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….

REVIEW of Jo and Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz

What if Jo March really was even more of a biographical study that Louisa May Alcott intended her to be? The authors of Jo & Laurie take the fictional Jo March (or is it Louisa?) and set her story in between the publication of Little Women but before the penning of Good Wives. Jo has taken her family, told some truths, some half-truths, and some untruths about them, and turned them into characters that have taken the reading public by storm….