The Fountains of Silence: #bookreview

Synopsis: Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming promise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of an oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connectContinue reading “The Fountains of Silence: #bookreview”

The Startup Wife: #bookreview

Most of The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam is set in Utopia. Utopia isn’t heaven. It is a place for startup companies to develop and become successful. Asha Ray sees her high school crush, Cyrus Jones. They begin a whirlwind romance, get married and develop an app based on an idea that Cyrus had aboutContinue reading “The Startup Wife: #bookreview”

The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World: #bookreview

It was definitely not in my plan but I finished reading this book, The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World, about 4 days before my mom passed away in January. It is hard to believe that a month has gone by already. In my opinion, the phone booth at the edge of theContinue reading “The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World: #bookreview”

The Two-Faced Queen: #bookreview

Does anyone else enjoy historical fiction set in medieval times in a country that isn’t specifically any country but it could always be mistaken for England? The Two-Faced Queen by Nick Martell is set in The Hollows, which could be England or King’s Landing. Everyone believes that Michael Kingman is a traitor or at leastContinue reading “The Two-Faced Queen: #bookreview”

The Gaps: #bookreview

The important thing about the setting of The Gaps by Leanne Hall is that it could be set in almost any urban area in almost any predominantly English-speaking country. The main characters could be our neighbors or even our own daughters. Most of the book takes place in and around Balmoral Ladies College. The storyContinue reading “The Gaps: #bookreview”

Sorrowland: #bookreview

If you are ready for an LGBT Gothic Science Fiction novel, then Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon will be ready for you on May 4, 2021. It is like no other book that I have read before, which is saying something. I have read a lot of books. The book begins as Vern has just escapedContinue reading “Sorrowland: #bookreview”

Wild Women and the Blues: #bookreview

Honestly, I wish I could have witnessed the Jazz Age in Chicago. Denny S. Bryce’s Wild Women and the Blues is set in Chicago circa 1925. Film student, Sawyer Hayes, is trying to discover the history of Honoree Dalcour and how she relates to the filmmaker, Oscar Micheaux. Sawyer has found a film in hisContinue reading “Wild Women and the Blues: #bookreview”

A Spy in the Struggle: #bookreview

“My situation was unique . . . being an African-American woman working undercover is exceptionally stressful . . . When I wasn’t on assignment . . . I would stay in bed, isolated and along, for days. ” – From Clean Dirt: A Memoir of Johnnie Mae Gibson, FBI Special Agent Aya de Leon’s AContinue reading “A Spy in the Struggle: #bookreview”

The Smallest Man: #bookreview

‘I want you to remember something, Nat. You’re small on the outside. But inside you’re as big as everyone else. You show people that and you won’t go far wrong in life.’ The Smallest Man by Frances Quinn begins in 1625 when Nat Davy was a young boy. The book tells the story of NatContinue reading “The Smallest Man: #bookreview”

The Eighth Life: #bookreview

The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischwili is set in the country of Georgia, the former Soviet republic. I don’t know very much about Georgia so reading this book was like seeing a little glimpse of Georgian life. There were historical figures and events that match up with actual events. Of course, this book is fictional soContinue reading “The Eighth Life: #bookreview”

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