Spring is here which means its time to throw out that historical non-fiction you promised you were going to read over winter and make room for light beach reads, historical fictions (my favorite genre) and maybe one or two biographies about exceptional people! This is your Spring 2019 reading list, and yes, you have full permission to judge these books by their very beautiful covers.
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The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli
Our protagonist, Raina, finally gives in to let her grandmother play matchmaker but things tumble out of control with a slew of disastrous blind dates and Raina has to figure out how to tell her grandma that she doesn’t want to be in an arranged marriage and shatter her grandma’s dreams.
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
Fixie Farr has been tasked with taking over the family business when her father passes away unexpectedly. By chance, she saves an investment manager’s computer from sheer disaster and he offers her a non-transferrable, never expiring ‘I Owe You’. Fixie never plans on cashing it in until her childhood crush, Ryan, needs a job. She soon uses her IOU to get Ryan a job with the Investment manager which turns into a back-and-forth exchange of IOUs and she soon finds herself in the throes of pursuing her own life instead of living by the rules of everyone else.
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
This public proposal didn’t turn into a happy ending, but who could blame Nikole for saying ‘no’ to someone she has only been dating for 5 months? When a handsome stranger whisks her away from the slew of cameras set out on her, an unexpected romance starts brewing between them.
The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester
In 1940’s WWII Paris, the young seamstress, Estelle, is forced to flee her life in Paris to the safety of NYC. With only her signature gold dress, a few francs, and a dream, she sets out to create a legacy. Generations later, her granddaughter, Fabienne, attends the Met’s annual gala which featured the legacy of her grandmother but Fabienne discovers more than just history of her grandmother’s hard work but of tragedy, heartbreak and family secrets.
Sissy by Jacob Tobia
This heart-wrenching coming of gender story follows Jacob’s story of what it was like to grow up in a Methodist family in Raleigh, NC not quite sure if he associated with being male, female, or something in between. This eye-opening book will give you a new perspective (and a few laughs) at what it’s like to champion the gender stereotype and live a life being you regardless of what was stated on your birth certificate.
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
The true story of this famous Queen which takes you through intricate detail of her marriages to Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony, one of which she waged a civil war on the other she personally had killed. Cleopatra is far more than what notorious authors and Hollywood have portrayed of her. Schiff helps revitalize the dazzling life of the luminous, Cleopatra.