Showing posts from December, 2015

My favorite novels of 2015~Spanning the ages!

It has been a little while since I have chosen my end of year top favorite novels. The ones that have stayed with me and have had a hard time forgetting!  In no particular order. My criteria is pretty basic:    It must be descriptive yet beautifully written. The characters must speak to me in some way. The storyline or lines (dual era novels) must not only be believable but well researched with a most convincing plot.  Time and place seem to disappear and all I am left with as a reader is enrapture for the story itself.  Hardcover , 384 pages Published March 17th 2015 by Atria Books (first published March 1st 2015) ISBN 147677806X    DESCRIPTION Possession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris. Sandrine Salome flees Ne

My review of The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck

The unlikely marriage between Nathaniel Hawthorne, the celebrated novelist, and Sophia Peabody, the invalid artist, was a true union of passion and intellect.…   Beset by crippling headaches from a young age and endowed with a talent for drawing, Sophia is discouraged by her well-known New England family from pursuing a woman’s traditional roles. But from their first meeting, Nathaniel and Sophia begin an intense romantic relationship that despite many setbacks leads to their marriage. Together, they will cross continents, raise children, and experience all the beauty and tragedy of an exceptional partnership. Sophia’s vivid journals and her masterful paintings kindle a fire in Nathaniel, inspiring his writing. But their children’s needs and the death of loved ones steal Sophia’s energy and time for her art, fueling in her a perennial tug-of-war between fulfilling her domestic duties and pursuing her own desires. Spanning the years from the 1830s to the Civil War,

Kindle Sale: The Witness by Kevin Marsh!

The first novel I read by Author, Kevin Marsh was a thriller called, The Witness. It takes place in Scotland which immediately attracted me but it was the fast paced story that kept me turning pages!  Now, for a limited time, the kindle version of, The Witness is on sale in the UK for  £1.99. Landscape artist Josie MacDonald is coming to the end of her stay in Scotland. Whilst out on a painting trip early one morning she witnesses a horrific murder. Mr Mac, the deranged killer, is aware that she has seen him at work and sets out to kill her but Josie manages to escape by plunging desperately into the North Sea. Mr Mac, convinced that she has perished, discovers a few days later that she has survived and sets out to track her down. He follows her to London where he subjects her to terrible psychological torment as one by one her friends are drawn into the nightmare. Josie returns to Scotland in order to discover the truth where her worst fears are realised. With time runn

For My Best Beloved Sister Mia: An Album of Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron

Maria Jackson (nee Pattle) (1818-1892)  This is Julia Maraget Cameron's sister Mia. This photographis not in The Mia Album. I am now the proud owner of The Mia Album. Once it arrived and I looked through it, I couldn't stop smiling. I just had to share some of the photographs of Julia Margaret Cameron herself along with her sons, and others. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! First of course, a little brief history... Mia (Maria) Jackson was one of the three Pattle sisters (Julia Margaret Cameron was born Julia Margaret Pattle). Her descendants are perhaps most notable. For instance, her grandchildren included: Gerald Duckworth, the publisher, Vanessa Bell, the painter, and Virginia Woolf, the writer.  In 1863 Julia Margaret Cameron gave her sister Mia a photograph album. It was bound in green leather. On the front were mounted the letters MIA in brass. This album contains works by Julia Margaret Cameron as well as her friend, photographer Oscar Gusta

Julia Margaret Cameron at 200 Conference & Symposium

With the Julia Margaret Cameron photograph exhibit currently underway in London at V&A Museum, I wanted to share the news of an  upcoming 'Cameron' themed conference. Julia Margaret Cameron at 200  Conference & Symposium Fri - 15 January, 2016- 10:00-17:15 The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre £35, £30 concessions, £15 students This one-day conference will present new research on the pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron's social, religious, colonial and artistic contexts. International speakers will explore themes such as Cameron’s experimental techniques and exchanges with other artists and her lasting impact and relevance for contemporary practitioners. The details of the day are as follows:   Programme 10.00 -10.30 Coffee and Registration 10.30 Welcome and Introduction, Matilda Pye, Department of Learning New Research Marta Weiss, Curator of Photographs, V&A Erika Lederman, Researcher, V&A 11.15 Chance. Robin Kel

The Belle of Amherst by William Luce - A one woman play about the life of Emily Dickinson (December 10,1830-May 15,1886)

The Belle of Amherst was a one woman play by William Luce based upon the life of American poet Emily Dickinson (December 10, 1830-May 15, 1886). It is set in her home at Amherst, Massachusetts now a museum. The play opened on April 28, 1976 in New York City, on Broadway at Longacre Theatre. The play takes references from sources such as her diaries and letters, her encounters with significant people of the time. In it, Emily mentions her family, her friends, close acquaintainces. It covers her years of seclusion as well as times of joy. Here below in its entirety is the 1976 live production of The Belle of Amherst starring Julie Harris.