The Girl in White Gloves by Kerri Maher (2020)
Grace Kelly was a Hollywood star, even winning an Academy Award, when she gave it all up for love and became the Princess of Monaco. In this historical fiction novel, author Kerri Maher uses research and her own imagination to fill in the gaps of what Kelly's life was like, from her beginnings as an actress until her untimely death. While I knew of Grace Kelly before I read this book, I feel like I know her so much better now. She was committed to her craft, but was willing to give it up for love and family, at least for a time. The story moves back and forth between her early twenties and her later life, as Princess. I really enjoyed both timelines - I loved the old Hollywood feel and famous names that pop up, and also getting more into Grace's mind about how she felt about being royalty. 4 stars
To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey (2016)
I've had this book on my shelf for awhile now and I finally decided to pick it up. It turns out there was so much to like about this book! In 1885, Colonel Allen Forester leads an expedition into the newly acquired Wolverine River section of Alaska. His group encounters many natives along the way, but there also seems to be a supernatural presence following them. Back at home, his pregnant wife Sophie awaits his return. The story is told mainly through the journal entries of Sophie and Allen, interspersed with news articles and present-day letters between a museum curator and a descendant of Allen's. While Allen's and Sophie's journal entries perhaps felt a bit too literary and wordy, Ivey's writing is without a doubt beautiful. It has an ethereal and haunting quality, and is definitely very atmospheric. I liked the way the book linked the old journal entries with the modern letters as their stories unfold. Sophie's sections move a little slowly, but I really enjoyed her character; she's clearly a woman before her time! 4 stars
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