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Kate Alcott’s The Dressmaker 1

From a sinking ship Tess becomes a rising star First off, The Dressmaker isn’t much of a romance novel. I feel like Amazon lied a little bit to me about this book. But I’m glad it did because, once I accepted that the leading men weren’t that big a presence, I really enjoyed the book. Tess is a seamstress in England who is being treated like a lowly servant. One day she just snaps and walks out. There’s a big ship leaving for America and she’s determined to talk her way onto it. Read more […]

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Emily Giffin’s “Baby Proof” 1

Just as Claudia Parr, a successful New York publisher, has just about given up on falling in love, she meets the warm, kind, and funny Ben. He’s a talented and successful architect. The two meet on a blind date through mutual friends, and from there they become inseparable. On their first date, Claudia discovers Ben also doesn’t want children. Then the two decide to take the plunge and enjoy a child-free marriage. Then a few years into their marriage one of them has a change of heart. One of Read more […]


David Benioff’s “City of Thieves”

David Benioff’s City of Thieves is a coming-of-age story set in Leningrad during World War II. It’s a story of two unlikely guys paired together to accomplish an almost impossible task: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. Lev is arrested for looting while Kolya is condemned for being a deserter. The colonel gives them a chance to redeem themselves—if they fail their mission to acquire the eggs they are likely to be executed. The first Read more […]

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