The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
How Do I Love Thee? by Nancy Moser
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Mozart’s Sister by Nancy Moser –This historical fiction novel tells the story of Nannerl Mozart. I enjoyed learning what it must have been like for Nannerl to be a talented musician yet have to give up the spotlight for her brother, Wolfgang Mozart. This wasn’t one of my favorite books, but it was still pretty good.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett –Very well-written novel about black women who worked in white households in the second half of the 20th century. I really enjoyed this book! The only drawback was the occasional language. As a side note, the movie is good too, but, as always, read the book first!
The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner –The main character in this book, Lauren, is trying to move out on her own after growing up in a wealthy family. She gets a job transcribing an old diary from the Salem witch trials. Throughout the story, Lauren learns the consequences of judging people. Told from Lauren’s perspective, this story was pretty good, and I enjoyed reading it. Towards the end, it was hard to put down!
Fallen Angels (book 1) by Patricia Hickman –This book was a great, Christian novel! It’s about three abandoned kids during the Depression who meet up with a man running from the police. When stranded in a small town, they are mistaken for the new preacher and his kids. Eager for a place to stay and free food, they pretend to be the preacher and kids. They face many obstacles along the way. For example, the new “preacher” does not know anything about God and cannot read. The author did a wonderful job of showing how the character’s attitudes and hearts changed throughout the story. I would highly recommend this humorous and touching book.
Nazareth’s Song (book 2) by Patricia Hickman
Whisper Town (book 3) by Patricia Hickman –Although there is still one more book in this series, I doubt I’ll read it. Book 1 (Fallen Angels) was amazing! I definitely recommend it! Book 2 (Nazareth’s Song) was pretty good; it started slow but got better. Honestly, I was very disappointed with book 3. I felt like Hickman was trying to find ways to add excitement and a thrilling plot, but it didn’t quite work for me. Not to mention the romance in the book was rather nauseating. Anyway, read book 1, but you don’t necessarily have to read the rest of the series.
Masquerade by Nancy Moser –Set in the late 1800s, this book is about a British girl and her maid who decide to switch places as they land in America. Suddenly the girl finds herself penniless and without a home while the maid has the chance of marrying one of New York’s wealthiest young men. I really enjoyed this book and the author’s Christian perspective.
Fireflies in December (book 1) by Jennifer Erin Valent –This is the story of a 13 year old girl during the depression. The book focuses more on the racism of that time period instead of the depression. I really enjoyed reading it!
Cottonwood Whispers (book 2) by Jennifer Erin Valent
Catching Moondrops (book 3) by Jennifer Erin Valent –Megan and I have been waiting for this book to come out ever since we finished reading book 2 (Cottonwood Whisper)! We were so excited to read it! Although I still think the first book was the best, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It is full of danger, mystery, romance, and great characters! Set during the Great Depression, the story tells about Jessilyn’s love for Luke, hatred of racism, and belief in God. I highly recommend this well-written Christian novel. Once you start reading it, it’s hard to put down!
Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin –I started this book a while back but didn’t have time to finish it because of school. I picked it up again and although the first part had been kind of slow, towards the end I couldn’t put it down! This book is about three sisters moving from Sweden to America during the the late 1800s.
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Potan
Winter Passing by Cindy McCormick Martinusen
The Chosen by Chaim Potok –In this book, Potok describes the friendship between two Jewish boys in America during WWII. Although this wasn’t one of my favorite books, I found learning about different Jewish cultures interesting.
Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn –This book describes one day of Ivan’s life in a prison camp. I found the story interesting, but not one of my favorites.
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque –Remarque, who fought in WWI, describes the horrors of war in this story told from the perspective of a German soldier. I found it difficult to put this book down!
My Antonia by Willa Cather –”My Antonia” describes life on the prairie. I thought the first half of the book was a little slow but once I got into the story, I really enjoyed it. I also loved Cather’s descriptions of Nebraska!