Monday, March 20, 2017

A Lady In Disguise by Sandra Byrd

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A Lady in Disguise
Sandra Byrd

Historical Fiction
Four out of Five

A Lady in Disguise was as much of an entertaining read as Mist of Midnight, which I enjoyed immensely.

Springtime in Victorian England of 1883 finds Gillian Young has become an orphan in her mid-twenties. Her father, a policeman, has recently died in an accident—or so Gilliam assumes—until small pieces of evidence start appearing.

Lord Thomas Lockwood steps into her life. Gillian has not seen him since childhood and he seems to want to draw closer to her. She feels the same way but is unsure who to trust as events in her life unfold, leaving her uncertain who to turn to.

There are many things I could say about this story. The writing is creative, enduring at times, and full of suspense. After a few chapters I found myself not trusting any of the characters! This made for a delightful read. I could list a number of quotes from this novel but one of my favorites is, 'The Lord may care for the birds of the air, but He does not drop food into their nests. Each of us must carry part of the load.'

Thanks, Sandra Byrd, for a marvelous book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review.

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Forgotten Seamstress

The Forgotten Seamstress
 By Liz Trenow
3 1/2 out of 5
Historical Fiction

I was immediately drawn into this story by Liz Trenow’s story telling abilities. The Forgotten Seamstress is a dual time novel with the past beginning just before WWI. An orphan by the name of Maria has been blessed with a talent like few have with a sewing needle. Caroline Meadows is the present day protagonist who finds a quilt among her mother’s stored possessions that shows much the same talent as orphaned Maria. Caroline begins a quest to find out who pieced such an elegant and intricate piece.

The way Ms. Trenow weaves these two timelines together is so seamless and intriguing that it makes it near impossible to put the book down. My only negative with this novel is one instance she uses a very nasty innuendo when she confronts a homeless person regarding the missing quilt. No real issues occur again until it is near the end where Caroline gets very angry and uses several bits of profanity. Such a talented author as Ms. Trenow does not need to use language like this to show that her character is extremely angry. Her talent at writing is evident.

Ms. Trenow has a sophisticated writing style which I am drawn to. Much like Susanna Kearsley or Kate Morton.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Interested in posting here?

Love the U.K. and writing too?

Then, please join me for a cuppa!

Hosted by Carole Lehr Johnson, The Teacup Journal is a place for talk of tea and scones, castles and cottages, and all things British – including great novels, of course!

And you’re invited to submit a post ranging from a recent trip via airplane or novel to a U.K. setting, a favorite scone recipe, or anything remotely of interest to an avid Anglophile. Published or unpublished - you’re welcome to submit!

Interested? Please leave a comment below with your name and email address! Thank you!

I hope you all have had a great summer. I apologize for my absence—my blog has suffered for many reasons which began in 2013. After much prayer and contemplation, I am ready to revamp my blog and get on with it!

I am inviting fellow Anglophiles to be guest bloggers and would like any input you may have. It doesn’t have to be a long post, just something brief (between 350-500 words with at least one photo) you would like to share about the many fascinating and historical highlights of anything British.

God bless,

Thursday, December 19, 2013



Hope you all have had a great summer and fall. Mine was memorable on many levels--the reason I've been AWOL these past months. My first distraction was a two week trip to the UK, the second was my early retirement from a job with terrible hours (sometimes seven days in a row, and weekends). My husband felt God's prompting that it was time for us to rely on Him more and take a leap of faith. I have included a photo of one of the cottages I stayed in as well as a link to the owner's site in case you are interested in renting it.

This new found freedom will allow me to have more time to devote to writing, my home based travel business, organizing my house, many hobbies, and working on a new ministry at church. I will be alternating highlights from my trip, book reviews, and other topics beginning in January 2014.

Let's not forget why we have Christmas. Happy birthday, Jesus!

Have a Merry Christmas and God bless.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Murder at Rosamund's Gate Book Review

A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate

by Susanna Calkins

3 out of 5

Historical Fiction

Susanna Calkins A Murder at Rosamund's GateSeventeenth-century English chambermaid, Lucy Campion, works for the local magistrate and his family.

Between chamber pots, polishing, and many other household chores she tries to solve the murder of her friend and fellow servant. Suspicious of someone in the household, she follows clues and tries to be discreet in her search.

Becoming a very determined young woman takes her into gypsy camps, Newgate prison, the most detestable streets of London, and many other places she would never have ventured. Her conviction to find her friend's killer leads her into dangerous situations.

The historical aspects of Susanna Calkins debut novel is well researched and captivating.

A Murder at Rosamund's Gate tells an interesting tale of the role of a servant girl in London's society, among the plague and the great fire. Her elements of romance are well balanced with the historical. I look forward to Susanna Calkins next novel.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Firebird Book Review

The Firebird

by Susanna Kearsley

5 out of 5

Historical Fiction

Nicola Marter is an art/antiques dealer in London where she works for Sebastian, the owner of Galerie St.-Crois, specializing in Russian art and artefacts. Little does he know of Nicola's psychometry gift.

Touching a carved bird owned by a would-be client, Nicola 'sees' an exchange between two women from another century. The client is desperate to prove the value of the firebird so she may live out a life long dream of travel before she dies -- something Nicola discovers by touching a scarf the woman accidentally left in the gallery. She had sacrifically given her life to the care of others and never had a life of her own, which is soon to end.

Nicola reconnects with an old friend, Rob (from the Shadowy Horses), who's talent is much stronger than hers. She travels to Scotland to ask for his help in proving the worth of the carved bird--a gift from Empress Catherine of Russia to Anna Moray (The Winter Sea).

Rob and Nicola go to Russia seeking evidence of the origins of the firebird and find far more than what they were searching for.

Susanna Kearsley's talent of weaving past and present into an amazing and entertaining story keeps you compelled to turn each page wanting more.

With The Firebird she has gone far beyond my expectations. For those who have not read The Winter Sea or The Shadowy Horses, please pause and read them before you read The Firebird. You will more fully enjoy The Firebird due to the way these previous novels were expertly woven into the story.

Susanna Kearsley cannot write the next novel fast enough for me!

For more about Keasley’s novels, visit her website at

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Glastonbury Book Review


4 out of 5

Historical Fiction

It was a sanctuary from the world—and a silent witness to it all

As the legacy of faith passed from generation to generation, each era of believers found refuge in Glastonbury. In its story you will experience the faith that gave Joseph of Arimathea and his family courage to claim new land for Christ. Relive the persecution of St. George and St. Patrick during their captivity under the Roman Empire.

Ride along with King Arthur on his historic adventures and discover the spiritual fortitude that enabled him to become the greatest leader of his time. Witness the rekindling of Christianity with St. Augustine of Canterbury. Be inspired by the faith of the remnant in the midst of the Dark Ages.

Watch the upheaval under the rule of Henry VIII that led to the Reformation. And as Christianity triumphs over the darkest moments of its history, you may even find your own spiritual roots.

An epic novel of the history of the faith.

Glastonbury is very long but well worth the time. I loved the way Crow wove 1,500 years of Christian and British history into a fictional novel about Glastonbury. It makes me long to travel there and see the places myself!

Phenomenal job with this book. A must read, especially for Anglophiles like myself!