April was pretty hectic around here. I didn't have a lot of reading time, but I managed to read 3 books. Somehow (and completely accidentally) All three I read took place somewhere I have lived. Not sure how I managed that, but it made them fun. 
The Great Alone
by Kristin Hannah
This was one of my Book of the Month picks from February. Wow. This book was hard to put down. I finished it in under 24 hours. I hate to give too much away before you read it. But, the book is set in the Alaskan Bush. We lived in Alaska for about 3.5 years. We absolutely loved our time there. This book made me thankful that we lived in the Anchorage Bowl rather than the bush. It was excellently written and captivating. You found yourself hating certain characters and loving others. I'll leave you with my favorite quote from the book (& I had actually heard this phrase there!) Pg 38:
"I never found another man worth having. You know what they say about finding a man in Alaska - the odds are good, but the goods are odd."


The Night the Lights Went Out
Karen White
I saw this one at Costco. I was drawn by the cover and the title (Reba McEntyre, anyone?) I was a cute read. It took me a couple of weeks to finish. Not because it was difficult to read; it just happened to be the book I was reading when it was hectic! The book takes place in an Atlanta suburb. Having lived in the Atlanta area, I got a lot of the references The stories of life in the southeast rung true and brought me amusement. The plot of the story was not challenging to guess. I figured it out pretty early on, but it was still fun to read. 


Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate
Wow. I don't even know where to begin. The book takes place in couple of locations, in different time periods. Memphis, Tennessee in the 1939 and South Carolina, present day. Though the characters are fictional, the focus of the story is based on the true story of the kidnapping and selling of children from poor families in Memphis, Tennessee. I grew up in Memphis and had never heard this story before. It was a heartbreaking tale and beautifully written. I had not heard of Lisa Wingate, but I will definitely be looking for more of her books!