To make up for last week’s reading slump, this week has been a book bonanza, in multiple genres. Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
— Juliana Gray, A Gentleman Never Tells.
This is the second in a series based on Love’s Labor’s Lost, set in the late nineteenth century in a villa in Tuscany. Like the first in the series, A Lady Never Lies, this one is beautifully written. Even better? A Scarlet Pimpernel-esque hero whose speech patterns remind me a great deal of our own Turnip Fitzhugh.
— Stephanie Lehman, Astor Place Vintage.
One of the perks of authordom is getting sent advance copies of upcoming books (this one comes out in June). Astor Place Vintage zigzags back and forth between a thirty-something vintage clothing store owner in present day New York and a young woman determined to make her way in the world at the turn of the century. It was rather fascinating seeing the city through that dual lens.
— Lori Wilde, The Welcome Home Garden Club.
Moving from historical to contemporary, this book is a small town romance set in the fictional town of Twilight, Texas. I enjoyed The First Love Cookie Club last year (definitely recommended if you’re looking for something Christmas-y to read), so I decided to pick this one up, and enjoyed the story of a wounded veteran’s readjustment to life in his home town with the woman he had left behind and the son he hadn’t known existed.
— Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches.
I know, I know, I’m the last person on this website to read this! I’m only about halfway through, but I can definitely see why so many find it so compelling. It brings back memories of my grad school days slogging through seventeenth century manuscripts in Duke Humphrey’s Library– although I have to confess, I never noticed any vampires while I was there. Maybe they hadn’t shown up yet?
What have you been reading?