These next three books all have a theme in common. They describe the history of the city they are set in through the families that live in them. Sometimes the people in the stories hardly meet each other, sometimes it is one big family connected either by bonds or by jobs. I have only read these three so far, but Rutherfurd has done a lot more in the same vein.

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New York

They are huge, almost a 1000 pages each, but not hard to get through at all. Each chapter usually has some struggle that must be overcome, which in one way or the other sheds some light on a much larger event happening in the city at that time.

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My favourite of them all so far was Paris, which is also why I am terribly excited to actually go and visit the city, something I haven’t gotten around to yet. Next spring hopefully.

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There really isn’t much more to say about these books, as of course the story line follows the actual, real world storyline. I will however very sincerely recommend them. They are so exciting, if you like history it’s an awesome way to read about it, and best of all: they get the wanderlust going.

Also on my reading list by Edward Rutherfurd is:
The Forest

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Other recommendations? Share below.

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