I’ve given myself a bit of a break from Bronte and Gaskell this week, and bounced around between time periods and genres a bit. Here’s what I’ve been reading:
— Dodie Smith, The Town in Bloom
I’ve been hoarding this ever since I found it in Hatchards (yes, that Hatchards) in June. It’s by the author of I Capture the Castle, and, like I Capture the Castle, touching and sad and warm and wise. It’s set mostly in the 1920s, with a 1960s frame.
— Barbara Michaels, Greygallows
I couldn’t leave behind the Victorians entirely, so I transitioned to a modern Gothic, one of Barbara Michaels’s Victorian-set novels. I still prefer Sons of the Wolf, but Greygallows is a very satisfactory Gothic.
— Barbara Michaels, Houses of Stone
From Victorian-set to modern thinking about Victorian. This is one of Michaels’s contemporary novels, but focused around the mystery of a Victorian Gothic manuscript found in an old trunk and the English professor who loves it.
— Karen White, The House on Tradd Street
Another novel I’ve been hoarding– about a heroine who unexpectedly inherits an old house in Charleston, with several ghosts and mysteries that need to be solved. To add icing onto the cake, there are sequels.
What have you been reading?