★★★★★ Dressed as a boy Vasya is on the road, traveling away from home where her dead father lies buried, his death her fault. When she encounters a village burned down by bandits, she decides to help, but in her attempt she gets stuck in a web of lies as she tries to hide the fact that she's a girl from the Grand Prince of Moscow and the rest of the court. All the while other strange things are happening and time is running out..
★★★★☆ Janna has lived her entire live trying to find moments to escape the confines of her close minded village, especially in the last year when she's been grieving. Only in the woods and under the stars does she feel free and at ease. But when the sky turns read warning the people of Skane that there's a plague coming, Janna is forced to flee her village when fin fear they turn against her to try and save themselves..
★★★★★ Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father isn't a very good one. When the winters get colder, the Staryk closer, and her mother sicker, she lets her heart grow cold and does what her father cannot do. Soon she is making more money than they've ever had before, and she's able to turn silver into gold. But when the Staryk overhear her boasting in the winter forest, she's up for a challenge that might end in her death..
★★★★★ Mila and her siblings live alone in the forest after her father has left them five years ago - right when the winter came and never left again. Then one night a fur-clad stranger comes to their door, asking for shelter for himself and his men. The next morning, Mila's brother, Oskar, has left. Mila is convinced he's been taken, and sets out to save him.
★★★★★ Willa Jackson tries to live a quiet life, an adult life, working in her own shop and doing laundry in the evening, just like her Dad would have wanted it. The only thing she allows herself is looking at the progress of the restoration of the Blue Ridge Madam, the building that was once her family's pride but because of a scandal no longer belongs to them. Then one faithful night, she meets one of her old classmates by chance, and Willa's quiet life is not so quiet anymore, forcing her to deal with her past and allow herself to have a future.
So there's been a bunch of books that caught my eye in 2018, but that I never managed to read, and I wanted to sum them up so I won't forget them, and maybe finally get to them in 2019!
"Great' writers were so obviously supposed to be male, and not anyone's aunt." This new telling of the story of Jane's life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the places and spaces that mattered to her. It wasn't all country houses and ballrooms, but a life that was often a… Continue reading Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley
These are the books that stayed with me, that I still think about often. It's a mix of books I've read for the first time this year, have reread.
★★★★☆ When Olivia Rawlings--pastry chef extraordinaire for an exclusive Boston dinner club--sets not just her flambeed dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to the most comforting place she can think of--the idyllic town of Guthrie, Vermont, home of Bag Balm, the country's longest-running contra dance, and her best friend Hannah. But the getaway turns into something more lasting when Margaret Hurley, the cantankerous, sweater-set-wearing owner of the Sugar Maple Inn, offers Livvy a job. Broke and knowing that her days at the club are numbered, Livvy accepts. But little does she know yet that this decision is about to change her life forever.
I love presents, and I love Christmas, so Christmas presents are one of my favorite things in the whole world. So this week's TTT topic is perfect! I know that it's already Christmas day by the time I post this, and most places will already have done presents, but my family always does them in the evening. Honestly, it isn't tradition to exchange gifts at Christmas in my country, only some do this but it's quite a new development. My family has been doing presents at Christmas since I was a teenager, because it's just fun, and we do it in the evening, so I still need to see what gifts I got! So here's a list of books I'd be very happy to get tonight! Let's get into it 🙂