Title: The Prince and the Dressmaker
Author: Jen Wang
Genre: GN, HF, YA
Synopsis: Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:
Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!
Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.
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Title: Sally Heathcote: Suffragette
Authors: Mary M. and Bryan Talbot, Kate Charlesworth (Illustrator)
Genre: GN, HF
Dates Read: March 22 – April 9, 2018
Synopsis: Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is a gripping inside story of the campaign for votes for women. A tale of loyalty, love, and courage, set against a vividly realized backdrop of Edwardian Britain, it follows the fortunes of a maid-of-all-work swept up in the feminist militancy of the era. Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is a stunning collaboration from Costa Award winners, Mary and Bryan Talbot. Teamed up with acclaimed illustrator Kate Charlesworth, Sally Heathcote‘s lavish pages bring history to life.
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Author: William Ritter
Series: Jackaby #1
Released: September 16, 2014
Genres: F, HF, M, YA
Dates Read: April 19 – June 18, 2017
Synopsis: Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny. (Goodreads) Continue reading “Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter”
Title: America’s First Daughter
Authors: Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Dates Read: March 24 – May 27, 2017
Genres: HF, R
Summary: A novel of Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph, the eldest daughter of the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson.
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Title: The White Princess
Author: Philippa Gregory
Dates Read: April 10-17, 2017
Genres: HF, R
Summary: Elizabeth of York is forced to marry the new Tudor king, Henry VII, after he kills her uncle, Richard III, at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, ending the Wars of the Roses (known as the Cousins’ War before Sir Walter Scott coined the more well-known term). The two must work together in order to keep their tumultuous country in order, with bitter, defeated Yorks threatening the kingdom.
- “The red rose and the white, a rose without a thorn” (26).
- “There is nothing in the world more powerful than a woman who knows what she wants and walks a straight road towards it…You have to make up your mind what you want, and have the courage to set your heart on it…Walk through your sorrow, my daughter, it hardly matters as long as you walk to where you want to be” (79-80).
- “In the darkness of the night his conscience speaks louder than his mother’s ambitions” (92).
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Year: 2009 (trans. 2012)
Dates Read: March 1-30, 2017
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Author: Daisy Goodwin
March 15-20, 2017
Kindle (and Audible)
A coming-of-age story focusing on Queen Victoria’s beginning as one of the longest-ruling monarchs of Great Britain.
“How was it possible that her body should react so violently to someone she found so difficult?”
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