My Bookish Box Set: Drama for Your Mama

I haven't done this type of post in awhile but thought I'd dig it up.

Origins of this feature:
Every so often I get emails from a certain big box bookstore that I've purchased from in the past with the declaration, "If You Liked...., Then You'll Like...." The trouble is I often wonder how these books are related. Who made the decision that these books are similar enough that having liked one, I'll like the other? Was it a real person? Or a computer generated list?
I've thought about this form of marketing and believe I know a few books that belong together. If there was a box set of related books, like they do those movies at Halloween or Valentine's Day, these are the ones I'd choose to package together.
Save the Drama for Your Mama

Wideacre by Philippa Gregory 
Beatrice is land crazy. All she wants is Wideacre and she'd do anything to get it. And I mean anything...

My review of Wideacre

The Castle of Wolfenbach by Eliza Parsons
An innocent girl escapes her evil uncle and finds herself on the doorstep of the Castle of Wolfenbach.

My review of The Castle of Wolfenbach

What could two books written 200 years apart have in common? Incest, family secrets, murder, draaaaaaama! When reading either of these books, you'll think that you could be doing something more productive with your time, like learning Chinese or playing the banjo, but you just can't tear your eyes from the page. They are so bad they're good. One warning though, Gregory doesn't shy away from the icky details.

If you are in the mood for over the top drama, either of these books will do.


  1. I was drinking coffee when I read this review, and wound up laughing so hard at the banjo line that it got all over my computer! Now I have to read these!

  2. hahahaha! I have to say I couldn't get through Wideacre at all, but I can get it at the same time.

  3. I read The Castle of Wolfenbach after reading your review. It was fabulously bad! It was so fun to read.

  4. Col- Sorry! :)

    Kelly- Yeah, Wideacre is so over the top.

    AMy- I'm glad you liked it!


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