Favorite February 2023 Reads

February was a slower reading month for me. I traveled a bit and spent a lot of time editing and pitching my own novel, so it was more difficult for me to fit in reading. I did finish nine books, many centered on my First Ladies focus for the month, Abigail Adams. I did a post all about the books and the corresponding historical sites you can visit – check it out here! Below are my additional favorite books along with historical sites that can enhance your reading!

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Favorite Historical Fiction

Two Wars and a Wedding by Lauren Willig

I really enjoyed this book about a female nurse in two little known late 19th century wars, the Greco-Turkish War of 1897 and the Spanish-American War. Review coming soon to Instagram!

Destinations from Book:

You can learn more about the nurses who flocked to Tampa like the protagonist in the book at an online exhibit through the city’s Henry B. Plant Museum. The museum also has several items in its exhibits about the war. 

In Washington, DC, you can visit the Clara Barton National Historic Site to learn about her time spent as a nurse in the war and the Spanish-American War Memorial at Arlington Cemetery.

The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson

This stunning book about an underground library in London during WWII was a poignant and heart stopping read. Read my review here

Destinations from Book:

Bethnal Green Library, London

You can visit the actual library that was mostly destroyed in the Blitz, leading to its relocation to the unfinished Bethnal Green tube station. Check out this amazing article to learn more about the underground city and to see pictures! 

You can also visit the actual Bethnal Green Tube station and the nearby Stairway to Heaven Memorial to learn more about the disaster discussed in the book. 

Favorite History Nonfiction

The Confidante: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Helped Win WWII and Shape Modern America by Christopher C. Gorham

This narrative nonfiction book was an enthralling look at a woman we don’t know, Anna Rosenberg, and her influence on Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, World War II, and the Korean War. Read my review here

Destination from Book:

To learn more about the decisions Anna was involved in, you can visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. You can also visit the amazing National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana to learn more about her time in defense work (check out this great article!). 

What was your favorite book read in February? 

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