Compared with previous months, January started relatively slowly on the reading front with eleven books finished. However, there were still plenty of fantastic books to choose from.
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First up is Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton. Set in 18th century Spitalfields, it weaves together the stories of two women – Esther Thorel, the wife of a Huguenot silk-weaver, and Sara Kemp, newly arrived in London. I thought it was a really impressive debut, full of fascinating detail about the period plus the cover is simply gorgeous. Read my full review here.
My next choice is another historical novel, and another impressive debut – A River in the Trees by Jacqueline O’Mahoney. Set in Ireland, partly in 1919 and partly in the present day, it reveals the turbulent experiences of two women – Hannah and Ellen – whose stories subtly mirror each other in some respects and contrast in others. Read my full review here.
The Secret by Katharine Johnson also involves multiple timelines but this time the setting is the Tuscan village of Santa Zita. It’s an intriguing story of secrets and betrayal that I described as ‘an absorbing combination of historical fiction and mystery’. You can read my full review here.
Next the eagerly anticipated (certainly by me) third book in Rory Clements’ ‘Tom Wilde’ series, Nemesis. Set in the early years of the Second World War, Tom Wilde is once again involved in international conspiracy and comes up against a particularly chilling adversary. It’s a thrill-a-minute read. Find my full review here.
Finally, there’s Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell. I absolutely loved this story of two daredevil aerial stuntmen that combines mystery, action and romance whilst exploring more serious themes including a dark aspect of World War Two American history. Read my full review here.
It looks like the year has started the same way it finished, with some great historical fiction from some of my favourite publishers. Even more exciting is that all but one were new-to-me authors and two of those were debut novelists.