The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
The White Lady by Jacqueline Winspear (2023) is exactly the sort of historical fiction I most like: an intrepid heroine doing her patriotic bit during not one but two world wars, presented with impeccable research and a compelling story. Elinor White is half English, half Belgian and determined to avenge the affectionate father who is killed by the Germans. This is a standalone from the author of the Maisie Dobbs series.
I must have read an impressive review of The Good Ones by Polly Stewart (2023) because I went out of my way to request the audiobook, and then when it digitally returned itself to the library with about two chapters left, I drove three towns away to get a print copy, not because I was enjoying it, oh no, but I did want to know how it ended. The book was illogical, in need of a good editor, and full of moments when the protagonist put herself heedlessly in danger (which infuriates me). It did have one good moment, to be fair, which I will share if I get a chance to review it.
A Starlet’s Secret to a Sensational Afterlife by Kendall Kulper (2023), a local author, is up next. September has been a big month for theatrical settings, and this is a historical YA novel set in 1934 Hollywood about an aspiring actress from Chicago. Like me, the author was a History and Literature major in college, so clearly a kindred spirit.
Lots of 2023 pubs here; are any on your list?