Month: April 2016

Review: Cluny Brown

29335278Available now with a brand-new cover: Cluny Brown

**** 4/5 stars- loved it

Originally published in 1944, Cluny Brown is an unconventionally-attractive parlormaid who refuses to know her place.

Recommended readers:

  • Fans of British humor
  • fans of Bridget Jones
  • fans of a comedic play

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

If you could use a little cheering up, do yourself a favor and check out Margery Sharp, author of The Rescuers and The Nutmeg Tree. She is long-hailed for her wit and charm, wry humor, and eye for social change, and her latest re-release,  featuring a young who Londoner takes calls for her plumber uncle and tea at the Ritz just to see what it’s like, is no exception. Cluny Brown is apparently not exactly beautiful but impossible not to notice, attracting troubles and admirers left and right in spite of herself. Banished to the countryside by her uncle to “learn her place” as a housemaid, Cluny soon turns the village on its head and keeps you guessing in this comedy of manners of days gone by. Throw in the arrival of the eligible son who is to inherit, along with a handsome and learned Polish refugee and a beautiful socialite, and I challenge you not to enjoy not being able to quite figure out how it all ought to go, and being quite surprised when you do.  Quirky and fun!

Cluny Brown  is available now

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See our review of The Nutmeg Tree

Available Today: The Nutmeg Tree

29372666Available with a brand-new cover on April 12th: The Nutmeg Tree

**** 4/5 stars- loved it

Originally published in 1937, The Nutmeg Tree’s Julia Packett is a Bridget Jones for the 1930s.

Recommended readers:

  • Fans of British humor
  • fans of Bridget Jones
  • fans of a comedic play

 

 

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

You may know her as the creator of Disney’s The Rescuers, but Margery Sharp also wrote 26 novels beginning in the 1930s, some now to be re-released with new and attractive vintage-modern covers. In The Nutmeg Tree, we follow the escapades of Julia Packet, a free-spirited former actress whose wild yet charming ways got her pregnant, married, widowed, and adopted into a good family, with whom she was only too pleased to leave her infant daughter to be brought up well while she kept up her usual antics.  When she answers the intriguing call of her grown-up daughter, thwarted in love by her grandmother, she finds that the would-be suitor is a bit like her: impulsive, opportunistic, and not a bit suitable. What’s a girl to do? The Nutmeg Tree reads a bit like a comedic play, and I enjoyed it immensely.

The Nutmeg Tree is available now in the U.S. with a brand-new cover

ALSO look for a review of Cluny Brown coming soon!29335278

Review: Eliza Waite

Available May 16: Eliza Waite

***3.5/5 stars- Really liked itEliza Waite

This debut novel is a compelling story of a women’s role in a dramatic and changing time in the Wild West.

Recommended readers:

  • Readers of Western History
  • Those interested in the changing roles of women in the West

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 3.5/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

This debut novel explores one female’s experience in the post Gold Rush era as a throng of desperate people travel to the Klondike. Eliza Waite is one of them. After losing her husband and son on the remote San Juan Islands off Washington, Eliza lives a stark, lonely life trying to make it on her own. Both a physical and emotional journey for Eliza ensue as she travels north to Alaska to find her way. Even with a slow start, Eliza Waite is a compelling story of a women’s role in a dramatic and changing time in the western history.

Eliza Waite is be available on May 16.

 

Outlander Season 2 Premiere

The day is finally here for Season 2 of Outlander to kick off on Starz tonight. The second season follows the story line of Diana Gabaldan’s second book Dragonfly in Amber (released in 1992, one year after the first book).

Need a quick recap of Season 1? Read our reaction here.  Or browse all Books for Her Outlander info – from the book recaps to other shows for Outlander fans.

Are you ready?

Magnate by Joanna Shupe

Available April 26: Magnate (The Knickerbocker Club)

****4/5 stars- loved itmagnate by Joanna Shupe

Tycoon is the first in the Knickerbocker Club Series set in the unique Gilded Age. And you’ll love it.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re looking for not-your-typical setting: Gilded Age
  • if you like Candace Camp, Jane Feather and others
  • and if you like a super-quick and steamy read

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

The first in a new series by Joanna Shupe, Magante is fabulous, quick reading historical romance. You’ll jump right into the Gilded-Age action as Elizabeth Sloane tries to make her way in a man’s world. Lizzie has secretly traded stocks with amazing results and wants to go out on her own, but being of the upper class the results could be damaging to her reputation. The advancing times of the late 1800s make the setting unique for a historical romance – and very refreshing. I loved the historical lifestyle details and challenges of travel during that time, not to mention the steamy romance. With Magnate and Tycoon (the prequel novella), I’m hooked for the full series.

Available on Amazon: Magnate (The Knickerbocker Club)

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven is out in May in the US.

Review: Everyone Brave is Forgiven

America, mark your calendars for May 3rd: Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

****5/5 stars-It was amazing.  We Loved it.everyone brave is forgiven

From the author of Little Bee, the one with a title so intriguing we both had to read it…

Recommended readers:

  • Everyone.
  • But: in particular, if you are a reader of war fiction,
  • and if you pine for novels both humorous and profound, this one is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 5/5 characters
  • 5/5 plot
  • 5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Erin Says: I knew from the preface, as the author paid homage to the generation of “titans” who inspired him, “…a generation whose choices were made quickly, through bravery and instinct, and whose hopes always hung by a thread…”  that I would adore this book.  It’s not exactly unusual, from the outset: a war story, a love story, one woman, two men–  but at the same time it’s transcendent. Chris Cleave’s skill in dialogue, narrative, and setting takes you there, among the rubble of bombed-out London, and to Malta under siege. His characters are funny and real; in fact he seems to possess an uncanny knack for wartime humor that hits you where you live and and rings anything but false. He asks what it means to be brave, and answers in the best way possible. The whole novel is at once light and witty and heavy and profound, and the prose is beautiful. Read it.

Terra Says: Usually an escapist reader, I like to mix in a deeper, more intense fiction (often historical) every now and then. And I was pleasantly surprised when Everyone Brave is Forgiven delivered both. Without being too heavy, Chris Cleave combines the perfect mix of storytelling to appease an escapist reader (me) along with just the right amount of prose for a more serious reader (Erin). Cleave takes real WWII events from London bombings to the siege of Malta and brings them to life with beautifully written stories of everyday sacrifices and heartbreaking decisions, which made that time unforgettable and poignant. A must read.

And dual 5-star reviews aren’t enough for you … we also happen to like that Chris Cleave is responsive to his readers on Twitter:

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Available Now: Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Review: Lilac Girls

Available April 5th: Lilac Girls

***3.5/5 stars- Really liked it

This debut novel explores the female experience of World War II, from New York to Nazi concentration camp in German-occupied Poland.

Recommended readers:

  • Readers of wartime historical fiction
  • Those interested in the female experience of war
  • Fans of novels based on real people

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 3.5/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

With main characters based upon the lives of real people, Lilac Girls explores the Second World War from three very different perspectives:  A New York Socialite who seeks to help, a Polish teenager caught in the resistance movement, and an young doctor posted to concentration camp in German-occupied Poland. The most interesting thing about this novel was the way it stretches into the postwar years, exploring how the characters (so well drawn, even if not sympathetic) continued to reckon their existence following the most significant years of their lives.  This one is all character development, and as much as about surviving ordinary life as the surviving the war.  Difficult to read at times, with challenging situations and characters, but ultimately redeeming.

Lilac Girls  will be available on April 5th