Modern Historical

B-
Tiny Little Thing

I’ve been very excited to see the recent trend towards books set in the 1950s and 60s since I love the charm and glamour of these eras. Naturally, when I saw that Tiny Little Thing takes place in that time frame I jumped at the chance to review it. I’m glad I did as it evokes all the enchantment ...

C+
Time and Forever

On Sherry Southerland’s sixty-third birthday, her friend Lorena gives her an unusual present: a visit to a virtual reality studio in Hollywood which can replicate two weeks in any time period. Sherry, nostalgic for a missed romantic connection from her youth, chooses 1969 London. But to their surp ...

B
The Gallery of Vanished Husbands

Obsession can be a powerful thing. It can help us do great deeds or it can be the cessation of greatness. An obsessed character can be a fantastic, multifaceted personage or a cardboard cutout with only one side painted in. In the case of this novel the author manages to land her obsessed character ...

A
Eleanor and Park

If any book proves the adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” it’s the amazing YA novel, Eleanor and Park. Going by the cutesy, cartoon drawing on the dust jacket, one would expect a light, quirky, first-love story geared toward the teen set. Instead, this book will crush you, showing how ...

A-
The Sleeping Night

Starcrossed lovers show up often enough in romance, but rarely with such convincing emotion as in The Sleeping Night. Barbara Samuel's tale of an interracial couple in postwar Texas takes readers through a rollercoaster of emotion as we see her characters dealing with love, loss, and poisonous bigot ...

A
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Flavia de Luce, girl sleuth, makes a roaring first appearance in Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. The first in a mystery series set in 1950s England, this is hands down, the best mystery I’ve read this year. I love Flavia de Luce. I should start by saying there isn’t a ...

C
Songbird Under A German Moon

Betty Lake couldn't be more excited for her future - a girl with little money and no formal training, she never thought she'd travel much beyond her own front door. But the war gave women a chance to do things they had never done before, and she is getting to travel with the USO to Germany to entert ...

D
I Went To Vassar for This?

This book gave me the mother of all headaches. Most likely because my brow was knitted together from the “What the…?” face I made during the entire reading. Sadly to say, the author took a rather interesting premise (which she got from her editor: see acknowledgments) and turned it into a disa ...

A
Ride the Tiger

It took me over 10 years to read this book. Well, let me explain. It sat on my TBR shelf for 10 years before I finally decided to grab some of the oldest (and dustiest) books and read them. I wish I had read this book when I first bought it because I had cheated myself out of reading what is probabl ...

A
Flashback

Terri Harrington's Flashback may not be the best-written time travel romance I've ever read or the deepest, but it is my favorite. It's a simple story, one which takes a different approach to the material than many others. It's not concerned with the mechanics and complications of time travel. It do ...