WWW Wednesday!

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Hello fellow book lovers,

Well, my summer goal of blogging regularly certainly got away from me. I would give some excuses for myself, but since I haven’t written a word of…well, anything…since July, I couldn’t really tell you where the rest of my summer went.

But solidly into October, and the weather in DC has not turned, but I’m in full teacher mode. It’s the time of the year where I’m finally hitting my groove, which means I’m not face-planting into bed every night so I actually have the energy to read a little before passing out.

Seems a logical time to return to this book blog thing.

And as it’s Wednesday, I am the WWW meme, hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Here’s how it works…

 The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

Currently Reading: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

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A good friend in my book club recommended this pick. We have an affinity for historical fiction in my club, and this one is a hit so far! The Alice Network is the story of two women, Charlie and Eve, who so far seem pretty badass. Charlie’s side of the story takes place right after World War II in France. She’s enlisted the help of Eve Gardiner to find her cousin Rose, who went missing during the War. Eve’s side of the story takes us back to World War I, when she worked as a spy in occupied France.

What I like in the first 135 pages I’ve read: rich, vibrant characters. Both Charlie and Eve are strong, compelling women, and I’m completely hooked on both of their story lines already. This would be a great book club read! I may need to revise my rule about only reading books no one has read…

 

Recently Finished: Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

SweetLittleLiesOK, technically this isn’t the last book I finished. But I didn’t loved that book, and Sweet Little Lies is the last book in recent memory that had me totally absorbed—to the point where I’m pretty sure I read the last 100 pages in one sitting. This was my August Book of the Month –insert link—pick, which I somehow didn’t get around to reading until late September. (Again, I blame school). This crime fiction is very reminiscent of Tana French, who is one of my favorites. Sweet Little Lies follows Cat Kinsella, an emotionally effed up detective as she investigates a murder that has a connection to her past. I loved everything about this book. It did start a little slow, but picked up maybe 50 pages in or so.

What I liked about it: great character, well-paced, and a great blend of mystery and psychological conflict. And yes, a few great twists in there too. I didn’t see the last one coming at all! Please. Just go read this book.

Again, why couldn’t I have picked this one for book club?

 

Reading Next: The Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

TatooistThis one is actually for my October book club meeting. Not one of my suggestions, so I can’t take credit if it turns out to be awesome. (That accolade will be bestowed upon my friend Hillary, fellow teacher and book club member extraordinaire). After a random assortment of picks, including a memoir, a romance, and a disappointing mystery, Hillary offered this World War II novel up to the group. We immediately accepted. The Tatooist of Auschwitz is about Lale Sokolov, a Jew who is put to work tattooing his fellow prisoners. There will be resistance to atrocities of the camp, and a love interest. I look forward to starting this one, and seeing what my book club thinks.

Thoughts on these choices? Which ones have you read? Have you done the WWW meme? Let me know so I can see what you’re reading!

Happy Reading,
Angela

An American Heiress: A Review

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‘I am Cora Cash. I am very rich. I have a flour fortune, not the flower you can smell but the flour you make bread with. Bread, you know, is the stuff of life. Would you like to kiss me? Most men want to but I am just too rich.’ And then she felt the darkness coming again, and before the young man could answer, she fainted into his arms.

An American Heiress
By: Daisy Goodwin
Publisher: St. Martins
Purchased at: Barnes and Noble
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 Why I Read It

I love British period pieces: everything by Jane Austen, Dickens, the Brontes. Lately though, I’ve gotten away from these classics in favor of more contemporary fiction. But I still love a good story about British high society, which is why I became a Downton Abbey devotee during the show’s run. A fellow anglophile friend of mine recommended The American Heiress as a salve for my Downtown withdrawal. Sadly, it doesn’t help my missing Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, but otherwise Goodwin’s debut novel was right up my alley.

Caveat: you have to be interested in this time period. If not, you probably won’t be as riveted as I was by this book.

Premise

The American Heiress is about the rich and beautiful Cora Cash, whose parents have more money than God in turn of the century New York City. But Cora’s mother is after the one thing that her money can’t buy—a title—and so they set off for England in search of an eligible bachelor who can supply one. Fortuitously, Cora takes a spill off her horse in the woods belonging to the Duke of Wareham. A whirlwind romance follows, but being a Duchess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. British High Society is as unforgiving as it is secretive, and Cora, the American and outsider, has a lot to learn in order to manage her new life.  Continue reading “An American Heiress: A Review”