Birthday Book Haul – Romance and Historical Fiction.

Romance (n.): depicting heroic or marvellous deeds, pageantry, romantic exploits, etc., usually in a historical or imaginary setting.

Historical fiction (n.): take place in the past and are characterized chiefly by an imaginative reconstruction of historical events and personages.

Welcome to part 5 of my Birthday Book Haul, which is just a couple random books which happily fall into either the ‘romance’ or ‘historical fiction’ genre. I had previously heard of each book, but had never considered reading any of them. I’m not really that interested in romantic novels that don’t have anything else going on.

This will be a quick one!


The Power of One – Bryce Courtney.

I’ve always wanted to check out a Bryce Courtney book, because my mum’s a big fan. This one is set in South Africa during the 1930s and 1940s. It tells the story of an English boy who, through the course of the story, acquires the nickname of Peekay. An encounter with amateur boxer Hoppie Groenewald inspires him to be welterweight champion of the world. Peekay learns the hard way the first secret of survival and self-preservation – the power of one.



Tim – Colleen McCullough.

I’m not really sure what to think of this book, or if I’ll get around to reading it. It’s about Mary, a middle-aged spinster, who meets a beautiful young man, Tim. He illuminates the darkness of Mary’s days with his boyish innocence.

Is it just me, or just that sound kind of creepy?



The Lucky One – Nicholas Sparks.

I haven’t read any Nicholas Sparks novels before, but I’ve seen a few of the movies based on them. They seem like pretty predictable, romantic, heart wrenching ‘fun’. We’ll see, I suppose.

This one is about Logan, who finds a photo of a woman, which becomes his lucky charm. He eventually seeks out the woman from the photo, and they fall into a passionate love affair (naturally).



So what do you think of this week’s books? Read any of them? Well, next week’s post will be about the couple ‘Thriller’ books I was given. See you then!

– Gabi


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