The books which I have read recently are linked by their settings: all three of them are set, either wholly or partly, in the past. From North Carolina during the First World War to Philadelphia in the 1940s and Kentucky in the 1930s, these books cross many different times and places.
The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan (click on the author’s name to go to their website).
The Engagements is an absorbing novel which spans a century and delves into the lives of five diverse characters who are connected by a common element: love and marriage. For a full review, click here: The last book I read.
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
This is a stunning debut novel from Julie Kibler. It alternates between racially segregated Kentucky in the 1930s and Kentucky in the present day. Isabelle is a young white girl who falls in love with a black man, the son of the family’s housekeeper. Inspired by true events, Calling Me Home is an enthralling, moving novel.
The Cove by Ron Rash
Ron Rash is an excellent storyteller, weaving together a gripping yarn. One of his other novels, Serena, is on my current list of books I want to read, before the movie adaptation, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, is released this fall.
The Cove is the story of an impoverished brother and sister, Hank and Laurel Shelton, who live in a cabin near the shadows of a cove in the Appalachian mountains. They have been struck by misfortune in the past and rejected by their neighbours who believe that the cove is cursed. When Laurel finds a stranger in the forest one day, a stranger who cannot talk, their lives begin to change irrevocably. The Cove is a compelling novel with a shocking twist at the end.