The Double Cross by Clare O'Donohue -- book three in the Someday Quilts Mystery series; I read the first two last year. This is about Nell who loves to get involved in solving crimes although she's not a detective. In this book, the Quilt Club leaves Archer's Rest so Susanne can teach a class at a new bed-and-breakfast establishment. What they find is a run-down place, weird locals, and a murder!Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love -- book 2 in the Hickory Ridge Romance series; I read the first book from the library, and liked the story so I put the next two books on my Amazon Wishlist since the library didn't have them. Problem is that I kind of forgot what book 1 was about, but I think I remembered it somewhat as I read this book about Carrie Daly as she is pressured into taking care of her unkind sister in law and her two unruly sons while her brother Henry goes to Chicago to find work.
The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck -- an honor book at a local library; I'd read a few others from this author so I decided to read this one about Charlotte who owns a wedding dress shop in Birmingham. She goes to an estate auction and buys a battered trunk that is welded shut. When she finally gets it open, she discovers a wedding dress and seeks to find out more of its history.
The Lake House by Kate Morton -- a great book with an ending that may have been just a little too neat, but still...I really enjoyed this book about Alice Edevane's family in Cornwall, and the modern-day detective Sadie who was visiting her grandfather there while on forced leave. This was the last of her books at my library, but maybe she'll have more sometime!
The Three Mrs. Parkers by Joan Medlicott -- a book about three women Winifred Parker who came to live with her daughter in law Zoe, and then Zoe's daughter Kathryn moving in with them after her disabled daughter's death
The Bay at Midnight by Diane Chamberlain -- I discovered this author last year, and have enjoyed most of her books. This was no exception. It takes place in New Jersey (where the author is from), and I love the character of 12-year-old Julie reading her Nancy Drew novels, collecting assorted items and keeping them as clues. As the book opens, Julie is now 53 years old and writing her thirty-third novel in her Granny Fran series. But a knock on the door changes everything...and reopens wounds from the summer when Julie was 12, and her sister died at the Jersey Shore.
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton -- I read a short series by this author last year that takes place in Edwardian times. This one is more contemporary and a much longer series. I got the first from the library to give it a go. And for the most part I liked it! The proofreader didn't do well...at times they had Angela instead of Agatha and a few other quibbles were noted by someone who read the book and decided to ink in the correct name or quotation marks. But the story was rather cute if not great. I'll likely read more of these for some light reading.
A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick -- After her divorce Evelyn takes a long trip from Texas to Connecticut to see the fall colors, as that is something she always wanted to do. While there, she discovers an abandoned store for rent, and decides to try out a dream of opening a quilt shop. Eventually she becomes friends with some local ladies and an Irish gentleman who run the popular Grill. A rather cute story about the importance of friendship.
The Dressmaker's War by Mary Chamberlain -- The story of Ada's war. The young lady with a flair for designing and creating lovely dresses. Who was foolish enough to take up with a guy who led her to Paris just as War was coming to the world. What was Ada's war like as a dressmaker in Munich? And what happened after the war? Was her story believable enough for English society?
Austenland by Shannon Hale -- ho hum. Jane is gifted a trip to Austenland where she put on the dress and character of a Regency-era lady and tried to make heads or tails of what kind of man she wanted. I got rather bored of this book after awhile; I'm glad it was under 200 pages.
Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron -- "Being the First Jane Austen Mystery" ; a series I discovered at a local library about a journal of Jane Austen who was detecting in the murder of the Lord
The White Garden by Stephanie Barron -- "a novel of Virginia Woolf" -- Jo Belamy goes to England to research the White Garden because she is hired by a rich fellow in the States who wants it replicated. While there, Jo searches for clues about her grandfather Jock who killed himself the day after Jo told him that she was traveling there. She didn't realize her grandfather had once been the gardener at Sissinghurst Castle. What did he know about the death of Virginia Woolf?
The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton -- a somewhat interesting story about Mary Frances Lombard and her extended family who lived in Wisconsin and worked in the family apple orchard and in the sheep pens. MF (as she refers to herself later in the book) holds steady in her desire to work the farm and orchard one day, but has trouble with her brother's changing ways - going to college - and other changes around the place.
The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott -- a good story about Alice's arrival at the cotton mill in Lowell, Massachusetts, around 1832. Her time with other mill girls and the circumstances surrounding her friend Lovey's death: was it suicide because of Lovey's fallen state or was she murdered? I liked this book.
Mozart's Sister by Nancy Moser -- my mom read this book a few months ago, and I put it on my to-get-eventually list; well that day happened recently, and I enjoyed learning more about Nannerl Mozart through this first-person account some of which is fiction, of course, but much of which was gathered through the family's letter-writing (and saving of those letters) tradition; a good book
Gone South by Meg Moseley -- When Tish decides to check out the ancestral home in northern Alabama on her way back from moving her mom from Michigan to Florida, she had no idea that she'd decide to purchase the thing! But, she does, and finds it's a bit hard to plug into life with a name like Letitia McComb. Something about her grandparents being unkind carpetbaggers 100 years prior. In the meantime, Tish takes in Mel - that's Melanie Hamilton - who recently arrived back into town. A local 20 year old on the outs with her family and most of her hometown. A decent book.
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