REVIEW of The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Living in a freezing garret with a disabled soldier who knew his late father, Peter Augustus Duchene spends his young life wondering what happened to the baby sister he remembers being born, the baby sister named Adele. He finds a fortuneteller who claims that his sister is alive. To find her, he must “follow the elephant.” But the city of Baltese has no elephants. Is his quest hopeless?

REVIEW of John Eyre: A Tale of Darkness and Shadow by Mimi Matthews (BLOG TOUR)

Wrestling with his despair, and determined to find meaning once again in his vocation, John Eyre takes a position from Mr. Fairfax of Thornfield Hall. Upon arriving at the secluded manor, which is surrounded by strange mists, John discovers that Mr. Fairfax is only the butler and a mysteriously absent Mrs. Rochester is the one who has employed him to tutor her two wards….

REVIEW of The Gentleman Spy (Serendipity and Secrets #2) by Erica Vetsch

As an agent for the crown, younger son Marcus Haverly has often risked life and limb in service of his country. With the demise of his father and older brother, however, he now bears the ducal title. Irked by his mother’s nagging, Marcus comes up with a plan to fulfill his obligations to his family by marrying and siring an heir while still being able to carry on his missions for the crown…

REVIEW of The Lost Lieutenant (Serendipity and Secrets #1) by Erica Vetsch

When Evan Eldridge returns from the Continent, a wounded war-hero, he has no idea what kind of reward the Prince Regent has in store for him. Having saved the life of the Regent’s godson, Evan finds himself in the bizarre position of being elevated to the peerage. And along with the title of earl and a broken-down manor house, the Regent is also bestowing on him the hand of a girl he’s just met…

REVIEW of The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix, 2020)

The Queen’s Gambit tells the story of orphaned Beth Harmon, sent to live at the ultra-religious Methuen home for girls after the death of her mother in the 1950s. At the age of nine, she learns to play chess from the janitor, Mr. Shaibel, and immediately finds that she has an extraordinary talent for it. Chess becomes her escape, her purpose, and her raison d’être….