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The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. By and large, I read work that can’t easily be categorized in one genre, but historical novels have a special place in my heart. Daisy Goodwin is one of the foremost historical novelists of recent years. Her […]

Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth

Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth

Ken Follet’s acclaimed novel combines historical fiction and family drama. The story takes place in the middle ages, a saga that follows cathedral builders and their loved ones. A thousand pages long, the book is a commitment, but it reads quickly. Follet is a descriptive […]

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler (Book Review)

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler (Book Review)

I knew as soon as I read the back of this book that I had to read it. It’s dangerous going into a book with expectations, but Shotgun Lovesongs met every one– and gave me a few surprises. I loved this book, which follows the different perspectives four friends who grew up in the small town of Little Wing: one became a famous musician, one became a successful businessman, one was injured during his rodeo career, and one stayed to become a farmer. They reunite for a wedding, drawn together by the gravity of their hometown and their history with the one woman who has touched each of their lives. The rural Wisconsin setting is breathtaking, and the characters were likable, but I didn’t feel like I had to relate to them to enjoy their story. It is a peaceful novel about the conflicts, strife, and pleasures of everyday life, filled with wistfulness and memory. Shotgun Lovesongs is a reflection on first love, friendship, and growing older. It is one of my current favorite books, and I highly recommend it.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon Review

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon Review

Diana Gabledon’s Outlander was written in 1991, and my mother read it many year ago when I was just a small child. Currently, the novel is back in the public eye because of its recent adaptation into a Starz® Original Series. The book is pure escape fiction, but nonetheless well-written. […]