Quote of the Week

Happiness is a cardigan that matches your eyes.

~ Rachael Herron, Cora’s Heart

With the first crisp morning of Fall comes the official start of cardigan season.

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Quote of the Week

There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.

~ Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

Happy Friday the 13th!

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Review: Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions (Kopp Sisters #3)

4 Stars

Amy Stewart’s Kopp Sisters series has been a delightful mix of mystery, history, action, and character and she’s done it again. Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions, the third installment in the series, has a little different tone to it. Because of the converging storylines, we have multiple points of view – Constance, of course, Minnie, Edna, and Fleurette all share their stories as they echo and contrast each other. This book, more than the previous two, is a glimpse at what life was like for women at during this period of great social change with the approach of the U.S. involvement in WWI. More women are working and young women long for the freedom they see that their brothers or these working girls have. Society and the law don’t know what to do with them in northern New Jersey, it is up to Sherriff’s Deputy Constance Kopp to figure it out while dealing with her own changing family.KOpp.jpg
Now that she is officially a deputy, Constance’s presence in the department has settled into a sort of clumsy acceptance from the other deputies. Outside of the Sherriff’s office, however, she is more of a novelty than ever as news of her role reaches across the country. This adds a bit of the series’s delightful humor. But the series’s greatest strength is the relationship between the sisters. Stewart’s crackling dialogue (both spoken and unspoken), particularly between Constance and Norma, gives the relationship an authentic feel that only comes from a lifetime of knowing each other that only siblings can have.
I love these characters and I love that these women really existed. I’ve just learned that there will be at least two more Kopp Sisters novels and I for one cannot wait for them to come out.

If you enjoy Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions and would like to learn more about the real-life people behind the characters, I suggest you visit Amy Stewart’s site for pictures and bio information.  

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Quote of the Week

When I allowed myself to think about the brevity of the time ahead of me, and the futility of spending any more of it on cooking and mending and gardening, it frightened me so much that I almost couldn’t breathe.

– Amy Stewart, Girl Waits with Gun




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Review: Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3)

4 Stars

BlamelessI’ve written a lot about Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series and its main character, Alexia Tarabotti so it should come as no surprise to readers that I love this series. I love the strong, unique main character, and I love the author’s wicked, witty voice.  As much as I love this series, though, I’m able to admit that the third installment, Blameless, was weaker than the first two books. Alexia Tarabotti is as wonderful as she ever was and that wicked wit which I love so much is there in spades as well as myriad moments of adventure and danger. With all of this, the weakest book in the Parasol Protectorate series is still better than some authors’ best books. It may also cause an intense craving for pesto sauce, which has some surprising benefits.  However, the absence throughout the bulk of the story of Lord Akeldama was keenly felt as was the lack of saucy interplay between Lord and Lady Maccon. I am looking forward to reading the next book, Heartless, as it promises to contain much more of both and I cannot wait to find out more about the infant inconvenience.

If you enjoy Blameless, you should definitely read the rest of the series, beginning with Soulless.  If, however, you’re looking for something with a similarly strong female protagonist but without the paranormal aspect, I recommend Amy Stewart’s Kopp Sisters series.

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