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    Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand (Review)

     There are some books that take you completely by surprise in the best possible way. Some Kind of Happiness was one of them.  THINGS FINLEY HART DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT • Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)• Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.• Never having met said grandparents.• Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.) Finley has always dealt with her troubles by writing stories about the Everwood, a magical forest, stories that increasingly mirror her fractured and chaotic…

  • Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin
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    Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin (Review)

    Lavinia is the only daughter of King Latinus and Queen Amata. The latter, made unstable by the grief of losing two sons, strongly wishes for her to marry her own sister’s boy, King Turnus. But the oracle has prophesised that Lavinia is to marry a foreigner (who ends up being Aeneas, the Trojan prince) soon making his way to their shores, and that their descendants would found a great empire. Thanks to Ursula Le Guin, Lavinia, barely mentioned in Vergil’s Aeneid, can finally tell her story.  “I am not the feminine voice you may have expected. Resentment is not what…

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    Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (Review)

    The real story isn’t half as pretty as the one you’ve heard.  So begins Spinning Silver. I had heard many good things about Naomi Novik’s Uprooted for me to put it on my to-read list for this year. But as these things go, I came across this more recent release of hers on the Boston Public Library’s Lucky Day shelves and couldn’t resist picking it up. Strong leading ladies, magic, fairy-tale retellings–what more does one want. The start was slow, but I enjoyed the gradual unfolding and introduction to the character of Miryem, supposedly the main protagonist, as she and her…

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    The Little French Bistro by Nina George (Review)

    My experience with this author’s previous book, The Little Paris Bookstore, had been rather patchy. But when I read the synopsis for this, I couldn’t not give it a try, Marianne, an unhappy wife in an oppressive marriage of forty-one years, decides to end it all on a holiday to Paris, only to be saved by a good Samaritan. In the hospital, she comes across a painted tile from Kerdruc, a tiny Breton village in what is routinely known as the end of the world, and feels strangely compelled to go there, even if to end her life in the…

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    The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee (Review)

    The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was one of my surprise favourite reads last year and I looked forward to being back in that world with those characters. The Lady’s Guide is Felicity Montague’s story. In the previous book, she starts off as Monty’s very prim younger sister who we soon learn has a lot to offer. In this book, she gets a chance to do just that with her very own set of adventures. When the story starts, Felicity is in Edinburgh working at a bakery while she fights the archaic system that doesn’t allow women into medical…

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