Thursday, July 04, 2019

Celebrate 4th of July with Books!

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you already know how much I loved the two historical novels by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie. I gushed about them both here on the blog and reviewed both of the novels, America's First Daughter and My Dear Hamilton, in glowing praise (my reviews at the links). In both cases, I was hesitant to read the book, thinking I would be bored by a 600-page historical novel, but by chapter two, I was hooked and quickly sped through each of them, left at the end wanting even more!

I wrote about these two novels and their authors in this week's From the Shelf column in Shelf Awareness: The Women Behind the Founding Fathers. Both would be excellent choices this week for celebrating the United States' Independence Day, the 4th of July. These two authors beautifully combine historical details of our nation's birth and development (Kamoie is a history professor) with compelling stories of influential women, and the combination is irresistible.  You can read more about them at the link to my column above.

And, coincidentally, both of these engaging and fascinating novels would be perfect choices for my Big Book Summer Challenge - there is still plenty of time to join! Despite each having 600+ pages, these are both fairly quick reads and would be a great addition to your summer reading.

Happy Fourth of July!


  1. Sound like great selections. I haven't read much historical fiction lately so I should take a look at these.

    1. These are both SO good! And I learned SO MUCH about the Revolutionary period.