On the Reading Front | A Writer of History

Did Covid have an effect on your studying? It actually affected mine. Throughout 2020, no matter what I selected, I couldn’t settle in to learn and as I reported that 12 months in my annual 12 months of Studying publish, I had extra DNFs than books I accomplished. 2021 was an enchancment and 2022 has been fairly prolific with 22 books learn thus far.

As followers of A Author of Historical past may think, about 80% are historic fiction. I assumed I might share some standout reads.

By Her Personal Design by Piper Huguley is the triumph of a girl whose expertise and willpower challenged a system that was meant to maintain Black People of their place. Piper Huguley’s characters are fantastically rendered, the dialogue sparkles, the pacing is great as is the weaving collectively of the completely different timelines in Ann Lowe’s life. You’ll actually be transported in time and place. You’ll be able to learn extra right here.

The Final Rose of Shanghai by Weina Dai Randel tells the story of a younger Chinese language heiress and a penniless Jewish refugee who fall in love and face tough decisions and nice sorrow because the warfare unfolds.

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell swept me away to the life and occasions of William Shakespeare. The story options Shakespeare’s spouse, youngsters and oldsters and the problem dealing with the well-known playwright as he tries to stability his love and obligation to his household together with his profession and the curiosity of Elizabeth and her courtroom.

The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Publish by Allison Pataki stored me turning the pages as Marjorie’s life unfolds alongside along with her relationships with 4 completely different husbands.

Whereas looking at my bookshelves sooner or later, I observed The Postmistress by Sarah Blake – a novel I actually loved. What else has she written? I questioned. That query led to The Visitor Ebook and a totally fulfilling learn.

The Diamond Eye, Kate Quinn’s newest novel, is fabulous. My husband and I listened to it as we drove house from Florida. The narrator was additionally wonderful.

Summer time Island by Kristin Hannah was an actual page-turner. Girl on Hearth by Lisa Barr was quick paced and really partaking. The Mannequin Spy by Maryka Biaggio is a singular have a look at WWII espionage in Italy. Stunning Day by Elin Hildebrand is a pleasant learn. Souvenirs from Kyiv by Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger is a should learn given what’s happening in Ukraine. I wrote about it earlier.

What am I studying now, you ask? Voices within the Lifeless Home by Norman Lock and Resort Portofino by J.P. O’Connell.


M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel is THE ADMIRAL’S WIFE, a dual timeline set in Hong Kong. Mary’s other novels, PARIS IN RUINS, TIME AND REGRET, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from AmazonNookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on FacebookTwitter and Goodreads or on her web site www.mktod.com.