Najila – Around The World In 80 Books #8

“Najila” by C. J. Illinik is a sequel to another book called “The Tablets of Ararat.” (I haven’t read the first book yet.) In the story, Najila, her Christian father and Muslim grandmother leaves Baghdad to return to Constantinople. Young and spoiled, Najila has only known Baghdad as her home and has no desire to…

Keturah – Around The World In 80 Books #6

I’ve been on a little bit of a Lisa Bergren kick lately. I read one of her books for the first time a few weeks ago and fell in love with her style. After taking an Eastern Caribbean Cruise with one stop at a British West Indies island at the end of January, I knew…

Waterfall – Around The World In 80 Books #5

“Waterfall” by Lisa Bergren is a YA (Young Adult) novel about two teenage sisters who find a portal that transports them back in time to medieval Italy. Though I’m not typically a fan of time travel novels and it’s been a long time since I’ve read a YA book, I was thoroughly captivated by Gabi…

Glamorous Illusions – Around The World In 80 Books #4

The Grand Tour. Oh, to be among the wealthy in the days when parents sent to their children to England, France and Italy to complete their education in luxury, among the world’s finest cities. (Insert swoon here!) Lucky for us, Lisa T. Bergren takes us around the world on this very tour with Cora, a…

The Far Horizon – Around The World In 80 Books #3

After reading the first book in the Macquarie Series, I couldn’t wait to dive into the second, “The Far Horizon.” Beginning in Scotland and moving to Botany Bay (Sydney, Australia – before the country was called Australia), we get to see Lachlan Macquarie remarry, have a child and become governor of New South Wales, the…

By Eastern Windows – Around The World In 80 Books #2

I loved this novel! Never thought I would read something that would make me wish I could time travel back to Bombay, India in the late 1700’s, early 1800’s, but this book did. “By Eastern Windows” by Gretta Curran Browne follows Lachlan Macquarie through his early years in the British Army as he leaves his…