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What I Read This Month: February 2017

February 24, 2017

Woo hoo, it’s finally Friday! Hopefully the gorgeous weather we’ve had all week continues into the weekend. I’ve got big plans and they all involve keeping the windows open as much as possible! I may even take a book outside and soak up a little extra sunshine. I actually had a really good book month; what I lacked in quantity, I made up for in quality.

Home Fires Burning by Karen Houppert “As taps echoes across the cookie-cutter housing areas of upstate New York’s Fort Drum, the wives turn on the evening news, both hoping for and dreading word of their husbands overseas. It’s a ritual played out on military bases across the nation as the waiting wives of Karen Houppert’s extraordinary new book endure a long, lonely, and difficult year with their husbands far from home. Houppert, a prize winning journalist, spent a year among these women, joining them as they had babies, raised families, ran Cub Scout troops, coached soccer–and went to funerals.”

I liked this book so much I dedicated a whole post to it.It was really interesting to see just how far we’ve come since the book was written and how much more work there is left to do. I would highly recommend it to all my civilian friends who want a better idea of what military spouses go through. I would highly recommend it to all my military spouse friends who feel like they’re all alone.

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney “She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed―and has not.”

This book was my Book of the Month Club book from January and I really liked it! I wasn’t sure I would at first, but Lillian was a much more complex character than I initially gave her credit for. Lillian was the old lady that I want to be when I’m that age: independent, brave and very sure of herself. She overcame everything in her path and created quite the legacy. Of course in her older age, she struggled with watching the advertising industry change and grow beyond her, proving that inner conflict doesn’t ever really go away.

The Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford “It all begins on a summer weekend in July of 1926 when, for the first time in years, the Earl has planned a family weekend. Everyone is intrigued by the invitation, and everyone has their own reasons for accepting it. As the family members come together, secrets, problems, joys, and sorrows are revealed. And as old enemies come out of the shadows and the Swanns’ loyalty to the Inghams gets tested in ways none of them could have predicted, it is up to the Cavendon women to band together and bring their family into a new decade-and a new way of life.”

I posted before about Cavendon Hall, the first book in this series, which I loved. I was very excited to read the two other books. The second one definitely had fewer Downton Abbey plot points, but it was still very much a page turner.

The Cavedon Luck by Barbara Taylor Bradford “It is 1938 in England, and Miles and Cecily Ingham have led the family in bringing the Cavendon estate back from the brink of disaster. But now, with the arrival of World War II, Cavendon Hall will face its biggest challenge yet―one that is filled with intrigue and romance, sorrow and strife…and will push the Inghams and Swanns to protect each other and the villagers, and reveal their true capacity for survival.”

This was my least favorite of the three books in the series. The plot was a bit slow, but overall it was a good read. I would definitely recommend the entire series.

What have you read this month?

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