In the Shadow of Croft Towers

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Wilson, Abigail. In the Shadow of Croft Towers. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing. 2019.

SUMMARY:
Hoping to learn more about her own past as well as her true identity, Sybil Delafield accepts a position as a companion to elderly Mrs. Chalcroft. Upon her arrival, Sybil soon realizes nothing is exactly as it seems, including the involved people. Trying to determine whom she can truly trust, urgency becomes necessary. A Regency novel full of suspense, mystery, romance and secrets, In the Shadow of Croft Towers, by debut author Abigail Wilson, will leave you guessing to the end…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
I absolutely love Regency novels and this one was definitely not a disappointment. From start to finish, the secrets and surprises kept taking turns, finally ending when I finished the book. A fast read due to the writing but no means a weak storyline, In the Shadow of Croft Towers was filled with double-identity characters, intriguing suspense, hidden agendas, and agreeable romance. Some people are meant to be writers, and after reading her debut novel, author Abigail Wilson is certainly one of them; so much so, in fact, I am already looking forward to her next book due out in July, Midnight on the River Grey.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of In the Shadow of Croft Towers from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

The Soup Club Cookbook

Alision, Courtney.  Carr, Tina.  Laskow, Caroline.  Peacock, Julie.  The Soup Club Cookbook.  USA: Clarkson Potter / Publishers.  2015.

SUMMARY:

soupToo busy to cook?  Need new recipes?  Have a few close friends and/ or neighbors?  How about a Soup Club!  The four author-friends show how to organize, navigate, assemble, process, cook, embellish and deliver enough soup for four families.  Each family is responsible for making 8 quarts of soup once a month but relish the results every week as soup is delivered.  Time-saving, fresh and oh so good…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

What a novel idea!  With explanations of each step, soup recipes complete with condiments, and pictures galore, each author shares ingredients, personal notes, directions and variations.   Perfect for friends or neighbors living close-by, The Soup Club Cookbook may be the answer to what’s for dinner.  Though not necessarily in a place to start a Soup Club at the moment, I certainly did appreciate the recipes as well as the well-planned and explained concept.  Definitely an idea that could revolutionize dinner, the cookbook will remain on my shelf and be used often for fresh soup ideas.   Soup’s On!

RATING:

4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Soup Club Cookbook from Blogging for Books for my honest review*

Novel Interiors

Giramonti, Lisa Borgnes. Terestchenko, Ivan. Novel Interiors: Living In Enchanted Rooms Inspired By Literature. USA: Potter Style Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
interiorsNovel Interiors follows the inspiration that we don’t just read a great story, we inhabit it. With gusto and flair, Lisa Borgnes Giramonti enters the enchanting world of more than sixty literary classics to show how novels can influence a decorating style. From homey to eccentric, from Jane Austen to F. Scott Fitzgerald, many textures, colors, quirks, quotes and pieces make up each living area. Accompanied by stunning photography, this book definitely has some novel ideas.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
I love books including home decorating books. (There always seems to be a few tidbits and ideas I pick up to try in my own home.) Novel Interiors was full of new ideas and visually pleasing photographs. Many of the style ideas were inspired by classical books; however, some were not as connected to the theme. While I did enjoy the book for the decorating designs and architecture of the houses/ rooms, I am not sure the book followed the original intentions closely enough. The title of the book was perfect though and hit the target exactly.

RATING:
3.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Novel Interiors from Blogging for Books for my honest review*