Down with Downton: Part V, Season Three Recap

It’s the Spring of 1920, and Mary and Matthew are busy with wedding preparations. Everyone is excited about the wedding except Sybil and Branson, who can’t attend because they can’t afford the trip from Ireland. And except for Mr. Bates, who is still rotting in prison, accused of murdering his late wife. Oh, and except … Continue reading

Down with Downton: Part IV

When last we left Downton Abbey, Mary and Matthew were on the outs, Edith was a conniving spinster, Mr. Bates refused to be with Anna because he’s technically married, and the whole world was about to enter a Great War with Germany. So much unresolved angst! Let’s get right back into it. 1916: The war … Continue reading

“Happy Birthday” by Danielle Steel

This was my very first Danielle Steel novel, and I am a little embarrassed to admit that I had high expectations. I really should know better by now, but really, it’s DANIELLE STEEL! It’s like the gold standard of pulpy romance novels! Or so I thought. The book opens on November 1st, the birthday of … Continue reading

“Baby Bonanza” by Maureen Child

Buckle up y’all, it’s a Baby Bonanza! Babies! Flying! Everywhere! …Okay fine, it’s actually only two babies, and they’re relatively tame. Which is pretty disappointing after a title like Baby BONANZA. I would have expected at least 5 babies, of various parentages. But, I digress. Jenna Baker is on the worst cruise ever, stuck in … Continue reading

“Breaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer

It’s the epic conclusion to the book series that’s kept us all on tenterhooks for thousands of pages! Question will be answered! Lives will be lost! Sex will be had! But first, Bella and Edward have to get married. And so it starts… In her typically ungrateful fashion, Bella has agreed to marry Edward and … Continue reading

“A Husband for Margaret” by Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin is back, people! And this time we’re finding a husband for Margaret. The much-anticipated (by me) follow up to “A Bride for Tom” kicks off only a couple of weeks after Jessica’s wedding, with Margaret nervously preparing to receive her mail order husband. At the ripe old age of twenty, she has … Continue reading

“Accidental Father” by Nancy Robards Thompson

Julianne Waterford, a classically trained flutist from Washington DC, had her life turned upside down three months ago, when her sister was tragically killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Now Julianne is left to care for her thirteen-month-old nephew, Liam. Not that she minds, of course, but apparently classically trained flutists aren’t as highly … Continue reading