As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner is a historical novel that explores what it was like to grow up in an unusual environment. I was immediately drawn to it because I used to live near Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Plus I love a well-written historical fiction novel about events I’m not familiar with.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn is the only audiobook I have listened to since November. I have been in an audiobook slump. In December I had no interest in listening to an audiobook on my drives. Finally in January I felt like listening and the one I listened to was excellent.
Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin is a historical fiction novel about strong women doing unconventional things.
The English Wife by Lauren Willig is a historical fiction novel that takes on how to survive and even thrive when constrained by society’s expectations.
Happy New Year!! Staring 2018 with a review of Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict. This historical fiction book imagines what inspired Andrew Carnegie to become philanthropic. And since he was the “library guy” I have a soft spot in my heart for him.
My audio books have been LONG this month and by long I mean many, many hours of listening. The other similarity between my September Audio books is that they have been historical fiction. I enjoy listening to historical fiction because they are often the books I want to read but find I lack the patience for the descriptions and backstories when I am reading but in an audio book they just flow better.
Sometimes I like a little light mystery in my reading line up and the Maggie Hope mystery series is one I turn to for a reliably good read. Set during World War II Maggie is a part-American 20 something living in London when she gets drawn into the war effort. The series takes readers on adventures with Maggie and her friends. The adventures are mixed with just the right amount of historical detail to make it interesting and if you have questions about the historical accuracy the author provides a Historical Notes section.
Time for a little historical fiction. Fiona Davis uses New York City landmarks as the center piece of her novels. The landmark is mixed with a recent mystery to add a twist to the novels. In The Address the historic apartment building the Dakota is the center piece.