I love historical fiction, especially when the details are so enticing that I have to stop to look up types of food, traditions, and locations. Inventing Victoria did not disappoint. It delivered the richly described past of Essie whose family originated from the Sea Islands off the east coast of the Untied States. While it is post-Civil War and slavery has been abolished, Essie, now living in Savannah, can't help but want more than a housekeeping job at the local boardinghouse. When a benefactress takes interest in her, she is swept away to a new world in Baltimore and finds herself surrounded by the African-American elite, like Frederick Douglass. Romance, ambition, family issues and more make this a great pick with a lot to discuss.

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