Audiobook, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

The Reckoning by John Grisham

On an unremarkable morning in October 1946, Pete Banning, decorated war veteran and one of the town of Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite sons, left his farm and drove to the Methodist church and, without fanfare, shot and killed the minister, Dexter Bell. He returned home, offering no explanation for his action. The mystery of why Pete… Continue reading The Reckoning by John Grisham

Historical Fiction

Murder on Amsterdam Avenue by Victoria Thompson

  I’m reading this series in one of my Goodreads groups and it’s one of our favorites. It’s set in turn-of-the-century (19th) New York City featuring midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy who often find themselves investigating murders together.         Sarah Brandt accompanies her mother on a condolence call to… Continue reading Murder on Amsterdam Avenue by Victoria Thompson

Audiobook, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

  We pause from The Mortal Instruments and begin the prequel trilogy, as recommended by the author and many readers. This first book starts the reach back into the past of the Shadowhunters & Downworlders.     The year is 1878 as we step back in time from The Mortal Instruments. This prequel trilogy begins… Continue reading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Historical Fiction

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

Miranda Schuyler returns to Winthrop Island, her former home she left 18 years before following tragic events. She’s now a famous Shakespearean actress married to a famous director and this is the first time she’s visited since then. A lot happened then and she’s not quite sure why she’s back but has reached a pivotal… Continue reading The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

Audiobook, Historical Fiction

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Kya Clark has never known anyplace other than the marshes around Barclay Cove, North Carolina. Her impoverished family splintered because of her abusive alcoholic father and eventually she was left alone at the tender age of eleven when he walked away and never returned. Kya managed to support herself by selling mussels to a kind… Continue reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Audiobook, Historical Fiction

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The story begins right before the German occupation of France in 1940 and continues through the Allied liberation but told retrospectively by one of the two main characters in 1995. The focus is on two sisters, Vianne Mauriac and Isabelle Rossignol, who couldn't differ more in disposition and outlook about the war. Through their eyes… Continue reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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 ★★★★★