February Book Recap
Let’s recap my February reads! I didn’t read as may books this month as I had anticipated. Texas had a massive cold front come through that actually brought snow. In the 25 plus years that I have lived in Texas I think we have only had snow two other times. So, yeah, snow and freezing temperatures. And with that snow and freezing temperatures came the loss of power and water. Our great state simply isn’t prepared for this kind of weather. Personally, we were without power for 36 hours and had no water for about the same amount of time. After the restoration of power and water we were required to boil our water for about a week. Honestly, you don’t realize how much water you use until you have to boil every ounce you use. It was exhausting and I simply can’t concentrate on reading when I’m in crisis mode. So…in the end I managed to read only 5 books in February.
I started the month reading The Gown by Jennifer Robson. This book was released in 2019. Honestly, I’m not sure why it took me so long to read this historical fiction book. The war has finally come to an end and Princess Elizabeth is marrying her prince. The Gown follows two embroiderers from the house of Norman Hartnell who are making Princess Elizabeth’s dress – Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin. A half century later we meet Heather whose recently passed Nan has left her with a box of embroidered flowers. These mysterious flowers lead Heather on a search to learn all she can about her Nan. The story is so beautiful and of course will lead you to all sorts of wonderful research. My favorite part of this book was the descriptions of Miriam’s embroidered artwork.
Next up was Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald. This story was not at all what I was expecting. It was delightful! Joe is a leverman at Grand Central Station in New York City right before World War II. Although this book spans the time just before, during, and afterWorld War II, this is not a war story. This is a story of enduring love no matter the distance or time. In December 1937 Joe meets Nora Lansing. Nora seems to just appear in the middle of Grand Central Station and although it is a cold December day, Nora is without a coat and dressed like a 1920’s flapper girl. During that December day Joe and Nora strike up a friendship, a friendship that turns to love. But…can love be enough to keep Nora from disappearing again? You’ll have to read the book to find out. 😉
You Have a Match by Emma Lord is a young adult novel. This is the second book I’ve read by Emma Lord and once again she did not disappoint. Her books show genuine teenage relationships in unique situations. Most of all her books are joyful! I always find myself smiling while I’m reading her books. One of my favorite elements in her books is the food. I think Emma is secretly an aspiring chef. In You Have a Match you meet Abby who signs up for a DNA service to help her friend Leo. Instead of a simple, you are 38% Irish, 20% German, etc. report, Abby finds out she has a secret sister. The book follows the sisters as they meet at summer camp and try to figure out the secret their families have been hiding all these years. This is a fun-loving, endearing book with a heart warming ending. ❤️
Send for Me by Lauren Fox was one of the Read with Jenna book club picks for February. I don’t typically read the book club picks for all the celebrity book clubs that seem to have blossomed over the past few years. But…this book was a World War II historical fiction book and I simply couldn’t find a book that piqued my interest so…stick with what works. Annelise is the daughter of a Jewish baker in small German town. The story follows Annelise as she works in the bakery, meets and marries her husband, and eventually emigrates to the United States but without her parents. Will she be able to get her parents out of Germany before the Nazis send them to a camp?
Last book of the month was The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly. This book was a woven story told by four different women in three different time periods. Venetia Smith is the designer of the garden in 1907 at Highbury House. Diana is the mistress of Highbury House during World War II. Beth is land girl during the war at a nearby farm. Emma is a garden restoration expert in the present day hired by the now owners of Highbury House to restore the garden to its glory. The garden is designed as a set of rooms with each room having a different theme and plantings. There is a walled garden that has been locked and the key is nowhere to be found. What secrets are hiding in that garden?
So, there you have it, my February reads. I truly enjoyed each of these books this month. I hope you’ll find a book here to inspire your reading adventure. What’s on your to be read list?