Dead Ernest by Frances Garrood

After sixty years of marriage, Annie found herself alone after her husband Ernest’s sudden death.  Concerned she wasn’t grieving properly, her son Billy asked Annie’s local vicar, Andrew,  to visit with her and see if he could find out what was wrong. Andrew agreed and started seeing Annie regularly, listening to talk about her life and how she came to be stuck in an unhappy, abusive marriage. Andrew sympathized with her, being in an unhappy marriage himself. Continue reading

The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani

The baby is dead.

This is the first book in a while that earned a gasp as soon as I read the opening line. It gave me instant chills and a sense of dread that never eased up throughout the rest of the book. With an opening like that, I expected to be blown away by the time I reached the end… but alas, it was not to be.

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Mini Review Monday: The Darkest Lies and What Regency Women Did for Us

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I’m sharing two mini reviews this week. The first is for The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite, a gripping psychological thriller published by Bookouture on May 12, 2017. The second review is for What Regency Women Did for Us by Rachel Knowles, a women’s history book focusing on select Regency women published by Pen & Sword Books on April 30, 2017.

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A Hundred Small Lesson by Ashley Hay

After a bad fall, Elsie Gormley has no choice but to leave her beloved house to live in a nearby nursing home. The house is sold, and a new family moves in—Lucy, her husband Ben, and their son. Right from the start, Lucy feels a connection to Elsie after discovering items she left behind, and often thinks of her and wishes she knew more about her. As Lucy settles in to her new home with hopes for the future, Elsie is caught up in memories of the past. Her memories are often focused on the house and the life she lived there as a young bride, mother, and—finally—a widowed grandmother.

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Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy by Hallie Lieberman

The first person to receive a PhD in the history of sex toys, Hallie Lieberman has written a fascinating book that tells you everything you wanted to know on the subject, and more. For example, did you know that until as recently as 2008, it was illegal to sell sex toys in Texas? Obscenity laws there (and elsewhere) set the stage for decades-worth of headaches and careful maneuvering for anyone involved in selling them. Regardless of the specific topic—whether it’s about manufacturing, advertising, or selling—there is always a story to tell on how things were done, and how they evolved over the years.

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