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November 09, 2018



I watched the Miniaturist on PBS and you are right, it was a great series. I loved the period dress.


Thanks for the suggestions, I'll add them to my list! I have read the first few Poldark novels, couldn't get past Book 7, but do love the series! I'm obsessed with all things Outlander and have read the series numerous times and have even gotten my husband to read all 8 tomes! I never watched past the first 2 seasons of Downton Abby, I watched those when I was out of work, sick and never went back to finish them. I need to do that! Ed Speleers was excellent in Episode One, I only remember him from the movie Eragon, when he was young. Looking forward to reading The Miniaturist!

Joan S

I love when you do a post of things you love!! I will be checking out your suggestions. Thanks, Nicole!

Clair M Becker

I so love your book review post. I too am a Masterpiece follower. I was so enthralled by the Miniaturist.

Barbara Anne

I've already made notes - on paper, so am a bit quaint! Thanks you, Nicole!!


T Holzer

More books to add to my list! I just finished The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister and it was a good, easy read. I also really like your latest quilt pick and of course your fabrics are luscious!!


Thanks for the recommendation of the Miniaturist - I've had it on my list but wasn't sure. I just finished "Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk" which was inspired by a woman named Margaret Fishback - she was the highest paid FEMALE advertising copyrighter in the 1930s - she worked for R.H. Macey's. The story is lovely and the writing is delicious! I highly recommend it!

Mary Kastner

Thank you Nicole! Have a nice weekend.

Patty Fowl

Nicole, I love your book reviews and recommendations! I have "We Were the Lucky Ones" in my iPad library . Also, I loved the Miniaturist, both in print and the PBS series. If you get back to Europe and your travels take you to Amsterdam, make a trip to the Rijksmuseum to view the real dollhouse of Petronella Oortman. The television version was a wonderful reproduction but it was amazing to see it in person! I just finished reading Forty Autumns by Nina Willner, a true story about her mother's escape from Communist East Berlin. We just returned from a trip to Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, and Prague so all the historical novels that are currently in print have been a wonderful supplement to our travels.


Thank you for my January reads... I am totally a PBS snob/Masterpiece Theatre/BBC/Netflix lover and thanks for letting us know who Jamie was as another character... who would have know. I have missed Jamestown - I will have to get an update on that one. Love your posts :) thank you


If you have Amazon Prime, watch Island at War. It was originally a Masterpiece series. It is about the Germans occupying one of the Channel Islands to bomb London. So good!

Another good one is the story of the Bronte sisters trying to get their work published called To Walk Invisible. Also from Masterpiece and also on Amazon.

yep, I'm a Masterpiece nerd, too. ;p


I'm making a note of all of your suggestions, Masterpiece is great! I've been enjoying The Durrells of Corfu on Amazon Prime.

Anne Simonot

Ooh, I think I have The Miniaturist on my Kindle. Must check as you’ve made it sound quite intriguing!

Jennifer in Indy

Thanks for the book recommendations - I’ve added to my list (which is mostly books from you!). And love, love Outlander - so happy to have them back for the next season!

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