The Princess of Burundi by Kjell Eriksson:
The first novel in the Inspector Ann Lindell series, The Princess of Burundi explores the death of a reformed criminal turned family man who was found murdered. I am enjoying this Swedish series as a small window into modern Swedish culture and life and also because the main character, Ann Lindell is a new, working mom, trying to figure out herself as a mother. She doesn’t strike a conventional balance, and I find that her character’s struggle to pave her own way is very believable. Eriksson is becoming one of my go-to mystery authors; someone I can count on to provide an interesting and enjoyable tale.
The Lady and the Poet by Maeve Haran:
This well-researched historical novel explores the romantic relationship of poet John Donne and Ann More. I found it a very enjoyable read. I think Haran did a great job showing the options and struggles of women in that time period, and how difficult, if not entirely impossible, it was to marry for love. The strong Ann More is a character you can’t help but love, as John Donne discovered for himself! And this story makes me want to go read Donne’s work with a fresh perspective.
The Midwife’s Tale by Gretchen Moran Laskas:
This story of three generations of West Virginian midwives, of love in its many forms, and of loss and healing was so wonderfully crafted. The sense of place, the smooth, graceful prose, and the carefully crafted main character, Elizabeth demonstrate why Gretchen Laskas was selected as this year’s recipient of the Appalachian Heritage Writer’s Award. While this story contains “romantic” elements, I found I was more moved by the mother-daughter relationships. The connection between the generations of women in The Midwife’s Tale is so well-written and poignant. As the mother of a daughter, I felt Laskas really captured the complex love that exists in that relationship. She writes about how we differentiate ourselves from our mothers with our choices, about the ways we find our mothers in ourselves through growing and understanding their experiences as we move through life, and about how the love between mothers and daughters can change and heal. I can’t wait to hear Laskas speak in the fall during the Appalachian Heritage Writer-In-Residence program.
How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life by Mameve Medwed:
A cute read; this romance is a light, modern, summer-appropriate tale about an antiques dealer who has been unlucky in love. Any fans of the chick-lit genre will enjoy!
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