Weekly Reading Round-Up

It’s been a bit of a week, so I’ll confess I’m having trouble remembering what I’ve read.  (What day is this again?)

But two books stand out.  Beatriz Williams’s The Summer Wives, set on fictional Winthrop Island in the 1930’s, 1950’s, and 1960’s, as choices made in one generation shape the lives of those who come after, in ways no one could expect, and Jennifer Robson’s The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding, in which a granddaughter in the present goes seeking her grandmother’s past and discovers that her grandmother was one of the embroiderers of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding gown, leading us into the lives of two seamstresses in the grim, gray London of 1947.

The Summer Wives is out now, and The Gown; will be available in December.

What have you been reading this week?



  1. Freya on July 27, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    I’ve just started *A Spy Named Orphan*, Roland Phillips’s biography of Donald Maclean. I’m also rereading *Fingersmith* by Sarah Waters: one of my absolute favorites.

  2. Rachel Adrianna on July 27, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    I read Artemis by Andy Weir cover to cover last night… COULD NOT put it down! Even if you don’t usually go for scifi… read it! Funny, relateable, and the science is written for laypeople 🙂

  3. Céline on July 27, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    This week, I read a feelgood book by a French author, Virginie Grimaldi (not related to the Monaco royalty – or at least, I don’t think so!), which never ceases to amaze me, each and every time. One of her books has been translated into English: How to Find Love in the Little Thing. I cannot recommend her enough!!!

    Now, I am on to Suprise me, Sophie Kinsella’s latest book. It’s a little different, so I am not sure how to feel about it yet. 🙂

  4. Susan Willis on July 27, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Ghosted by Rosie Walsh. LOVED it.

  5. Lynne on July 28, 2018 at 12:18 am

    I’ve fallen in love with the Maggie Hope series by Susan Elia MacNeal. A mix of mystery and espionage set in London during the blitz – and it’s “on the edge of your seat” exciting. I finished Mr. Churchill’s Secretary in just a few days and have started Princess Elizabeth’s Spy. I heartily recommend this series!

  6. DJL on July 28, 2018 at 3:22 am

    Read Charlie N Holmberg latest, Veins of Gold, which was a good story, part historical romance, part trippy fantasy (there is a house made out of seagulls. I say no more.). Well worth a read. Now will be moving on to The Star- Touched Queen, from a rec on this site from last week that sounded amazing!

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