1) The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh. 3/5 stars. This is the sequel to The Wrath and the Dawn, a retelling of Arabian Nights, which I read in October. I didn't like this one as much as the original. There's more war and magic and less falling-in-love, but it was still fun.
2) Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson. 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed this one. But you have to like precocious children, which I know isn't everyone's cup of tea. The main character, Alice, spends a year living with a reclusive literary legend (think J.J. Salinger but female) and her eccentric nine-year-old son Frank while his mother writes a new book.
3) Finding Fraser by K.C. Dyer. 3/5 stars. This book is about a super-fan of the Outlander series who heads to Scotland after a divorce and a dead-end career in search of a her own Jamie. I agree with other reviews that the main character is painfully naive. Overall it was silly yet fun, but I wouldn't recommend it if you haven't read at least the first couple Outlander books.
4) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny. 4/5 stars. This is the fourth installment in the Chief Inspector Armande Gamche mystery series set in Quebec, and it might be my favorite one so far. It's set at an isolated and luxurious hotel near the quaint small town of Three Pines (where the other books are set) and involves complicated long-held family secrets that become slowly unraveled.
5) The Guineveres by Sarah Domet. 2/5 stars. This book didn't do it for me. It's about four teenage girls named Guinevere growing up at a convent school in the (I think, because the book never specifies the date) Vietnam era. Their world is thrown into upheaval when four comatose soldiers arrive at the convent infirmary.
6) The Little While Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. 4/5 stars. This is a charming and old-fashioned children's story about thirteen-year-old Maria Merryweather who arrives at Moonacre Manor and sets to rights an ancient curse. I think it deserves to be as well known and loved and The Secret Garden or The Wizard of Oz.
As usual I'm linking up with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books. I can't wait to see what everyone else has been reading lately!