I grew up reading lots of fantasy but haven’t read as much recently. The new book For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten however really intrigued me as my favorite fantasy stories were based on folktales or had a folktale vibe. Red is the first Second Daughter to be born in centuries. First Daughters ascend to the throne while second daughters are destined for Wilderwood and the wolf. Red finds things are different than expected and she must learn to control her power and the gods or they will destroy her world.
I’m not sure This Shining Life by Harriet Kline is a beach read, unless you don’t mind crying on the beach. Ollie and his family are trying to deal with the loss of his father to brain cancer. Ollie is just eleven and finds the world around him difficult. No one can help him figure out how to deal with grief so he takes comfort in believing his father left a puzzle for him to solve that will explain it all.
A Most English Princess by Clare McHugh is a novel of Queen Victoria’s daughter who sought to rule and bring enlightenment to her subjects. Follow the story of young Vicky from being the apple of her father’s eye, her reign in Prussia to her final months.
Kristin Higgins is quoted on the cover of Lost in Paris by Elizabeth Thompson saying she “…adored this book.” A mother and daughter must reunite to uncover the secret life of a family matriarch after the deed to an apartment in Paris turns up in an old trunk.
It feels like there are lots of titles being published with missing children. Maybe I’m just more aware at the moment. Lucy Atkins joins the trend with Magpie Lane. Felicity, the 8 year old mute daughter of an Oxford College master, goes missing. Police turn to the nanny Dee for answers but what is the whole story and can they find the young child.
We have several members of the community seeking to use herbs and plants we often call weeds. They will find the new book The Healing Garden: Herbs for Health and Wellness by Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals a very useful guide to growing, gathering, drying and preparing teas, tinctures and remedies.