The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland

Set in the 1300’s, a beautiful, wealthy widow comes to the small town ofΒ LincolnΒ with her children, shadowed by a mysterious one-handed man. When she starts up a friendship with a wealthy merchant, she soon worms her way into his heart, and as his wife starts to sicken, tongues start to wag. Is this woman using…

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Based on real characters, this book fictionalises the lives of Sarah Grimke, daughter of a plantation owner, and a slave in her household called Handful. Both women refuse to be put into the box prescribed them, and fight for the lives they believe they can and should live, in the process challenging society and finding…

Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

I set myself the task this year of reading the remaining Charles Dickens novels that I hadn’t already read before. I love a Victorian serialised novel, and Dickens rarely fails to disappoint. One of his less famous works, Dombey and Sons follows the life of Paul Dombey, a wealthy merchant whose sole aspiration in life…

Ticker by Lisa Mantchev

This book was so much fun. It’s only short, I ripped through it in a day, and when I bought it I didn’t realise that it was meant perhaps for a young adult readership. I just liked the premise for the book: a girl with a clockwork heart must race against time to rescue her…

The Misbegotten by Katherine Webb

In early 1800’s Bath, a neglected, beaten child wanders in out of the cold and finds shelter and family with a young, kind hearted woman called Alice. Twenty years later, a newlywed bride is drawn into the mystery of Alice’s disappearance when she finds that she resembles the missing girl. It’s a novel of social…

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I was really excited about this book when I read the premise for it, and in a lot of ways, it is a good read, but the ending is kind of… meh. Set in the late 1600’s in Amsterdam, the story revolves around Nella, an eighteen year old country girl who is married off to…

Paper Towns by John Green

As I was reading this book, something about it just didn’t feel right. I guess that high school was long enough ago for me that I think back on it with the rose coloured glasses of nostalgia, so from time to time, I kind of like a coming of age story. But what drew me…

The Valley of Amazement, by Amy Tan

After growing up in a famous house of courtesans, run by her mother, a young American-Chinese girl is kidnapped and her virginity put up for sale, changing the course of her life forever. This book by Amy Tan is about the life of the Shanghai courtesan at the turn of the century, about the nature…