The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini. Set during the Civil War era, this time inspired by the life of “a true Union woman as true as steel” who risked everything by caring for Union prisoners of war — and stealing Confederate secrets.
**Birth of Venus - Sarah Dunant. "Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florentine palazzo.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Incredible memoir of an unorthodox childhood. Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Probably my favorite book to read this year!