Another month has gone by and it’s already time to wrap up my reads for the month! I know it’s not quite the end of February yet (one more day to go) but I will have a full schedule for the next few days, so the wrap up of February reads starts now!
My February Reads
DAWN ON A DISTANT SHORE BY SARA DONATI
Dawn on a Distant Shore is the second in a series, starting with Into the Wilderness. It follows the Bonner family, Elizabeth and Nathaniel, as they navigate the politics and hardships of living in the newly minted country of America not long after the Revolutionary War. This second novel takes them on a journey to Scotland, where they have to fight to keep their freedom and their family safe from the machinations of a distant, but powerful, relative.
Donati writes in detailed, lush, prose, and the characters are charismatic and fascinating. I will definitely be continuing with this series.
A MIDWINTER’S TAIL BY BETHANY BLAKE
A Midwinter’s Tail continues the misadventures of pet sitter Daphne as she stumbles onto yet another dead body. I was drawn to this cozy mystery series because of the cute animals, of which there are plenty, and continued because of the engaging characters and the amusing residents of Sylvan Creek, the small town where these mysteries take place. If you’re looking for a light, cozy mystery read, this is the series to start with.
THE STARS IN OUR POCKETS BY HOWARD AXELROD
What intrigued me about The Stars in our Pockets was the backstory of Howard Axelrod: after enduring an eye injury in college that has left him blind in one eye, Howard spent a few years living in isolation in rural Vermont. His return to “civilization” was akin to culture shock. In The Stars in our Pockets Axelrod explores the impact of the digital age and digital devices on our sense of place, self, and our awareness of our surroundings. His musings run the spectrum from amusing to deeply philosophical, and whether you agree with him or not, you can not deny that makes some good points.
He has also inspired me to be more aware of my own use of social media and my interaction with digital devices and how they effect me.
LOVE LETTERING BY KATE CLAYBORN
I wanted to read a romance for Valentine’s Day, and I am so pleased I chose this one. The main characters, Meg and Reid, are both flawed and perfect in a realistic way, and their romance intriguing (and of course it helped that Reid was swoon worthy).
I’d recommend this romance to anyone who likes the art of hand lettering, realistic characters with realistic problems, and a sweet, likable romance.
THIN ICE BY PAIGE SHELTON
Thin Ice drew me in with the premise: Beth Rivers, after escaping from her kidnapper, flees to a small town in Alaska, where she finds another mystery waiting for her. Throughout the book, the specter of her kidnapper looms, and lifts the tension, even as the present mystery takes some of Beth’s attention. Unlike other small towns where the setting is cute and amusing (and generally safe), small town Alaska is a place where nature and the wildlife are almost as dangerous, if not more, than any potential human threats.
ALONE IN THE WILD BY KELLEY ARMSTRONG
The last book I finished for the month, Alone in the Wild is the fifth in the Rockton series. This has turned into one of my favorite series’. Set in the wilds of the Yukon, Rockton is (another) small town where all the residents are fleeing from one thing or another. Some are fleeing from true danger; others are fleeing from retribution for their crimes.
In this, the fifth installment, Casey and Eric find a baby next to a dead woman in the woods. While trying to solve the mystery of the murder, Casey and Eric also have wade through the ethics of whether it would be safe for the baby to return to the parents, whoever they are. This was an intriguing entry in the series, and I hope there is more to follow.