Accidents of Providence

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Stacia M Brown
Accidents of Providence
Rachel Lockyer is on trial for murdering her illegitimate infant. In 1649 England, if convicted, the sentence is death.  The investigator, Thomas Bartwain, who charged her with murder, is questioning the legal process. Rachel is not speaking in her own defense and the young prosecutor wants to make an example of her in this very public trial.  This is a story of forbidden love, guilt and innocence, and the peculiarities and brutality of the 17th century legal system.

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Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Stephanie Cowell
Claude and Camille:  A Novel of Monet
This beautiful, bittersweet love story shows the impovished life of Impressionist painter, Claude Monet and his wife Camille-Leonie Doncieux. He left his seaside home and moved to Paris to make his fortune. She left her affluent home to become his muse, his wife, and to follow his dream.  Wealth and fame alluded Monet for most of his adult life, but Camille endured the hardships and his bouts with depression as she loved him.  The story depicts the Impressionist Movement in its infancy. The rejection and ridicule artists had to endure to gain acceptance and recognition in the insular art world was difficult. Near the end of his life Monet obtained his dream but his muse was no more.

Accidents of providence

From  Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Stacia M Brown
Accidents of providence
Rachel Lockyer is on trial for murdering her illegitimate infant.  In 1649 England, if convicted the sentence is death.  The investigator, Thomas Bartwain, who charged her with murder, is questioning the legal process. Rachel is not speaking in her own defense. The young prosecutor wants to make an example of her in this very public trial.  This is a story of forbidden love, guilt and innocence, and the peculiarities and brutality of the 17th century legal system.

White truffles in winter

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author: N.M. Kelby
White truffles in winter : a novel
This literary gem needs to be shared. It is a quiet, intense portrayal of a man who loved two women but whose passion was food. This man is the great French chef Auguste Escoffier and this is his elegant “memoir in meals.” Like his magnificent culinary creations, there is a complexity to this story that evokes the spirit of the time and captures the essence of the man. His was a life of extremes: suffering and captivity during the Franco-Prussian War; wealth and splendor communing with royalty, high society, the powerful, and poverty in his declining years. The cornucopia of images and feelings bombard the senses and creates a rich realism that you could almost touch and taste. Escoffier did not want to be forgotten, this story makes you want to know more about the man who was an epicurean genius yet a sad, idealistic romantic.

Warm Bodies

From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Marion, Isaac
Warm Bodies
Whether caused by a plague or a curse, zombies roam the earth.  Humans build their outposts. And the two groups are at war.  R is a zombie and this is his story.  Yes he hunts humans, shuffles around aimlessly, stands like a statue for hours and randomly falls into deep sleeps but he is also different.  There is a spark of awareness in him that makes him question, doubt and dream.  One day Julie, a human, enters his life and he instinctively must protect her at all cost.  Changes occur gradually, she becomes his world and it is a world where anything is possible.  This post-apocalyptic story has you cheering for the most unlikely hero.  His innocent charm makes you forget that he is a monster, or is he?  It is compelling and thought provoking which gets you through the gore.

One Day

From Lisa Kropp
author: Nicholls, David
One Day
 This clever story follows the lives of Dexter and Emma by focusing on a single day each year for two decades. We meet the unlikely twosome the day they graduate from university in England in 1988, and see how that initial meeting will change both of their lives forever. Over the next twenty years, they run circles around one another as their lives intertwine in surprising ways. This was a very entertaining read that was written in such a way that the reader is left at the end of each chapter, or “year” wanting to know more. Dex and Em might be polar opposites, but their story is a classic tale of love that hits all the right notes down to the surprise ending.