• Book review: The Taxidermist’s Daughter

    Friday, September 19, 2014 Permalink

    Kate Mosse, author of The Taxidermist’s Daughter  grew up in Fishbourne (Sussex), the setting for her latest novel. Her familiarity is evident, as this novel is as much about the setting and environment as the (slowly) unfolding plot itself.

    Mosse has written a number of novels, plays and non-fiction – many of her novels leaning towards gothic fiction. (Not a genre which usually interests me.)

  • Book review: Indian Summer

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Permalink

    I’ve just reviewed another novel (which will be published in a week or so) which I struggled to read and review as it was really about… nothing in particular.

    Unlike Seinfeld – the show about nothing – that novel (There Must Be Some Mistake) had no real story arc. It was a bit like a snippet or vignette of someone’s life. Indian Summer by Marcia Willett could have been similar. But it was oh so different.

  • Book review: Mean Streak

    Sunday, September 14, 2014 Permalink

    I really like Sandra Brown. She’s one of several authors I read whose novels feature a good mix of crime / suspense and romance. And her latest novel, Mean Streak  is no different.

    Dr Emory Charbonneau could live as a trust fund baby following the death of her wealthy parents, instead the paediatrician has dedicated her life to helping others. The avid marathon runner is training for a fundraiser she has organised when she decides to take a trip to snowy mountainous terrain in North Carolina for a practice run.

  • Book review: Trust in me

    Friday, September 12, 2014 Permalink

    Julia was Kara’s BFF before she became Livy’s friend. When her younger sister Kara was killed, Livy initially resented Julia’s attempts at friendship and her desire to remain in the lives of Livy and her family. However she soon realised they were grieving a shared loss and the pair became firm friends.

    Almost twenty years later Livy’s married to rising corporate star Will. They have two children and if Livy could forget the affair Will had years before, they’d be happy.

  • Book review: Lyrebird Hill

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Permalink

    I have to admit that Lyrebird Hill  didn’t initially appeal. I’m not a fan of historical fiction or epic sagas and – stretching across a decade or two – Anna Romer’s second novel sounded a bit like the latter.

    Nevertheless, I read a few glowing reviews and realised I should put aside any preconceived ideas as the book sounded quite appealing. And it most certainly was!

  • 10 books I’ll always remember

    Saturday, September 6, 2014 Permalink

    A friend tagged me on Facebook to share the 10 books which have stayed with me in some way. Like me Sandy’s an avid reader so knew I’d be able to rattle off some favourites.

    I have to admit though… it was much harder than I expected. And I have *possibly* cheated a little. So, without further ado, my 10 favourite books – in vague chronological order: