The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby
Of course as soon as this was recommended to me by Goodreads (my literary guru) I knew I needed to read it. It tells the fictionalized story of the seamstress who created Jackie Kennedy’s iconic pink suit and how the event shaped the ’60s for her.
I kept hoping the story would take a Julie & Julia-esque tone, and split the story between the seamstress and Jackie, but I was quite pleased by this book and it’s now on my favourites shelf.
The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams
If Beatriz Williams wrote a how-to guide on furniture assembly, I would read it cover-to-cover — that’s how much I love Beatriz Williams. What I love in a Beatriz Williams novel is the undercurrent of mystery, and although Overseas and A Hundred Summers definitely had their mysteries, this one overpowered the narrative so much that I didn’t really care about Vivien, I just wanted to know what Violet Grant’s secrets were.
Victoria’s Daughters by Jerrold M. Packard
You know who had mommy issues? Literally every one of Queen Victoria’s children. My God. I’ve always read about how warped Victoria’s sensibilities were, in that she was utterly and crazily devoted to her husband but didn’t seem to have a matronly bone in her body.
I really only knew bare facts about Vicky and Beatrice, so I really enjoyed reading this to find out about Victoria’s other daughters. As for the historical accuracy, I’ll leave that for someone in the comments to point out.
Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert
The book jacket gave a completely different plot than what actually unfolded, but I enjoyed this book regardless. I’m sure you’ve all figured out that I’m a sucker for historical fiction, especially of the ’50s and ’60s, and Last Night at the Blue Angel takes place in mid-’60s Chicago as the young narrator’s mother is poised on the eve of stardom.
The characters are unique, the story original, and I liked being in Naomi’s head. I would definitely recommend this book.
The Heiresses by Sara Shepard
If I had’ve known that The Heiresses was by the same woman who created Pretty Little Liars, I know for a fact that I wouldn’t have picked it up. I’m not saying that I’m going to start watching PLL, but this was a quick, enjoyable read, unlike most other books I choose.