Skip to main content

Sunday Salon

Since everyone else is doing this, I figure that I might as well, too! It's been a busy week for me, reading and catching up on reviews. Yesterday I posted a review of The Rose of Sebastopol, which I wasn't so keen on. Later I found out that the book is billed as YA, so I think that had I been younger, I might have enjoyed it more. I also posted reviews of The Other Queen (another book I didn't like), The Dracula Dossier, and The Blackstone Key. I also revived Dreadful Book Covers, and held a couple of giveaways. Which reminds me, I need to pick a winner for The Shape of Mercy.

Currently I'm read Devil's Brood, Sharon Kay Penman's latest novel. It's the third book in a trilogy featuring Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and so far I'm loving it. This time Penman focuses on the volatile relationship Henry had with his sons. The author never fails to impress me with how she manages to both tell a good story and educate her reader at the same time. If I could ever write historical fiction, Penman's type of novels are the books I'd write.


Iliana said…
Interesting that The Rose of Sebastopol is a YA book. The cover is lovely but it doesn't seem very YA to me.

And, yep, I haven't read many good reviews of The Other Queen. I'd like to try another Gregory book but I may choose a different one.
Literary Feline said…
I am not familiar with Sharon Kay Penman, but it sounds like I will have to remedy that.

Welcome to the Sunday Salon! I hope you have a great week.

Popular posts from this blog

Review: Forever Amber, by Kathleen Winsor

Pages: 972 Originally published: 1944 My edition: 2000 (Chicago Review Press) How I acquired my copy:, 2004

Forever Amber takes place in the 1660s, immediately follwing Charles II's ("the Merry Monarch") return of the Stuarts to the English throne. The book features Amber St. Claire, a young woman who starts out as a sixteen-year-old country girl, naieve to the workings of the world. She immediately meets Bruce Carlton, a dashing young Cavalier, with whom she has a passionate love affair in choppy intervals throughout the book. They have two children together, but Bruce won't marry her for the reason he tells his friend Lord Almsbury: that Amber just isn't the kind of woman one marries.

Upon following Bruce to London, he goes to Virginia, leaving her to fend for herself. What follows is a series of affairs and four marriages, with Bruce coming back from America now and then. Amber's marriages are imprudent: her first husband is a gambler, her second is…

Review: Jane Austen's Letters, ed. by Deirdre Le Faye

Pages: 667 Original date of publication: 2011 My copy: 2011 (Oxford University Press) Why I decided to read: How I acquired my copy:, April 2013
This is a compilation of many of Jane Austen’s letters, most of them sent to her sister Cassandra between 1796 and 1817, the year of her death. Although many of Austen’s letters were destroyed by her sister in order to preserve the family reputation, the collection contains over 160 letters in which Austen gives her sister details about her life in Chawton—as well as giving us a tantalizing glimpse of what was going through her mind as she was writing her novels (especially the novel that was to become Pride and Prejudice, First Impressions). There are other letters here, too, giving advice to her niece and professional correspondence to publishers—as well as a couple of letters that were written by Cassandra Austen after Jane’s death.
To the sisters, the letters acted in the way that phone calls do today; Austen’s news is all about pe…

Review: Midnight in Peking, by Paul French

Pages: 259 Original date of publication: 2013 My copy: 2013 (Penguin) Why I decided to read: How I acquired my copy: Phoenix bookstore, May 2013
In January 1937, the body of a young British girl, Pamela Werner, was found near Peking’s Fox Tower. Although two detectives, one British and the other Chinese, spent months on the case, the case was never solved completely, and the case was forgotten in the wake of the invasion of the Japanese. Frustrated, Pamela’s father, a former diplomat, tried to solve the crime. His investigation took him into the underbelly of Peking society and uncovered a secret that was worse than anything he could have imagined.
At first, I thought that this would be a pretty straightforward retelling of a true crime, but what Paul French (who spent seven years researching the story) reveals in this book is much more than that. Foreign society in Peking in the 1930s was stratified, with the British colonials at the top and the White Russian refugees at the bottom, but…