Soooo, I haven’t shared reads in awhile because I got super invested in the Maisie Dobbs series and was only reading that series for awhile. I finished all the current books in series in October and have read several other books as well, so I thought I’d share!
First up, as I stated I read six Maisie Dobbs books this past summer. The next one comes out in March 2021 and I will definitely will be buying it. As I’ve talked about before it does have a guiding mystery in each book, but you really need to read the books in order to understand what’s going on with the main character and the time period. A has been learning about World War I and II in school this year, so we’ve had lots of discussions as the Maisie Dobbs series is based in this time period. While the books are obviously fiction, it has given me is a better understanding of the time between those two wars.
The Accidental Empress is lengthy, but so worth every single page. It is a book that you have to remind yourself it’s historical fiction, so not everything in the book happened exactly stated. It is hauntingly sad, but also beautifully written. I found myself caught up in each page, reading during A’s golf lessons and many other times throughout the day.
The Henna Artist is again within my wheelhouse of favorite books, ones that have complex, determined, and imperfect female leads, who face adversities. It provides perspective of the historical and cultural setting of a particular time, also something I love in writing.
The Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow combines all the things I stated above, but also brings in cooking! It is a young adult novel, but I think it is perfect for any age. I loved it!
Agatha Christie’s The Clocks was a fun mystery that is full of red herrings and directional turns. Great for a quick read if you love mysteries!
Sophie Hannah’s The Mystery of Three Quarters was good, but I don’t love the need for a narrator in the books. It switches between being openly narrated, and then narrated from afar, and I think it takes the reader out of the investment of the story at different points. The mystery itself was good, but a little convoluted, and having read almost every Agatha Christie book, I felt like it should’ve taken a different direction at the end.