The Outskirts of Hope – Review

"During the height of the civil rights movement, my family moved to a small, all-black town in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, where my father opened a clinic and mother Aura Kruger, taught English at the local high school." This book is a memoir, written by the youngest daughter Jo, but mainly told through [...]

The Cottingley Secret – Review

"The soul of the fairy is its evanescence. Its charm is the eternal doubt, rose-tinted with the shadow of a hope. But the thrill is all in ourselves." The Cottingley Secret is part historical novel, part contemporary novel, where the two stories intersect and meet together in the end. In 1917, two girls brought together [...]

´╗┐The Heart’s Invisible Furies – Review

"Anything is possible," I said. "But most things are unlikely." The Heart's Invisible Furies is an epic, all-encompassing story spanning the life of Cyril Avery. Cyril is adopted, "not a real Avery", as his adopted parent's Charles and Maude often remind him, growing up in the 1950's in Ireland. Even though his adoptive parent's remind [...]

Slipsliding by the Bay – Review

"We can't stay locked in the past. That's one of the temptations of the ivory tower, to fall into the trap of complacency." Slipsliding by the Bay was a fun, quirky read. The book follows the trials and tribulations of a struggling Lakeside University in the 1970's. Lakeside has been struggling for a few years, [...]

The Address – Review

"We all have our own magnificent prisons, even the queen, I'd venture." I love how fitting this quote is for both narrators in The Address. Each woman, separated by a hundred years, is trapped in a prison unique to them. Sara, a woman in the 1880's, running a hotel in England before being hired to [...]