July 3rd, 2017 · Carole Meehan · Staff Recommendations
Sometimes we just don’t want a book to end. The plights of the characters move us, intrigue us. We become invested in their well-being or their demise. Perhaps we identify with them. Although fictional, seeing how characters manage sadness, loss, love, disaster may help us do the same in our lives. Fiction mirrors real life after all. Reading satisfaction and enjoyment also comes from being transported to a time removed from our present reality and wrought with experiences we will surely never have.
I had the gratification of recommending Jeffrey Archer’s seven volume The Clifton Chronicles to a patron who said even after seven volumes she didn’t want it to end. But end it does.
Here are recommendations for similar historical family sagas:
Wilbur Smith’s Courtney Family saga begins with the birth of twins Garrick and Sean Courtney in South Africa in 1870: 1- When the Lion Feeds 2- The Sound of Thunder 3- A Sparrow Falls 4- The Burning Shore 5- The Power of the Sword 6- Rage 7- A Time to Die 8- Golden Fox 9- Birds of Prey 10- Monsoon 11- Blue Horizon 12- The Triumph of the Sun 13- Assegai 14- Golden Lion 15- War Cry 16- The Tiger’s Prey, published in 2017
Descriptions are courtesy of Goodreads and https://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/listmania/fullview/R390EHDAHM4M9. Other helpful sites for series recommendations are: www.bookseriesinorder.com.
The Harrison Public Library reference book To Be Continued: An Annotated Guide to Sequels by Merle L. Jacob and Hope Apple covers series of all genres published before 1995.