While it was a short month with fewer books finished, it was a great reading month! Really, really good books!
Here we go!
When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin
I confess, I haven’t picked up one of Sarah’s books in awhile. I just got busy reading other things. But my sister pestered me to move this one to the top of my list. I’m so glad I listened! I loved this story of two Americans in Munich during Hitler’s rise. One of them sees the doom ahead. The other doesn’t. Or rather, it takes some very horrible events to change that person’s mind. I love how these characters grew throughout the book. It was a page turner, for sure!
The Enemy and Miss Innes by Martha Keyes
This was the second book in the Tales from the Highlands series. It definitely builds on the first book. I loved the “don’t assume you know another person and their motivations” theme in the book, and how the hero and heroine grew to know and understand one another through their travails. Looking forward to reading the third book now!
The Escape Game by Marilyn Turk
Just when I think I’ve heard all the fascinating tidbits of WWII history, I discover a new one through fiction! And this historical fact was an amazing one! I really enjoyed both the picture of life on the Homefront as well as life as a prisoner of war in Germany and all the avenues of escape the Allied fliers tried.
Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson
I’ve had this book on my list a long while. I finally bought it a few weeks ago. As far as historical fiction goes (creating a compelling story out of historical facts), this was an A+. So well written and structured. But it was also a hard and heavy read. I confess that about halfway through I wondered if I could finish it. I didn’t see how there could be any redemption in the end. But it was there, beautiful and surprising even if not complete. Honestly, this book broke my heart in new ways. Which isn’t a bad thing.
Set in Richmond, VA in the 1850s, this might be the most unusual slave narrative story I’ve encountered. And the fact that the main part of the situation is set firmly in fact makes it even more so. I encourage you to give this a read. But go into it knowing it won’t be an easy read.
Memory Lane by Becky Wade
The first book in a new series, and, as usual, it did not disappoint! I really loved this romance/mystery—as well as meeting the next brother to get his own book. Becky not only tells a good story, her romances grow in a true-to-life way. Can’t wait for Jude’s story!
Love, Pray, Listen by Mary DeMuth
I’ve had this one sitting for awhile, and with new goal of one non-fiction book per month, it finally rose to the top of my pile! While the subtitle of this book is “Parenting your wayward adult children with joy,” its principals are not limited to those relationships. I found some very helpful things for communicating with my adult children—and really anyone I am in a relationship with! I love that Mary gives practical possibilities and also that the focus is on Scripture but on our own hearts before the Lord. A very good read with much for me to ponder and pray through.
Not sure what my reading will look like next month with an April 1 deadline, but if I know myself somehow I’ll still get several books read!