My Jane Austen Summer by Cindy Jones
Clunky as an antique boiler. Charming concept, but not Austen-worthy.
Leaving Before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller
Magnificent adventure in complex blend of action, ancestry and self-reflection.
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Fan-pleasing ending blending science, history, blood-soaked action, witchcraft and romance.
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
Inedible. Overstuffed, under-cooked kitchen sink plot smothered in luscious descriptions.