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The Twin’s Daughter April 22, 2013

Filed under: Books — Heather @ 5:40 pm
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The Twin’s Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted


Lucy Sexton opens the door to a bedraggled woman, a stranger.  But no, her face…it couldn’t be.  Is it her mother?  No, it’s her mother’s long-lost identical twin.  Separated at birth, Lucy’s mother was afforded all the comforts of an upper-middle class life while her twin has languished in the workhouse.  Aunt Helen is soon welcomed into the Sexton home and becomes part of the family.  Transforming from illiterate vagrant into refined lady, Helen is experiencing the life she could have had. Lucy grows close to her Aunt, closer than perhaps her own mother.

One day Lucy arrives home to a horrifying scene.  The two identical women are tied to chairs and one has been brutally murdered.  Who is dead?  Who has survived? All is not as it appears.  Doubts and questions begin to torment Lucy as she attempts to solve the mystery and find justice for the deceased.

I simply loved this book.  For me, it had it all!  A thrilling mystery, historically accurate, set in Victorian England, The Twin’s Daughter will leave you spinning from all the twists and turns.  Secrets, lies, twins, murder, corsets…what more could a girl want?


Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted February 13, 2013

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littlewomenand me

Emily March is the middle March in her family, flanked by older sister Charlotte and younger sister Anne.  Sick of being stuck in this formula, Emily retreats to her dreams of those other March sisters.  You know, the Little Women from the perennial classic novel by Louisa May Alcott.  So when Emily needs to choose a novel for an assignment, she naturally gravitates towards Little Women.

Thinking about what she would change about her favorite book leads Emily on a trip back to 1860’s Concord, MA.  She’s still the middle March, just not the way she’s used to.  Stuck in the past, in a fictional novel, Emily finds it may be more difficult than imagined to change history.  Or is it?

Little Women and Me is a must for lovers of Little Women.  We’ve all dreamed about saving Beth from death or wished Jo and Laurie lived happily ever after.  Be careful what you wish for!