The Flower Sellers – A Tale of Two Sisters

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. That phrase never appeared in my latest read – “A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London’s Flower Sellers” by Hazel Gaynor. The children of historic London were the flower sellers – watercress, roses, lavendar, shamrocks, each season there Continue reading “The Flower Sellers – A Tale of Two Sisters” »

The Strength to Take Criticism

I haven’t posted any reviews lately because I’ve been Beta Reading for a variety of authors.  What fun and how talented these women are.  And I think the most impressive part is their willingness to accept comments on their efforts. I do believe writing a book is like raising a Continue reading “The Strength to Take Criticism” »

The Crimson Petal & The White – Review

An historical novel of England and its many houses of ill repute. One Lady of the Night, Miss Sugar, has her special story told when she’s discovered by a wealthy industrialist. There were three issues I had with the book that made it a difficult read for me. First, the Continue reading “The Crimson Petal & The White – Review” »

Before Versailles: Before the History You Know…a Novel of Louis XIV

Before Versailles Karleen Koen writes the life of Louis XIV during a three month period in 1661.  At 22 years of age, he has the opportunity to change the face of the court and its workings by taking charge of departments upon the death of  Cardinal Marzarin.  Although he is Continue reading “Before Versailles: Before the History You Know…a Novel of Louis XIV” »