Audiobook, Historical Fiction

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys ★★★★★

I don't know what I was expecting when I decided to read this story since I relied on friends' recommendations. I knew it was about Stalin's deportation of Lithuanians in 1939, which in itself was an aspect of world history I hadn't known. Nothing could have prepared me for the reality of that action, told… Continue reading Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys ★★★★★

Audiobook, Historical Fiction

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman ★★★★1/2

Maggie Hughes is the 15-year old daughter of an English speaking Canadian father and a French mother living in Quebec. Despite her father’s admonishments to not cavort with French boys, Maggie’s young heart is captured by Gabriel Phénix, the young and impoverished boy living at the adjacent farm. When she ends up pregnant, her parents… Continue reading The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman ★★★★1/2

Audiobook, Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate ★★★★★

The story begins in Memphis 1939, narrated by 12-year old Rill Foss who along with her three younger siblings are riding out a storm on their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat in the midst of their mother being in full labor. Not long after their parents leave for the hospital, they are besieged upon by strangers… Continue reading Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate ★★★★★

Historical Fiction

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly ★★★★★

This is a fictional story of the real-life women who were subjected to medical experiments at Hitler's Ravensbrüch concentration camp, the only one exclusively for women. The story is told from three narratives: Caroline Ferriday, a New York debutant and socialite who worked tirelessly on behalf of French orphans before and at the war's outbreak;… Continue reading Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly ★★★★★

Historical Fiction

What Angels Fear by C. S. Harris ★★★★ (Sebastian St. Cyr #1)

I started this series over a year ago as a joint read in one of my Goodreads groups and it quickly became my most favorite historical fiction. Here’s the first book as I’m now almost current. But, I wanted to introduce you to one of the most intriguing and cleverly written series I’ve come across...… Continue reading What Angels Fear by C. S. Harris ★★★★ (Sebastian St. Cyr #1)

Audiobook, Historical Fiction

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah ★★★★1/2

Meredith Cooper and her sister, Nina Whitson, were raised by an adoring father and a pretty dispassionate and cold mother. The absence of that maternal love impacted the sisters differently, one striving for perfection, leading an orderly and pleasing life and the other living a nomadic existence. Both were considered highly successful but also seeming… Continue reading Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah ★★★★1/2

Historical Fiction

The English Wife by Lauren Willig ★★★★

Something terrible happens on the night of Annabelle and Bayard (Bay) Van Duyvil’s Twelfth Night ball celebrating the completion of their new family home in Cold Spring, New York. Bay is found dead with a knife in his chest and Annabelle is missing, feared drowned. Janie, Bay’s sister finds herself trusting and teaming up with… Continue reading The English Wife by Lauren Willig ★★★★