Book Review: In Need of a Good Wife by Kelly O’Connor McNees

Kelly O’Connor McNees weaves a delightful tale about post-Civil War mail order brides in her sweet novel, In Need of a Good Wife. The book rotates between its three prime characters. Clara's rakish husband abandoned her for another girl after a tragedy. Rowena is a vain but broke, widowed war bride. And Elsa is a devout, older woman of … Continue reading Book Review: In Need of a Good Wife by Kelly O’Connor McNees

Book Review: The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

At first, I was reluctant to read The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd, because I knew it was about adultery. But I absolutely loved The Secret Life of Bees by the same author, and was eager to read more of her fiction. I wasn’t sure how I was going to relate to this book, … Continue reading Book Review: The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

Book Review: The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant is an historical fiction novel taking place in Florence, Italy in the late 1400s, at the close of the Florentine Renaissance. Our main character, fourteen-year-old Alessandra Cecchi, is the daughter of a well-to-do textile merchant. Alessandra is precocious, book-smart and well-read. She’s also a talented artist– staying up … Continue reading Book Review: The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

Book Review: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

In this beautiful and exceptionally-written coming-of-age novel, The Secret Life of Bees, author Sue Monk Kidd transports us to a 1960s South Carolina summer. Young Lily and her black housekeeper, Rosaleen, are on the run from Lily’s abusive father. Meanwhile, a group of racist white men are after Rosaleen for insulting them. Following the lead … Continue reading Book Review: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd