“. . . That’s not destiny. Those are facts on a timetable. Destiny is what we are meant to learn” – Emma in Evangeline: The Seer of Wall StreetBeing a trail-blazer certainly isn’t easy. But in the early 20th century, Evangeline Adams finds herself in an uphill battle against misogyny, and class-ism as she tries to legitimize her work as an astrologer. As a headstrong and independent woman, she finds herself … [Read more...]
“It was sad to see what had become of that idealistic, beautiful young man—this embittered, blinded cynic who was probably lying awake, just as she was, thinking about living the rest of his live in darkness” – Isobel, Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye.Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye by Marius Gabriel is a story about the three Radcliffe sisters who take vastly different paths towards … [Read more...]
"I had discovered the secret of existence. One cannot escape life. Whatever happens, one must endure" -Rebeca, Echo from Mount RoyalEcho from Mount Royal by Dave Riese is a sweeping saga about young Rebecca who finds herself head over heels in love with Sol, a boy from a wealthy family. Told from the perspective of a much older 81-year-old Rebecca, she … [Read more...]
"I wondered what it would be like to love that much"
- Maddie, At The Water's EdgeSara Gruen’s “At the Water’s Edge” is a beautifully detailed account of Maddie Hyde, who has found herself in a loveless marriage, and across the ocean in a small Scottish town famous for its mysterious Loch Ness monster. Set during World War II, Gruen masterfully conjures up a time so vividly I could see and hear everything … [Read more...]
"How much life had changed for that innocent, fifteen-year-old girl. A girl who stood in a fragrant garden, staring up at a wall of moonlit mountains and admitting to herself that she had fallen in love. A girl who, having seen nothing of people or the world, had believed that love was all one needed to be happy."
- The Accidental EmpressThe challenge of a book that is set in a bygone era is seeing whether or not it … [Read more...]