Wow.. I am so behind on my Goodreads Challenge you guys! With trying to move, staying in both houses, having all sorts of problems… I just haven’t had the time to read like I usually do! So, this blog post will definitely be short and sweet, lol.. Here is what I read in July!
Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran – When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest. India is fractured and divided into kingdoms, each independent and wary of one another, seemingly no match for the might of the English. But when they arrive in the Kingdom of Jhansi, the British army is met with a surprising challenge.
Instead of surrendering, Queen Lakshmi raises two armies – one male and one female – and rides into battle, determined to protect her country and her people. Although her soldiers may not appear at first to be formidable against superior British weaponry and training, Lakshmi refuses to back down from the empire that is determined to take away the land she loves.
Told from the unexpected perspective of Sita – Queen Lakshmi’s most favored companion and most trusted soldier in the all-female army – Rebel Queen shines a light on a time and place rarely explored in historical fiction. In the tradition of her best-selling novel, Nefertiti,and through her strong, independent heroines fighting to make their ways in a male-dominated world, Michelle Moran brings nineteenth-century India to rich, vibrant life.
What I thought: I enjoyed this book, I didn’t think I would but it surprised me. The perspective of hearing it told from Sita was nice. It was interesting reading about her upbringing and how she grew through the book.
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon – It began at an ancient Scottish stone circle. There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past—or the grave. Dr. Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once but twice.
Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became a legend—a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child. Her second journey, two decades later, brought them together again in the American colonies. But Claire had left someone behind in the twentieth century—their daughter, Brianna….
Now Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the circle of stones and a terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she is risking her own future to try to change history … and to save their lives. But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past … or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong….
What I thought: Well, what can you say, it’s another Outlander book.. ha! I wanted to read up to the point that the shows are at, so I stopped here. This is another reason why I am so behind in my Challenge, these books aren’t short! I did like reading about Brianna traveling to get to her mom, especially after watching the show. Reading ahead does not interest me for some reason with this series, I would rather watch it first. Usually that is the other way around for me!
That is what I read in July! I am hoping I can catch up a little bit, but I have a feeling I won’t be meeting my Challenge goal this year! 🙁