Review posted this week:
Enchanted, Inc by Shanna Swendson
When Katie announced her intention to move from small time Texas to New York City, everyone warned her that it was a weird place. Katie was determined not to gawk at every unusual thing she saw. So sheâ€™s spent the last year making a point not to stare at the college girls wearing wings or at the gargoyles that occasionally move around on the buildings. After all, real New Yorkers donâ€™t bat an eye.
The White Queen tells the story of a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition who, catching the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown. (Goodreads)
Listening to now
From the immense staff running a lavish Edwardian estate and the lonely maid-of-all-work cooking in a cramped middle-class house to the poor child doing chores in a slightly less poor household, servants were essential to the British way of life. They were hired not only for their skills but also to demonstrate the social standing of their employersâ€”even as they were required to tread softly and blend into the background. More than simply the laboring class serving the upper crustâ€”as popular culture would have us believeâ€”they were a diverse group that shaped and witnessed major changes in the modern home, family, and social order. (Goodreads)