Here are a few light, easy, and short reads I would take to the beach this summer. Of course, I'm not vacationing at the beach this year. I'm going to Iowa. They don't have a beach. But if they did, I would read these books.
I read the first book in the Appalachian Blessings series last year, and really enjoyed it. I have been looking forward to book two ever since. This story revolves around the next generation of the Phillips family. Following a tragedy, Perla and Casewell's son Henry becomes rebellious. He is trying to find himself in all the wrong places. He befriends Margaret and her sister Mayfair, who has a way of making people feel better physically and emotionally.
There are themes of redemption running throughout the story, not just with Henry, but with other characters as well. As with the first book, there are elements of magical realism that are subtle and well done. The characters all grow throughout the story, and the writing is very even and well paced. The plot is quiet, but I found myself compelled to turn the next page to find out what was going to happen next.
I would recommend this book to people who love quiet stories set in small towns or on farms, and to readers who love family and generational stories. I would recommend starting with Until the Harvest. Thank you to Bethany House for providing me a copy to review.
I loved this Gothic romance set in a big, creepy house in England. An heiress returns from India to claim her estate, only to find an imposter had gotten there first and died before her arrival. The story keeps you guessing all the way through. If you are a Bronte fan, you will probably enjoy it.
I did a full review of this book here. I didn't enjoy this installment in the Darling Family series nearly as much as the first one. Still, it was an easy, fun read. There was a good cliffhanger at the end, so I'm interested to see what happens.
I have read some really great Biblical fiction this year. This one was full of lies and palace intrigue . I did a full review here.
I'm enjoying this one right now. I'll be reviewing it soon.
I'm always a little hesitant to read Biblical Fiction. I have a lot of my own ideas about the characters, and if the author strays too far from the Biblical account it bugs me. The Pharaoh's Daughter was a very good blend of history and fiction. It tells the very familiar story of Moses floating in the Nile, but focuses on his Egyptian mother.
There are a lot of familiar characters in this book. Miriam and her mother play an important part, but the story is mostly about Annipe and Moses, the Hebrew baby she rescues from the Nile. The author assumes that Annipe has to keep Moses' heritage a secret. This leads to lots of palace intrigue, which makes the story very exciting. If you enjoy stories about royals, this is a good one to read. The plot takes an interesting twist at the end, and I am still not sure how I feel about it. Overall, however, I loved it, and I look forward to reading the second book in the series.
I would recommend this book to readers of historical fiction and Biblical fiction, especially if you like royal families and palace intrigue.
I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of review.