What I’m Reading This Week: Return to Blue Heron, Ah! Karen White!, and New York in the Gilded Age

April 28, 2017

I have a confession to make. I went to the library. I know. I know it’s dangerous. I know I said I would never do it again. But I mean, come on. There are so many books! And they let you take them home. It’s even better than a puppy store! So here’s what happened this week in reading..

Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins

I’ve mentioned on this blog before my love of Ms. Higgins, but I must say, I love her Blue Heron novels more. LOVE. I would use the emoji of the smile face with hearts for eyes here if I could. It’s that kind of love. This book was no exception. It took us back to our lovely town of Manningsport, which I think I love so dearly because it reminds me exactly of the town I grew up in. I especially took to this book because I grew up in a family business, a small resort on a lake in upstate New York. Just like Colleen and Connor’s bar in this story. So for a moment, while I was immersed in Colleen and Lucas’s story, I was home. Put this in your bag as you head to the beach this summer. Trust me.

The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White

I only just started this one, probably a couple of chapters in, as I’m listening to it on audio on my runs. But I really only need to say – AH! KAREN WHITE! Again, if you follow this blog, you will know of my love affair with Karen White. And so, I, of course, used this month’s Audible credit to download her newest book. I’m enthralled. Already. Like right now. There is so much going on in the first few chapters that makes me go, oh, this is going to be good. And the cover? The cover just makes me drool! Check this one out, folks.

Mrs. Astor’s New York: Money and Power in a Gilded Age by Eric Homberger

Big warning here: This is a research book I’m reading for my ongoing work in progress women’s fiction series set in Gilded Age New York City. Do not read this if you do not like dense, dry books on history. But as a historian and a historical women’s fiction writer, this book is better than chocolate lava cake. (But only because it won’t make me fat.) I love the Gilded Age for many reasons, and that’s why I’m so excited to be working on a series set in the time period. Especially New York. New York was going through so much so quickly. It’s like a cross-section of all the upheaval of the time period crammed into a major metropolitan city. This book goes into great detail of the social changes happening in the city at the time, and let me tell you. It was better than a soap opera. Especially when it comes to Mrs. Astor. Or as I should say, the Mrs. Astor. For real. She had the the added to the front of her name on her calling cards just so people knew who they were dealing with. If you want a good look at Gilded Age society in New York, take a look at this.

Your turn  – what are you reading this week?

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