Revealed by Tamera Alexander -- I read book 1 in this series so I needed to read the final two. This one had a few characters from book one, and told the stories of Annabelle Grayson and her brother in law Matthew Taylor as Matthew took her to her husband's land in Idaho.Remembered by Tamera Alexander -- This book was about a lady from France who came to the Colorado Territory in search of her father who had left Paris decades before. Véronique hires former trail-man-turned-mining-camp-s
My Hope Is Found by Joanne Bischof -- book three; continued story of Gideon and Lonnie with the characters added in book two - Cassie and the reverend, Toby. An enjoyable series.
Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West by Peter Hessler -- I've enjoyed Peter's tales the last few years. This one had a few familiar stories from past books, but several new things. I really enjoyed the bit about the Japanese organized crime ("All Due Respect" chapter), and the story of his friend from Missouri and later Japan, Jake Adelstein. What a character! I love the stories from when he and his wife move to the US for a short while. They chose Colorado and he told a super-interesting tale about "Dr. Don" the druggist in Nucla. Neat guy! I found his words on page 325 sad because he said small-town Americans were not curious about his story! So different from me, the ever-curious one! I really enjoy Peter's books. I hope he writes a new one sometime about his life in Egypt because last I heard, he and his family moved to Cairo.
Beguiled by Deeanne Gist & J. Mark Bertrand -- I've read a few of Deeanne Gist's book in recent months, and this one was quite different. She teamed up with a suspense writer to create a bit of a different book. It takes place in Charleston and the heroine - or maybe she's the Robin Hood thieving from wealthy clients - is a dogwalker, Rylee. Pretty easy read. I think I prefer Ms. Gist's old-timey books, however.
A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander -- a great follow-up story to the earlier Belmont Mansion book although it focused on Adelicia Acklen Cheatham's niece Eleanor who comes to Nashville in order to put her father in an insane asylum. Eleanor doesn't like to make hair art or potpourri sacks, but gets involved in something rather common for someone in her station: she dares to cook for widows and children in the community! In the book she meets Austrian Marcus Gregory who is in America in order for things to die down back home, and also to live like a common person for a while. An enjoyable story!
Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden -- The story of one of the few female librarians in the Library of Congress, Anna O'Brien notices an error in the historical record of the sinking of a ship that took her father's life. She seeks to correct this mistake only to find people in high places keeping track of her and silencing her. She enlists the help of her life-long friend Neville, and the highly-emotional congressman from Maine, Luke Callahan. Not my favorite Elizabeth Camden book, but fine for an easy read while sitting out enjoying these beautiful February days (feels like spring!)
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen -- another good tale from this author; Margaret flees her household when she overhears her stepfather plotting with his nephew over a way to acquire Margaret's inheritance. Somehow Margaret ends up working as a servant in the house of people she knows - yikes! Can she stay hidden long enough to turn 25 so she can inherit?
Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley -- more of a suspense/mystery book starring Taylor, a victim profiler instructor near Seattle who travels home to Logan Point, Mississippi, to help resolve family disputes involving land, and also to figure out who is stalking her! Why did these odd gifts and photos start showing up when she wondered whatever happened to her father?
A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley -- book two in the Logan Point series; this one follows the acting sheriff, Ben, and the new doctor in town, Leigh, who used to live in Logan Point. They work to find out who is setting fires, shooting at people, and shipping guns to Mexico.
The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan -- The stories of Mary, the town recluse who lives in the marble mansion overlooking the town, and her only friend Father O'Brien plus the newcomers. My mom recommended this book. I like how the author wrote that she thought "it would be interesting and challenging to build a story around a character who is misunderstood or different in some way, and to show that even someone who is seemingly far removed from his or her community may in fact be more special and integral than anyone could imagine." (pg. 376)
In Siberia by Colin Thubron -- another travel adventure with the author; interesting tales!
The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher -- book two of the "Amish Beginnings Novel" series; this one continues the story of the group of Amish who landed in Fort Philadelphia. They travel to settle the land.Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray -- Rosalind leaves her farming family in Wisconsin to travel to Chicago during the World Fair time in order to work at the house where her sister worked before she disappeared.