I’ve been doing a lot of travel writing lately but feel it’s time to get back to my roots and write some book reviews! I’m lucky enough to be a book-lover who works at a library, so I have plenty of opportunities to learn about great reads. As many of you ask me for book recommendations, here are some of my favorites for 2018.
Dear Mrs. Bird – A.J. Pearce
Set in London during WWII this book is about an adventurous young woman who takes a job as a war correspondent, or so she thinks, but when the dust settles, she finds herself working as an advice columnist for a women’s magazine. Emmaline can’t resist answering letters that her boss has deemed unfit, and so the fun begins. Warm and funny, an eye-opening look at life during the bombing of England.
A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
The author takes us to Russia in 1922, where the aristocratic Count Alexander Rostov, has been condemned to death by a Bolshevik tribunal. Thanks to his popularity and social prominence his life is spared, but the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol Hotel for the rest of his life. As he adjusts to his new circumstances, we get to know this witty and elegant gentleman and the profound effect he has on those around him. (One of my favorites!)
Indigo Girl – Natasha Boyd
Set in the 1700s, this is the story of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, a young Southern woman who must run her father’s plantation when he is called away. To save the family from ruin, Eliza decides to grow Indigo, an unheard-of crop for that area. With help from the plantation workers, she attempts this risky endeavor, but not everyone is on her side. Based on a true story. “Reader’s Choice” winner for Salt Lake County Libraries.