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The Royal We

It feels a bit like Royal fever again watching The Crown, so this was a perfect book to read at the same time! The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan felt a little bit like a Prince William and Prince Harry story, except this time William is the one making relationship headlines. And based on my limited research, literature read, and shows watched, there are definitely snippets of truth to some of things in the book. Like the royal family vacationing in Klosters every year, which is included in the book.

The book was entertaining, albeit slow at times. I felt like they could have left out or shortened some parts. Or maybe I am just a more distracted reader this time of year. Either way, I’d still recommend it, especially if you enjoy all things royal or royal-based and with a bit of American flair. I’m planning on checking out the next book in the series as well! Enjoy!


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The Nightingale

I realize I am about 5 years behind in reading this book, especially considering how much I love historical fiction, but better late than never! And since I’ve loved 2 of the author’s other books it comes as no surprise that I loved this one.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is up there as one of the best historical fiction books I’ve read. It’s 1939 and the Germans are taking over France and tearing families apart. One sister, Vianne, tries to keep her head down and survive in the small town she lives in. The other sister, Isabelle, wants to do everything she can to fight against the Germans. And their father, who sent them away as children after their mother died, is working for the Germans in Paris. They all end up taking very different paths through the war but also having similar and shared experiences. It’s a story of love, war, family, and survival at all costs.

This book is intense at times and, as I always say, I cannot imagine how so many people survived that war. Definitely read this one!


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The Glass Hotel

This was book 40 for the year! I may come up short on my goal of 50 but we’ll see what the next 8 weeks holds. I do have 2 weeks off at the end of the year, so maybe I can crank some out then!

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel was ok. I loved Station Eleven when I read it years ago but this one did not have the same excitement. The overall plot was a little dull. The main character, Vincent, goes through life just getting by and eventually is in the right place at the right time to meet someone who sweeps her up into his high-end lifestyle. But that eventually comes crashing down and Vincent has to reinvent herself again. I do like how Mandel weaves characters lives together, paths crossing at different points and for different reasons. And the jump back and forth in time was easy to follow.

If you’re looking for a fairly quick read that doesn’t take a lot of thought, this one might be for you. But if you loved Station Eleven and are hoping for a similar novel, this is not it. This plot is more realistic (actually based on a real life ponzi scheme) and less fantasy. Let me know what you think!