The first book I finished in June was one of my favourites of the month, The Sultan’s Wife by Jane Johnson, the story of a slave at the court of Sultan Moulay Ismail in 17th century Morocco. I loved the setting and was fascinated by what I learned about life during the Sultan’s reign.
Moving back in time to 15th century England, The Adventures of Alianore Audley by Brian Wainwright is a parody of the Wars of the Roses narrated by a young woman who works as a spy for Edward IV and Richard III. And I also read two more historical fiction novels which I haven’t had time to write about yet. The first, Lion of Alnwick by Carol Wensby-Scott, is set in the 14th century and is the first in a trilogy telling the story of the Percys, one of the most powerful families in the north of England. The other book, The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, is a Tudor court novel by Sandra Byrd told from the perspective of Juliana St John, a lady-in-waiting to Henry VIII’s sixth wife.
Another book I read in June was The Bull of Mithros, the latest in Anne Zouroudi’s series of Greek Detective mysteries. I haven’t read any of the previous novels in the series but would like to read them at some point. I also enjoyed Every Secret Thing by Susanna Kearsley, a suspense novel in which a journalist travels to Portugal to investigate a World War II murder mystery.
The only book I was slightly disappointed by was The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay. I liked the Cambodian setting but found the characters difficult to identify with. And finally, I read Wonder Girls by Catherine Jones – I should be posting my thoughts on that one in the next few days.
So, June was a good month for me overall as I enjoyed most of the books I read. I’m hoping July will be even better – and I’m also hoping the weather might start to improve soon! June has been so wet and miserable here, with the worst day being last Thursday when we had one of the most dramatic thunderstorms I’ve ever seen. So many of the roads were flooded that it took me nearly four hours to drive home from work, a journey that usually takes twenty minutes!
How was June for you?