Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan, books read in 2018, Edward VIII: An American Life by Ted Powell, I'll Keep You Safe by Peter May, reading historical fiction, Resistance by Agnes Humbert, The Autumn Throne by Elizabeth Chadwick, The Beach Club by Elin Hilderbrand, The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton, The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin, The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman, The Splendor Before the Dark by Margaret George, The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams, The Winter Crown by Elizabeth Chadwick, Victoria by Daisy Goodwin, Women of the Dunes by Sarah Maine
Following up on Tuesday’s post – here’s the second half of 2018. If you’ve read any of these, I’d love to hear your impressions.
Here’s the legend: LR = light, enjoyable read; GR = good, several caveats; ER = excellent, few caveats; OR = outstanding; DNF = did not finish; NMT = not my type.
|Jul||The Splendor Before the Dark (my review)||Margaret George||OR||Superb writing that immerses the reader in time and place.|
|Resistance||Agnes Humbert||ER||A French woman’s story of WWII resistance and prisoner of war camps|
|Aug||The Beach Club||Elin Hilderbrand||LR||Holiday reading.|
|I’ll Keep You Safe||Peter May||LR||Holiday reading.|
|The Winter Crown||Elizabeth Chadwick||OR||Books 2 and 3 of the author’s trilogy on Eleanor of Aquitaine. Highly recommended.|
|The Autumn Throne||Elizabeth Chadwick||OR|
|Sep||The Summer Wives||Beatriz Williams||ER||Characters that come alive – a setting that captivates – and a very satisfying ending.|
|Oct||Women of the Dunes||Sarah Maine||LR||Three timelines can be a little confusing.|
|The Gravity of Birds||Tracy Guzeman||ER||A page turner.|
|Nov||The Clockmaker’s Daughter||Kate Morton||GR||Not as satisfying as her previous novels.|
|Victoria||Daisy Goodwin||GR||The TV series was more captivating.|
|Dec||The Girls in the Picture||Melanie Benjamin||GR||Two main characters – one is more engaging than the other.|
|Becoming Mrs. Lewis||Patti Callahan||ER||Loved it.|
|Edward VIII: An American Life||Ted Powell||GR||Edward VIII’s life, American influences, and his struggle with destiny.|
I spent many enjoyable hours reading during 2018 and enjoyed the mix of genres. What were your favourite books from this past year?
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