This week, a bunch of much-anticipated books arrived. Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
— Kristan Higgins, The Best Man
Kristan Higgins’s contemporary romances are one of my favorite escapes from the nineteenth century, so a new one is always cause for celebration.
— Rachel Hore, A Place of Secrets
Thanks, Pam, for the recommendation! Definitely for those who like Kate Morton, Susanna Kearsley, or Lucinda Riley’s The Orchid House. An eighteenth century mystery unfolds as a rare book appraiser goes back to her home county to appraise a collection of astronomical papers.
— Barbara Michaels, Sons of the Wolf
An old favorite Gothic novel, which I hadn’t re-read for quite some time. It is just as good as I remembered, and rather thought-provoking (for those who like debating the whole hero/villain issue in Gothic fiction). The voice of the heroine is also decidedly Amelia Peabody-esque, although her circumstances– indigent relative sent to live with mysterious guardian in Yorkshire– are very different.
— Alexandra Fuller, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
A fascinating memoir of growing up in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia in the 70s and 80s. Even though this was so much more recent, I was struck by how much was still familiar from my research into English ex-pat life in Kenya for The Ashford Affair.
What have you been reading this week?