A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd

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Jane R.
Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011

Bess Crawford, home on leave from her nursing duties in World War I France, finds a woman cowering in the cold doorway of her London flat. Julianna has run from her abusive husband and has nowhere to turn.

Thursday, Sep 8, 2011

A story of love, class and the “American Way” in Gilded Age England, this is definitely several cuts above the traditional historical romance. Aptly named Cora Cash is the richest debutante in America in 1893, and her mother will stop at nothing to marry her into British nobility. Cora, very spoiled and accustomed to her own way, meets Ivo, the Duke of Wareham, and falls very much in love with him. Ivo is currency poor but heritage wealthy, and Cora’s money will go

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011

Having enjoyed the first three season's of Showtimes "The Tudors", I was anxious to view this fourth and final season. In this final season, we meet King Henry VIII's last two wives, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr, who are played beautifully by Tamzin Merchant and Joely Richardson, respectively. The entire season is comprised of only 10 episodes. The first five episodes deal with King Henry's affair and marriage to the very young and morally questionable Katherine Howard

Friday, Jun 24, 2011

If you are looking for a fast-paced action read, then this debut novel by Helen Simonson is not for you. However, if you love all things British and are interested in a gentle, entertaining read, then Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is a novel you should not miss!

Thursday, Jun 23, 2011

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is startlingly good. It is the first book in a series that features a retired Sherlock Holmes and his young, female apprentice. Mary Russell is about fifteen years old when she stumbles upon Holmes in the English countryside.

Monday, Jun 20, 2011

H.G. Wells is best known for his works of science fiction but he also wrote domestic comic novels, one being The History of Mr. Polly. Like his author, Alfred Polly is born into the suburban lower-middle-class of early 20th century England , a class known for its conservatism, restrictiveness, and respectability. As a boy, Alfred attends a National School where he receives a poor education but at age thirteen, he discovers reading and its joys. Adventure stories and comics are his favorites.

Wings of Fire by Charles Todd

Rated by
Jane R.
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011

This second in Todd’s Ian Rutledge mystery series, finds the Scotland Yard inspector investigating two apparent suicides and one accidental death of three siblings. The family and people of the Cornish village are satisfied with the coroner’s verdicts regarding the deaths and do not welcome Rutledge in their midst. However, a cousin of those who died wants to know more about what happened and why.

The Woman in Black

Susan Hill
Rated by
Jane R.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A ghost story, this is considered by many to be the best in modern time. Written in 1983, made into a successful stage play in 1989, and soon to be a major motion picture, this atmospheric tale is set in the stormy moors on the coast of England where the fog is so dense one can become lost in an instant. Arthur Kipps, attorney, is sent by his firm to settle the Drablow estate following the death of the last family member, Alice.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Patrick Hamilton is best remembered for his plays Rope and Gaslight which were made into well-known films. However, he also wrote a number of novels and due to a resurgence of interest in his work, they are now being re-issued.

Friday, Apr 15, 2011

With the Royal wedding just days away, there is still time to learn more about William and Kate. Christopher Andersen’s book, William and Kate: A Royal Love Story, tells not only the story of their friendship and love, but also provides in depth background information about their lives, families and friends.