Fictionophile’s AUGUST 2021 Reading Wrap-Up #MonthlyWrapUp

In the past month I’ve read TEN novels.

I enjoyed every one of them, some more than others of course.

Margreete’s Harbor” by Eleanor Morse

This was one of those novels that I just knew would become one of my all-time favorites. It touched my heart with its eloquence.

The characters were so authentically and vividly portrayed that I felt I knew them – and shared their lives.

The Maine setting added greatly to the narrative and is one I’ve come to appreciate. The eye-catching cover drew me in, and I’m so, so glad it did.

Many, many themes were covered within the pages of “Margreete’s Harbor“. Marital relationships, fidelity, dementia, parenting, hurt, homosexuality, what it means to be a family, and life – glorious, messy life. The book eloquently portrays the complicated intricacies of married life.

“You can’t take bad things back. Not as a person. Not as a country. It becomes part of who you are.”

Set from the mid 1950s to the late 1960s, in addition to being a narrative about a decent, complicated family, this book also incorporated some pivotal events in American history. The civil unrest in the South, racism, the Vietnam war and the draft, the assassination of President Kennedy, the speeches of Martin Luther King, etc.

I highly recommend this wonderful novel to those who enjoy well executed literary fiction that is character focused and includes more than a little history. A wonderful read!

I feel very lucky to have access to so many wonderful books. All the books above are reviewed here on the blog if you want to take a look.

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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11 Responses to Fictionophile’s AUGUST 2021 Reading Wrap-Up #MonthlyWrapUp

  1. Carla says:

    This one sounds quite good Lynne. My library doesn’t have it, but I will keep looking. I am glad you had a good reading month. I hope you are feeling better and almost recovered. Happy September. When do you close up your cottage for the year?

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    • We usually close up the cottage mid October. We haven’t been there much this summer for various medical reasons. Right now I’m waiting to hear if I have to have another surgery in the very near future. So the autumn is a crap shoot. Thanks for all your support Carla.

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  5. Sounds good. I asked for the ARC but was denied. I have it on my wish list, though.

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  6. Carol says:

    This sounds good!

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  7. Karen Odden says:

    I’m intrigued by this one, Margreete’s Harbor, as I’ve been seeking historical novels that handle racism with some nuance and care. I’m just finishing writing a book set in 1870s (my usual period) that includes Black Britons and a political economist who has just returned home from Africa, having been on Henry Morton Stanley’s first expedition–and I’m finding myself a bit cautious … wanting to be sure I handle this theme with sensitivity. Thanks for the recommendation.

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