2018 WHEN Are You Reading? @SamAnnElizabeth ‘s Challenge – Completed

Way back in January I decided to try this challenge run by Sam Ann Elizabeth 

The complete challenge was to include at least 12 books, one from each of the following eras:

  • Pre 1500
  • 1500-1599
  • 1600-1699
  • 1700-1799
  • 1800-1899
  • 1900-1919
  • 1920-1939
  • 1940-1959
  • 1960-1979
  • 1980-1999
  • 2000-Present
  • The Future

I wasn’t sure if I read widely enough across the timeline, but today my results surprised me. In sections where I’ve read a high volume of books, I’ve chosen a selection of books. Book titles have links to my reviews.

Pre 1500s

Athena’s Champion by David Hair and Cath Mayo – Greek mythology

Brethren by Robyn Young – Knights Templar

Smile Of The Wolf by Tim Leach – Set in Iceland

The Greenest Branch by J.K. Adams – Set in Germany and features Benedictine abbess Hildegard

The Heart Of The Conqueror by G. Lawrence – About William the Conqueror

Daughter Of War by S .J .A. Turney – Knights Templar



The Golden Lynx by C.P. Lesley – Set in Russia


Flood by Ann Swinfen – Set in England’s Fenlands

The Green Phoenix by Alice Poon – Set in China


The Earl And The Enchantress by Paulette Golden – Historical romance

Whales And Strange Stars by Kathy Sharp – Set in Kent


The Tides Between by Elizabeth Jane Corbett – YA tale of emigration

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft by Virginia Heath – Historical romance

From Governess To Countess by Marguerite Kaye – Historical romance

The Dressmaker’s Secret by Charlotte Betts – Features Princess Caroline Of Brunswick

Winds Of Time by Lilly Gayle – Historical romance set in Texas

My Antonia by Willa Cather – Classic American historical fiction set in Nebraska


The Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull – Featuring early women aviators

Call Of The Canyon by Zane Grey – Set in Arizona

The Captain And The Calvalry Trooper by Catherine Curzon – M/M romance set during WW1


Trusting The Currents by Lynnda Pollio – Set in small town America, with a spiritual theme.

The Madonna Of The Mountains by Elise Valmorbida (begins in 1923) Set in Italy


A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton – Family saga set in London during WW2

Never Say Goodbye by Hilary Green – A resistance-themed WW2 drama


Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen (begins in 1962) Set in southern Georgia

Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton – Set in Memphis


Nightfall Berlin by Jack Grimwood – A cold war thriller

Dear Comrade Novak by Silvia Hildebrant – Set in Romania during the revolution

Lucky Star by Holly Curtis – Coming of age story

2000- present

Connectedness by Sandra Danby (begins in 2009) – Story featuring adoption

Lush by Gabrielle Fernie – A true story soaked in gin

The Woman At Number 24 by Juliet Ashton – Set in Notting Hill


Amendments by Hannah Lynn – Set in futuristic Britain

The Afterlife Of Alice Watkins by Matilda Scotney – Mild scifi

If you’d like to join in with the challenge for 2019 check out Sam’s blog post here.

#NewRelease Cultural #fiction My #Bookreview of Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton @cfullerton3

Mourning DoveMourning Dove by Claire Fullerton

4 stars

Mourning Dove is cultural fiction set in Memphis and begins in 1970. It portrays the deep set roots of the Deep South. This is Millie’s coming-of-age story as she is moulded between her close relationship with her brother, and her distant rapport with her mother.

Millie’s early childhood took place in Minnesota, but Posey brought her children back to her own childhood home when she walked out on her alcoholic husband. Posey easily fell back into the social circles of the elite crowd, but Millie and brother Finley began as outsiders. While Finley stretched his wings and thrived, Millie walked in his shadow. Was this due to her shy personality or the expectations of the niche circles her mother moved in?

I thought the author did a good job of describing the glittering socialites of the era and how they performed in public. I also loved all the descriptions of 79 Kensington Park, the Memphis house, and particularly, how they coped in the humidity of summer.

The story is told using a mix of real time and back stories with small hints about the final denouement. The reader is left with some unanswered questions at the end and an epilogue which takes place forty years later. I know little of this era or part of America and was surprised that elements of segregation were still accepted. While Posey was happy to return to the comfort of her upbringing, her children, in particular Finley involved themselves in popular music and later, extreme religion. The gap between the generations widened as both sides tried to understand each other. I thought the book was fascinating, in parts, and believe it would suit readers with an interest in the history of Memphis.

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Book description

The heart has a home when it has an ally. If Millie Crossan doesn’t know anything else, she knows this one truth simply because her brother Finley grew up beside her. Charismatic Finley, eighteen months her senior, becomes Millie’s guide when their mother Posey leaves their father and moves her children from Minnesota to Memphis shortly after Millie’s tenth birthday.

Memphis is a world foreign to Millie and Finley. This is the 1970s Memphis, the genteel world of their mother’s upbringing and vastly different from anything they’ve ever known. Here they are the outsiders. Here, they only have each other. And here, as the years fold over themselves, they mature in a manicured Southern culture where they learn firsthand that much of what glitters isn’t gold. Nuance, tradition, and Southern eccentrics flavor Millie and Finley’s world as they find their way to belonging.

But what hidden variables take their shared history to leave both brother and sister at such disparate ends?

About the author

Claire Fullerton’s Dancing to an Irish Reel (Vinspire Publishing) is a 2016 Readers’ Favorite, and a 2016 Kindle Book Review Finalist. Claire is also the author of Paranormal Mystery, “A Portal in Time,” (Vinspire.) Her third novel, Mourning Dove, is a Southern Family Saga. It was a 2017 Faulkner Society’s semi-finalist in the novel category, and will be released in June, 2018 by Firefly Southern Fiction. Look for her novella, Through an Autumn Window, as one of four in the book The South in All Season’s, to be released in October, 2018 by Firefly Southern Fiction. Claire hails from Memphis, TN, and now lives in Malibu, CA. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Literary Agency.

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