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Subject: August Historical Fiction --- any new books???
Date Posted: 8/1/2017 5:12 PM ET
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Imagine me being the first to post --- usually always way behind.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 8/2/2017 8:45 AM ET
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I am reading The Witch Hunter :: Virginia Boecker

It is a YA book and loosely associated with the historical persecution of witches in Europe. It is an interesting read.

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Date Posted: 8/4/2017 6:56 AM ET
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I started reading The Alice Network: A Novel :: Kate Quinn

Two time period book 1915 and 1947, really good.

I finished Witch Hunter and liked it a lot.

Date Posted: 8/4/2017 2:16 PM ET
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I am reading something about a women's college in Connecticut in 1896 --- murders are happening on the campus.  "Dangerous & Unseemly" by K. B. Owen, main character is Concordia Wells.  Suffragists appear to be involved in the murders, but I think not.  It seems pretty true to period, with men being total asses about women going to college, being a professor, etc.  Also the psychology that any of these professional women cannot be married!!!!  There are 5 in the series and they are $3.99 on Kindle right now.

Date Posted: 8/4/2017 5:42 PM ET
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I finished The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.  It was a very well written book about a very difficult subject, slavery.  I did really enjoy how the author made the underground railroad a reality, not just a concept but it was a tough read.  I think that up next is going to be Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.  I believe this book has received several good reviews here on the forum.



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Date Posted: 8/8/2017 10:07 AM ET
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Cheryl:  I've just checked The Underground Railroad out from the library.  Glad to read your comments.  Thanks so much for sharing.  Also starting The Lake House by Kate Morton.



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Date Posted: 8/8/2017 12:27 PM ET
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REK:  It's certainly well worth a read.  I know The Underground Railroad received a lot of hype when it was first published; mostly well deserved I think.



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Date Posted: 8/9/2017 7:11 AM ET
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Last night I started the new Beatriz Williams book Cocoa Beach 

The book is set between 1917 and 1922. Very good so far. I have enjoyed her other books.

Date Posted: 8/12/2017 1:24 PM ET
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After reading two very excellent but very tough and depressing books I've decided to lighten things up a bit.  I have started The Nonesuch by the wonderful Georgette Heyer.  Her books are often just the thing to read when you need a complete change of scene!

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Date Posted: 8/13/2017 4:22 PM ET
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I finished a really good Historical Mystery Deadly Wedding by Kate Parker. Set in 1930 England and Vienna. Good background on WWII.  I liked it better than book 1 in the series.

Alice

Date Posted: 8/13/2017 4:50 PM ET
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Ready to start The Underground Railroad.  Finished The Lake House, which rated 3.5 stars for me.  The plot was convulted and interesting.  I liked the characters but I felt it dragged in places.  In addition, I sometimes felt like it was a string of short stories about people who become connected in the end.  It's full of coincidences that sometimes seem unreal.  However, if you liike this author you will probably enjoy it.  Give it a try.

Date Posted: 8/14/2017 10:52 AM ET
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Alice --- I stayed up quite late last night to finish "The Alice Network" by Kate Quinn.  It was very enjoyable and I would recommend it, especially to anyone who is interested the history of the World Wars.  I think my next paper book will be "Watery Grave", book 3 in the Sir John Fielding series.  I started a modern day book on Kindle last night, "The Conviction" by Robert Dugoni.  It is a Kindle Unlimited  book and I need to read it and get it return so I can catch another one I saw recently.  I almost always have my 10-book-limit filled up!!!

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Date Posted: 8/15/2017 6:16 AM ET
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I started a new Historical Mystery yesterday A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt. It is first in the series. Set in 1907 New York.  Our main character Genevieve is a psychiastrist.  Good so far

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Date Posted: 8/18/2017 3:05 PM ET
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I finished The Whiskey Sea by Ann Howard Creel. Set in Northern NJ during 1920s prohibition. Book centered around family issues and rum running. I would have liked to see more around history of rum running than family angst. It was an okday read.

 

Date Posted: 8/20/2017 1:13 PM ET
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I'm reading another Maisie Dobbs book, Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear.  I have the feeling that this one is going to be very dark in tone and subject.  I did finish The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer a few days ago and I think I have to rate it right near the top of my favorites of her novels.



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Date Posted: 8/20/2017 9:01 PM ET
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Cheryl --- Wish I could remember which is which of the Maisie books!!!  My brain is such mush --- I read them and then promptly forget which was which.  Somewhere along the way there is "dark" one or two.  I finished every single one --- there was one which was actually a struggle to finish.  Since I cannot remember which, I will not spoil it for you (hee hee).

Date Posted: 8/24/2017 4:05 PM ET
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Does anyone remember a reading challenge of several years ago, in which one of the categories was to read books from different time periods?  The first time period was pre-historic.  I read Daughter of the Red Deer by Joan Wolf which both Kelly and I really enjoyed.  I just finally got around to reading the sequel, The Horsemasters.  It's set several generations later, in appoximately 11000 BCE, as the tribes are just realizing that horses can to tamed to ride.  I'm grateful for that reading challenge since it propelled me to read these two wonderful novels.

Linda

Date Posted: 8/24/2017 10:51 PM ET
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Yes Linda, I read both of those for the same challenge and enjoyed them.  I think there might even have been a third book in that series. Ah yes, I believe The Reindeer Hunters is the third one.



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Date Posted: 8/25/2017 10:04 AM ET
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Thanks, Cheryl.  I just requested this third book.

Linda

Date Posted: 8/25/2017 12:33 PM ET
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I enjoyed all three books but I think the first one was the best!  I'm currently reading The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman.  It's written in a rather different style, there are 3 "voices"; a young woman, a young man and the narrator.  It's very interesting.



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Date Posted: 8/27/2017 3:22 PM ET
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Not a new book but I am reading another mystery by Charles Todd, A Long Shadow.  Rutledge is haunted by war experiences focusing on a friend.  While he investigates his cases, someone is targeting him too.  Only half done but it's quite interesting.  Also into The Chameleon by Sugar Rautbord.



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Date Posted: 8/30/2017 6:44 AM ET
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I am reading Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon. It is selection of short stories from the Outlander series. Not a huge short story fan but a few are interesting to me.

Alice