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10 Most Favorite Books

The Hidden Women by Kerry Barrett is a historical novel that goes between present day 2018 and back to the war in 1944. The story delves into the history of the women who flew for the ATA in Britain and family secrets one woman hoped would never be uncovered.

I was pulled into this novel immediately. First I love historic novels, second, I am incredibly curious and thirdly, I am deep into genealogy, so discovering family stories really intrigues me.

The book starts in present day London 2018. Helena Miles is a young single mom who loves digging into the past and it is also her job. She works as a researcher for a hit television show “Where Do You Come From”?, and her work has her dealing with mainly celebrity families. When the handsome superstar Jack Jones blows into her life, Helena will put on a path she never saw coming. While researching Jack’s genealogy, a familiar name pops up and Helena finds herself unexpectedly sliding down a deep dark rabbit hole into her own family history.

Readers are soon transported back Berkshire, England 1944. Lillian Miles is an ATA pilot and flies every type of aircraft during the war. When her niece starts poking around, she remains quiet about the secrets she has locked deep in her soul hoping they would never be discovered.

Helena’s job has strict rules about using the company resources to research your own family, but she ignores them hoping no one will discover her digging into her own family. Jack encourages her to continue her work and helps her along the way. This too will bring Helena trouble.

When Helena brings the information to her family, her father has his own questions and wants her to continue researching. What she discovers could quite possibly destroy her family. What happened to her Aunt Lillian during the war, why won’t she talk about it and what do the answers mean for her family?

If you really enjoy historical novels, are curious about the past and family stories and genealogy, you will love this novel. I enjoyed going between present day and the past to learn Lillian’s story. The book really is about friendship, sisterhood, strong women and family secrets.

The author did an incredible job bringing the character’s to life, giving them depth and you may just find yourself sympathetic to both sides. One wanting to keep the past secret and the other needing to know the truth.

I noticed the book was published a year ago today, so happy book anniversary to Kerry Barrett for a truly wonderful novel. Even better, Amazon’s Kindle price today is .99 cents. Don’t know if it is a one day deal or the price for now, but either way, it is totally worth the buy and read.

Until next time,
Bee Readin’

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7 thoughts on “10 Most Favorite Books”

  1. I absolutely loved “A Man Called Ove”, but have also enjoyed Fredrik Backman’s other two novels. His “My Grandmother Sends her Regards and Apologies” is a gem. I mostly read non-fiction, but a friend, whose reading taste is similar to mine, recently recommended “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, which I bought, but haven’t started to read yet. I will definitely place some of your other recommendations on my “to read list”, Terry.

    1. Jolandi, I am so thrilled you loved A Man Called Ove. I too love Fredrik Backman’s books and have read them all. Let me know if you read any of the others on the list and what you think. I will have to check out The Hate U Give, thank you for letting me know about it. Loved your blog post today!

  2. Thank you for all of these great recommendations. I have added a few to my reading list. Last year I read, “A Man Called Ove.” I liked it better after I had time to digest and think about it. I may look into reading the book Jolandi (who left a comment above) talked about: “My Grandmother Sends…”

    1. Janet, you are most welcome. I’m glad you liked A Man Called Ove, and I understand it must be digested. The book that Jolandi recommended is titled in the U.S, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry. I did review it and you can find the review on the blog. It started out not my favorite, but I stuck with it and waded through a bit of the imaginary world the grandmother creates for her granddaughter. Once the book came together, it was another one that needed to be digested, but I loved it. If you read it, please let me know what you think.

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