~ window of Barnes and Noble, 5th Avenue, New York City ~
The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah (on Kindle): I loved, loved, loved this story and whipped through it over a few evenings. I think it’s the first time I’ve read a novel where you might consider the setting (no spoiler: it’s set in Alaska) to be a character in its own right.
“Set in Iceland and Algiers in the 17th century, The Sealwoman’s Gift reimagines the true story of a pirate raid on one of the tiny Westman islands, in which a pastor, his wife and their children – along with half their island and many others – were abducted into slavery. Captive in an alien Arab culture, the pastor’s wife meets the unravelling of her identity and the least bearable of losses with the one thing she has brought from home: the stories in her head. Until one day she is faced with an impossible choice…”
I’ve never been to Iceland and knew absolutely nothing about its history, but I loved this story. It’s well written, the characters are believable and the landscapes of Iceland and Algiers are drawn beautifully.
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (on Kindle): This book. Heart-rending, and all the more so because you know it’s based on real-life events. Think of similar scandals from the last 50 or so years – the Magdelene Sisters and the British Home Children – and you’ll wonder anew about how these events were allowed to happen.
The Note by Zoë Folbigg (on Kindle): If you’re looking for a fun and light read, then this fits the bill. (It was certainly a welcome change after Before We Were Yours.) Maya falls in love with a guy she sees every morning on her commute into work. He seems oblivious of her existence … until she gives him a note asking him to meet for a drink.
I think March was the first month ever where everything I read was on the Kindle. I have, however, no plans to give up ‘real’ books …