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Posts in category Set in U.K./Europe

Bella’s Christmas Bake Off

<i>Bella’s Christmas Bake Off</i> by Sue Watson

When I lived in the U.K., I made sure to make a trip to my local bookstore each fall to pick up a slew of these kinds of books. Frothy and fun, more concerned with the journey of the character’s inner lives and their intimate relationships than overall plots or sexual encounters – I equate […]

Always the Bridesmaid by Linds...

<i>Always the Bridesmaid</i> by Lindsey Kelk

  This comes to B&B from Contributor Niamh who lives in Northern Ireland. Here at B&B, the default reviewer is Kristen, so if anyone else contributes we’ll make sure to let you know! If you’re interested in reviewing anything, drop us a line at  It is a truth universally acknowledged that I am unable to […]

It Started with Paris by Cathy...

<i>It Started with Paris</i> by Cathy Kelly

  For anyone who hasn’t read a Cathy Kelly book before, know this: she is one of the premiere women’s fiction authors in Ireland and It Started with Paris is an excellent example of why. A sprawling cast of characters that all end up interconnected at different points in the story – because everyone does […]

The Square by Rosie Millard

<i>The Square</i> by Rosie Millard

  The Square by Rosie Millard is one of those “slice of life” books in the tradition of Maeve Binchy. While there certainly is a plot, the book is more about the rhythms of life the characters move in. Centered around an upper-middle class housing square around a private garden in London (think the lovely […]

The Queen’s Vow: A Novel of ...

<i>The Queen’s Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile</i> by C.W. Gortner

  The Queen’s Vow is the latest book in my on-going project of trying to read as much as I can about women leaders throughout history. I am slowly realizing, as I move through adulthood, how little I know about the women who have gone before me that have shaped the world. I know more […]

The Story of Us by Dani Atkins

<i>The Story of Us</i> by Dani Atkins

  Dani Atkins’s book The Story of Us, is billed as “women’s fiction” (a category title I loathe) with romantic and suspense elements. The back copy is compelling; one week away from her wedding to Richard, Emma meets Jack and her world is upended. In the first chapter, we discover that Emma is on her […]