Christine's Book Reviews

STATE OF WONDER by ANN PATCHETT

Even if I describe this book as “lush” and “sensuous” and every other such adjective, I am still not sure whether this would fully convey the evocative, over-powering descriptions of the heat and colour and humidity and darkness of the Amazon, the main backdrop against which this wonderful story unfolds. …

A MONSTROUS REGIMENT OF WOMEN by LAURIE R. KING

The second in the delightful Mary Russell novels, “A Monstrous Regiment of Women,” sees our intrepid, eminently likeable young blue-stocking of a heroine turn 2, and take over her considerable inheritance from her hated aunt. Mary’s life is as busy as ever. She is finishing her Oxford thesis, and preparing …