The Talisman Ring



by Georgette Heyer

Published: 1936

This is another delightful book by Georgette Heyer, and although I did not love it quite as much as Friday’s Childit may be a close second.  This one was fun because of the mystery.  The characters interacted wonderfully, and, as usual, even the villain was a bit likable.  The pacing of this story was excellent as well.

For me, the only strange part was that this was a completely third-person  narration.  I don’t know how else to say it.  Heyer basically never told us what anyone was thinking or feeling; that was left to be inferred by her descriptions of expressions, reactions, and conversations.  It was interesting, but not very personal.

Still, this was an overall wonderfully fun story, and one that I will probably add to my collection soon.  5/5.

Target: Switzerland

By: Stephen Halbrook

Published: 1998

Sorry, I forgot to take a picture before loaning this book to my sister.

Anyway, this fascinating non-fiction piece is about the role Switzerland played in World War II as a neutral state, and as the only oasis of democracy in a Europe swallowed by totalitarianism.  It was a fantastic book, and made me want to move to Switzerland.  I am intrigued to continue studying the country to see how it has evolved over the last 70 years.

The book was well-written and interesting.  Informative, without  being dry.  I enjoyed it.