Shadow of the King – Book Review

Shadow of the King by Helen Hollick

This is the third book in Hollick’s Pendragon’s Banner series. For more information, see my reviews for “The Kingmaking” and “Pendragon’s Banner.”

At the opening of “Shadow of the King,” we join Arthur on his way to Gaul to fight the Goths before they overrun his lands in Less Britain. However, when he receives notice that Gwenhwyfar is gravely ill – and fails to receive word of her healing – suddenly nothing seems as important any more, and events are set in motion that will change the future of Britain. As Arthur ages, he must look towards the future of his country and who

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Still Life – Book Review

Still Life by Louise Penny

Three Pines, Quebec is an idyllic little town full of wonderfully quirky people. Jane Neal is one of those wonderfully quirky people, for instance, she won’t let anyone anywhere in her house besides her kitchen, and she refuses to show anyone her artwork. Until one day she decides to submit her artwork to the local community show. Her painting is accepted and she announces to her friends that she will be inviting them over after the show for a celebratory party in her living room. The next day she is found dead in the woods, and Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called in to investigate.

This was the

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The House of Tomorrow – Book Review

The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni

This book is made of awesome.

Sebastian Prendergast has lived with his Nana ever since his parents died 10 years ago when he was only 5. They live on the outskirts of a small town in Iowa in a geodesic dome according to the precepts of Bucky Fuller, an odd but visionary man who Sebastian’s Nana idolized. Until one day, Nana has a stroke just as a boy about Sebastian’s age and his mother come to tour the house. Thrown together by circumstance, Sebastian is initially pretty awkward in his interactions with Jared and his family; his grandmother’s Bucky Fuller-based homeschooling has left him

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The Creation of Eve – Book Review

The Creation of Eve by Lynn Cullen

Sofonisba Anguissola (Sofi) was a rare woman in 16th century Italy. The daughter of a fairly progressive printer, she and her sisters were educated, and her talent for painting was nurtured. She was so talented, that she actually was invited to study with Michelangelo. Unfortunately, she was caught by the maestro himself in a compromising position with another student. Mortified, she flees home. Before too long, though, she is summoned by King Phillip of Spain to come and be one of the ladies and painting instructor for his new bride, Elizabeth of France. Life is not easy at court, however. Elizabeth’s French and Spanish

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SheKnows Book Club Update!

So you might remember that I am one of the official bloggers for the Book Club. We have been reading “Pieces of Happily Ever After” by Irene Zutell, which I really enjoyed (click on the cover below for my review). We will be discussing the book with the author on Thursday, March 25th from 6pm to 10pm Eastern on the SheKnows Message Boards.

You may also want to check out this highly entertaining book trailer Irene put together for “Pieces of Happily Ever After.” If I understand correctly that’s actually Irene’s daughter. It makes me laugh every time I watch it.

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