Archives for Historical Fiction

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Happy Halloween, I just finished the Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline and thoroughly loved the story.  The book was published several years ago and has been sitting on my Kindle just waiting for me to finally pick it from the list. The Orphan Train is a historical fiction book that tells one girls story of immigration and being put on one of the orphan trains that traveled from the East coast to the Midwest, and was filled with orphaned children.  The children were taught how to present themselves to families looking for foster children or to simply use them
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Blossom on the Road of Dreams by Christopher Lentz

Happy September, I hope you all had a wonderful and fun filled Labor Day weekend.  School has either already started for some and the rest are going back this week. Labor Day weekend seems to close out the summer for us.  While it is a little sad to see the warm and long days of summer end, I love Fall and look forward to the season. To close out the summer, I read the 2nd book in the Blossom trilogy written by Christopher Lentz, Blossom on the Road of Dreams.  It was a light and easy read, the perfect ending
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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Do you read most of your books on an e reader or do you prefer to hold an actual book?  I am an e reader girl only because it is so convenient.  I can read from my phone if I am sitting somewhere; the kindle is so easy to travel with and it holds all of my books. With the recent rumblings of a travel ban on any electronics larger than a cell phone on planes coming from Europe.  I didn’t want to get stuck having to pack my kindle in my checked bags if policies changed while I was
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The Whiskey Sea by Ann Howard Creel

We have had so much rain in So. Cal, which we need, so I’m not complaining.  It also makes for a great reading day.  Sunday, it was pouring and I had nowhere to be, it made for the perfect day to carve out some time to finish The Whiskey Sea. I stumbled on this book and the title intrigued me, as did the cover.  The first page reeled me in and I was hooked.  A woman is in the water, gasping for air, drowning.  What is her story?
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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I stumbled upon Kristin Hannah’s books several years ago when I chose Home Front for book club.  If you haven’t read it, grab it or add it to your list, it really is a book you can’t put down. It deals with a woman in the military suffering from PTSD which is very prominent in today’s world.  Over the years, I have enjoyed more of her books; I can honestly tell you there isn’t one I haven’t loved. When November’s book club book was chosen and announced, I was thrilled to hear it was The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. You
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Return to Taylor’s Crossing; A Novel by Janie Dempsey Watts

I recently received an email through the blog by author Janie Dempsey Watts, simply asking if she could send me a copy of her most recent novel, Return to Taylor’s Crossing; would I read it and blog it? I always want to make sure it is a book and genre that I would choose to read, so after reading a snippet about the book, I gladly accepted.  The story is right up my alley and I couldn’t wait to dig in. In starting the blog, it has always been my goal to share with you books I have read, give
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Wow, I loved this book and if you haven’t read it, run out and buy it or download it and sink your teeth into this novel.  I don’t think you will be able to put the book down. Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See is brilliant; he brings the story to life and you will just want to hang within the pages, never leaving.
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Blossom by Christopher Lentz

Happy February! How is your reading going this year?  I hope you all are deep into a book and loving every minute of it. This month our book club choice was Blossom by Christopher Lentz.  The bookie who chose this book is personal friends with the author and wanted to support him and his first novel; I am so glad she did.  Blossom was a great choice and the best part of the evening was having Christopher Lentz join us for our book club event, it really doesn’t get any better.
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A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

A Fall of Marigolds is a historical fiction novel by Susan Meissner.  The story weaves between Taryn’s life in September 2011 and Clara’s life working as a nurse in the Ellis Island Hospital in 1911. These 2 women’s lives will touch each other without them ever meeting, living years apart. Each woman has loved, lost, suffered tragedy and are hiding in worlds where they each feel safe.  Clara never leaving the hospital and her dormitory on Ellis Island and Taryn, working in a fabric shop, living above it and raising her daughter alone. Clara happens upon a beautiful, colorful scarf
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The Chaperone ~ By Laura Moriarty

Historical fiction is not a genre that I have read very much. However, I am finding it is one of my favorites. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty didn’t disappoint.  I chose this book for book club and was thrilled with the decision.  Honestly, I couldn’t put the book down.
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