In the midst of all the Armchair BEA doings (which was a blast!) I managed to get a few books read and reviews posted.

Devotion and Defiance by Humaira Awais Shahid is the memoir of a female member of the legislature in Pakistan who worked for women’s rights.

Honolulu by Alan Brennert is the story of Korean “picture brides” in the early 1900s who came to Hawaii in hopes of a better life.

Click on the titles for the reviews.

Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief JusticeBelle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice by Paula Byrne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Dido Elizabeth Belle was the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy captain and an African slave.  She was sent to live with her white great-uncle, the Earl of Mansfield, who was a powerful judge and ruled on many of the most important cases leading up to the abolishment of slavery in England. 

Dido was raised with her cousin, whose mother had died when she was 5.  When the Earl commissioned a portrait of his two wards together as equals it was shocking to London society.


This book was written as a companion to the movie about their life called Belle that is coming out soon.  As an American I didn’t know a lot of details about the Abolitionist movement in England.  This was a quick overview of that period in time.