Thursday, February 25, 2021
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publication: Simon & Schuster, hardcover, 2008
Genre: Juvenile Historical Fiction
Setting: 18th-century New YorkDescription: Isabel (13) and her younger sister Ruth are slaves and orphans, having lost their mother a year earlier and their father, sold away from his family when Ruth was just a baby.
Monday, February 22, 2021
The English Wife by Adrienne Chinn – historical fiction that begins in WWII England and leads to isolated Newfoundland
Author: Adrienne Chinn
Publication: One More Chapter, trade paperback, 2020
Genre: Dual-timeline fiction
Setting: England and NewfoundlandDescription: This is a story of two sisters living in Norwich during World War II and their descendants. Ellie has always planned to marry her childhood friend George until she meets an outgoing Canadian soldier from Newfoundland. Her sister Dottie disapproves because she doesn’t want Ellie to move away and her father disapproves because George is not Catholic, but Tom persuades her to tie the knot before he gets sent overseas.
Friday, February 19, 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Author: Richard Osman
Publication: Viking, hardcover, 2020
Setting: Present-day EnglandDescription: Four senior citizens at Coopers Chase, an upscale retirement community in England, meet on Thursdays to discuss unsolved police cases, and then they encounter a real murder . . .
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Run Away Home by Elinor Lyon - an orphan not in possession of a fortune, must be in want of a family
Author: Elinor Lyon
Publication: Fidra Books, 2007 (originally published in 1953 by Hodder and Stoughton)
Genre: Children’s fiction
Setting: 1950s Scotland
Saturday, February 6, 2021
It’s time for #6degrees, inspired by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. We all start at the same place as other readers, add six books, and see where you end up. This month’s starting point is Redhead By the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler. I have read one or two of Tyler’s books but not this one; however, it did start me thinking about redheaded protagonists. Anne Shirley may be the most famous but I realized I had read about many others . . .
|To the Tiger in the Zoo, Madeline just said "Pooh, Pooh!"|
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Right now I am reading Secret Places by Janice Elliott (1981), set during World War II, in which teenage Patience Mackenzie befriends Laura Meister, a refugee from Germany, who joins her girls' day school in England. There is also a movie with Jenny Agutter in the cast; here is the beginning.
Monday, February 1, 2021
Author: O. Douglas aka Anna Buchan
Publication: Kindle, originally published 1926
Setting: 1920s ScotlandDescription: The Rutherfurds were an energetic and happy family not long ago: Sir Walter, a pillar of the neighborhood; his quiet but much-admired wife, Lady Jane; two splendid sons; daughter Nicole; and niece Barbara Burt, who has been part of the family since childhood. However, Nicole’s brothers were killed in the war, and Sir Walter took their loss badly, faded away and died three months ago. There is no longer enough money to support the ancestral estate so the lawyer has persuaded Lady Jane to sell and move somewhere smaller and more manageable. As the story begins, the wife of a self-made prosperous businessman from Glasgow has come to inspect Rutherfurd with the idea of acquiring a country estate. Mrs. Jackson is sure her husband will like it, and she is charmed by 24-year-old Nicole’s tour and friendly demeanor.