I read fifteen books in April including a couple of five-star reads and several that came close. You can find details of my five favourite books below. Click on the book title to view the book description on Goodreads.
First up is historical novel, The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby. Set in 1880s Birmingham, it tells the story of a young woman born in a prison to a convicted criminal she never knew. Like others, I thought it was an impressive debut and described it as ‘an intensely satisfying read’. You can read my full review here.
Staying with historical fiction, Sunwise by Helen Steadman is the follow-up to the author’s debut novel, Widdershins. It continues the stories of herbalist, Jane Chandler, and witch-finder, John Sharpe. The latter is a quite terrifying figure and I found the book as compelling and powerful as its predecessor. You can read my full review here.
My next choice is The Storyteller by Pierre Jarawan (translated by Rachel McNicholl and Sinead Crowe). Moving between Lebanon and Germany over a period of more than thirty years, it tells of Samir’s search for his father, Brahim, who disappeared suddenly one night. I found it to be ‘a fascinating, intriguing and beautifully written book’. You can read my full review here to find out why.
Staying with the subject of storytelling, my next choice is a biography of arguably a master of the art – Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan by Ursula Buchan. The author, who is also Buchan’s granddaughter, sets out to demonstrate – successfully, to my mind – that there was much more to him than just the author of the classic spy thriller, The Thirty-Nine Steps. You can read my full review here.
My final choice is Pilgrim by Louise Hall. It follows the journey of father and daughter, Jen and Charlie, to Medjugorje, a small village in Yugoslavia, where six children have experienced a vision of the Virgin Mary. Like the other characters the reader encounters, they are struggling to cope with tragedy in their lives. I praised its message of hope and the possibility of starting over again. You can read my full review here.
What were some of your favourite books you read in April? Have you read any of my picks?