Book Review: A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons

Saffron Everleigh would choose plants over her academic colleagues any day. But alas, rumors are swirling about her status as a research assistant in 1923 London, and she must be more outgoing to show her colleagues she is professional and a student pursuing graduate studies, not her MRS. Her first step to overcome the rumors [...]

Book Review: People of the Sun

John and Sarah Tidewell are more well-traveled than you. Before you pull out your passport to brag, my statement is true regardless of how many countries you've visited. Because John and Sarah Tidewell have visited not only other countries, but other time periods. Despite the fact that this pre-teen/teen sibling duo may seem like normal [...]

Book Review: Lessons in Chemistry

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus will forever change the way you look at a sharpened number two pencil. Elizabeth Zott is a wonderful chemist who could easily change the world, if only people would stop mistaking her for a secretary. Set in the midcentury era in the United States, Lessons in Chemistry is a [...]

Book Review: Under the Golden Sun

Jenny Ashcroft's Under the Golden Sun swept me off of my feet and back to 1940s England and Australia. I was completely absorbed by the story, and simply couldn't put it down. Traumatized by the war and her own personal tragedies, Rose isn't looking for any more life-changing experiences. Yet when she sees the ad [...]

Book Review: The Last House on the Street

I read Diane Chamberlain for the first time just two years ago, when I devoured and adored her novel, The Dream Daughter. It has stuck with me, becoming one of those books that I continue to think about long after I've closed the cover. Her latest novel, The Last House on the Street, is going [...]

Book Review: Radar Girls

Sara Ackerman’s Radar Girls is the Hawaii based historical fiction novel you’ve been waiting for, and it does not disappoint. With amazing character development, a nail-biting plot, and incredible details, this novel sweeps you back in time and claims your attention to the final sentence. The characters and setting are both the beating heart of [...]

Book Review: When Stars Rain Down

When Stars Rain Down swept me off my feet. Angela Jackson-Brown's words captured my heart right away, making this book thoroughly in-put-down-able. A heart-racing plot, relatable characters, and a beautifully described setting make this novel one I won't soon forget. The voice is engaging and pulls you in right from the start. You can hear [...]

Book Review: This Tender Land

William Kent Kreuger's This Tender Land is a lyrical novel set during the summer of 1932 and follows four children as they go on a literal and metaphorical journey. Odie, Albert, Mose and Emmy are all students at the Lincoln Indian School, and their time there will forever shape who they are and the choices [...]

Book Review: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

While working as a bookseller over a decade ago, I stumbled across a beautiful cover that evoked childhood memories and tugged at my heart. Yes, I know; we aren't meant to judge books by their covers. But we all do, don't we? I knew I needed to give this book a home, so I tucked [...]

Book Review: The Book of Lost Names

The Book of Lost Names is one of those books that you just know you’ll be thinking of long after you close the cover. It’s the kind of book that years later, something will jog your memory and make you think of it. It isn’t a light or easy read. As with all WWII set [...]