Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
I enjoyed Wildwood Dancing so much that I went out looking for other books by the author and came across this one.
In this adult historical fantasy novel we follow Caitrin as she flees from an abusive situation and ends up as a scribe at Whistling Tor in Ireland where nothing is quite as it should be. There is a curse on the land and voices in the trees and mirrors that show you things that surely can’t be. And the chieftain himself is a strange man with secrets of his own. Oh and guess what the Normans are coming to take over. Continue reading “(8) Heart’s Blood // Bookish Blurb”
As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner
This is by the same author as A Fall of Marigolds. I never would have read this book except that I got my mom to read a Fall of Marigolds and she liked it so much that she went out and found other books by the author.
In this book we follow the Bright family as they move from their tiny town to Philadelphia where the dad becomes an undertaker. This is set during WW1 and soon after they arrive the Spanish Flu breaks out in the city. Continue reading “(28) As Bright as Heaven // Bookish Blurb”
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
I don’t remember where I got the recommendation for this book. I think maybe I was looking at NYT best selling books (although now that I look at it, I’m not sure that it was on the list…)
There are two stories told in this book. One is set in 2011 as Taryn struggles with the death of her husband ten years before. The other is set in 1911 where Clara is haunted by the fire that killed the man she loved. These two stories are quite different yet are tied together by their need to escape and be free from the past and deal with the pain of being alive while those they loved died. Continue reading “(55)A Fall of Marigolds // Bookish Blurb”
The Grace Keepers by Kirsty Logan
I forget where I got the recommendation for this book and I remember almost not getting it but I am so glad that I did. This book follows the lives of two very different women in a world where the earth is almost entirely covered in water. Callanish is a gracekeeper who lives alone with the dead to keep her secret safe and herself alive. North is part of a traveling circus and performs with her bear for a living. These two women live very different lives yet they are brought together by fate, chance, and the need to belong in a world that won’t accept them. Continue reading “(54) The Grace Keepers // Bookish Blurb”
In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
Like many books, I read this book on my mom’s recommendation. She was reading it for book club and thought I might like it. Basically this book is about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia (something I basically knew nothing about) through the eyes of a seven year old girl. She starts off as the daughter of a prince and then a revolution occurs, one that wants to eliminate all remnants of the former leaders and generally create chaos. Continue reading “(31) In the Shadow of the Banyan // Bookish Blurb”
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
If you didn’t read this book as a child you need to go ahead and read it. I picked it up the other day because I didn’t have anything else to read and I wanted to be comforted. This book did exactly that.
Basically this book is about a mouse, a rat, a princess, a girl who wants to be a princess, and soup. Mustn’t forget about the soup. I don’t want to say much more in case I spoil it but really this book is just so charming. Despereaux is the mouse and is for the most part our main character and protagonist. He is an odd mouse and he does rather unmouselike things which make him the perfect hero. The story takes place in a world of kings and peasants, in a world where mice can talk to humans and the unwanted are given positions working in the castle. Continue reading “(30) The Tale of Despereaux // Bookish Blurb”