A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly This book was a lovely period piece set in 1906, in a farm setting. This book is very educational about life on a farm, and how destitute life was in the 1900's. Although the author jumps forwards and backwards in the story from chapter to chapter it makes the story all the more interesting to read. It is based on a true murder mystery and the author took an interesting approach on what might have happened. The descriptions of how poor life was back then really makes me appreciate all the things I have. I know it is cliche to say "I couldn't put it down", but this really is a book you will want to keep with you from beginning to end. The build up of the characters really struck some emotional chords for me. Few books are able to make you really step in and feel what the characters feel, but this goes above and beyond. It makes you rally for the main character Matilda (Mattie) Gokey. I would strongly recommend this book for a winter read. Curl up by the fire, and delight in this beautiful coming of age story.