The story of Atonement by Ian McEwan is deceptively simple, beautifully written and emotionally devastating. Beginning on a hot summer day in 1935, thirteen year old Briony Tallis witnesses the attraction between Robbie Turner, the son of the cleaning lady and her sister Cecelia Tallis, both recently returned from university. When a tragedy occurs, Briony misinterpreting events... Continue Reading →

That Old Black Magic

Stories about magic are as old the first humans gathered about the campfire, we read fairytales to children and teens gravitate to fantasy novels, but somehow no matter how old we get the fascination with magic and the otherworldly remains.   Whether it is the magic of love, of food or of birth, the link between women... Continue Reading →

It’s all in my Letter

In these days of texting and email, the art of the letter with each word thoughtfully chosen and sent with feeling may be passing  but our love for letters goes on.  A recent example of this is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  The  letters begin in... Continue Reading →

Back to the Future

Henry De Tamble, a rather dashing librarian at the famous Newberry Library in Chicago, finds himself unavoidably whisked around in time. Finally,he drops in on beautiful teenage Clare Abshire, and a lifelong passion is born. The problem is that while Henry's age darts back and forth according to his location in time, Clare's moves forward in the... Continue Reading →

Time for a Spring Romance

Knight in Shining Armor Jude Deveraux Dougless Montgomery is abandoned by her fiance during their English vacation. She is then swept away by her "Knight in Shining Armor" - Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck...who - according to his tombstone - had died in 1564. A lovely romance novel with a time-travel twist. The Secret Julie... Continue Reading →

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