A Theatre for Dreamers by Polly Samson

Worth reading for the island setting only, which I warmed to immediately in Samson’s description, but felt much less for the characters

Give Me Shelter by David B. Seaburn

A story of a boy, his family and friends, navigating loss, anxiety and uncertainty at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Frances Finkel and the Passenger Pigeon by D. M. Mahoney

A nice, heart-warming read about teenager Frances Finkel and her yearning to become a fighter plane pilot in the Second World War

The Ice Barn by Ian Pateman

A tale of a frontier town and the promise offered by gold prospecting – dark, threatening and thrilling, and excellently told

The Adventures of Toby Wey by Gavin Scott

The wonderfully told story of Toby Wey who, from humble origins, has an adventurous, character-filled life surviving by living on his wits

The Importance of Pawns: Chronicles of the House of Valois by Keira Morgan

Just what you want in historical fiction-the machinations of the ambitious, the glamour of the French court, enlivened with great characters

The Truth Together by Kelly Rodgers

A tension-filled historical novel of the Deep South, with characters to love, family relationships, corruption, and the legacy of slavery

Bone Necklace by Julia Sullivan

A contentious piece of American history taken and woven into a well-written and evocative historical novel with vivid characterisation

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

An exceptionally good book, set mainly in Alaska, of exploration and discovery, love and friendship, spirit magic and natives. Recommended!