Some Recent Reads

Between work, family issues, and hail damage, I’m still keeping busy and did not finish reading the novel I planned to review for this week.  Instead of leaving you with nothing, here are a few recommended reads based on titles I’ve read in 2020 thus far:20th wife cover

  1. The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan: This novel tells the story of Mehrunissa, the future Empress Nur Jahan of Mugal India, before her famous marriage.  Both well-written and grounded in historical fact, it is a spellbinding tale of love, intrigue, and family in the 17th Century. It is also the first in a trilogy that includes The Feast of Roses, which continues her story, and Shadow Princess, the story of her niece Jahanara. I recommend that if you enjoy the first book, read all three!
  2. The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution by Robert P. Watson: For a book with a gruesome subject matter, this ended up being a very engaging book.  Chosen as a book club selection, it wasn’t something I would have otherwise read. The focus was on individual stories of the Patriot men imprisoned on a British prison hulk, some of whom also attempted escape.

  3. Victoria’s Daughters by Jerrold Packard: This book is a collective biography of Queen Victoria’s five daughters.  It details each, including their childhood and life after marriage.  The level of detail was that of depth, without being overwhelming.

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  1. Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra: This modern day retelling of Little Women begs for a sequel called Beth and Amy, which I hope gets written.  Told with humor, this tale finds Meg ad a wife who gave up her career for her children, Jo as a sous chef and food blogger, Beth as a music student, and Amy as a fashionista.  While the storyline and personalities ring true, this twist shows a whole new side to the story.

If you read any of this (or have already read), let me know what you though of them.


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