Just in time for spring reading, take a look at these five page-turning novels (and lovely covers). If you’d like to “page through” the opening chapters, click on the covers to read an excerpt of each title. I’ve also included a bonus “fun fact” from each author regarding a bit of research trivia that worked its way into the novel to give you a glimpse into the writing process. Enjoy, readers!
Playing the Part
Jen Turano: “Washington Square Park, where Mrs. Abigail Hart resides in her completely proper brownstone in Playing the Part, lies on top of thousands of bodies. That area of New York City was once a potter’s field, but when someone decided it would make a lovely spot for the military to practice their drills on, instead of relocating the bodies, they were simply buried and landscaped over. Houses were eventually built on top of some of those bodies, and that’s where the bodies remain to this very day.”
Beverly Lewis: “Amish women can bake 8-10 pies simultaneously in their ovens. Which means one busy woman can supply the 40 pies necessary to feed one church district at the common meal, following Preaching service, as Martie Zook does (with her sister Lucy’s help) in The Atonement.”
Tracie Peterson: “As I wrote A Treasure Concealed, I did careful research on gemstones, particularly in the setting of the novel, Montana. Sapphires can be found all over the state, but the only place in the world where Yogo sapphires are found is in the central area of Montana. These are particularly beautiful sapphires that generally have a cornflower-blue color, although there have been darker Yogos and even violet colors.”
Julianna Deering: “Part of the mystery of Dressed for Death involves drug smuggling. Back in the 1930s, as now, there were people more than willing to profit from the import and sale of cocaine. In today’s society, we get a very mixed message about drug use. In real life, the consequences are often far-reaching and long-lasting. Meanwhile, drug smugglers and dealers grow rich off their hopelessly addicted customers. In any era, it’s a tragedy.“
Siri Mitchell: “The title of Flirtation Walk refers to a path along the northeastern edge of the West Point military reservation that overlooks the Hudson River. It has a reputation as West Point’s ‘Lover’s Lane’ and is just as popular now as it was in the nineteenth century. It’s strictly off limits to visitors, however; in order to walk that lovely path, you have to be escorted by a cadet.”
Just for fun, we’ll have a giveaway on the blog—your choice of one of these five titles! To enter, simply comment below with an answer to this question: what is your favorite part about the coming of spring? Winners will be notified by a response to their comment by noon Central on Monday, March 7.