- Only the Stones Survive Morgan Llywelyn
I read this book in a day and a half. I couldn’t put it down and before I knew it, it was after midnight. I thought this was a wonderfully imaginative book, exactly what I was looking for. Like many of Llywelyn’s books, Only the Stones Survive is based off Irish myth and legend. Fleeing from drought, the desperate Gaels leave their homeland towards a rich mythical island. Legends say the island is full of gold and infinite riches. However, the island is already inhabited by multiple magical species and ruled by the Tuatha De Danann, a fairy people that live and communicate with nature. The ensuing story is one of conquest, struggle, and magic. I loved this book and wanted to reread it right after I finished, but instead I am going to read Llywelyn’s Druids novels.
- The Book of Madness and Cures Regina O’Melveny
The title of this book sounds more exciting than the story actually is. An Italian woman studying to be a doctor is obsessed with finding her father. Her father left 10 years ago to travel around Europe and complete his book of medicine. Without her father she is desperate, lonely, and unable to continue her practice. She follows his letters in hopes of finding him. At times, her obsession with finding her father borders on incestuous. Her journey was boring. I was hoping for a story full of adventure and travel but nothing very exciting happened. Despite hoping to finish the book as quick as I could, I struggled finishing it because I was so uninterested.
- The Fever Tree Jennifer McVeigh
If you’ve ever seen the movie Out of Africa then you’ve read this book. Don’t get me wrong it was a good book. A naïve, sheltered English society girl loses all she has and is forced to marry. But on the voyage to her new husband and new life in Africa, she falls in love with another man. She throws away all optimism for her marriage and hopes this more successful man will throw everything away for her. Nothing is how she imagined her life would be and she struggles with that through the whole book.