I finished two books in May, and two great books they were! It’s rare that I rate two books 5-stars back to back! It’s no secret that I am a fan of historical fiction and I do enjoy a descriptive writing style. I like to feel like I am “there” with the protagonist(s). Both these books very much met these expectations.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (★★★★★)
I loved everything about this book. The historical background, the descriptive writing, and heroine Kya, the Marsh Girl. Abandoned at age 10, Kya learns to survive in the North Carolina marsh on her own, taking lessons from nature, and living in harmony with it. But she does have to venture out to nearby Barkley Cove for supplies, and inevitably sparks the interest of two young men from town. When one of them winds up dead, Kya is instantly suspect.
I am a bit of a critical reader and it’s very rare that a book is so neatly structured that I hardly find anything to criticize. There were no loose ends, no eye-rolling moments, nothing that was tied up too conveniently. Even my BIL loved it. Go read it.
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (★★★★★)
This novel is based on true events, the Packhorse Librarian Program that was inaugurated by Eleanor Roosevelt during the Depression in rural Kentucky. Five brave and independent women travel into the mountains to bring books and magazine to those without access to schools. The book touches on many topics, including racism, sexism, and corruptness during these times, but it’s mostly a book about female friendship and the slow but steady revolt against a system that is (still) run by men. The characters were intriguing and well-developed, and I felt so invested in their journeys. I highly recommend it.
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