Author Archives: sandlane

When in Rome by Nicky Pellegrino

When in Rome by Nicky Pellegrino This wonderful story set in Rome by Nicky Pelligrino is enjoyable reading.  I loved the descriptive writing of the streets of Rome. The fountains, the squares, the coffee bars and ice cream parlours. This story of a woman, Seraphina, who was brought up in Rome with her three sisters […]

The Villa Girls by Nicky Pellegrino

  This book of The Villa Girls is wonderful and a joy to read.  Nicky Pellegrino writes about life, beautiful landscapes and gardens, olive trees and celebrations.  The story involves four girls who become life-long friends and take their holidays together. Rosie is alone in the world without a family and much of the story […]

In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn

In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn by Natalie Gueninger and Sarah Morris. This book by Natalie Gueninger and Sarah Morris gives a wonderful historical account of the places where Anne Boleyn visited during her life-time. Wonderful chateaux in France, stately tudor mansions and beautiful lost palaces and majestic castles which hark back to an earlier […]

Regent’s Park by Paul Rabbitts

Regent’s Park : From Tudor Hunting Ground to the Present by Paul Rabbitts. I have enjoyed reading this wonderful book which tells the story of the development of Regent’s Park over time. This book gives fascinating insights into the decisions of the times and the workings of parliament and local bodies. A majestic park, which […]

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton The House at Riverton is a compelling tale set in the days of the 1920’s with references to the present day where we see the main character of the story, Grace, as an elderly lady who recalls past events in her life. The story is quite riveting and […]

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The English Girl by Daniel Silva

The English Girl by Daniel Silva. The story in this book is quite riveting and well worth reading.  It is a different style of genre from which I have normally been reading.  The story takes place amidst the political machinations of England and the kidnapping of an English girl who had a promising career within […]

The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland

The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland. This wonderful novel by celebrated author Sandra Gulland of The Josephine Trilogy tells the complex tale of the early years of the life of Claude des Oeillets. This is a great novel which I enjoyed reading. Claude des Oeillets was a personal assistant to Madame de Montespan during the […]

The Lost Duchess

The Lost Duchess by Jenny Barden is a wonderful descriptive novel of early Tudor England and the very different conditions encountered by the early settlers at Roanoke Island in the New World. The story follows the adventures of Emme, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I and an adventurer sailor, Kit, who has decided to make […]

The Chance by Karen Kingsbury

The Chance by Karen Kingsbury. This wonderful novel by Karen Kingsbury is an inspirational story of love. It tells the story of two young people who are separated by circumstances beyond their control, but over the years their love for each other is not forgotten. If anything, the love between them increases. Ellie and her true […]

the Red Rose of Anjou by Jean Plaidy

The Red Rose of Anjou by Jean Plaidy The Red Rose of Anjou is a wonderful story of the life of Margart of Anjou who marries King Henry VI of England. It gives a fascinating account of the life of Margaret in her early years at the castles of Saumur and Angers and her visits […]