I picked the first book up in a local bookshop as it sounded like a book I would enjoy. At the time I didn’t know it was the first book of a series. These are Deborah Harkness’ first novels and overall they make an interesting, intriguing, gripping read. Historical fiction with elements of supernatural and mystery.
A Discovery of Witches
The first book in the series and we meet Diana Read the rest of this entry
The Miniaturist was advertised everywhere at the end of 2014, a Sunday Times number 1 bestseller and Waterstones Book of the Year. So I was intrigued and had to add it to my reading list. Finally I have read it!
Set in the 1600’s in Amsterdam, we follow Nella who moves into her new husband, Johannes’ home. She meets his sister Marin, the maid Cornelia and the man servant Otto. Nella has to quickly fit into the household run by Marin, discover Johannes’ secret and Read the rest of this entry
Lesley Pearse is one of my favourite authors and Survivor is the follow up to her books Belle and The Promise. I loved those books and really enjoyed following Belle and Etienne’s stories and so Survivor was a must read for me.
In this book Belle, Etienne and Mog are minor characters as we are following the story of their daughter Mariette. Read the rest of this entry
This book has been on my reading list for ages and finally I got around to reading it. The Girl with the Painted Face is a historical story set in Italy and the different theme of following an acting troupe intrigued me.
We follow primarily the story of Sofia who from the outset is in trouble and running away from it. She meets a troupe of travelling actors, joins them and later in the story trouble arises again. Read the rest of this entry
Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts is Mary Gibson’s debut book and for me it was such an enjoyable read. We follow Nellie Clark in the lead up to the war in 1914 and afterwards. Nellie lives in the Bermondsey area of London where life is hard, everything is hand to mouth and working in factories is a way of life. Read the rest of this entry
I was inspired to read Cannery Row by John Steinbeck when we went to Monterey as part of our honeymoon in June this year. I really liked Monterey, the aquarium was amazing and the interesting history of Cannery Row was on little notice boards along the footpath. John Steinbeck and his book were also mentioned and so I thought I would check it out. Read the rest of this entry
Kate Atkinson is one of my favourite authors and so when her new book, Life After Life came out it was on my present list for Christmas.
The story follows Ursula from birth to death but with a twist. Read the rest of this entry
A Christmas to Remember by Katie Flynn was the second of my Christmas season books. (Calling Mrs Christmas by Carole Matthews was the first Christmas season book) I have never read any of Katie Flynn’s books before but picked this one because it is a historical story based in post war Liverpool and seemed interesting. Read the rest of this entry
Being Irish I like to read stories featuring Irish lead characters and The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom is historical fiction about an Irish orphan. The story follows the life of Lavinia on a plantation and the slave family she becomes part of. Read the rest of this entry
Lesley Pearse is one of my favourite authors and I have read many of her novels. Her writing is so captivating that she transports you to the era the story is set in and you really care about the characters. Hope is another great example of how great an author Lesley is. Read the rest of this entry