Welcome to our three to read for this week, y’all! December is the season for joy, family, and new beginnings. It’s also the month when we can look back on our year and see all the shenanigans we were involved in, the drama we went through, and the mistakes we learned from. As a reminder to be better than those who came before us and learn from our history, this week’s three to read theme is historical fiction. Fun bonus: all three picks have strong female leads.
Hot Pick: The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
Have you ever flipped through a history book wondering what the women were doing? Your search is over. This book is all about the true heroes of World War 2: the women codebreakers working at Bletchley Park. The women in this book are truly inspirational; they are the best and brightest of the profession working for no credit to break supposedly unbreakable military codes. Our three protagonists are skilled and ambitious and so easy to fall in love with and I was left wanting to know more. A whole novel about female friendships and found family? Sign me up.
Coffee Shop Read: Libertie: A Novel by Kaitlyn Greenidge
In a world with a million different stores named “Mr. White and Sons”, we can truly sympathize with this protagonist whose biggest dream is to ride a carriage emblazoned with “Dr. Sampson and Daughter”. The story of two women reborn in their freedom from being enslaved, a girl inspired by her mother, and the bonds between family. Inspired by one of the first Black women doctors in the USA, this book is an unforgettable experience.
Dark Horse: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
The story of a woman chasing after the American Dream, this book tells a story of heroism and hope. Our female lead is living in an era that spans the age of abundance and The Great Depression. Follow her as she fights battles that are erased in our history classes in school in this bestselling novel that brings them to life.