Historical fiction · Political

Rodham – Curtis Sittenfeld ★★★★

Blurb; From the New York Times bestselling author of American Wife and Eligible, a novel that imagines a deeply compelling what-might-have-been: What if Hillary Rodham hadn’t married Bill Clinton?

In 1971, Hillary Rodham is a young woman full of promise: Life magazine has covered her Wellesley commencement speech, she’s attending Yale Law School, and she’s on the forefront of student activism and the women’s rights movement. And then she meets Bill Clinton. A handsome, charismatic southerner and fellow law student, Bill is already planning his political career. In each other, the two find a profound intellectual, emotional, and physical connection that neither has previously experienced.

In the real world, Hillary followed Bill back to Arkansas, and he proposed several times; although she said no more than once, as we all know, she eventually accepted and became Hillary Clinton.

But in Curtis Sittenfeld’s powerfully imagined tour-de-force of fiction, Hillary takes a different road. Feeling doubt about the prospective marriage, she endures their devastating breakup and leaves Arkansas. Over the next four decades, she blazes her own trail—one that unfolds in public as well as in private, that involves crossing paths again (and again) with Bill Clinton, that raises questions about the tradeoffs all of us must make in building a life.

Brilliantly weaving a riveting fictional tale into actual historical events, Curtis Sittenfeld delivers an uncannily astute and witty story for our times. In exploring the loneliness, moral ambivalence, and iron determination that characterize the quest for political power, as well as both the exhilaration and painful compromises demanded of female ambition in a world still run mostly by men, Rodham is a singular and unforgettable novel.

My Review; This was a different read for me but I thought I would give it a go and I’m so glad I did. I’ve always had a fascination for America and their presidents I don’t know why but I generally do find it interesting. This is fiction but based off true past events. Very political. Personal in parts. Includes Clinton, Obama, Hillary and Trump.

The writing in this story is very small and the chapters are very long but I still devoured it. I learnt a few things while reading it too. Different but I enjoyed it. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Children's · Historical fiction

Lightning Strike – Tanya Landman ★★★★

Blurb; When every day is a struggle to survive…
When the rich and powerful hold all the cards…
Do you accept the way things are?
Would you fight to change them?

Eliza is angry. Angry that her family work all the hours yet never have enough to live on. Angry that conditions at the factory where she and her sister work are so harsh. Angry that no one seems to care.

When Eliza speaks out, her words spark fury among the rest of the workers and the flame of rebellion is lit.

But can one girl really inspire an uprising that will change the world?

My Review; This is a children’s quick read at just 101 pages but one full of impact. It’s set in London in the 1880s and its got such great descriptions throughout I was transported back in time. Its about women standing up for themselves. Changing the work space. Looking after their health and wage. Marches. Strikes. Very bold. Brave. Determined women who come together to change the world. Although it is fiction is it based off true events that actually happened. Uplifting. Hopeful.

Devoured this in just an hour last night. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Historical fiction · mystery · suspense

*BLOG TOUR* The Heretic’s Mark – S.W. Perry ★★★★

Blurb; The Elizabethan world is in flux. Radical new ideas are challenging the old. But the quest for knowledge can lead down dangerous paths…

London, 1594. The Queen’s physician has been executed for treason, and conspiracy theories flood the streets. When Nicholas Shelby, unorthodox physician and unwilling associate of spymaster Robert Cecil, is accused of being part of the plot, he and his new wife Bianca must flee for their lives.

With agents of the Crown on their tail, they make for Padua, following the ancient pilgrimage route, the Via Francigena. But the pursuing English aren’t the only threat Nicholas and Bianca face. Hella, a strange and fervently religious young woman, has joined them on their journey. When the trio finally reach relative safety, they become embroiled in a radical and dangerous scheme to shatter the old world’s limits of knowledge. But Hella’s dire predictions of an impending apocalypse, and the brutal murder of a friend of Bianca’s forces them to wonder: who is this troublingly pious woman? And what does she want?

My Review; I have been with this series from the start and I just love everything about it. It’s historical, it’s mystery, it’s adventure and it’s death. Just wow. I hope there’s more to come. This is book four in the series and it is best to read in order as this one carries straight on from what happened in book three.

These books just take you back in time they’re very descriptive so easy to imagine. It was brilliant to be back with Bianca, Nicholas, Ned and Rose. The Jackdaw is being rebuilt! But Nicholas is on the run to save his life, ofcourse Bianca is with him. They both embark on a long journey to protect themselves from harm but soon find themselves with a stranger alongside them for most of the way. Cue Hella Maas… A stranger character, unpredictable and for me she was scary. You never knew what she would do or say next. She kept me on edge. I was not a fan of her character at all. However, at times I did feel quite sorry for her.

So S.W. Perry has done it again another beautiful cover, another brilliant book! I cannot wait to see what happens next. This is a series I could read on and on and on about and never get bored. Something different genre wise for me. A real page turner, addictive read. Loved it all. Highly recommend this whole series and the newest installment. A well deserved four stars from me. Now I’ve got to wait for the next book… Sigh.

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