Richard Sharpe and the French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809. This book has many elements that add up to a rollicking good read: a mysterious strongbox, exciting battles, a dash of romance, a country in search of a miracle. For those unfamiliar with Sharpe, he is a fictional British officer in the Peninsular War that took place on the Iberian Peninsula between 1807 and 1814. Sean Bean played Sharpe in the TV series that was made from Cornwell's books, and I was pleased to discover the Sharpe of this book was much less of a heartthrob and much more of a hardass than Bean portrayed him. It may be a fiction, but the story actually made 19th century British military history a little more accessible to me. I'll be reading at least a couple more books in the series for sure.