For the first book in the Ticket to Read challenge, I’ve selected a book that takes place in a destination I’d like to visit: The Mistresses of Cliveden: Three Centuries of Scandal, Power, and Intrigue in an English Stately Home
As a fan of Downton Abbey, The Crown, and similar Netflix series, and as one who loves a good biographical novel, I want to visit the great houses in the United Kingdom. This book will suffice until we actually return to Europe. What’s not to like about scandalous, powerful women, and the intrigue that automatically surrounds them? Painted against a backdrop of a luxurious home which was avant-garde in terms of architectural style for its time, these stories are likely to entertain as well as inform. I’m very much looking forward to the “three centuries of misbehavior” that went on within the walls of Cliveden.
This book is a fictional account of a true story – a shipful of Jewish citizens fleeing Berlin to escape the rise of the Nazi power. They were loaded on a transatlantic cruise ship and headed for Cuba. Unfortunately, when they got to Cuba, only a small number were allowed to enter the country.
I had not recalled this happening, so in addition to the family saga related in the novel, it was a reminder of a part of history that I had forgotten.
Spoiler Alert: The ship was forced to return to Europe both the U.S. and Canada refused to accept these Jewish refugees.
I didn’t love the book, I felt like it jumped around too much and left me floundering trying to figure out what was going on, but I liked the story of the refugees and the power of family.
I chose this book for a place I’d like to visit – Cuba, where a good deal of the story took place.