Sunday, June 19, 2022


Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (June 14, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1984803042

Detective Elise King investigates a man's disappearance in a seaside town where the locals and weekenders are at odds with each other in this rich and captivating new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow.

Elise King is a successful and ambitious detective--or she was before a medical leave left her unsure if she'd ever return to work. She now spends most days watching the growing tensions in her small seaside town of Ebbing--the weekenders renovating old bungalows into luxury homes, and the locals resentful of the changes.

Elise can only guess what really happens behind closed doors. But Dee Eastwood, her house cleaner, often knows. She's an invisible presence in many of the houses in town, but she sees and hears everything.

The conflicts boil over when a newcomer wants to put the town on the map with a giant music festival, and two teenagers overdose on drugs. When a man disappears the first night of the festival, Elise is drawn back into her detective work and starts digging for answers. Ebbing is a small town, but it's full of secrets and hidden connections that run deeper and darker than Elise could have ever imagined.


"In the community of Ebbing, Fiona Barton has created a town full of suspense and a cast of characters with so many reasons to keep secrets buried deep. A dark and twisty read."--Nita Prose, New York Times bestselling author of The Maid

"Tense and full of reveals and twists. This compulsively dark mystery is a joy to read. Fiona Barton never disappoints!"--Lesley Kara, international bestselling author of The Rumor

"[F]inds all the right twists and turns...Barton successfully spins and weaves the novel's various storylines with ease....As in any good thriller, there's more to the story than meets the eye....[R]eaders will savor untangling the intricate web Barton weaves."--USA Today

“Fiona Barton does it again in her new novel Local Gone excellent read for fans of the mystery and suspense genre. Perfect for fans of Kerry Wilkinson, Harlen Coben, and Karin Slaughter.” --Seattle Book Review

“Barton presents such an embarrassment of riches that the tale has almost run its course before the coppers have a chance to sit down with Stuart Bennett, the just-freed burglar...Layers and layers of unlovely revelations about people who seemed perfectly nice.”--Kirkus Reviews

"Barton’s facility at creating plausible characters makes emotional involvement with them easy. Minette Walters fans will be pleased."--Publishers Weekly

“Barton skillfully pivots here from the globe-trotting reporting that drives her Kate Waters series toward domestic crime awash in village secrets. Readers drawn in by Elise's hawk-eyed detecting and hard-edged vulnerability won’t see the final twist coming.”--Booklist

"Fans of Barton’s mysteries will enjoy identifying Ebbing’s bad actors and figuring out how the characters’ backstories weave together to allow Elise and her team to solve the crime."--Library Journal

“Barton writes with the pacing, plotting and richly drawn characters of the best English dramas on PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery. Cue this one up.”--Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A cleverly crafted puzzle that has emotional heft and social commentary as well as an intriguing web of mysteries.”--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“[A] compulsive mystery that will have you pushing your bedtime, promising to read just one more chapter.”--E! Online

"Local Gone Missing follows a variety of residents in the tiny English seaside town, from an inquisitive cleaning lady with a dark past to vacationers with a secret agenda. It all comes to a head during a musical festival that ends with dual overdoses, a possible murder and a host of spilled secrets. New York Times best­selling author Fiona Barton spins a tangled web of dirty money, bloodshed and deceit. Though Local Gone Missing’s plot is wonderfully twisty with a sur­prising and satisfying conclusion, it’s the characters who stand out. Foremost among them is the compelling and well-drawn Elise, who’s struggling to adjust to life back on the force after returning from medical leave. Thanks to Barton’s airtight plotting and impeccable characteri­zation, a minibreak by the sea will never seem relaxing again."--BookPage

“A captivating read. A first-grade suspense novel and highly recommended….Barton demonstrates, one more time, why she is considered a master of the craft.”--Mystery Tribune


Small Town

Big Secrets

I love a murder mystery and police procedural, especially with female detectives. In Local Gone Missing we get just that – we follow Detective Elise King who is recovering from an illness in small town of Ebbing. Hoping to keep things low key, she is drawn to an investigation when a well-known local goes missing, after a very controversial music festival takes place in town. With the help of her house cleaner Dee Eastwood and amateur sleuth Ronnie, she helps with the investigation.

I enjoyed the writing with its intricately weaved plot and sub plots. I enjoyed reading about multiple point of views and timelines, as well as some red herring thrown in that adds to the twists of the story, this was a fun read for me.

Part cozy, part police procedural, but wholly entertaining, I enjoyed Local Gone Missing a lot.

Thank you @Berkleypub for the gifted book - review is voluntary and my opinions.


Fiona Barton's debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in 36 countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in Sussex and south-west France.

Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.

While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most . . .

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Sadie On A Plate By Amanda Elliot


Thank you Berkley Pub for the free book

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (March 15, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593335716


A chef's journey to success leads to discovering the perfect recipe for love in this delicious romantic comedy.

Sadie is a rising star in the trendy Seattle restaurant scene. Her dream is to create unique, modern, and mouthwatering takes on traditional Jewish recipes. But after a public breakup with her boss, a famous chef, she is sure her career is over--until she lands a coveted spot on the next season of her favorite TV show, Chef Supreme.

On the plane to New York, Sadie has sizzling chemistry with her seatmate, Luke, but tells him that she won't be able to contact him for the next six weeks. They prolong their night with a spontaneous, magical dinner before parting ways. Or so she thinks. When she turns up to set the next day, she makes a shocking discovery about who Luke is....

If Sadie wants to save her career by winning Chef Supreme, she's going to have to ignore the simmering heat between her and Luke. But how long can she do that before the pot boils over?


“Sadie on a Plate is a joyful, satisfying romp. I loved it—and I'm still hungry!”—KJ Dell’Antonia, New York Times bestselling author of The Chicken Sisters

“Sadie on a Plate reads like the ultimate cooking show comfort-watch—with the added spice of a forbidden romance. A delicious love story and heartfelt ode to Jewish cuisine.”—Rachel Lynn Solomon, national bestselling author of The Ex Talk

“My goodness—Amanda Elliot knows how to write swoon-worthy food! Amidst all the inventive dishes and luscious food descriptions, Sadie on a Plate mixes the drama of a culinary competition, a slow-burn forbidden romance, and a salty-sweet cast of characters into the perfect bookish bite.”—Amy E. Reichert, author of The Kindred Spirits Supper Club

“Amanda Elliot’s debut Sadie on a Plate is a foodie delight. Fans of Top Chef will cheer on Sadie Rosen as she blazes through the Chef Supreme competition. The Jewish meals Sadie cooks are from the heart as is her steamy romance with chef Luke Weston. This sweet sufganiyot of a novel is deliciously delectable.”—Roselle Lim, author of Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop

“Sadie on a Plate is a delectable mix of humor, reality show drama, foodie vibes, and heart-fluttering love story. Amanda Elliot has crafted an endearingly imperfect heroine whose hot mess-ness and tenacity will resonate with readers. You'll swoon, laugh, and cheer as you watch Sadie earn the happily ever after she so deserves.”—Sarah Echavarre Smith, author of On Location

“Foodies with a hunger for juicy cooking-show competitions will eagerly lap up every last drop of Sadie on a Plate, Amanda Elliot’s delicious rom-com…detailed food descriptions, recipes and kitchen culture—along with a diverse cast—spice up a well-plotted story warmed with romance, humor and heart.”—Shelf Awareness

"Luke and Sadie are likable characters with magnetic, slow-building chemistry and sympathetic, realistic backstories. The fast-paced, delicious plot is as much about food as romance...Readers, especially those who enjoy shows like Top Chef, won’t be able to put down this fast-paced romantic comedy."—Library Journal (starred review)

“Elliot’s first adult novel has the perfect amount of reality show hijinks and food innuendos that help dial up the heat… A satisfying debut for foodies and romance lovers alike.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


I love books that I can devour in one sitting and Sadie On A Plate was just that perfect read I needed that made me swoon over.

I love reading about food and life in the food service industry. Elliot really brought this exciting cooking show to life, and all the while adding a few sprinkling of drama and diverse characters – this was a feast for the senses.

Sadie On A Plate by Amanda Elliot was the romance read I enjoyed that brought out the foodie in me. I highly recommend this funny and light hearted read.

About the Author

Amanda Elliot is the author of several young adult and middle grade books as Amanda Panitch. Sadie on a Plate is her first adult novel. She lives in New York City, where she owns way too many cookbooks for her tiny kitchen.


Thank you Berkley Pub for the free book

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (March 15, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 352 pages

A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel.
In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspect--a rich, eccentric twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion.

Oregon, 2017. Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Cases--a passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Shea's surprise, Beth says yes.

They meet regularly at Beth's mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when she's not looking, and she could swear she's seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isn't right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house?


Fast Paced

I absolutely enjoyed this book and read it in two sittings. Once I started I could not stop – this is the best gauge for me that this is certainly a five star read.

I love that this seemed to me two stories in one, both in Oregon, one set in 1977 and the other in 2017.

In 1977, a reclusive wealthy woman named Beth was suspected and then acquitted for the murders of two men using the same gun.
In 2017, Shea a true crime aficionado gets the chance of her life by getting to interview Beth Greer, The Lady Killer.

The writing is so well done with just the right amount of ghostly presence – yes it still scared me a lot but it had the right balance that was propelled by the incredible characters, the twists in the plot and the murder investigation that is being conducted by Shea as an amateur sleuth.

The story was told in alternate perspectives of Shea’s in the first person and Beth’s in the third person, with some chapters for Other in between. I love the cozy mystery vibe this story was told, with just the right amount of ghostly apparitions, and that gothic thriller element.

Overall, I really enjoyed this mystery and cannot wait for more books by Simone St. James.


Simone St. James is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel, The Broken Girls and The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. She lives outside Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

5.12.2022 BLOOMSBURY GIRLS VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR @NatalieMJenner, @StMartinsPress @MacmillanAudio @Austenprose


·         Title: Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel

·         Author: Natalie Jenner

·         Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction

·         Publisher: ‎St. Martin's Press (May 17, 2022)

·         Length: (368) pages

·         Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook 

·         ISBN: 978-1250276698

·         Tour Dates: May 2-29, 2022


Natalie Jenner, the internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world in Bloomsbury Girls.

Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare bookstore that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager's unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans:

Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiancé was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances--most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction.

Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she's been working to support the family following her husband's breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own.

Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she's working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future.

As they interact with various literary figures of the time--Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others--these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.




Narrated by esteemed stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, enjoy the full unabridged edition of Bloomsbury Girls. “Stevenson delivers the satisfying triumph at the end with perfect polish.” —AudioFile Magazine




"Jenner follows The Jane Austen Society (2020) with another top-notch reading experience, using the same deft hand at creating complex, emotionally engaging characters [against] a backdrop chock-full of factual historical information... Fans of Christina Baker Kline, Kate Quinn and Pam Jenoff [will] appreciate this gem." —Booklist (starred review)

"An illuminating yarn... Fans of emotional historical fiction will be charmed." —Publishers Weekly

"Bloomsbury Girls
 is an immersive tale of three women determined to forge their own paths in 1950s London. Jenner has proven to be a master at spinning charming, earnest characters and paints a vivid picture of postwar England. I wanted to stay lost in her world forever!" —Stephanie Wrobel, internationally bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold

"Bloomsbury Girls
 is a book lover's dream, one of those rare reads that elicits a sense of book-ish wistfulness and nostalgia. Jenner has created a colorful cast of characters in a story about friendship, perseverance, and the ways that determined women can band together in a man's world. You're in for a treat." —Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary

"In a London still reeling from the ravages of World War II and the changes war has brought to English society, three young women take their futures into their own hands. With Bloomsbury Girls, Natalie Jenner has penned a timely and beautiful ode to ambition, friendship, bookshops, and the written word." —Janet Skeslien Charles, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Library

“In post-war London, Bloomsbury Books survived The Blitz until Vivien Lowry, Grace Perkins, and Evie Stone set off their own bomb on the stuffy all-male management. What ensues is the most delightful, witty, and endearing story you will read this year. Natalie Jenner, bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, proves that she was not a one hit wonder. Like Austen, her second book is even better than the first.” —Laurel Ann Nattress, editor of Jane Austen Made Me Do It 



I was a huge fan of "The Jane Austen Society" when I read it last year. So I am so excited to have the opportunity to read an early copy of "Bloomsbury Girls" that was even a more delightful read for me, that follows Evie from Jenner's previous novel. The Bloomsbury Girls follow three women - the ever so fashionable and witty Vivien Lowry, a mother's strength is tested through Grace Perkins, and our scholar from Cambridge Evie Stone who is doing her best to path her own way in a man's world. 

Bloomsbury Girls is set during post war London when everything is moving at a fast pace, where society is demanding to keep up with the times, in this impressive novel that is the perfect read with lots of cameos from some of my favorite female authors.

This novel was definitely charming, heart warming, and impossible to put down, I mean a historical fiction novel set in a bookstore, interweaving some of the most famous names in classical literature made this truly a book lovers' dream read.








Dear readers, I am immensely grateful for the outpouring of affection that so many of you have expressed for my debut novel The Jane Austen Society and its eight main characters. When I wrote its epilogue (in one go and without ever changing a word), I wanted to give each of Adam, Mimi, Dr. Gray, Adeline, Yardley, Frances, Evie and Andrew the happy Austenesque ending they each deserved. But I could not let go of servant girl Evie Stone, the youngest and only character inspired by real life (my mother, who had to leave school at age fourteen, and my daughter, who does eighteenth-century research for a university professor and his team). Bloomsbury Girls continues Evie’s adventures into a 1950s London bookshop where there is a battle of the sexes raging between the male managers and the female staff, who decide to pull together their smarts, connections, and limited resources to take over the shop and make it their own. There are dozens of new characters in Bloomsbury Girls from several different countries, and audiobook narration was going to require a female voice of the highest training and caliber. When I learned that British stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, CBE, had agreed to narrate, I knew that my story could not be in better hands, and I so hope you enjoy reading or listening to it. Warmest regards, Natalie



Natalie Jenner is the author of the instant international bestseller The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls. A Goodreads Choice Award runner-up for historical fiction and finalist for best debut novel, The Jane Austen Society was a USA Today and #1 national bestseller and has been sold for translation in twenty countries. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie has been a corporate lawyer, career coach and, most recently, an independent bookstore owner in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs. Visit her website to learn more.




Thursday, May 5, 2022

5/5/2022 THE MURDER OF MR. WICKHAM By Claudia Gray


·         Title: The Murder of Mr. Wickham

·         Author: Claudia Gray

·         Genre: Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Austenesque

·         Publisher: ‎Vintage (May 3, 2022)

·         Length: (400) pages

·         Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook 

·         ISBN: 978-0593313817

·         Tour Dates: April 25-May 8, 2022


A summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit when Jane Austen's Mr. Wickham—one of literature’s most notorious villains—meets a sudden and suspicious end in this brilliantly imagined mystery featuring Austen’s leading literary characters.

The happily married Mr. Knightley and Emma are throwing a party at their country estate, bringing together distant relatives and new acquaintances—characters beloved by Jane Austen fans. Definitely not invited is Mr. Wickham, whose latest financial scheme has netted him an even broader array of enemies. As tempers flare and secrets are revealed, it’s clear that everyone would be happier if Mr. Wickham got his comeuppance. Yet they’re all shocked when Wickham turns up murdered—except, of course, for the killer hidden in their midst.

Nearly everyone at the house party is a suspect, so it falls to the party’s two youngest guests to solve the mystery: Juliet Tilney, the smart and resourceful daughter of Catherine and Henry, eager for adventure beyond Northanger Abbey; and Jonathan Darcy, the Darcys’ eldest son, whose adherence to propriety makes his father seem almost relaxed. In this tantalizing fusion of Austen and Christie, from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray, the unlikely pair must put aside their own poor first impressions and uncover the guilty party—before an innocent person is sentenced to hang. 



“Had Jane Austen sat down to write a country house murder mystery, this is exactly the book she would have written. Devotees of Austen’s timeless novels will get the greatest possible pleasure from this wonderful book. Immense fun and beautifully observed. Delicious!” —Alexander McCall Smith

“What a splendid conceit! . . . Gray provides plenty of backstory and enough depth to her characters that even those who mix up their Pride and Prejudice with their Sense and Sensibility will delight in the Agatha Christie–style mystery. . . . There’s so much fun to be had in this reimagined Austen world—and the mystery is so strong—that one can only hope, dear reader, that more books will follow.” —Ilene Cooper, Booklist (starred review)

“[An] enchanting mystery. . . . Gray perfectly captures the personalities of Austen’s beloved characters. This is a real treat for Austenites.” —Publishers Weekly

“Who would NOT want to read a book in which one of literature’s most notorious rakes meets his final demise? . . . A delightful Agatha Christie meets Jane Austen romp.” —Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose



THE MURDER OF MR. WICKHAM by Claudia Gray was certainly a delight to read, combining two of my favorite authors, Jane Austen and Agatha Christie, in one fantastic and amazing read. I was thinking to myself how brilliant this really was.

I loved the premise and was really intrigued to pick up this book. And yes, Mr Wickham was definitely an unliked character, and when he was found dead, the game was certainly afoot. Glad to know he got what was coming to him. I loved trying to find the clues and guess which of the Austen characters might have been the culprit. This was certainly a great whodunnit novel.

I also want to point out how amazing the cover is, and I was so excited to devour this amazing Regency period mystery. I love reading Austen and seeing the known to me characters as murder suspects in a closed room mystery, were all so exciting to read about.

Overall - great writing and brilliant concept. Do pick this book up.





Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of Amy Vincent. She is the writer of multiple young adult novels, including the Evernight series, the Firebird trilogy, and the Constellation trilogy. In addition, she’s written several Star Wars novels, such as Lost Stars and Bloodline. She makes her home in New Orleans with her husband Paul and assorted small dogs. 









Friday, April 15, 2022

Truth, Lies, and Mr. Grey (The Three Mrs. Greys) @tlcbooktours

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dafina (March 29, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496731336

Three women scorned, one wealthy, vengeful bigamist—and killer bad news no one saw coming. In Shelly Ellis’ shocking follow-up to The Three Mrs. Greys,a trio of betrayed wives finds that no one can be trusted—maybe not even themselves . . .
Diamond. Noelle. Vanessa. As Cyrus Grey recovers from a near-fatal shooting, the women who each thought they were his only wife are fighting hard to make new dreams—even if it means going one dangerous step too far . . .

On trial for Cyrus’s shooting, Diamond is determined to clear her name—and get back the husband she still loves. But uncovering the truth will reveal more secrets than she ever imagined. And unexpected desire is bringing them all too close to home . . .

Beautiful Noelle has found happiness with new love Tariq. But Cyrus’ scheming confronts her with an unthinkable conspiracy—and an impossible choice to save all she hopes for . . .

As seemingly sweet suburban wife Vanessa helps Cyrus recover, she's about to finish him off for good—and keep the expensive lifestyle she earned. But her manipulations will push her up against two relentless—and all-too-intimate—enemies . . .

Now with lethal agendas clashing, passions high, and everyone's future on the line, which rules will each woman break to finally end the past—and who will survive to secure everything?


I had been waiting for this follow -up since I read THE THREE MRS GREYS last year (and left with a cliffhanger), and TRUTH, LIES, AND MR GREY is one vengeful and dramatic read I really enjoyed. I loved the fast paced writing and perfectly interwoven storylines presented in multiple point of views. The plotting was so fun to read giving the unexpected twists and a few surprises. I enjoyed following through with the story and Cyrus' three vengeful and betrayed wives, Vanessa, Noelle, and Diamond. This is definitely an addictive series that I recommend.


Shelly Ellis is an award-winning journalist, NAACP Image Award finalist, and acclaimed author of more than two dozen novels, including the Chesterton Scandal Series, The Gibbons Gold Diggers Series, and The Three Mrs. Greys Duology. She lives with her husband and daughter outside of Washington D.C. in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Visit her online at

Monday, March 21, 2022

3/3/2022 THEY CALLED US GIRLS @otrpr @KathleenCStone @CynrenPress

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cynren Press (March 1, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 236 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1947976249

In mid-twentieth-century America, women faced a paradox. Thanks to their efforts, World War II production had been robust, and in the peace that followed, more women worked outside the home than ever before, even dominating some professions. Yet the culture, from politicians to corporations to television shows, portrayed the ideal woman as a housewife. Many women happily assumed that role, but a small segment bucked the tide―women who wanted to use their talents differently, in jobs that had always been reserved for men. In They Called Us Girls: Stories of Female Ambition from Suffrage to Mad Men, author Kathleen Stone meets seven of these unconventional women. In insightful, personalized portraits that span a half-century, Kathleen weaves stories of female ambition, uncovering the families, teachers, mentors, and historical events that led to unexpected paths. What inspired these women, and what can they teach women and girls today?

How women build fulfilling lives is a question Kathleen has been thinking about since she was a girl. The daughter of a stay-at-home mother and a lawyer father, she went to law school as the feminist movement surged into a second wave. More recently she is the founder and co-host of the Boston literary salon, Booklab and has turned her full attention to writing. You can read a sample of her writing in her essay Ms. Magazine just published about Michelle Wu, her campaign manager, Mary Lou Akai and what she learned about immigrants while writing this book.

 Kathleen interviewed these women, all born before 1935, about their ambition — where it came from and how it played out. They talked about early experiences and influences: parents, family friends, teachers, even institutions like settlement houses. Some had professors who encouraged them; others were told no woman belonged in the field. Some spouses gave invaluable support; others none at all. Many found strong mentors in the workplace. THEY CALLED US GIRLS is a fascinating and inspirational book about female ambition and unorthodox paths toward fulfillment that is essential reading for women and girls today.


Kathleen Stone notably featured extraordinary and inspiring women representing phenomenal careers including medicine, political and social activism, intelligence, physics, and law. Through historical backgrounds, readers glean not only their life stories, motivations, but also affecting changes in how we see the world. I really am so proud to be a woman and have these inspirational heroes to look up to.

I loved and enjoyed reading this book and will be one I will continue to recommend to my young students looking for inspiration for their future career path.

BUYING LINKS: Amazon, Barnes & Noble,


As a writer, I spend most of my time thinking and writing about women's history, other books and art, and how they intersect. Previously, in what now seems like another life, I wrote countless legal briefs in my work as a lawyer. Disparate as this sounds, the through-line between my writing then and now is my interest in exploring new material and synthesizing it in written form.

My book, They Called Us Girls: Stories of Female Ambition from Suffrage to Mad Men, forthcoming from Cynren Press in March 2022, is a collection of biographical portraits of seven women who had careers in male-dominated professions in the mid-twentieth century. Through this group biography, I look at the subject of female ambition - where it came from and how it was nurtured in an era when housewife was considered the highest and best use of a woman's abilities.

When I began writing, I knew only bits and pieces of women's history. Really, most of what I knew came from my own experience of being in college, landing my first job and deciding to become a lawyer, all during the 1970s – heady times for the women's movement. But They Called Us Girls is about an older generation of women. To write about them I had to understand the world as it appeared then. How did a girl born in the 1920s, as most of the women were, see the world and discover what avenues would be open to her? I dug into historical research in order to situate the women's stories in a larger context, and came to see history from a women's perspective.

In addition to research – and this is true for every author – personal experience informs my writing. I'm a native Bostonian who loves the city, but also spends a lot of time in Maine. I attended Oberlin College, Boston University School of Law and Bennington Writing Seminars. I'm a wife, mother and sister. Also a skier, sailor and (decidedly amateur) jazz piano player.

I look forward to talking with you about They Called Us Girls, whether you're a book group member, a student or a solitary reader. Meanwhile, I'll be writing essays and reviews on a whole range of subjects and posting them on my website,