Monday, May 29, 2023

Monday Mini-Reviews: Historical Fiction Winners

 It's been a minute or two since I've done a Monday Mini-Review post.  I've read quite a few books this month, rather unusual since this is one of the busiest times in the school year for me.  

I love historical fiction and three of my most recent reads were enjoyable from beginning to end.

Where The Coyotes Howl by Sandra Dallas - I think I've read all of Dallas' books and this is one of my favorites.  It's 1916 and Ellen moves to the small town of Wallace, Wyoming, for a teaching job.  Life there is hard, but within a year Ellen falls in love with the country and a young man named Charlie Bacon.  The two face trials together while still remaining in love with each other.

Only The Beautiful by Susan Meissner - Meissner's latest novel moves from 1938 until 1947.  Rosie loses her parents when she is sixteen and is taken in by the family they worked for.  When she ends up pregnant she is sent to a home for unwed mothers where not only will her baby be taken from her, but so will her ability to have babies in the future.  In 1947, Helen Calvert returns to California and is upset to hear about Rosie, the girl her brother and his wife took in. She starts looking for Rosie, trying to right a wrong from the past.

The Secret Book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan Henry - In 1939 Hazel and Flora are young girls sent to a rural village to escape London during the war.   Hazel, as the older sister, makes up stories to tell her younger sister who longs for their mother.  But then the unthinkable happens - Flora goes missing.  Now, decades later, a book has been published of the story that Hazel told Flora.  Hazel hopes that somehow her sister is still alive and won't stop until she uncovers what happens to Flora. 

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