Reviews by Mary Catherine

Bab: A Sub-Deb

by Mary Roberts Rinehart

I was in the mood to read a mystery this weekend, and the title of this book intrigued me. It turned out not to be a mystery, but a delightful comedy! What a fun, light weekend read!

Miss Barbara "Bab" Archibald is a strong-willed, feisty teenager who gets into a series of scrapes in this novel; which isn't so much of a straight narrative as a series of five novellas. The fifth chapter, or story, is the funniest one and ties the loose ends of the previous stories together.

Even though this book was written about 90 years ago, the themes of independence, young love and sibling rivalry still resonate today. If you were a teenager once, or if you have teenagers in your life, you will love this book!

Reviewed on 2008.05.11

The Forsyte Saga

by John Galsworthy

A sprawling multigenerational epic of a wealthy (nouveau riche) London family, from the 1880s until the 1920s. The sins of the earlier generations are visited on the younger generation in a tragic and explosive way. If you enjoy huge family sagas (a la Susan Howatch) or if you loved the "Forsyte Saga" miniseries, you must read this book.

Reviewed on 2007.09.20

'Doc.' Gordon

by Mary Wilkins Freeman

An interesting tale -- more of a suspense story than a true mystery. A young doctor interns with the sole physician in a country community and becomes entangled in the elder doctor's unusual family and their secrets. The book started out well, became a bit tedious in the middle, but picked up steam toward the end.

This is the first Mary Wilkins Freeman I have read, and will definitely read more of her work.

Reviewed on 2007.09.09

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