The Enchanted April, Elizabeth von Arnim. Fiction. Classic. This book totally immersed me in the time and place – 1920s Italy in a castle on the Mediterranean Sea. The style of writing evokes the charm of the era (it was the time of “dressing for dinner” and “polite behaviour”), and the descriptions of Italy in Summer are enticing. Book me a trip to Italy!
Simon the Fiddler, Paulette Jiles. Historical Fiction.Music takes a prominent place in this story, adding depth to the picture of post-war Texas, and making complete the character of Simon. I felt the American West come alive in this story.
Fallen Land, Taylor Brown.Historical Fiction. The building of tension as the chase continued made this book a real page-turner, and such vivid descriptions of the setting made it easy to picture the action. And the horse is a hero!