While I am always reading, there are some moments when I am whipping through books and others where life interferes and my time to read is severely limited. Lately I’ve been on a roll and here and some good ones I’ve read:
The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen
Another good one from Julie. Not only a good story, but I learned so much about the profession of dancing master, which is another plus! Love discovering new historical facts.
Death by the Book by Juliana Deering
Being the Anglophile that I am, I can’t help but smile when I read these mysteries set in 1930s England. It’s like Downton Abbey, Miss Marple and Lord Peter Wimsey all rolled up into one. If you love mystery, history and all things British, give this series a shot.
Georgia on Her Mind by Rachel Hauck
Fun contemporary romance. I so enjoy Rachel’s stories.
Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell
Set in 1920s Boston, this story tackles prohibition and all things flapper in the context of law and how we qualify our own breaking of the rules. With a flighty co-ed as the main character, we experience the good and bad of the jazz age. Such a great picture, too, of the fact that the law does not bring righteousness but exposes our sin. Lots of fun and humor with a deep underlying message.
The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall
Another fun pirate novel from MaryLu made even more fun by its Scarlet Pimpernil-ish storyline. Which made me love it all the more!
And finally, for you writers out there, Write Your Novel From the Middle by James Scott Bell
I always find writing craft books helpful in tweaking my plotting process because plotting does not come naturally to me. James Scott Bell’s explanation of story structure is always a good reminder and his definition of the middle moment helped clarify for me Stan Williams’s moment of grace from The Moral Premise. (They are not necessarily the same, but they are complimentary.) Overall, very helpful.
On tap next? (Besides some research reading!)
Have you read any good ones lately that I shouldn’t miss?