If you enjoy World War II historical fiction novels then you will enjoy The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard. This novels follows the lives of June, Cici, Joe, Sam and their adventures working in the secret city of Oak Ridge, TN. June is young and excited about her first official job. Cici is excited for all the prospective men who just might end up a good husband. Joe is a hard worker, trying to provide for his growing family back in Alabama and Sam is a physicist whose excited about working on their top secret project. How will their jobs affect them? What’s it like to be working for the government and not be able to talk about your life because it just might fall into the wrong set of ears, a spy?
This novel was fast paced, engrossing, funny, intense, fascinating and there are old photos from that time sprinkled throughout which I think gives it a great balance with the fiction of the novel and the reality of the people who worked there. Would I be open to living in a secret city that came with its own movie theater, bowling alley, 24 hr diner and lodging? That’s a tough gig to say, “No,” to.
I received my ARC care of TLC Book Tours from Willam Morrow Books. If you are interested in buying a copy click here. For more information on the author Janet Beard check out her website.
If you could read a novelized imagining of the Prophetess Deborah of the Bible’s life I would recommend Deborah Rising. This novel starts off with the stoning of her sister Tamar. This novel is not for the squeamish as that opening scene is very vivid. This novel is about Deborah and how she goes from being stuck marrying her dead sister’s cruel husband to trying to figure out a way to escape him. Her dead father’s father’s premonition of Deborah becoming a Prophetess and ministering at her family homestead gives her hope. How could a woman become a Prophetess? Follow Deborah on her journey to escape her evil husband and figure out what her true calling is.
If you like historical fiction then I recommend Deborah Calling by Avraham Azrieli. To purchase a copy click here and to connect with the author on his site. I received my free ebook from TLC Book Tours care of HarperOne Publishers. This novel makes me want to read the Biblical account of Deborah over again in greater detail. Thank you for such an incredible read.
The It Girls by Karen Harper is a historical novel about sisters Lucille and Elinor Sutherland. Lucille is the eldest who adores designing clothing for women and Elinor is the younger who loves to write romance. This novel follows their family life, love life and careers. This takes place during the late 1800 to early 1900’s. There are many themes that run throughout this book from relationships to money, to what a woman’s role is. The theme I think that stood out the most is the importance of family. The cover of this novel is gorgeous with an image of what the two sisters may have looked like with an image of the Titanic at the bottom.
This novel is rich in the description of the era that the two sisters lived in. The relationship dynamics are a tad head spinning as it seems both sisters love lives were intense. If you enjoy historical fiction this novel might be just right for you. I received an ARC of The It Girls by Karen Harper for free in exchange for my honest review from TLC Book Tours. To buy a copy click here. If you are interested to find out more about Karen Harper click here. Once you finish this novel I’m sure you’ll want to find out more about Lucille and Elinor.