Looking for you next great read? See what the Newfields librarians are reading and loving this month…

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh

An angel is buried behind the abbey! It’s 1347, and Will, an orphan boy, lives and works as an apprentice of the Crowfield monks. Sent into the forest to gather firewood, he stumbles across a trapped, wounded creature no bigger than a cat. The little goblin shares a terrible secret: Buried deep in the snow behind the monastery is an angel. But, Will wonders, how can an angel die? And what does this angel have to do with the history of Crowfield? When two cloaked strangers show up and start asking questions, Will is drawn into a dangerous world of Old Magic.

This is a lovely creepy book with wonderful characters. Will discovers he has the Sight, an ability to see what isn’t apparent to most of us—misty creatures inhabiting our world, some good and some dreadfully evil. I just wanted young William, fragile Brother Snail and wounded Brother Walter to have safe happy lives and instead they are surrounded by the strict world of monks and entangled into a terrible plot that will undo all that is good if they do not cooperate.   

I enjoyed this book and now I’m reading the second in the series, The Crowfield Demon that promises to be even more intense than the first. 

This book is available in our J FIC collection.  For middle grade to young adult readers. 

-Cori C.

The Magnolia Palace, by Fiona Davis

Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, returns with a tantalizing novel about the secrets, betrayal, and murder within one of New York City’s most impressive Gilded Age mansions.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Davis does an excellent job weaving together two historic time periods—the Gilded Age and the 1960s. The pacing is well-measured and keeps you wanting to know more. The characters are loosely based on real people, adding more depth and dimension to already fascinating portraits. I particularly enjoyed spending time in the Gilded era, and observing the transitional period where class divides began to muddy, and the age of great households with the upstairs family and downstairs help started to dissolve into the modern era.

If you like historical fiction, this one is a treat. I am excited to read more of Davis’ work.

This book is available to check out from the library collection.

-Brittney T.