This week saw three re-reads and one upcoming book that I’ve been particularly excited about:
— Barbara Michaels, Patriot’s Dream.
A young woman living with her aunt and uncle in Colonial Williamsburg has a series of dreams that take her back in time to the same house during the Revolutionary War. Although the insight into Revolutionary history is fascinating, this has always been my least favorite Barbara Michaels– and this read didn’t change that opinion. I think the problem is that the modern character is really only a conduit for the historical story; she has no real plot line of her own.
— Barbara Michaels, The Crying Child.
On the other end of the spectrum, for years and years this was my favorite Barbara Michaels– and, as with the above, a re-read only confirmed that opinion. A snarky first person narrator, a big old house on an island off the coast of Maine, a family mystery, and a ghost story that still makes me look over my shoulder when I made the mistake of reading this alone, late at night…. Who can ask for more?
— Georgette Heyer, Devil’s Cub.
Always so good. When a rake accidentally kidnaps the wrong sister (yes, folks, this was the inspiration for the botched elopement in The Deception of the Emerald Ring) farcical hijinks– and, of course, true love– ensue. I know she’s better known for her Regencies, but no one captures the feel of the eighteenth century like Heyer….
And now, the real treat:
— Julia Spencer-Fleming, Through the Evil Days.
You know how much I love Julia Spencer-Fleming’s Clare and Russ Van Alstyne mysteries, right? I was beyond thrilled to be the recipient of an ARC of this next one. All I can say is, if you’re a fan of the series, make sure to mark your calendar for November 5th, when this comes out. And if haven’t encountered these before, start reading with In the Bleak Midwinter.
What have you been reading this week?