This article is part of What Are You Reading?, a series designed to connect readers to people in the community and books they are currently reading. Participants are chosen at random for the interviews, in which they share their latest reads with you, the reader.

BIG RAPIDS — A free online service which connects readers with different books people may like brought Phyllis Grit to the story she currently carries and has almost completed: “A Strange Beginning,” by Gretta Curran Browne.

Grit, who volunteers her time in the Painted Turtle Gift Shop of Artworks, has been working her way through this story about George Gordon Byron, also known as British poet Lord Byron.

Pioneer: Can you describe what the book is about?

GRIT: “A Strange Beginning,” is about Lord Byron. It starts with his youth and the abuse he received from his mother and a maid. It follows him through the years, as he moves to different boarding schools. It talks about his poetry and his disability, a bad foot. It’s been a really good read.

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What drew you to this story?

More or less, because I love historical fictions. I look for books online at BookBub and this story was listed as a free book. Most of the stories I read on BookBub, I end up liking.

Would you recommend this book to others?

I would recommend this. It’s a long book, but it’s a good book.


Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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