Category Archives: Book reviews

What we’ve been reading

becoming queen cover2 October 22

Becoming Queen by Kate Williams

This book compares the lives of Princess Charlotte and Princess Victoria, focusing on the period where each needed to fight free of a mosquito cloud of courtiers and relatives

A story dreamt long ago

A story dreamt long ago by Phyllis McDuff. There always was distance between mother Bettina Mendl and daughter Phyllis McDuff even when they were sitting right beside each other. Bettina was a master of evasion. Phyllis’ questions always went unanswered and she never was quite sure just who indeed her mother was and why she […]

maze runner October 21

Maze Runner

Maze Runner by James Dashner Post by Fiona from Southport Library. Maze Runner is a must read for lovers of young adult post-apocalyptic novels. It follows the exhilarating journey of sixteen year old Thomas as he finds himself in an unfamiliar world which is known as ‘The Glade’. Thomas and the other ‘Gladers’ know nothing […]

Damage

Damage by Felix Francis. Felix Francis has a 40 year history of working with his famous father Dick Francis, assisting with the great thrillers which are set in the British horse racing world. Damage is the fourth novel which Felix has written on his own after the death of his father in February 2010. Jeff […]

Paris Letters

Paris letters is the memoir of Canadian born, Californian girl Janice Macleod. She lived a fast-paced stereotypical single life until one day when she had an epiphany and realised how unfulfilled she felt.  She decided to do something about it. So she took to writing a daily journa land a blog and pretty quickly answers […]

handmade xmas October 11

Glitterville’s handmade christmas : a glittered guide for whimsical crafting!

Glitterville’s handmade christmas : a glittered guide for whimsical crafting by Stephen Brown. For those who just can’t wait to get into the holiday spirit and make this Christmas something really special, this lovely new craft book is just what you need! Filled with beautiful photographs and step-by-step instructions to make your efforts fun and […]

Wish you happy forever

Wish you happy forever: what China’s orphans taught me about moving mountains by Jenny Bowen is no ordinary memoir. This is the memoir of Californian filmmaker Jenny Bowen, who with her husband and two adult children embarked on the journey of adopting a Chinese orphan. That however was only the start and a small portion […]

diane October 07

Flesh House by Stuart MacBride

Flesh House Like a good thriller with lots of twists and turns? Not afraid of a bit of graphic gore? Butchered remains? Cannibalism? Then this is your next read. Compelling with an unexpected ending, who is The Flesher?

adultery October 06

More quick overviews of what I have been reading

26. Adultery – Paulo Coelho  –  I have seen Paulo Coelho’s books around for many years and he seems very popular so I was surprised and disappointed that I really did not enjoy this book.  I was reading it for my book club so I persevered until the end.  The main character, who is female, […]

The Maid’s Tale

The Maid’s Tale by Rose Plummer offers a brief snapshot into an era long gone. A time that no longer exists, with grand houses and plenty of servants and domestic help. A time of horse-drawn carts, when light was provided by candles, when warmth came from a coal fire (if you were lucky enough to […]

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