“Cinnamon and Gunpowder” by Eli Brown

Renowned chef Owen Wedgwood is content with his boring life, focused solely on creating culinary masterpieces and complacent in his belief that he has the moral high ground in any situation. Then he is kidnapped by infamous pirate Mad Hannah Mabbot, and his safe little world is obliterated.  In an interesting twist on the story […]

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“As Always, Julia” by Joan Reardon

I might be one of the few remaining people who love to write letters.  Not only do I love to send letters, I am fascinated by collections of others’ correspondence.  As Always, Julia is a record of Julia Child’s correspondence with Avis DeVoto.  It all started when Julia responded to a piece written by DeVoto’s husband Bernard about […]

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Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe

Funny, weird, touching, and rude—sometimes all within the same sentence—Nina Stibbe’s Paradise Lodge is both a coming-of-age story and a tale about getting old. A sequel to Stibbe’s delightful Man at the Helm that can also be read as a stand-alone novel, Paradise Lodge focuses on a fifteen-year-old British teenager working as an auxiliary-nurse in […]

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“Letters From Skye” by Jessica Brockmole

“A sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars, Jessica Brockmole’s atmospheric debut novel captures the indelible ways that people fall in love, and celebrates the power of the written word to stir the heart. March 1912: Twenty-four-year-old Elspeth Dunn, a published poet, has never seen the world beyond her home […]

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Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

Devi Morris isn’t your average mercenary. She’s the best, and she has big plans for her future. To prove she’s ready for her dream job she signs on with a ship notorious for their bad luck. But no sooner does she step onboard the Glorious Fool than she learns the ship and its crew have […]

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