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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 11/25/21 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm reading Tessa Harris's recently published World War II-set story Beneath a Starless Sky; Nathanial Ian Miller's atmospheric novel The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven; and Kimi Cunningham Grant's recent novel set in the remote forest of Appalachia, These Silent Woods.

What are you reading and enjoying these days, bookworms?


01 Beneath a Starless Sky by Tessa Harris

In the newest World War II-set novel by Tessa Harris (author of the Dr. Thomas Silkstone series and the Constance Piper Mystery series as well as The Light We Left Behind), it's 1930 and Jewish ballet dancer Lilli Sternberg is anxious to leave Munich. She becomes heartbroken when a whirlwind romance with a young German army officer, Marco Zeiller, doesn't work out.

Harris winds her tale through Lilli's journey to the United States and her glamorous years dancing in Hollywood--where she rubs elbows with famous figures ranging from Fred Astaire to Prince Edward. Then Lilli's path leads back to Marco, who has in recent years risen through the ranks to work for Goebbels. Now Marco plays a role in potentially terrorizing her family, and Lilli has a choice to make.

If you like World War II-set books, you might also like the titles on the Greedy Reading List Six Great Stories about Brave Women During World War II.


02 The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller

It's 1916, and Sven Ormson has left the bustle of his life in Stockholm for solitude and quiet in the Arctic. In his self-banishment in remote Svalbard, his only company is the haunting, beautiful Northern Lights.

Letters from family and friends get him through multiple winters--until an unexpected visitor changes everything, opens up Sven's world, and shows him a life and a future he could never have imagined or hoped for.

This is Nathanial Ian Miller's first novel.

If you like books set in the unforgiving cold, you might also like the books on the Greedy Reading List Six Books with Cold, Wintry Settings to Read by the Fire.


03 These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant

In the northern Appalachian mountains, Cooper and his young daughter Finch live in complete isolation. They have no running water, no electricity, no family, and almost no connection to the outside world. Which is just how Cooper wants it, because he knows it's the only way they'll be safe.

But Finch is starting to push back, increasingly unsatisfied with their solitary lifestyle. And when one of their tenuous links to essential supplies--and survival--breaks, Cooper and Finch realize they may be in danger greater than they'd ever imagined.

After a stranger wanders near their remote cabin, Cooper's longtime struggle to stay hidden seems increasingly impossible and his secrets feel sure to unravel. This chance encounter could ruin his long-held, desperate plans to keep his family safe.

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