Greetings! It’s the first Thursday of of 2021 and that means it’s time for Throwback Thursday. Or at least our version of it. We don’t quite play by Davida’s rules, but she is luckily very accommodating and doesn’t mind at all that we spin her spin.
There are so many spins on the idea of Throwback Thursday, but we still like Davida’s idea the most:
- The Chocolate Lady’s #Throwback Thursday takes place on the Thursday before the first Saturday of every month. Yes, there is a linky and it will remain open until she uploads the new one. Thank Goodness. My first and last sometimes gets very confused.
- Your post must highlight one of your previously published book reviews and Davida encourages other participants to do the same.
- Add the link to your post and remember to link back to The Chocolate Lady’s Book Blog And do not forget to #ThrowbackThursday!
Synopsis: Meet Tannie Maria: A woman who likes to cook a lot and write a little. Tannie Maria writes recipes for a column in her local paper, the Klein Karoo Gazette.
One Sunday morning, as Maria savours the breeze through the kitchen window whilst making apricot jam, she hears the screech and bump that announces the arrival of her good friend and editor Harriet. What Maria doesn’t realise is that Harriet is about to deliver the first ingredient in two new recipes (recipes for love and murder) and a whole basketful of challenges.
A delicious blend of intrigue, milk tart and friendship, join Tannie Maria in her first investigation. Consider your appetite whetted for a whole new series of mysteries .
- When was this review first published? – 12 May 2016.
- Did you have any idea what you were doing? – For the first time, I think, yes! I’ve put a lot of effort into this review and realize I need to do it more often with newer reviews as well.
- Will you re-write this review? – Absolutely no
- Did you tweak this review? – A bit yes. I’ve added the top section with the book information and wording here and there.
- Will you re-read the book? For sure, yes!
- Will you recommend others to read this review? Yes! If you want to know more about South African culture, humor and especially our delicious food, read this.
Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient, Marlow finds that order destroyed. Desperate to understand the secret that torments the genius, he embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.
Kostova’s masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late 20th, from young love to last love. The Swan Thieves is a story of obsession, history’s losses, and the power of art to preserve human hope.
Well, I really liked Kostova's Historian — a bit long but so well researched and so well written! I've never tried out Swan Thieves though. Would've loved to read you review…
All of these are new to me and the Swan Thieves looks like it'd be one for me!
Recipes for Love and Murder sound really good. I have read and loved all the books I have read by Kostova, great writer. Here is my review of her latest: https://wordsandpeace.com/2019/01/25/book-review-the-shadow-land/
Hi Emma! It really is a fun read an I will recommend it to just about anybody.
I am going to take a look at your review!
I have a copy of The Swan Thieves on my shelf but haven't had the chance to red it yet. I loved The Historian so I have high hopes for it.
Hi Carol! Then I'm very excited to start reading The Swan Thieves!
Recipes for Love and Murder sounds like such a fun book! I really liked The Historian, but haven't read The Swan Thieves. I am actually surprised it isn't on my TBR shelf . . .
Recipes for Love and Murder is delightful! I've never met anyone who didn't enjoy it. The whole series is actually good, but the first one remains my favorite by far.
I've got The Swan Thieves on my own pile to still read. I loved the other two books I read of hers.
I only have The Swan Thieves and will be the first one I read by Elizabeth Kostova. I really do hope to get to it soon.
Great post! I've never heard of these books but they sound really interesting. Happy Throwback Thursday!
Two completely diverse reads, but both highly recommendable. I haven't read The Swan thieves yet, but I'm sure I'm going to like it.
well elza, it seems you have some interesting books to share and i appreciate that. happy reading
sherry @ fundinmental
Thanks Sherry! We love interesting books for sure.