I’ve finally begun digging into that book pile! Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
— Susanna Kearsley, The Splendour Falls
I stumbled on Susanna Kearsley’s books when I was in grad school, via Season of Storms. I got my hands on The Shadowy Horses and Named of the Dragon right away, but The Splendor Falls eluded me. I haunted the used book section of the Harvard Book Store hoping an old UK copy might turn up. And now, after all this time, it’s finally in print in the U.S. Think classic Mary Stewart… a French village, an Englishwoman on holiday, a mysterious vineyard owner, an equally mysterious musician, and two layers of historical mystery. (Of course, speaking of Mary Stewart, now I want to go and re-read Madam, Will You Talk?. And I have no idea what I did with my old copy.)
— Donna Thorland, The Rebel Pirate
Get ready for swashbuckling adventure! In the tradition of Heyer’s Mary Challoner (Devil’s Cub), we have a heroine who holds a pistol on the hero at first meeting. For good reason, of course. Donna has a knack for writing strong but sympathetic heroes and heroines– but what really shone for me in this book were the descriptions of life in 1770s Boston and Salem. Donna spent many years at the Peabody Essex museum in Salem and she knows her details, right down to the brown porcelain on the parlor table and the pins in the heroine’s bodice.
— Simone St. James, Silence for the Dead
Simone St. James has become my new must-have author. All I’ll say for now is that Silence for the Dead, set in an eerie old mansion turned lunatic asylum post WW I, absolutely lived up to expectations. More about Silence for the Dead on Monday, when we’ll have a give-away!
What have you been reading this week?