1930s

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When Stars Rain Down

When Stars Rain Down is a lyrical tale of family, friendship and romance. Taking place during the Jim Crow Era South, it celebrates how love can bloom even under the most difficult of circumstances. Due to the setting, there are depictions of violence - both verbal and physical - perpetrated agai ...

B+
The Lady Has a Past

The Lady Has a Past - the fifth book in Amanda Quick’s Burning Cove series - is a fast-paced, lively mystery set in California in the 1930s, full of ambiance and clever plot twists. This is the first book I’ve read in this series, and it can be read as a standalone, but I plan on checking out th ...

B
When Twilight Breaks

I’ve reread Sarah Sundin’s first novel (A Distant Melody) so often that there are parts of it I could quote by heart. What I love about that story, and many of her books since, is that they remind me of the 1950s era WWII movies my parent’s loved. They are sweet, innocent, romantic and revolve ...

C+
The Librarian of Boone's Hollow

The publisher of The Librarian of Boone's Hollow classifies this book as a romance, but I don't agree with this choice. Although love does develop between two of the characters, the dominant story follows the struggles, dreams, and choices of three people living during the Great Depression, as well ...

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The Last Train to Key West

I became a huge fan of Chanel Cleeton's writing in late 2018 when I picked up a copy of Next Year in Havana. Ever since then, I've kept an eye out for her new releases and even purchased a few of her backlist titles. Her writing is deep and affecting, never shying away from tough topics but also man ...

B+
The Last Train to Key West

The Last Train to Key West, Chanel Cleeton’s handsome and engrossing look into life in Key West, Florida, just before the infamous 1935 Labor Day Hurricane focuses in on three different women who end up on the island for disparate reasons, yet manage to make friendships and find romantic relations ...

B+
The Giver of Stars

In 1936, Alice Van Cleve, newly married to the son of one of Kentucky's wealthiest and most influential coal miners, finds herself at loose ends. Life as Bennett Van Cleve's wife is not the fairytale she was led to believe it would be, and she is in desperate need of a cause to lose herself in. So, ...

B-
A Single Thread

A Single Thread is a different sort of love story – the story of a woman’s love for the peace of a cathedral and the order of religion in a world filled with bloodshed and violence. Thirty-seven year old Violet Speedwell is a so-called ‘surplus woman’.  Left behind by the wracking cost o ...

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The Last Train to London

If you read only one book this fall, make it The Last Train to London. I spent almost the entire time I spent reading it with raised blood pressure, gripping my Kindle tightly in anxious hands as I apprehensively turned each page, worried about the characters I had come to love. I sobbed noisily at ...

B+
Memories of Glass

In 1997, the Seinfeld episode called The Yada Yada aired. While this installment is best known for coining the term “anti-dentite” and the use of yada, yada to skip details in conversation, it also takes an intriguing look at religious conversion and the confused feelings such an event creates i ...