ACCENT: THE LIGHT OF PARIS by Eleanor Brown

Light it is indeed. Using the tried and true format of alternating narratives, Brown links the lives of Madeleine and her grandmother Margie, and their quest for happiness. Madeleine seeks refuge from an unhappy marriage and a controlling husband in her childhood bedroom. Her mother is nearly as picky as the man she is trying…

REVIEW: QUEEN OF THE NIGHT by Alexander Chee

I thoroughly enjoy a novel that wanders a bit, particularly historical adventures like The Count of Monte Cristo or The Three Musketeers. I am also a sucker for stories of intrigue told from the secret garden at a masked ball or a hidden rooftop in Paris. It’s fantastical but delightful. The Queen of Night has all the…

REVIEW: THE RACE FOR PARIS by Meg Waite Clayton

As the Normandy invasion’s ground forces advanced across the French countryside, the obvious objective was to liberate Paris. Allied forces crept at a snail’s pace, encountering mine fields and holdouts along the way. In 1940, when Paris surrendered to Nazi Germany, the event was documented. Footage of a triumphant Hitler in a motorcade, driving around…

GIVEAWAY: LES MISERABLES by Victor Hugo

  Thanks to the fine folks at Penguin Classics, I have one copy of a new translation of Victor Hugo’s classic to giveaway.       To enter: 1) Share this giveaway. 2) Leave a comment, with a link to your “share” and please include your email so I can tell you you’ve won. 3) Sing…

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