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Charlotte Lucas was RIGHT!

“Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.” Charlotte Lucas makes this dour prediction to Elizabeth Bennet, the heroine of Pride & Prejudice. We laugh. It’s not true, after all. We all know that there are many, many things that you can do to guarantee happiness in a marriage. Like talking over all the […]

Does Your Novel Deserve a Sequel?

Does your novel deserve a sequel? That’s a tough question to answer. As fiction writers, I think we’d most often like the answer to be: “Yes!” It’s hard to let go of characters and plots and worlds we adore. However – surprise, surprise – not all novels need a sequel. In fact, some of them […]

Summer Goals + Updates

Hello ladies and gents! First, I’m going to have to ask my friend Lana to forgive me for using her beautiful illustration without her permission. I quite frankly forgot to ask. I did credit her, however. So … am I forgiven?* I’m a terrible person. Second, this is a kind of random post with a […]

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Title: The Scarlet Pimpernel Author: Baroness Orczy Series: The Scarlet Pimpernel, #1 Genre: Classic Adventure/Romance Era: 1790s (French Revolution) Setting: England and France Source: from library (read with my mom) Overall Rating: 5/5 stars The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and […]

June 2017 Mini Reviews

Today I’m going to be reviewing six lovely books. Most of them are historical romances. Okay, all but one are historical romances. *hides* Sorry, guys … I tend to stick to one genre most of the time. And then get behind reviewing them because I read them for pleasure, not for review. *shrugs* On other […]

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Title: Mansfield Park Author: Jane Austen Genre: Classic Romance Age-Range: 14+ (young adult/adult) Era: early 1800s (Regency) Setting: various places in England Source: own a copy Rating: 5/5 stars Content: 3/5. No language (at least none that isn’t crossed out like this: by G-d), no violence. Romance, a person commits adultery (everyone is shocked, so I […]

Emily of Deep Valley by Maud Hart Lovelace

Title: Emily of Deep Valley Author: Maud Hart Lovelace Series: Deep Valley, #2 (can definitely be read as a stand-alone, though) Genre: Historical/Classic Romance/Literary Fiction Age-Range: 12+ (upper middle grade/young adult/adult) Era: 1910s (later Edwardian) Setting: Deep Valley, Minnesota Publisher: Harper Trophy (first published 1950) Source: library/now own Rating: 5/5 stars Content: 1/5. I can’t […]

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

Title: A Study in Scarlet Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Series: Sherlock Holmes, #1 Genre: Classic Murder Mystery Age-Range: 14+ (young adult/adult) Era: Victorian Setting: London, England and Utah, America Source: mother owns a copy Rating: 5/5 stars Content: 2/5. Some violence and a murder, obviously. It’s not too graphic, though there are mentions of a […]

Five Fall Favorites: Christmas, Classics, and Wrap-Up

Well, Five Fall Favorites is officially over! I’ve just got to tell you about two more genres, announce the winners, and say good-bye to all your lovely people! I’m so glad to have you here (if you’re a guest for FFF), and of course it was great to have you participate, regular readers. I love […]