Reading Wrap-Up April 2018
I'm linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy's Quick Lit to share some of the other books I've been reading.
I recently finished watching the final season of Turn: Washington's Spies and wanted to learn more about Peggy Shippen Arnold so I got a copy of Treacherous Beauty. Contrary to the story told on Turn, there's no evidence of a love affair between Major André and Peggy. It seems she was quite devoted to Benedict Arnold.
It was also interesting to read how hard George Washington took Arnold's betrayal. "'Arnold betrayed us,' Washington said quietly. 'Who can we trust now?' Showing the papers to Lafayette, he surrendered to 'an ungovernable burst of feeling, fell on his friend's neck and sobbed aloud.'"
When I was browsing through the available fiction on NetGalley, The Portrait of Molly Dean caught my eye because of its cover. It's so striking. It took me a little while to get into the story, but once I did, I was hooked. The story alternates between 1999 when Alex, the art dealer, finds the painting, and 1930 when Molly is the subject of the painting. I didn't realize until I finished the book that it is based on real events—the unsolved murder of Molly Dean.
I don't read them very often anymore but I adore family sagas. The Rich Are Different begins with Paul's story as the family patriarch. Each person in his immediate orbit gets a chance to share his or her point of view as the story progresses. The characters are sometimes sympathetic but then usually do something not very likable. The story is set in the 1920s-1930s and goes back and forth between London and New York.
Thrillers are my favorite genre of fiction, but it's also the one where I have the highest expectations. I've read 4 or 5 other thrillers over the past month, but Friend Request is the only one that I liked. Louise gets a friend request from a former friend and classmate who died while they were in high school. How does a dead woman send a friend request and why does Louise feel so much guilt about Maria and her death?
What have you been reading lately? Please let me know in the comments. I'm always looking for books to add to my TBR list.
*All books were my own purchases except for The Portrait of Molly Dean. I received a free digital review copy via NetGalley.*