Recent Reads – January 2019

Today I’m linking up with the Modern Mrs. Darcy to share what I’ve been reading lately. This is one of my favorite link-ups and I love seeing what everyone else has been reading. If you want to stack your TBR up super high, go check out her comments!

Many of you know that my reading has been sparse recently, but I still have a few that I’d like to share with you!

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

Many of you have heard of the Inspector Armand Gamache series by now and I am a BIG fan. This one, set in a secluded monastery in Quebec, is my favorite so far. It has many of Penny’s hallmark gifts: she describes food in such a way that I froth for weeks thinking about it and she has a knack for capturing human behavior and motivation in thought-provoking ways.

If you started this series but didn’t enjoy it, I would encourage you to pick up the third book, The Cruelest Month, which is where Penny really hits her stride with the characters and themes in these incredible mysteries.

His Majesty’s Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal

I’ve also been enjoying the Maggie Hope series lately. This is the third book in the series. Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, the first installment, was an exciting run through WWII London. Complete with inheriting an old Victorian from an unknown grandmother, code breaking friends, double agents, and plenty of spies – it had so much of what I love about WWII novels.

His Majesty’s Hope is somewhat darker than the first two. Maggie Hope is now a spy in Hitler’s Germany and is rubbing shoulders with all of the elite Nazis. We also meet new German characters who are involved in The Resistance as they see the heartbreak all around them.

Those are my highlights from the last month or so. How about you? Do you have any recommendations for me? Or have you read anything by Louise Penny or Susan Elia MacNeal? What did you think about them??


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