Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where The Crawdads Sing

I just finished Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens this past weekend.

WOW!

I first heard about Where the Crawdads Sing through Reese Witherspoon’s book club, Hello Sunshine and I couldn’t resist starting it myself.

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This books got me. In a similar way that the Great Alone by Kristin Hannah did, even though the stories are quite different. In both, you really fall into the setting and the world of the main character. You want them to be okay, you are not sure they are going to be, and you want things to end well for them.

Where the Crawdads Sing is about the marsh in North Carolina and the girl who grew up there alone. This book is a beautiful story about humans, nature, and survival. This book is quite emotional but worth the journey.

Where the Crawdads Sing will draw you in the world of the characters, keep you guessing about what really happened to a local hero, and have you empathizing with the Marsh Girl and what she has been through.

Where the crawdads sing

The marsh itself is a character of its own and the author does an amazing job describing not only the landscape but the animals that live there. You will almost feel like you are actually there, in the marsh, with the “Marsh Girl” and the other characters of the novel.

Written by Delia Owens, this is a must read and could end up being my #1 fiction pick for 2018. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel and I am looking forward to reading more of her books in the future. She writes beautifully and is able to tell quite the story with engaging characters that make you never want to put the book down.

Have you read Where the Crawdads Sing? What did you think?

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Really Good WWII Historical Fiction to Add to Your Reading List

Really Good WWII Historical Fiction to Add to Your Reading List

Really Good WWII Historical Fiction to Add to Your Reading List

There is something about WWII Historical Fiction that draws me in. There are so many books to choose from and each one gives us a slice of life during that time. Some of these books are harder to read than others and some will have you in tears wondering how all of what you read could have really happened. When we read World War 2 historical fiction we find ourselves connecting to the characters, wondering what we would do if we were in their shoes and showing compassion for any of the pain they have felt because of what they went through.

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Here are some really good WWII historical fiction books to add to your reading list:

1. The Nightingale This book by Kristin Hannah will take you to France, Paris and the French Countryside during the war. The story is about two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle and what they go through during those years. Their relationship and what they had to do to survive during these times.

2. Lilac Girls This book is the first by Martha Hall Kelly. The book takes you through the point of view of three women during the war and the aftermath. Caroline Ferriday is a New York socialite, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager and Herta Oberheuser, a young German doctor. As the story progresses, all three stories intertwined once Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the Nazi concentration camp for women.

3. Secrets of a Charmed Life This book by Susan Meissner takes you to England during the Blitz. The story goes back and forth between Kendra Van Zant, an American student in modern day England and fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree in the early 1940s England. The story is about the choices that Emmy makes and the relationship with her younger sister Julia.

4. All the Light We Cannot See– Anthony Doerr wrote this one and I will warn you that it will take some time to get into the book. It is the story of Marie-Laure, a blind girl living in France and the orphan Werner, living in a mining town in Germany. The story spans the years leading up to the war as well as the time during the war itself.

5. Sarah’s Key- Written by Tatiana de Rosnay, Sarah’s Key is probably the saddest WWII Historical Fiction book you will read. The story goes back and forth between Sarah, a 10-year-old French-born Jewish girl, and Julia, an American married to a French man living in modern day Paris. In July 1942, Sarah is arrested by the French police along with her mother and father as a part of the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup. But to save her brother she locks him in a hidden cupboard assuming they will be able to come back for him soon after. The story takes us through Sarah’s journey as well as Julia’s as she learns about what happened in Sarah’s apartment.

Have you read any of these books? What WWII historical fiction books have you read?