I’m having fun lining up my summer reading list!  Here are a few of the books I’m looking forward to…

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte — the classic that I should have read by now and will finally get to with the support of my book club buddies.

Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard — a book that I read about in a magazine on an airplane and promptly added to my reading list.

Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland — by the author of the fantastic Josephine Trilogy.

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant — I have yet to read any of the historical novels by this author, but they are right up my alley, and I can’t wait to get started.

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I’m two-thirds of the way through Sandra Gulland’s Josephine Bonaparte trilogy, and I can’t stop reading.  Gulland’s writing has swept me up into the dramatic story of the woman who married Napoleon.  The first book begins with Josephine’s girlhood in Martinique and the trilogy continues through her life in Paris during the French Revolution and her marriage to Napoleon.

The story is told through fictionalized diary entries, so it has the compelling nature of a novel, but the author also includes footnotes that explain the historical context, which appeals to the scholar in me.

I’m delighted that I still have an entire book to soak in before this experience is over!

Visit the author’s website, www.sandragulland.com, to learn more about Gulland and her work.