I didn't realize at first that this book consists entirely of email conversations and it took me a little while to sort out the two sisters, but once I did, I really enjoyed it! I laughed out loud several times. I'm not quite sure where the title fits in though--that is definitely a secondary subject of the book.
I continue to read this series although I find myself wondering why after each successive book. Apple Turnover Murder seemed to me more of a recipe book decorated with a story line. In fact, the mystery for me in this book was *who* would be murdered. I forgot it was going to be a mystery and was interested enough to keep reading this sweet, rather inane, story until suddenly the mystery of who would be murdered was solved. I then had no trouble figuring out "whodunnit", long before Hannah did. (I won't share how I figured it out.)
What fascinates me about these books is that somehow they *do* continue to hold my attention. This latest book is a fast read with short chapters and lots of recipes. While I wasn't sitting on the edge of my seat reading with bated breath, I also didn't want to stop reading until the story was over. As I've noticed with the last few books in this series, the writing is somewhat stilted in the beginning and then picks up. I'm not sure if it's because one gets used to the style or because the writing actually improves.
I give this book three stars. It was a quick, gentle read with many delicious recipes. The only thing I really didn't like was (another) abrupt ending. And this abrupt ending includes a small cliff hanger. The nerve. :-)
A good historical fiction book written from the christian POV. It's also good because the story line is about a long-lost son returned home, previously thought dead, and his love for a .... gasp .... servant! Their relationship is interesting and romantic.
After a somewhat slow start, this book was really good. I enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I read it before I read the first Miss Pickworth book (The Affectionate Adversary) and now can't remember what happened to all the other "unfinished" story lines. For that reason, I would recommend attempting to read these in order. :-)
First of all, I just read this book and find the description from the back of the book rather incorrect! This story was not really a love story since romance was not hugely present. What I found was a sweet story written from Theodora's perspective about her life in England (she loved it) and many references to her family and the importance they held in her life.
Gerry, while mentioned often in the story, did not take over the book and actually impressed me by the way she carried herself--she was not frivolous or like a "rattlesnake" and I'm trying to remember why the book would say she was called such!
Perspectives on marriage, relationships with co-workers, learning more about herself, Theodora grows and matures in this story. A very nice read.
Nice story! The main character is down to earth, beautiful, nice, and moral. This story is very tastefully written and absolutely fascinating to read. It is probably based on a lot of truth--what is not written is that for this girl to be hired to tutor these children is that she had to be very smart, very mature, and very tactful. She handles each situation with grace while being very likable at the same time.
I like the fact that at the end of the book, she hasn't particularly been swayed by the actions of the "rich and famous" and is still herself--down to earth, moral, and nice. In her case, making the right choice also brought reward.
This is an easy read and a short book, but a lot occurs in the story and she learns a lot very quickly. 5 stars.