January 20, 2014

A good time to read

Hello, all, I hope your Monday has gone well so far.

I don't know about you, but often this time of year my thoughts turn to well loved books and a period of re-reading begins. If you like historical fiction and you've never run into the series about the Sprague and Day families by Elswyth Thane you are in for a treat. Although called The Williamsburg Novels, actually in subsequent books they leave Virginia for other places in the world. The story begins with the time around the Revolutionary War in America and finishes soon after the start of WWII in England.

In order the titles are:
Dawn's Early Light
Yankee Stranger
Ever After

followed by:
The Light Heart
Kissing Kin
This Was Tomorrow

finishing with:
Homing

This is a multi-generational saga of two families who intermarry so there are both recurring characters and  younger newcomers to carry the stories along. They are truly addicting, and no doubt I'm not the only fan who was sad she stopped with Homing, leaving a lot of interesting possibilities up in the air. These are books that stay with you peopled by men and women you learn to care deeply about. My set was accumulated at library sales and in used book stores over several years. They are a treasure of wonderful reading. If you've never heard of them, you're in for a treat. 

Do you re-read old books periodically?  Are series, rather than stand alone titles among your favorites, because what reader doesn't always want more, more, more? 

Till next time,
Michele

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CLM said...

I think Thane was satisfied to stop with Jeff and Mab, reincarnation of her first hero and heroine, but of course, I agree - I wish she had continued!