The Children of Willesden Lane is a memoir about Jewish children being evacuated from Vienna on the eve of WWII. It is a real tear jerker, not only for the sad situation, but also for the beauty of the music. Music is a central theme for the story. In 1938, Lisa is a talented pianist … Continue reading Review: The Children of Willesden Lane
Delia Owens has written a beautiful book, very earthly and natural. If the reader can suspend disbelief, the story of a child raising herself alone in the marshes of a southern state is very engrossing. After her mother and older siblings abandon Kya, and her negligent father finally leaves, the seven year old girl manages … Continue reading Review: Where the Crawdads Sing
This story by Jesmyn Ward should be a powerful novel.
By Julie McElwain This historical mystery held my interest throughout. Julie McElwain did a good job of transporting us into the world of the British elite two hundred years ago. Her detailed knowledge of the place and time helps the reader imagine the character’s time travel experience. The story starts out as an FBI thriller, but … Continue reading Review: A Murder in Time
Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery Who knew octopuses (yes, that’s the correct pluralization) have personalities? The author of Soul of an Octopus is a well-known naturalist who shows they do. She also seems to have fallen in love with several of them. The book gives the reader a new and interesting perspective … Continue reading Book Review – The Soul of an Octopus