One of my favorite books of all time is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith. When I found out she had other books, I knew I needed to read them.
Joy in the Morning takes place in 1927 – starting in Brooklyn, NY and moving to the Midwest. The story is about Carl and Annie, two young newlyweds who are making their way in the world with love, hardship, humor, and poverty.
Annie is now one of my favorite literary heroines – she reminds us that we can accomplish great things where there is love!
For the month of October the book pick for my in person book club was something a little more gothic, My Cousin Rachel. I had read Rebecca and enjoyed it very much, and My Cousin Rachel now is one of my favorite in this genre!
“Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself. But the cozy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries – and there he dies suddenly. In almost no time at all, the new widow – Philip’s cousin Rachel – turns up in England. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious woman like a moth to the flame. And yet …might she have had a hand in Ambrose’s death?”
Ooooh – this was so good! It was also fun to watch the movie afterwards.
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
My daughter (now 21) will tell you this is one of her favorite books from her homeschooling days. I finally got around to reading (well, listening actually!) it and it is now one of my middle grade favorites!
Set in 1793 during the Yellow Fever outbreak, we get to know Mattie Cook, whose world is nearly destroyed by the epidemic. I think my favorite thing about this book is the strength of our female heroine, and how she goes against all conventions to fight for those she loves.
Historical fiction is one of my favorite ways to teach history, and I can see why this book is included in so many recommended book lists! I need to read Anderson’s other books.
Jennifer Ryan’s books occupy two slots in my 2022 favorites list, so they must be good!
The Kitchen Front is once again a WWII story about a little thought of topic – food rationing and how it affected cooking in Britain during the war. The radio show The Kitchen Front really existed, and in this book we meet four women who participate in a cooking contest to become one of the next contributors to the radio show.
These four women couldn’t be more different, but through a series of events they come together and the outcome is spectacular!
Not only did I enjoy the story, but I also learned so much about food substitutions and the nitty gritty of food rationing. Delectable!