Category Archives: novel

Book Preview: The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen

In The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen (2012) by Syrie James, an American rare-books librarian finds a manuscript written by Jane Austen that has never been published. Samantha McDonough has traveled to London with her boyfriend, and while he attends a … Continue reading

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Book Preview: The Glass Kitchen

The Glass Kitchen (2014) by Linda Francis Lee takes a woman with a culinary heritage from Texas to Manhattan as she searches for a new life. Portia Cuthcart has lost her dream. She planned to run the family restaurant established … Continue reading

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Book Preview: The Secret of the Nightingale Palace

The Secret of the Nightingale Palace (2013) by Dana Sachs is my kind of book. First of all there is a road trip. Who can resist a cross-country adventure? But wait, there’s more! Did I mention inter-generational family bonding? What … Continue reading

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Book Preview: The Guest House

Someday I hope to visit Cape Cod, a place that has always intrigued me. But for now, this native Californian will content herself with reading The Guest House (2013) by Erika Marks. The local families of Harrisport, Massachusetts have spent … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden (1911) by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a well-loved classic children’s story that I had never read until the past week. Although it was written over one hundred years ago, it still has much to say about human … Continue reading

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Book Preview: Never Let Me Go

Recently I finished reading the novel The Remains of the Day (1989) by Kazuo Ishiguro. I was well into the book before I understood the subtleties of the story and appreciated its emotional undercurrent. Having seen the film long ago, I … Continue reading

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Book Preview: The Opposite of Maybe

The Opposite of Maybe (2014) is the latest fiction by Maddie Dawson, pseudonym of journalist and author Sandi Kahn Shelton. It is a messy but charming tale of second chances that introduces Rosie and Jonathan, who have been together for fifteen … Continue reading

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