Reviews by Maggie Boyd

B
A Crown of Wishes

Roshani Chokshi weaves a narrative of legend and magic based on Indian folklore in her latest novel A Crown of Wishes. This rich look at an ancient culture is full of lush, vivid imagery that will pull you into a story that is truly one from a long time ago in a place far, far away. This is the s ...

B-
When Tides Turn

My parents were big fans of 1940s and 1950s cinema and those films hold a high nostalgia factor for me. I love the fashions, the glamour and glitz and the dramatized emotions. And the language: “Aw, shucks!” and “Gee, whiz!” spoken in place of “F” bombs but with equal fervor always bring ...

B+
A Bridge Across the Ocean

A trio of young women figure out just what it means to let go of what lies behind and anticipate what lies ahead in A Bridge Across the Ocean, a tale of love, death and new beginnings. The story enthralled me so much that immediately upon finishing it I went to the computer to check the author’s b ...

B-
To the Farthest Shore

Growing up, I read a lot of historical novels; among my favorites were the stories of Rosemary Sutcliff, Margaret Leighton and M.M. Kaye. I loved the rich detail in all of these ladies’ books and I adored how they could transport me to another time and place. Among present day writers few do that ...

B+
The Orphan's Tale

For me, the hallmark of a good book is a desperate desire to reach the end. The Orphan’s Tale was a very good book and I became deeply invested in finding out how it would conclude. When Noa’s family finds out that the German soldier who had been lodging with them had seduced her and left her ...

A
Right Behind You

This is why I read: to discover and devour engrossing, fascinating, mesmerizing novels like Right Behind You.  There is nothing quite like the experience of becoming completely absorbed and involved in a good book, and this story with its riveting characters and thrilling, non-stop plot is a very g ...

B+
An Uncommon Courtship

There is a difference between reviewing a book and just reading it and I have never been quite as aware of that difference as I was while pondering the review for An Uncommon Courtship. There was so much I enjoyed about this book, there were so many times I was simply delighted by the author’s ade ...

B
The Princess Diarist

It could have been a real life romance novel – if only it had ended with an HEA. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher is primarily the story of how a plucky young girl with aspirations of being an actress had a love affair with her handsome leading man. This while headlining what is arguably the ...

C-
The Bear and the Nightingale

I have, most likely, given The Bear and the Nightingale one of the few low grades you will find for it. I did not do this lightly nor did I do it without reason. Part of it is simply that the book was badly marketed, at least for this reader. Hailed as being like Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, the story ...

C
The 4th Man

I’ll be blunt here.  I don’t approve of the short story prequel trend as I find one of two things tends to happen with this particular gimmick. The first is that I wind up paying an extra few dollars for information that is absolutely vital to the story and should have been included in the book ...