Hello again, dear readers. We have finally reached last (official) post of this (endless) series! I must admit to being rather glad that I am done with sharing my summer reading. I throughly enjoyed these stories, all of the books that I read over the summer, but anything related to summer feels rather wrong now, seeing as we are already nearing the middle of October.
And now, without further introduction, let’s jump in!
The Book of Lost Friends – Lisa Wingate | 4 ★ | 2020
After being blown away by Before We Were Yours, I was decidedly disappointed by this book. And I can’t really explain why.
The historical elements of The Book of Lost Friends are detailed and interesting. The characters are rather diverse and quite intriguing. The story wasn’t exactly fast-paced, but it didn’t drag either.
Overall this a solid and well-written book, I simply did not really enjoy it.
And They Called It Camelot – Stephanie Marie Thornton | 5 ★ | 2020
When I picked this book up, I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t have very high expectations, after all the life of Jackie Kennedy seems like one that could easily be turned into a gossipy, trashy novel. Thankfully, I was wrong to expect the worst.
Somehow, Thornton brought each every one of her characters to life. It is difficult to communicate how vivid this story about Jackie is. I was completely absorbed by the story and I was surprised by how painful it was to read about JFK’s death and then Bobby Kennedy’s death as well, after all I have heard these stories many times. But somehow Thornton made it all seem new, painful and suspenseful.
CW: Sexual Content (PG-13)
The Dress Shop on King Street – Ashley Clark | 4.5 ★ | 2020
I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book, but I ended up being surprised by the characters and beautiful pieces of prose.
This book’s premise was very interesting – focusing on a biracial woman who passes as a white woman in the ’40s – and I loved how Clark executed it. The characters were enjoyable, especially Peter (😀) and the story had real depth.
Have you read any of these books? Any thoughts to share?