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Jeremy Poldark

Jeremy Poldark (Poldark, #3)Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s official. I’m hooked on this series! This one, like Demelza, was followed very closely by the TV series. I could “see” the actors in the scenes as I was reading. But it goes deeper – as books do – into the thoughts behind the actions. There are differences, but they are subtle and, I think, only add to the story. The first book, Ross Poldark, was the most different and in parts was a little draggy, but not the next two. Winston Graham seems to have hit his stride in the writing.

 

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Demelza

Demelza (Poldark, #2)Demelza by Winston Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I liked this book even better than Ross Poldark, the first book in the series. That may be because the TV series followed this book more closely, but for whatever reason, it was wonderful. There are differences between the TV series and the books, mostly that the books contain many more characters. And – of course – the books allow us a look inside the characters’ thoughts, which I love. The writing is more old-style than today’s books, but it’s a wonderful read all the same.

 

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Three Little Things

Three Little ThingsThree Little Things by Patti Stockdale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book gets my #1 Best Cover award. Seriously – look at that cover! Endorsed by Debbie Macomber, received a positive review by Publishers Weekly, you can’t go wrong with this one. It’s a lovely WWI romance inspired by the love letters written during that time period between the author’s grandparents. It touches on the prejudice against German/Americans at that time, as well as the upheaval of the war on the home shores. This is the author’s first book, but I’ll be watching for what she publishes next!

 

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Ross Poldark

Ross Poldark (Poldark #1)Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved it! Such a great way to finish off watching the Masterpiece Theater series. There are differences between the two, most notably, there are many more characters in the book version. And – of course – no matter how Winston Graham described Ross, he’ll forever look like Aiden Turner to me. Ditto for Demelza and Eleanor Tomlinson. On to book two!

 

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Above the Fold

Above the FoldAbove the Fold by Rachel Scott McDaniel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Romance, intrigue, and the struggle to find their places in the world. Get swept back into the 1920s with Elissa and Cole. The world is changing, one war ended while other threats loom. Roles are changing too, so when Elissa plans to join the all-male world of newspaper reporting, there are plenty of roadblocks in her way, including a dead body and an old flame. Well worth reading!

 

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All Manner of Things

All Manner of ThingsAll Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given a copy of this book by a friend, so I had no expectations going into it. I haven’t read any books by Susie Finkbeiner before and didn’t even know what genre this was when I opened the cover. (I almost never read the BCC on a gifted book and didn’t this time either.)

I barely remember the 1960s, being born then, but I felt the tug of my earliest memories as I read through the book. It’s written entirely from one first-person point of view, which is not my favorite way to experience a story, but it works.

This is a tough book to review without giving any spoilers, so I’m not going to get into the details at all. If you enjoy a story that tugs at your heart, that examines the dysfunctionality of the family, that centers entirely on one character, and that pushes against the historical norms of society, then this might be your next best read.

 

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America’s First Daughter

America's First DaughterAmerica’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very interesting and entertaining story! Based on true history, there is – of course – quite a bit of filling in between the lines of what is known. But the authors did a great job of keeping the story moving through all the historic bits.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2019 in Book Reviews, Historical Fiction

 

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