Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Open Book ~ November '18

   As someone who has watched and enjoyed the PBS series Victoria, not to mention a person of Belgian heritage I was thrilled to find Charlotte and Leopold by James Chambers and learn more about their story. The book is largely a biography of Princess Charlotte, (though some of Prince Leopold's early life is shared) and shares not only details of her life but the politics of the day which played such an important role in where and how the princess lived.  Well written with plenty of details and good pacing I'm glad to have learned more of this couple's love story which has largely become a footnote in British history.

The War I Finally Won by Kimberly B. Bradley is the sequel to her The War that Saved My Life.  Picking up where the first left off we find Ada, Jamie, Susan and the rest of their village facing the challenges of war as the Battle of Britain hits full force.  As with the first book I am very impressed with Bradley's ability to convey through the plot and dialogue all the uncertainly, confusion and determination of the time.

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen again found me in England during WWII in small country hamlet adjusting to the changes of war including troops training at Farleigh Place.  Farleigh Place is the home of Lord & Lady Westerham and their five daughters the youngest of whom discovers a dead soldier whose parachute failed on the grounds.  The book tells the story of the investigation that follows with subplots that include the French Resistance, Bletchley Park, and MI5. Interesting character studies with just enough twists to keep the mystery going.

The Mislaid Magician by Patricia Were and Caroline Stevermer is the third installment of The Cecelia and Kate Novels.   It is been a decade since the last book. The cousins now have estates, children, and a place at the height of wizarding society.  It is 1828, and though magic remains at the heart of the British Empire, a new power has begun to make itself felt across England: the steam engine.  As with the first book this story is told through letters sent between the two cousins and the various adventures life brings their way and is a delightful fun, fast read.

Please head over to Carolyn's for more Open Book.


  1. These look like an Anglophile's dream! Thanks for linking up!

  2. Wow, so many interesting plots! I don't know much about Charlotte and Leopold- that sounds like a great historical read.