Women Writers Reading Challenge #37: The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig

In the past I've really enjoyed Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series, which is about English spies during the French Revolution. She is really skilled at intermixing different time periods and showing how our history influences our present. This book is no different. This stand-alone novel gives insight into the dying world of balls and debutantes … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #37: The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig

Caribbean Vacation Part 2: St Martin/Maarten

St Martin/St Maarten was the second stop on our trip. We booked a short tour of the island and then had planned to spend the rest of the afternoon at the beach. We didn't make it to the beach in the afternoon, but I'm glad we stopped by one on the tour. St Martin has … Continue reading Caribbean Vacation Part 2: St Martin/Maarten

Baking for Bookworms: Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Dollface by Renee Rosen

Pineapple upside down cake tends to be a standout dessert no matter where you encounter it, but in Renee Rosen's book Dollface, it's a standout dish for reasons beyond its distinct and colorful appearance. Vera, the main character, leaves her childhood behind to enter the dangerous world of the 1920s flapper. It's only a matter of … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Dollface by Renee Rosen

Women Writers Reading Challenge #32: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Hemingway has become more myth than man to modern readers, but Paula McLain's book offers an intriguing glance into the man and the (first) woman who married him. McLain manages to capture Hemingway's charm as well as his rougher, more cruel traits, as well as what it's like for his wife, who doesn't consider herself … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #32: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Baking for Bookworms: Cheese Biscuits from Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

I didn't know very much about Zelda Fitzgerald before reading this book (and obviously this was fiction, though well-researched, so there's still a lot I don't know about her), but I felt afterwards that I understood her more, and I understood how difficult life had been for her. I'm sorry to say I'd never really … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Cheese Biscuits from Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

Holiday Parties or How to Make Period Costumes Look Authentic

Paul's holiday office party had a 1920s theme--a wonderful excuse to get gussied up and have a night on the town. Many of his coworkers dressed up, and it made for a wonderful experience, but dressing up in period attire can be stressful. So here I've given ten tips to make period attire a breeze. … Continue reading Holiday Parties or How to Make Period Costumes Look Authentic