The Penguin Book of Infidelities

Having just read a couple of novels where the plot involved adultery, I found myself keen to re-read this collection. The Penguin Book of Infidelities, edited by Stephen Brook, is a rich collection of literature on the subject of marital and/or sexual infidelity. The selections include poetry, fictional accounts, letters, and historical records. Brook's stated …

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Hidden

Hidden is a 2013 novel from Catherine McKenzie. It's an international best seller, same as her previous three. Her novels share one word titles, and women exploring their lives and relationships in various circumstances. Hidden tells how one man's death affects two women: his wife, and a co-worker he was involved with. The story unfolds …

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The Cautious Amorist

Norman Lindsay's The Cautious Amorist was published in 1932, and released as a mass market paperback in 1947. It seems publishing cycles used to be much slower. The story begins with a shipwreck, and by the end of the first chapter, Miss Sadie Patch, Reverend Fletcher Gibble, journalist James Carrol, and stoker Patrick Plunket, all …

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Sex and Punishment

No, this book is not an imitator of Fifty Shades of Grey. Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire is a history of laws about sexual relationships. The author is a lawyer, which explains the case law perspective, and a journalist, which explains the easy readability of what could be a very dry …

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A Scandalous Marriage

A Scandalous Marriage, by Mary Brendan, is the third of four regency era novels involving the sisters of the Meredith family. That may explain the rapid introduction of several characters in the first chapter. Readers who have been following the series and not simply grabbing selections out of the 3 for $1 bin at the …

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A Winter’s Love

The title of A Winter's Lovesounds like a romance, and the cover illustration shows an embracing couple with an unhappy less handsome man looking on, but the blurb makes sure I'm not deceived: "The moving story of a woman's conflict between her marriage and an exciting new love..."  Hmm. Not a plot that interests me. …

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