A review of When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

Maddie Gracechurch is not your usual debutante. In fact, she’d much rather not be a debutante at all—the thought of enduring the crowded ballrooms of a London season inspires so much fear that she’s literally paralyzed by the idea. A trip to Brighton at age 16 changes all that. Swept off her feet by the dashing Captain Logan MacKenzie, Maddie falls hopelessly in love, quickly becomes engaged and spends the next several years faithfully exchanging letters while her beloved bravely serves in more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 24, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide to Sewing by Janith Bergeron

What’s the next “new thing”? Something Great Grandma probably did often: sewing! Sewing is making a major comeback. New stitching fans are drawn to the sense of self-expression, independence and personal authenticity. Trying to figure out where to begin when guiding a young person who expresses an interest in sewing? The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing is an excellent resource. The initial chapters focus on hand sewing to familiarize kids with the mechanics. Generous sidebar boxes more

Reviewed by Ruth on
August 22, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

I imagine I’m not the only one with mixed feelings about reading this companion piece to Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird. In my mind, Mockingbird was so lovely, so perfect, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to know what happened after Scout grew up and moved away from Maycomb. For those who haven’t heard all the buzz, Harper Lee wrote Go Set a Watchman before she wrote Mockingbird. Her editor at the time advised a rewrite with a focus on Scout’ more

Reviewed by Carra on
August 20, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths

Parts of a body of a young attractive woman have been found at the Left Luggage Brighton Railway Station, the head and shoulder and legs concealed within individual plain black cases. None of the attendants remember any particulars regarding the person who left the boxes on Monday, making it difficult for Detective Edgar Stephens to track him down. When the third box is left outside the police station addressed to Stephens under his Army rank, he begins to think that the murder is linked back more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
August 19, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Americanine: A Haute Dog of New York by Yann Kebbi

Where do I begin? This is a sophisticated, oversized picture book that is told from the point of view of a French dog who returns to Paris after visiting New York. The illustrations are bold, colored pencil renderings of NYC that are so accurate and frenetic you know exactly where you are, like Grand Central Station or Central Park, but they're also somewhat dreamy and impressionistic. The author's note explains that the book was illustrated from memory from his days living as a student in New more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 17, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Binny for Short by Hilary McKay

This is a summer book. A perfect, dreamy, hazy, charming and smart summer book. Everybody, young and old, should grab a copy and sprawl out on the lawn and read it right now, because fall will be upon us before we know it. The Cornwallis family has been through a lot. Mr Cornwallis died unexpectedly, and the rest of the boisterous family was displaced to a cramped apartment. To add insult to injury eleven-year-old Binny’s beloved dog was shuffled between relatives in the chaos, and then old more

Reviewed by Beth on
August 14, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of True Highland Spirit by Amanda Forester

The Scottish highlands are very well trod ground for romance novelists (just try searching under the subjects ‘Love Stories’ and ‘Scotland Fiction’ in LINKCat to see what I mean). While it’s getting harder to inject some novelty into the subgenre, author Amanda Forester makes an entertaining and unique entry with True Highland Heart. The expected is there—men in kilts, rogues with brogues, bonnie lasses and the romance of the Scottish landscape—but Forester puts her characters more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 11, 2015 | 0 comments
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Summer Reading Club The Summer Reading Club is winding down but there is still time to register and enter slips for what you're reading. As of this moment we have 1129 books entered. You can see what people are reading and get some ideas yourself. So far the book listed by the most people is more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 10, 2015 | 2 comments
A review of Hansel & Gretel : a Toon graphic by Neil Gaiman

Any fans of Neil Gaiman should probably check this out. It's the standard story of Hansel and Gretel, the woodcutter's children who are left in the woods when then the family is hit by hard times. One night Hansel hears his parents, worried over their lack of food, discuss leaving him and his sister in the woods. Being resourceful and forewarned, Hansel uses whites stones to guide the pair back to the arms of their parents. However, there is still not enough food and again they are led off into more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
August 7, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of In the Dark Places by Peter Robinson

Blood stains, possibly human, found in an abandoned hanger—a missing tractor from a hobby farm—a missing man are all threads in Peter Robinson’s most recent book In the Dark Places (or Abattoir Blues in the United Kingdom) coming out in August.  I always look forward to a new book from Robinson. He writes a good involving mystery but even more important to me is the character development in his series.  This, of course, focuses on Alan Banks more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
August 6, 2015 | 0 comments
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