Alice in Bed: A Novel by Judith Hooper | Review

Arm yourself against my dawn, which may at any moment cast you and Harry into obscurity, Alice James writes her brother William in 1891. In Judith Hooper’s magnificent novel, zingers such as this fly back and forth between the endlessly articulate and letter-writing Jameses, all of whom are geniuses at gossiping. And the James family … More Alice in Bed: A Novel by Judith Hooper | Review

Crushed (The Heart of Napa Series #1) by Deborah Coonts | Review

In Napa Valley, he who has the best grapes wins. And in the pursuit of perfection, dreams and hearts can be crushed. Sophia Stone is a widow on the brink of an empty nest, stuck in an unsatisfying job managing the vineyard for a mediocre Napa vintner. Faced with an uncertain future she wonders how … More Crushed (The Heart of Napa Series #1) by Deborah Coonts | Review

The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy | Review

When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings. She boldly embraces this calling after … More The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy | Review