Author Archives: shirl

Daughter of Charles I

Daughter of Charles I, by Melanie Clegg. Post by Sandra. This book depicts the life of Henrietta Anne, a princess of England who evaded capture from Oliver Cromwell’s forces and  joined her mother, Henrietta Maria, (the queen of the unfortunate Charles I) at the French court. Henrietta grew up at the French court and subsequently […]

May 03

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska by John Green. Post by Kahla. This book was beautifully written and very real. This story line isn’t sugar coated and really captures the fact that after someone dies, life does go on.  I love how John Green shared the fact that the characters eventually found peace with Alaska’s death but also noted […]

May 02

The longest ride

The longest ride by Nicholas Sparks Post by Kahla. I loved how this book has two different stories, somehow crossing paths and making sense. Both love stories were beautiful in their different ways, which made the constant chapter/story changing easy to enjoy as I couldn’t wait to hear from the other couple after each memory/scene. I […]

May 01

The chemist

The chemist by Stephenie Meyer. Post by Kahla. I actually really enjoyed this book despite all the mixed reviews I had seen. Admittedly the first few chapters were hard to get into, but soon after that I was captured. I do wish it had extended more into the romance side after the finale action scene, but […]

April 30

Behind her eyes

Behind her eyes by Sarah Pinborough. Post by Kahla. The ending of this book left me speechless. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment in this book, from start to finish. The spider web of relationships between Louise, Adele and David were thrilling and very well scripted. Every chapter had me wanting to read more and constantly wondering […]

April 30


Divine by Karen Kingsbury   Post by Sandra.   Divine by Karen Kingsbury is a powerful and beautiful story about a girl who was seriously abused as a child and grew into a young and vibrant woman who in turn could also help other abused women.   This is the story of Mary Madison and […]

March 02

All rights reserved

All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. Young Adult fiction.  Post by Rebecca. Imagine a world where every word you speak or gesture you make costs you – literally.  This is the premise of All Rights Reserved, a dystopian novel pitched at teenagers but just as fascinating to read as an adult.  The author has […]

March 01

A gathering light

A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly, available as an e-book, and in Young Adult fiction.  Post by Rebecca. Young-adult fiction can be a real pleasure to read as an adult.  The stories are usually direct, compelling and told with passion.  A Gathering Light is a young adult title that starts slowly but grows on you […]

February 28

On the other hand

  The Other Hand by Chris Cleave    Post by Rebecca. Right from the first page of this beautifully written book, I knew I was reading something fresh and original.  The Other Hand takes us into the heart and mind of Little Bee, a young and traumatised Nigerian refugee who has fled her home country […]

February 27

The girl who takes an eye for an eye

The Girl who takes an eye for an eye by David Lagerantz.  Post by Robyn55 For the readers of the Millennium trilogy the untimely death of their talented author Stieg Larsson, was a ‘way too soon’ tragedy.  However we were all happy to hear that Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander would be resurrected in the hands of […]