Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner | Review

“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.” ~ Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel Book Description Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her siblings are sent to orphanage after their mother’s death. The sisters nurture Gabrielle’s exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel the willful young woman into a life far removed from … More Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner | Review

The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian | Review

In The Sandcastle Girls, Chris Bohjalian weaves a “spellbinding tale…between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 and Bronxville, New York, in 2012—a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author’s Armenian heritage, making it his most personal novel to date.” ~Synopsis for Hardcover edition via Goodreads Book Description One woman’s journey into her family’s past reveals a shocking story that … More The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian | Review

The Memory of Us by Camille Di Maio | Review

Julianne Westcott was living the kind of life that other Protestant girls in prewar Liverpool could only dream about: old money, silk ball gowns, and prominent young men lining up to escort her. But when she learns of a blind-and-deaf brother, institutionalized since birth, the illusion of her perfect life and family shatters around her. … More The Memory of Us by Camille Di Maio | Review

And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer | Review

Synopsis: The New York Times-bestselling author of A Fierce Radiance and City of Light returns with a new powerful and passionate novel—inspired by historical events—about two women, one European and one American, and the mysterious choral masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach that changes both their lives. In the ruins of Germany in 1945, at the … More And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer | Review