Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons

If you’ve read Cold Comfort FarmΒ you’ll be familiar with Stella Gibbons. She wrote about 25 books, of which it was her most well known work, and though forgotten for many years, she’s having a bit of a revival lately. Written in 1938, Nightingale Wood is a romance set in Essex. It largely follows Viola, a…

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

History tends to demonise Thomas Cromwell as being a dark figure, perhaps jealous of his betters due to his own low birth, and who abused his power and stopped at nothing to dissolve the monasteries. But in this book, history is told from his perspective, and we see a dynamic and loyal man, who was…

Harper Connelly Mysteries by Charlaine Harris

I have to admit to being a bit of a fan of Charlaine Harris. I really like her True Blood series, because I find Sookie Stackhouse to be a really nice person, and the plots are fun, adventurous, sexy… But that said, I also like Harris’s writing style. It’s down to earth. She paces her…

Hell’s Mouth by AP Bateman

This book was sent to me by the author for an honest review. AP Bateman writes crime thrillers, and is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author. DCI O’Bryan is recovering from life: he’s an alcoholic, his family have left him, and he’s recently survived a stab wound while taking out a terrorist in London. He’s…

A Book Of Revelations by AC Burch

I was sent this book by the publisher (Homeport Press) for an honest review. A Book Of Revelations is a group of short stories by award winning author AC Burch, and the stories are all set around the areas that the author knows well: Provincetown and South Beach. The stories in this collection all focus…

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

In 20’s and 30’s Barcelona, David Martin is a teenager whose father has died, and who works in a newspaper office. When his short stories make the back page, he’s launched on a career as a writer of lurid, crowd pleasing fiction, but he has a dream of writing something more literary. While he makes…

Fletcher’s Fortune by John Drake

A bright and swashbuckling adventure on the high seas, Fletcher’s Fortune is a historical and fictional memoir of Jacob Fletcher. This book was sent to me by Endevour Press for honest review. All opinions are my own. As an apprentice, orphaned Jacob Fletcher should not be able to be press ganged into the Navy by…

The Pursuit Of Love by Nancy Mitford

In Zoe Heller’s introduction to this novel, she makes the point that people either love or hate a Mitford novel. I wonder if that’s really true? The Mitford sisters grew up in a rag tag bundle, on a manor in England, the children of Upper Class parents, in the early part of last century. Nancy,…

A Want Of Kindness by Joanne Limburg

Opening on her childhood, this book tells the story of Anne, the niece of the King of England in the 1600’s, up til she takes the throne herself in the line of succession. She’s a woman aware of her place, who loves her older, bossy sister Mary and who has been raised a protestant, in…

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

There are days when it’s raining or or nights when it’s chilly and you just want to curl up with a bestseller, easy read thriller. You could do a lot worse than this one. It’s one of those books that gets labelled as the next Girl On The Train. And perhaps that’s about right. I…