Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A Five Star Review


Five reasons I'm giving Five Stars to:
The Right Sort of Man
by Allison Montclair:

1. The period - We are in 1946 in London
as the city is slowly recovering from 
WWII and shortages and loneliness 
are everywhere.

2. The plot - Two young women decide to go
into business together and open
The Right Sort Marriage Bureau.
It doesn't help that one of their very
first customers is murdered.

3. The characters - Iris Sparks and Gwendolyn Bainbridge 
come from different backgrounds, have different
personalities and life experiences. No reason, 
of course, not to become best friends.
Each is a great character in her own right
and both capture our hearts.

4. The issues - While the book is a historical
mystery with the emphasis firmly on
the murder case, it touches on questions of
gender, class and personal responsibility
in very intelligent ways.

5. The summary - If you are in the mood
for a well-written fun read, full of charm,
energy and plot twists, with two lively and 
lovely women, this is the book for you.
It is the first in a new series.


Featured: A small needlework
winter scene.

84 comments:

VeggieMummy said...

Sounds like a great book and your embroidery is beautiful. xx

Veronica Lee said...

Love your embroidery. Beautiful!

baili said...

book sounds really intriguing and worth reading dear Amalia :)
thank you for recommendation ,i can feel how amazing it is with compelling plot and vibrant characters

embroidery is GORGEOUS like always :)
more blessings to your days ahead my friend!

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Ann said...

I like your stitched winter scene. The book sounds like one that I would enjoy.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, sounds like a book I would like, I love the mysteries. Thank you for the review. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead!

eileeninmd said...

BTW, I love the needlepoint, very pretty work!

akiko hiramatsu said...

Thank you for sharing the mystery book's review!
That sounds so interesting, and your lovely needlework keeps me in cute suspense :)

akiko
www.akikohiramatsu.com

Maya Kuzman said...

Beautiful stitching!

ray said...

the embroidery is cute. i can't even do one. XD

Vee said...

That was a thoughtful book review with just enough information to pique one’s interest. Sweet winter cottage with its waxing crescent moon.

La Table De Nana said...

Always in the mood:)
And I love that new piece!!!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

I love your embroidery of the house and trees. The book so like a good one to read. Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog.

Rosie said...

Lovely little house in the trees, it sounds like an interesting book:)

FlashinScissors said...

Sounds right up my street, as it were!
Can’t find it here yet so I will have to make a note to find it one day.
Love your embroidery, so cute!
Happy New Year Amalia!
Hugs,
Barbara xx

Creations By Cindy said...

The books sounds delightful and I love your embroidery. Girl...you talented. Happy 2020. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

white and vintage said...

Your embroidery is so nice.
Have a nice week.
Greetings,
Christine

Rhodesia said...

Interesting and great work. Happy week Diane

Kim said...

I'm generally not a big reader anymore (blame it on blogs and Netflix) but this sounds like fun. I'm off to find it!! Thanks my friend!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Sounds like a very interesting book! Thanks for sharing! Love your sweet needlework...xo

Dewena said...

I can see this as being the beginning of a really good series, with all sorts of plots and characters springing from their business. I love that time period and location too. Thanks for passing it along to us. I'll add it to my library list!

Dewena said...

Oh, and darling little house with trees!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Amalie, what a charming embroidered piece. Love the trees and little home, beautiful! The book sounds really good, one I would read. Thanks for the review which is also a charming format. Hope your week is beautiful.......

MaryAnne said...

The book definitely sounds intriguing, and your embroidery is beautiful!

Junkchiccottage said...

Beautiful embroidery. The books sounds like a great read. Happy New Week.
xoxo

Jodiebodie said...

I do appreciate your book reviews. I especially appreciate the telling of women's stories by women. I am currently reading the sequel to Little Women "Good Wives". One doesn't appreciate how much the world has changed until one reads literature from previous generations - the values and expectations of the day permeate the stories, don't they? Thanks for a thought-provoking review together with a pretty little embroidery. You are clever, Amalia. :-)

Patricia said...

That sounds like a good book - I enjoy anything set in London. Your embroidery is absolutely lovely - cute cottage with a slight air of mystery. Happy New Year xxx

Evi Erlinda said...

Wonderful stitching, Amalia!
Glad to know about this book, the characters sound great.

Jeanie said...

This is exactly the kind of book I like, a mystery in London post war! But I'd not heard of it or the author so thanks for sharing this. I'll look for it. And I love your embroidery piece. It has a wonderful, cozy feel to it!

Ygraine said...

WOW, this book sounds really intriguing...I will have to read it! :)
I love your embroidery too...very impressive! Well done!! :))

Conniecrafter said...

Your winter scene is fabulous, love the fabric you used for the house and the trees are stitched perfectly!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the heads up. Neat embroidery, too!

Polly said...

Sounds like a good read. I love your Winter Scent needlework :-)

Lorrie said...

This sounds like a book I would enjoy very much. I'll see if our library has it. Sweet stitchery.

Kinga K. said...

How fantastic :)

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I've not heard of this book. Thanks for the review. As always your embroidery is darling! xo

Carla from The River said...

Thank you for the book review. I will peek at the library for it.
Happy New Year!
Carla

Angie said...

Sounds like my kind of book - thanks for the tip. And your embroidery is a perfect winter scene!

Edit said...

What a lovely needlework! The book sounds interesting. Great review. :-)
Have a beautiful day, dear Amalia! Hugs!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Sounds like a lovely read for a snowed-in winter day :) Thank you, Amalia, and I love your stitchery!

Nancy Chan said...

Lovely needlework of a winter scene. The book sounds interesting.

Diana Studer said...

Yes please - will add it to my list.

Sara - Villa Emilia said...

Oh, the book sounds very enjoyable!
The winter scene is so pretty it could be from Finland. :D

DeniseinVA said...

That sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for the great review :)

betty-NZ said...

The book sounds great and your little embroidered scene is just fabulous :)

I'm glad you joined us at 'My Corner of the World'!

My Corner of the World

Jo said...

That sounds like a book I'd enjoy, I always appreciate a review, I read a lot of books which I read reviews of on blogs. Love the needlework.

Tom said...

...a fabulous fabric picture!

NCSue said...

Sounds like a good read.
Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2020/01/from-archives.html

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

I think I would enjoy a book like this. Just added to my Audible wish list. Thank for for your thoughts.

Sweet embroidery, Amalia :)

Mereknits said...

It sounds like a perfect book, thank you for the suggestion.

Margie said...

Sound like an interesting book. I'll have to see if my library carries it!

Jodiebodie said...

Thank you for your words on my blog - I am safe and sound.

Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com) said...

I like the name, The Right Sort Marriage Bureau :) Conjures up images of the Wrong Sort of Marriage Bureau and what could happen!

The Primitive Moon said...

PIękna praca, bardzo mi się podoba :)

Sherry's Pickings said...

hi there
the book sounds like fun, and the embroidery is so sweet. cheers sherry

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Such a cute embroidery, Amalia - a little house in the trees is my idea of home! Lovely book review - thank you for sharing. Hugs x Karen

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love the embroidery and the book sounds quite interesting!! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!
Hugs,
Debbie

Carolina G. Ticala said...

Se ve estupendo !
Espero tu opinión en mi último post, espero que te guste! Feliz semana! 💓💓💓

Powell River Books said...

A fun needlework! - Margy

Pam Richardson said...

Amalia, the needlework is so sweet. Thank you for the book review!

yonosoymillenium said...

I found it very interesting, thanks for introducing us

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I have been enjoying a couple of historical mystery series lately, but this is a new one for me... and of course it is set in a place I love. I will add it to my (ever-growing) reading ‘wish list’. Thank you!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, thanks for a good recommendation! I love historical fiction and mysteries -- it sounds perfect!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Great recommendations and love your little stitched piece!

junieper2/jesh StG said...

This is the first of your embroideries I see without bright colors! But very beautiful though!
Many thanks for sharing the book with All Seasons too, it sounds like a fun plot!

riitta k said...

Beautiful embroidery - wishing you a lovely day.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

sounds like a good book!

Sum of their Stories said...

Sounds like a great read. I was given The Testaments for Christmas (The Handmaid's Tale follow up) and stayed up until stupid o'clock for several nights - it was SO good!

Pauline said...

You've sold it to me. I'll add it to my list of Must Reads.

EricaSta said...

Your embrodery is fantastic to this poems... I enjoyed reading so much. It's always a great pleasure here.

By the way... Thank you for stopping by and your nice comment.

Heidrun xxx

Lauren at Wonderfully Made said...

Sounds like a wonderful book! I will have to check it out - I love historical fiction. That little embroidery is divine - I love the colors and design of it!

The Liberty Belle said...

Sounds like my sort of book. Good review.

yonosoymillenium said...

que bien le ha quedado, me ha gustado

Marisa said...

Cute work. Nice review! :)

Ann said...

Oh that sweet little house and the book sounds intriguing! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Sounds like an interesting story. Will be checking it out...and also Party in Your PJ's too. sounds fun.

Kinga K. said...

It looks very well done♥

Handmade in Israel said...

It sounds like a good read! Love the little house x

Snowbird said...

Oooh, that sounds a good read! Just love that house and trees, how creative you are.xxx

Ginx Craft said...

What a lovely embroidery, and interested book review. Thanks for joining in Ginx Woolly Linx party.

Kim said...

Sounds like a fabulous book. I am thinking I am in need of it for my library. Oh, how sweet the sweet little house and trees. Such a whimsical stitchery.

handmade by amalia said...

Thanks, Kim. I think I'll do more book reviews this year, mix things up a bit.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I just started reading The Art of Theft by S. Thomas last night...the 4th in the series and I love it! Now I'll check my library for these. Thanks for sharing my friend! I love reading in the evenings before going to bed...it's so relaxing! Happy reading!

Gracie Saylor said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely stitching and your introduction to "The Right Sort of Man," Amelia. xx