The Revenant author Sonia Gensler’s Reading List

Today, Sonia Gensler, author of The Revenant, stops by to share some book recommendations with us. Thanks to Sonia for taking time away from her trip to the UK to chat with us!

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I’ve been a bit discombobulated lately by overseas travel, so even though I have several books started, I haven’t finished anything recently. However, I still have some great recent reads (all with a historical element) to recommend:

Falling in Love with English Boys by Melissa Jensen

This book will appeal to fans of Jane Austen and the early 19th century, but those who like contemporary “fish out of water” stories will find even more to like. It’s clever, funny, and very romantic.

Chime by Franny Billingsley

Such an unusual and beautiful book! I love the voice of the main character, and the setting and mystery are both quite compelling. There’s romance, too!

A Brief History of Montmaray and its sequel The FitzOsbornes in Exile by Michelle Cooper

These are books for fans of historical fiction set in the late 1930s. The first book, with its eccentric and impoverished family living in a crumbling castle, is reminescent of Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle (which I also recommend highly), but the second is set in pre-war London society. Both books are full of mystery, suspense, and romantic longing.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

This book takes a difficult subject and presents it so skillfully that I simply could NOT put it down. Don’t be daunted by the dark historical context — the story will grab you and not let you go until the very end. Just have the tissues handy!

Right now I’m reading Myra McEntire’s Hourglass and Alyxandra Harvey’s Haunting Violet — excellent stuff!

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