Ordinary Grace

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Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger has been on my TBR since I read This Tender Land last year.  Less than a hundred pages in and I could already tell that this was going to be a 5 star book.  This historical book is set in the 1960’s and tells the story from the perspective of a young boy. This book was beautifully written and I would highly recommend reading it.  Now I plan to read the first book in his series called Iron Lake.

I also loved one of his other books:

 

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All The Light We Cannot See

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr was the March pick for my book club that then got delayed into April. We never did get to meet in person to discuss this book. Only 2 of us ended up reading it and had a video chat to discuss. This book may not have been the best book to read during quarantine since it is about WWII. So we are picking a happier book for May. For me personally, this met two of my goals to read backlist titles and books that I already own. I appreciated the writing of this book, but I struggled with the heavy content since I have a lot of COVID-19 stuff on my mind. Historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine and this one seems to be a must read for those that enjoy this genre.

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Code Name Helene

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Code Name Hélène: A Novel by Ariel Lawhon was one of my highly anticipated books of 2020. This book has been receiving great reviews everywhere and it did not disappoint. This WWII historical fiction book has dual timelines to tell of a brave woman and her fight against the Germans.  This fiction book is based on the life of a real woman named Nancy Wake.  I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend reading it.

I also enjoyed her previous book:

 

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The Girl In White Gloves

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The Girl In White Gloves by Kerri Maher is a new historical fiction book about Grace Kelly. The book takes place in different time periods of Grace Kelly’s life such as when she is young and single and then later when she has 3 children and lives in Monaco as a princess. This book started out slowly, but I ended up really enjoying it. It was an interesting time period of early Hollywood and showed a side of her life that was not all fairy tales.

I also enjoyed her other book:

If you would like another book about Grace Kelly:

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The Wicked Redhead

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The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams is the second book in this series and both were great on audio. There is a dual timeline for two different women and I really like the character of Ella.  I believe there is supposed to be a third book and I definitely want one after the way the second one ended. Beatriz Williams is an author that delivers a solid historical fiction book every time.

I also listened to the first book on audio:

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If You Want To Make God Laugh

“But you couldn’t outrun your fears because that was the thing about fear: it was a shadow you could never shake, and it was fit and it was fast and it would always, always be there just a split second behind you.”- page 364

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Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais is a book that had been on my TBR for awhile and one of my resolutions this year to is read more backlist titles. This book had a slow start, but told such a beautiful and moving story. This historical fiction book is set in South Africa in the 1970’s and covers topics of race and discrimination.

If You Want To Make God Laugh by Biana Marais is set in South Africa in the 1990’s from the perspective of 3 different women. This book felt very different from the first book and I did enjoy both.

If you enjoyed these books, then I would highly recommend reading:

 

 

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The Grace Kelly Dress

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The Grace Kelly Dress: A Novel by Brenda Janowitz is a new book that shares the stories of 3 women and how their lives intersect around a wedding gown. The wedding gown is modeled after Grace Kelly’s wedding gown and shares how the dress was made. I personally enjoy stories like these that have different timelines and this one takes place in the 1950’s, 1980’s, and 2020. Overall, this book met my expectations and I enjoyed it. Thanks to Graydon House Books and Netgalley for this review copy. I love reading on my Kindle Fire 10 that I received for Christmas and have access to so many Kindle books.

About the Author:
Brenda Janowitz is the author of five novels, including The Dinner Party and Recipe for a Happy Life. She is the Books Correspondent for PopSugar. Brenda’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Salon, Redbook, and the New York Post. She lives in New York.

If you enjoyed this book, then I would recommend reading:

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Above The Bay Of Angels

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Above the Bay of Angels: A Novel by Rhys Bowen is a new historical fiction book set during the reign of Queen Victoria. The descriptions of food and the main character being a cook for the Queen made this book very enjoyable. There was some mystery in this story set in England and France. Overall it was good historical fiction book and was refreshing to read about a different time than WWII.

I have also read these books by the same author:

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All The Ways We Say Goodbye

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All the Ways We Said Goodbye: A Novel of the Ritz Paris by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and  Karen White. This team of writers knows how to deliver a great historical fiction story. It is told from three different female perspectives during three different timelines centered around The Ritz in Paris. There is some mystery and romance and it was very enjoyable.

 

I also enjoyed their other book:

 

 

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The Sisters Of Summit Avenue

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The Sisters Of Summit Avenue by Lynn Cullen is a historical fiction book set in the 1930’s in Indiana. The story referenced our local zoo in Cincinnati which was fun. I was really enjoying this story until towards the end when somethings came together too nicely. It put a damper on what I would otherwise say was a very good story. I especially enjoyed one of the characters working  as a Betty Crocker.

 

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