The Forbidden Orchid

      OMG!!!!! This had everything I could want in a book! This story takes place in 1861–the year after the “Opium Wars” had finally ended between England and China. Elodie is the eldest of ten sisters who’s father is a plant hunter, spending most of his time in exotic locations and then showing … Continue reading

In Another Life

Review: I wanted to love this book with comparisons to Susanna Kearsley having been made but I was confused too often so it loses half a star.  Glad to have given it a try. Original post: lindacbugg.booklikes.com/post/1423681/in-another-life

The Vanishing Throne

Review:   I loved this! Much darker than book one of the series so be prepared. For people who loved all the gadgets in book one, you are going to be disappointed because there is none of that in this volume. Lots of death and destruction and loss with another cliffhanger ending that will have … Continue reading

The Turner House

Review:   This probably wouldn’t have come across my radar without the Detroit connection and might have languished on my TBR shelf if it hadn’t turned up at my local library in the front area new book shelves–one of the best (and most dangerous) areas in the library. The Turner House is the story of … Continue reading

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

This probably wouldn’t have come across my radar without the Detroit connection and might have languished on my TBR shelf if it hadn’t turned up at my local library in the front area new book shelves–one of the best (and most dangerous) areas in the library. The Turner House is the story of a family … Continue reading

The Shadowy Horses

I love Susanna Kearsley!! Reading her (for me at least) is the literary equivalent of a favorite old sweater–comforting and warm. Almost as soon as I start I can feel it gathering around me like a safe little bubble. They are not for everyone–the romances in them always seem to end a little too perfectly … Continue reading

Walk on Earth a Stranger

Loved it-though the degree of heartbreak was fairly high, with the main characters parents being murdered  right at the start of the story.  But I guess heartbreak is to be expected from “Covered Wagon Fiction”. God–that makes it sound so typical which it most definitely was not. In Lee Westfall, Rae Carson has written a … Continue reading

Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Scrantz

So…this was really well written but I don’t think I would necessarily recommend it to anyone because I just didn’t enjoy the time I spent in this world. There was no light at the end of the tunnel, no bittersweet resolution, no message-political or otherwise, just sadness. I found myself wanting to bail on several … Continue reading