Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier

I've wanted to read Cold Mountain for a while, but I waited until I was finished with my Ella Wood trilogy so it wouldn't be influenced by other works of Civil War fiction. Since I’m no longer concentrating solely on middle grade or young adult literature, I thought I'd throw it out here. It is the … Continue reading Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier

The Aviator’s Wife, by Melanie Benjamin, 2013

This is primarily a children's literature blog, but every now and then I read an adult book worthy of mention and clean enough for older teens. They're usually historical fiction. That is the case in The Aviator's Wife. It is the story of Anne Lindbergh. I read this one last December during my flight to Savannah. … Continue reading The Aviator’s Wife, by Melanie Benjamin, 2013

The Light Between Oceans, by M. L. Stedman

And finally...the review you've all been waiting for...ahem...my Number One Historical Fiction Pick of 2016! (Now a major motion picture, which I am going to watch tonight!) Maybe this was my favorite because it's the most recent one I read. (Like, I just closed the back cover before I composed these four posts.) It's also … Continue reading The Light Between Oceans, by M. L. Stedman

The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, 2015

My third place historical fiction pick of 2016... This is the one that started me on a historical turn this year. I grabbed it along for spring break road trip and it ruined every other book I brought with me. The rest simply couldn't compare. It is adult fiction, not young adult, with a bit … Continue reading The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, 2015

The Beloved Daughter, by Alana Terry

READERS' FAVORITE, 1ST PLACE GOLD MEDAL GRACE AWARDS, 1ST PLACE WOMEN OF FAITH WRITING CONTEST, 2ND PLACE BOOK CLUB NETWORK, 1ST PLACE BOOK OF THE MONTH INDIEFAB FINALIST, RELIGIOUS FICTION I don’t rave about books very often, but this one blew me away. I’ve familiarized myself with some of the inhumane activities going on in … Continue reading The Beloved Daughter, by Alana Terry

The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd

This book isn't exactly children's literature, though it is appropriate for a young adult audience. I'm featuring it today because its subject is so incredibly intertwined with that of my latest book, Ella Wood. In fact, The Invention of Wings was recommended to me by two of my blog readers after I began sharing snipets of … Continue reading The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd

The Fault in our Stars, by John Green

I'm going to tackle a major pop phenomenon by reviewing John Green's story of star-crossed cancer patients almost a year after the movie came out. And my opinion will probably differ vastly from the scads of teens who flocked to theaters and as well as the confirmed "Nerdfighters" dedicated to the 2012 book. The Fault … Continue reading The Fault in our Stars, by John Green