Foul Play in Vouvray, A Book Review

Anyone else love a good ole wine country detective mystery set in the Loire Valley? Because if you do, you’re in luck! Foul Play in Vouvray may just be the beach read you need this summer (if we are allowed to even go to the beach). My old boss back in D.C. sent me a…

The Garden of Eden, A Book Review

I hope I’m not offending a dead author here, but I struggled a bit through The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway. Not that the writing is hard–Hemingway is known for his simplicity, but the style is all his, and though I’ve tried, I haven’t fully been able to enjoy it in any of the…

October is H&W’s Anniversary Month (Part 2)

Woven throughout the months of spring and summer of this past year are posts that I wrote to support local small businesses and events that I attended either for work as a Host with DC Hot Spots, or for fun. I am a huge supporter of small businesses, in general, as opposed to larger corporations and…

Author Spotlight: Mary L. Tabor

Readers of History & Wine, I have a special spotlight for you. If you have been following along over the past year, you may have noticed my deep love of reading and writing woven throughout the articles I post. I have referenced several authors and books, many of which I have reviewed for you here….

A Private Family Matter, A Book Review

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.                                     John F. Kennedy My quest to find out more about my aunt from those who knew her at a younger age brought me to the actor, author, and one time professional football…

The Outside of August, A Book Review

“What do you need? Was what Alice wondered. Why would anyone want to windsurf to Lisbon? And why was it, she wondered, that this was the first thought she had: Her mother would not be worried but pleased. Alice could imagine how her eyes would shine at the thought of Gus courting danger. Alice, therefore,…

The Second Chances of Priam Wood, A Book Review

Have you ever suffered from regret? Do you believe in second chances? If you were given the chance to relive the most regrettable days of your life, would you? Author Alexander Rigby looks at these questions in his debut novel, The Second Chances of Priam Wood. As he floats through some kind of afterlife holding…

The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln, A Book Review

“They had put the president’s health, well being and safety in my hands, under their threat to me. How had they put it? ‘We entrust the sacred life of Mr. Lincoln to your keeping. If you don’t protect it, never return to Illinois, or we will murder you on sight.’ I didn’t drop my guard…

Tinkers, A Book Review

“And as the ax bites into the wood, be comforted in the fact that the ache in your heart and the confusion in your soul means that you are still alive, still human, and still open to the beauty of the world, even though you have done nothing to deserve it. And when you resent…