Showing posts from February, 2017

Book Review: A Lady’s Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

Man, I needed this book. I love a good historical romance at the best of times, and this time of year, when Boston's weather vacillates between 70 and 17, when glancing at the news can lead to crushing depression, and my natural inclination is to just curl up and hibernate, Duran's newest historical romance was just the diversion I needed. This is my first time reading Duran, but not the last, as I loved this book. Our romantic leads were wonderfully appealing and the could-have-been-schlocky-but-wasn't plot line exciting and escapist. Jane can't access her inheritance until she's married, and her vile uncle plans to compromise her reputation so she must marry her cousin. Crispin is an ambitious, ruthless politician who works with Jane's uncle, and he helps extricate Jane from her uncle's trap -- but forces Jane to spy for him. When Crispin is violently attacked and left for dead, Jane does what she needs to escape her uncle: she has a marriage cert

Weekend reads, or digging out

I've got many books in the queue ( Stolen Beauty , A Man Called Ove , Leopard At The Door ) and they're all great, but I'm having such a hard time concentrating. I have, in the words of someone I know, Trumpsomnia. But I've been moved to tears over the response to Warren's unreasonable gagging, and have taken immense comfort in #NeverthelessShePersisted. (This gorgeous graphic is from Kimberly Faye Reads .) We survived Winter Storm Niko, although I'm dreading digging out my car. Unabridged Toddler was scandalized that a construction vehicle was removing snow -- snow plows remove snow! Hope all of you are doing well. What are you reading this weekend?

Teaser Tuesday, February 7

Today's teaser comes from Laurie Lico Albanese's Stolen Beauty . This delicious and fascinating novel tells the stories of Adele Bloch-Bauer, Klimt's muse and lover, and Adele's niece Maria, who is a young woman in Austria during Hitler's invasion. It's the kind of novel that makes you want to stay in all day to read, and I'm looking forward to this weekend when I hope to finish it! My teaser is actually the novel's opening line, because it is good . I was a love-struck newlywed when Hitler came to Austria. I know, right?? What are you reading right now? Got a teaser to share?