Face In A Book Update: "Katherine" by Anya Seton & "Far From You" by Tess Sharpe

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Face In A Book is Off The Book's weekly "currently reading" feature.



Katherine by Anya Seton
This classic romance novel tells the true story of the love affair that changed history—that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family.Their well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. This epic novel of conflict, cruelty, and untamable love has become a classic since its first publication in 1954.
This book was recommended to me as a historical fiction classic - and since I love the genre, I felt like I should finally read it. So far, it's incredibly well-written, well-researched, and while Katherine seems to be a bit of a Mary-Sue, I'm still enjoying it as light and fluffy fiction fare.


Far From You by Tess Sharpe (Disney Hyperion, 2014)
After Sophie Winters survives a brutal attack in which her best friend, Mina, is murdered, she sets out to find the killer. At the same time she must prove she is free of her past Oxy addiction and in no way to blame for Mina's death.
This book first hit my radar because Tess Sharpe is not only a Californian, but a far far far far Northern Californian, like myself. That alone was enough to make me want to read it, but then the rave reviews started pouring in—I've yet to see a bookish friend say anything but good things. And the best part? I am loving it. It's very distinctly Northern Californian, the main character, Sophie, is complicated and challenging and vibrant, and between her character and the murder mystery she desperately needs to solve, I can't help but be reminded of the one and only Veronica Mars. I'm hardly half-way through, but I think it's safe to say: read this book.

What are you reading right now?