Does Anyone Remember Helen MacInnes?

Does anyone remember Helen MacInnes?  She was a best-selling author who wrote espionage thrillers beginning in the 1940’s.  The forties–a time when women were supposed to be barefoot and in the kitchen.  The average monthly salary was $1,299 and only one in five Americans had a car.  This was the world that Scottish-born MacInnes found herself in when she decided to write her novels. Continue reading Does Anyone Remember Helen MacInnes?

Chick Lit, Spies, Bodice Ripper, Oh My!

Lauren Willig has written one of my very favorite fiction series called the Pink Carnation novels for short.  The Secret History of the Pink Carnation is the first novel in the series.  Don’t let the clever yet somewhat misleading covers fool you into believing these stories are your typical, run-of-the-mill historical ‘bodice rippers’.

I remember when the Pink Carnation first came out and I saw it lying on a table at my local Borders.  I picked up the book because the cover picture was kind of interesting but since I don’t typically read ‘bodice rippers’, no matter how handsome the Native American warrior with the heaving chest may be, I sat the book down and made my way to Sophie Kinsella’s latest. Continue reading Chick Lit, Spies, Bodice Ripper, Oh My!