Stay home, read a book is a popular hashtag nowadays. Well, I wouldn’t call myself the hashtag expert, but I’ve seen that one a lot lately. Reading is a wonderful way to spend your time. It takes you far away to magical lands or past kingdoms. Books are your ticket to travel without leaving your home. I have reviewed several books on my website, but today I would like to compile a list of the best indie books.
Indie books are written by independent authors, i.e. writers who are not represented by a publishing house, but who do all the work themselves. If you like to know more about indie authors, you can find more info in the following link.
The reasons why I like to support indie authors are several.
- There are some literary gems out there.
- Indie authors often remain forgotten. It’s true that some make a lot of money of their books, but many are struggling to get noticed.
- Indie authors support each other
- And I’m an indie author too 🙂
So, here we go, my list of indie books that will transport you away from home while safely staying home 😉
Shadow of Persephone, the Story of Catherine Howard, Book 1 – by G. Lawrence
This is historical fiction for Tudor fans. Catherine Howard, the doomed fifth wife of Henry VIII, is in the Tower of London, awaiting her execution. She reflects on her short life, and goes back to her childhood and the events that led her to the Tudor court.
Catherine has always been known as the flimsy, cheating wife, but when she was accused, she continuously denied the charges of adultery. History may have judged her too harshly, and the author agrees with that.
G. Lawrence has written countless books about the Tudor court. She has done much research and she carefully lays out Catherine’s life to the reader.
Despite knowing Catherine’s tragic end, you’ll find yourself wanting to know more about her, find out what really happened. What did she do in her capacities as queen of England during her short reign? Why did her enemies conspire against her to bring her down?
Did you know that Catherine Howard was a cousin of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife who also died by beheading?
With these two books you’ll dive into some Tudor history and read a long overdue account that sheds some light on the people in this young woman’s life and how they led her to her downfall. The author cites a long list of sources at the end of her novel and adds an epilogue with her own thoughts on who Catherine Howard really was, which is a section that is worth reading.
Future Bride – J.G. MacLeod
Scottish highlander from the Middle Ages meets a modern day woman who happens to know karate. How will that turn out?
If you’re thinking Outlander, nope, this one is funnier. History meets humor and a touch of romance. A highly enjoyable read!
Bridget McDonald works in a coffee shop. When she steps into the storage room she suddenly finds herself getting dressed for a wedding in medieval Scotland. Stealing a horse, she escapes the groom, but is pursued by relentless groomsmen. Lost in the forest, she is saved by a gruff Scotsman who has some unfinished clan business with her pursuers.
Now that she finds herself with this mysterious man it is not sure if Bridget is truly safe or if the dangers have only just begun. Caught between two rival clans and struggling to adapt to medieval conventions, will Bridget’s karate skills be enough?
This book is a nice escape from reality, and you won’t even have to fight off all those Scotsmen like Bridget does 😉 If you’re looking for a light romantic comedy with a strong female lead, Future Bride will be right up your alley.
Lucy’s Legacy – Tia Day
This one was a pleasant surprise. If you want a page turner and a whodunit, then Lucy’s Legacy is the perfect fit.
Caitlin Beck is a twenty-one-year-old college student with a dark past she has trouble remembering, due to a complex case of Dissociate Amnesia Disorder.
Despite that, Caitlin’s life seems pretty normal. She’s just moved into the dorms at University, and she’s ready to begin her studies in child psychology.
Her adoptive sister and college roommate, Lucy Capelli, comes along for the ride. Lucy’s parents adopted Caitlin at the age of twelve after Lucy had befriended Caitlin. Lucy was Caitlin’s only friend.
One day, tragic events turn Caitlin’s life upside down again, and her quest for revenge leads her on a journey into her past, a past she is unwilling to face, but is ready to destroy her present. Caitlin has no choice but to see this through until the end.
There, that’s all I’m going to reveal. 😉 This book is a page turner and it will keep you guessing until the end. I don’t want to give anything away, for it would spoil much of your read. If you need a good mystery, Lucy’s Legacy may be perfect to lead you into a labyrinth of secrets and deceit.
I hope that with this selection, you can find a quiet afternoon on the couch, or perhaps on the terrace, with some coffee, tea, or hot cocoa.
I thoroughly enjoyed Future Bride and was enthralled with the love story, reminiscing about the main characters long after I put the book down. Lucy’s Legacy kept me turning the pages to uncover secret after secret. Shadow of Persephone and No More Time to Dance transported me back to the Tudor court, caught in the tragic events that led to Catherine Howard’s murder.
Whether you like history, romance, or mystery, maybe one of them will take you on a journey out of our current situation. We all need an escape sometimes, don’t we?
I’ll make sure to check out other genres for another post. If you’re interested in any of the books, please click on the image of the book, it will redirect you to the Amazon page. 🙂