“The Merchant from Sepharad” continues “The Sugar Merchant” series with the travels of Joshua ben Elazar who is tasked with establishing a mercantile presence between Europe and Asia. In a world brimming with political and religious upheaval, Joshua must contend with external and internal forces to ensure his journey’s success.
Author Brent J. Ludwig tackles a plethora of themes “Those Who Would Be King”: deep corruption and power in politics, the tangible and intangible remnants of colonialism, and struggles for democratization in sub-Saharan Africa. This provocative novel helps readers reflect on historical and present issues that have faced third-world countries and, perhaps, recognize the complexities of post-colonialism.
In “Of White Ashes,” Constance Hays Matsuomoto and Kent Matsumoto tell the tales of two individuals and how their lives intertwine during one of the most horrific times in history: World War II. Based on the true stories of Mr. Matsumoto’s parents, this utterly captivating novel represents historical fiction at its finest, and most heartbreaking.
“Not Pink” follows the story of Mary Therese Panos, a troubled young woman caught between her Greek patriarchal upbringing and the roaring counterculture of the ’60s. This hard-hitting but highly readable novel explores Mae’s demons and how she struggles to overcome them. Will she succumb to them? Or will she learn to address them in order to be a better mother for her daughter?
Vera Bell takes readers on a time travel journey through past life regression in “Through the Veneer of Time.” Experience parallel story lines as Siena Forte and Naeve McConway fight for their loves and survive the horror of a terrible enemy in this spell-binding tale. From the bustling streets of Washington D.C. to the rolling Irish hills, this is a story you won’t want to miss.
Here are some of my favorite items on my to-read list for March 2023! I’m excited to share my thoughts on “Pericles and Aspasia,” “Not Pink,” and “The Merchant from Sepharad.” From the rolling hills and crumbling stones of ancient Greece to the political and religious turmoil of medieval Europe and Asia, I’m sure to go on an adventure this month!