3 Exquisite Historical Novels + A Whole Lot More

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Calling all voracious readers!  I've got so much bookish stuff for you this month.  
🠊 2 things I'm learning

🠊 3⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ historical novels 

🠊 7 superb Kindle deals 

🠊 6 links to explore.  

Settle in somewhere comfy, put your dainty feet up, and let's begin.

I'm learning two things.
1.  Know your favorite authors, keep an eye out for their next release, and then get the title reserved on your library request list ASAP.  It was so much fun to be one of the first in the Cape Cod's Clams Library system to get hold of today's four featured books.  I'm usually the last one to read something hot off the press.

2.  It doesn't work to quickly page through a non-fiction reflective, instructive, or devotional volume like you would a piece of great fiction.  Finely written novels transport us to another time, another place that keep the midnight oil burning as we hungrily devour its chapters, reading from cover to cover.  

But we often need to press pause on a non-fiction work so that we can take a breather and process what we're discovering about ourselves, about faith, about issues that matter, and subjects that deserve our attention.  To figure out what we value, what we believe, and what we want to do about it.

We live our lives in an online culture where we can't help but compare our number of yearly reads to our neighbor's.  That reality hasn't done us me any favors.  I'm finally learning to honor each book's unique personality and give time and space to words that beg to be savored, not inhaled.  

You'll find an assortment of 'savorable' faith-stretcher Kindle deals toward the end of today's post.


'In The Secret Book of Flora Lea, I wanted to tell a tale in a mystical landscape that echoed with the enchantment of storytelling, a story of sisterly bonds, and first naive love, of innocence lost and maintaining hope against all odds.  I wanted the girls to live in a magical land of both their imagination and of nature ... But most of all I desired to tell a tale that might ring with these words by Mary Oliver: 'Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.'
With love and imagination,
Patti Callahan Henry (p 349)


'An epic story that spans continents and generations, Homecoming asks what we would do for those we love, how we protect the lies we tell, and what it means to come home.  Above all, it is an intricate and spellbinding novel from one of the finest writers working today.'

A great big doorstop of a book, lose yourself in this perfect summer multi-generational read packed with mystery, mother-daughter dilemmas, hauntingly beautiful landscapes, and surprise twists and turns.


'California, 1938—Seventeen-year-old Rosanne swore to her dying mother she’d reveal to no one that she sees unexplainable flashes of color when she hears sounds. When she not only breaks that vow but in a moment of abandon ends up pregnant, she is sent to a place where so-called inherited “flaws” are not tolerated. 

Vienna, 1947—Helen, who spent the war years as a nanny witnessing the same kind of thinking at its absolute worst, returns home to California and learns what really happened to the girl she long ago befriended at the family vineyard, soon discovering that while the war had been won in Europe, there are still hard battles to be fought at home.'

Not your typical storyline, Susan Meissner's uniquely captivating Only the Beautiful is a riveting and compassionate work set in a disturbing time frame.



C.S. Lewis

Ordering Your Private World
Gordon MacDonald

Chuck Swindoll

Lysa Terkeurst


Philip Yancey


Jean Wise

Joel Miller

Barbara Lee Harper

Joanne @ Slices of Life

What's in your beach-y bookbag this summer?  And what's your book club reading in the next few months? 

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