of historical characters, and woven all through it, a beautiful love story filled with all the angst and danger and difficulty that keeps the reader turning each page. A clashContinue reading “Bent Tree Bride”

A Dance in Donegal

A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is Jennifer Deibel’s debut novel and it won’t be the last of hers that I read. A delightful tale full of the textures of Ireland. The author has lived there – obviously – and really brought the reader onto its emeraldContinue reading “A Dance in Donegal”

The Moonlight School

The Moonlight School by Suzanne Woods Fisher My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love stories with real history and real historical characters woven seamlessly throughout the story. This is one of those! I had to stop myself from turning to the back to see if this or that was fact or fiction. I preferContinue reading “The Moonlight School”

Tidewater Bride

Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz My rating: 5 of 5 stars Full disclosure: I’m a huge fan of Laura Frantz. I’ve read all of her books and there isn’t a clunker in the bunch. However, this one is easily in the top four. I think she hit her stride here in the Tidewater. Wonderful characters,Continue reading “Tidewater Bride”

Veiled in Smoke

Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green My rating: 4 of 5 stars I bought this book *months* ago, but I’m so behind on my reading. I don’t know if it’s Covid or what, but I have read fewer books this year than any year I can remember. Here’s hoping 2021 reverses that trend! A goodContinue reading “Veiled in Smoke”

The Thief of Blackfriars Lane

The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle GriepMy rating: 4 of 5 stars My favorite thing about this book is the characters. Kit is spunky and independent, as non-conformist as they come. Jackson is straight-laced and loyal, with a heart for justice. They come together with all the sparks you’d imagine. Their banter is wittyContinue reading “The Thief of Blackfriars Lane”

Dorothy and Jack

Dorothy and Jack: The Transforming Friendship of Dorothy L. Sayers and C. S. Lewis by Gina Dalfonzo My rating: 3 of 5 stars If you enjoy either or both of these authors, this is a book worth reading. Their friendship was unique, deep, and occasionally contentious when their opinions on a subject clashed. But asContinue reading “Dorothy and Jack”

The Lost Lieutenant

The Lost Lieutenant by Erica Vetsch My rating: 4 of 5 stars A delightful tale of a man who has both a title and a wife thrust upon him by forces beyond his control. Both of the main characters in this book were interesting and engaging. The setting was brought to life in detail thatContinue reading “The Lost Lieutenant”