The Great Saga…

New York by Edward Rutherfurd spans many generations living in this iconic city beginning in the 1600’s all the way through present day. Rutherford is an expert at meticulously weaving historical detail with fiction. The reader will see New York transform before his/her eyes with wonderful description. Filled with tradegy, betrayals, romance, and friendship, this book has a little bit of everything to create a sweeping drama.

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Personal Stories…

The Last Storyteller by Diane Noble, The Night Journal by Elizabeth Crook and The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton all take you on a hunt. As the main character of each book deals with her own present day situations, she is carefully unraveling mysteries and long forgotten stories of her family’s past all while learning more about life and herself. Set in a variety of locations and time periods, each one has its own particular zest and intrigue.

Racial Tensions….

The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Rainwater by Sandra Brown both illuminate the emotions surrounding racial tensions in the early part of the twentieth century. Although rather different in length and depth (The Help is quite a bit longer, but an engrossing read), they both touch a nerve. Each book has uniquely sketched characters that you truly feel connected to and can empathize with. Once you get to know the characters, let the stories take you completely into the heart of what it must have felt like to live in that era.