Some highlights from the last 3 weeks:
Iceland by Betsy Tobin. LOVED this book - the author combines the myths of Freya and other Norse gods along with historical events like a volcanic eruption and the yearly Icelandic counsel of tribesmen. Really nicely done and incredibly engaging.
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende. I was already a fan of this author, so it didn't take much for me to like this book - I enjoy her writing style. This book is set mostly on the island of Haiti, with some final chapters taking place in New Orleans. Set at the end of the 18th century, it's a story of one of the plantation owners on Haiti, his wife and children, and several slaves. The background are the slave revolts - which prompt the main characters' move to New Orleans eventually. Tons of historical detail and information wrapped up into an engrossing story.
And a note.....Scarlet by A.C Gaughen. This is a retelling of the Robin Hood tale with Will Scarlet as a girl masquerading as a boy. Billed as a young adult read, I thought the premise was intruging, but I'm not really sure it would qualify as a good read for anyone under 17. There are some topics and violence in it I don't think I'd want my middle school kid reading - FWIW.
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