I joined Book of the Month

I joined Book of the Month after getting a discount code for a three month trial. And then I had to pick between five books – which took some time!

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The Ship of Brides

20893485My favorite Jojo Moyes book, The Ship of Brides follows four Australian war brides joining more than 600 others on a British air craft carrier to meet their husbands in England.

Told as a flash back, it opens in modern day with a woman traveling in India with her granddaughter. You are quickly brought into the stories of several young women preparing to leave Australia by Royal Navy ship.  Continue reading

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night



15850930Some books are just a joy to read. Vera is barely old enough to leave home and heads to Chicago in the early 1920s. She quickly finds herself for falling for two gangsters from rival gangs.

So yeah, it’ll pull you in. Renee Rosen likes to take the first 50 pages or so to set the stage. All her books feel like they’re starting slow, but then all of the sudden – things are rolling. And set in the roaring ’20s, they roll fast, with a heavy dose of liquor, and a lot of secrets. Continue reading

5 Books About the South

I’ve spent a lot of time, and most of my adult life, living south of the Mason-Dixon Line. While on vacation in Charleston I started thinking about some truly southern books I’ve loved.

The list I came up with was much longer, so odds are more will be coming. Until then here’s 5 southern books: Continue reading

Currently Reading: Between Me and The World

Between Me and The World: There has been no better time to read this book than now. Actually a better would have been about the time it was written. With the country in mayhem, feeling disjointed, out of control, this is a must read.

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Sometimes a book is just an okay read. Sometimes, it’s a disappointment, and sometimes it blows you away.

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Through the Woods

Through-the-Woods-CoverNever has a book been so beautiful, and so frightening.

Through the Woods was not what I had expected. I quickly regretted starting to read just before bed.  I finished the first short story and felt like it ended too soon. But I kept on reading. Continue reading

What the Lady Wants

20893377I love a good Chicago story. This one started the night of the Chicago Fire – and the night of the opening of the Palmer House. This isn’t a true story, but is based in historical fact, and thoroughly researched. Either you way, you get a glimpsed of Golden Age society in Chicago, as it emerges as a modern city, and an engaging version of Marshall Field and his mistress.  Continue reading

5 books to read next

Every year the Chicago Tribune hosts the Printer’s Row List Fest, bringing together authors, publishers, book stores and book lovers. Panel sessions, discussions and writers workshops, along with book stalls from book stores around the city, can keep you busy all weekend. Continue reading