The Institute by Vincent Bijlo

Vincent Bijlo is more well known in The Netherlands where he works in TV, radio and theatre, as well as in stand up comedy, so I had never heard of him before Holland Park Press asked me to review this book for them. (As always, all opinions herein are my own, and the book was…

A Spool Of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

This was the first Anne Tyler that I’ve read, which is pretty crazy considering how often she’s recommended to me, and I’m very happy to recommend her to you. If you read my movie blog, you’ll perhaps have read my review of the film adaptation of her book The Accidental Tourist, which I loved. If…

Nathaniel’s Nutmeg by Giles Milton

I don’t often review non-fiction books for you guys here, so I thought it was a good time to share this one with you. It’s called Nathaniel’s Nutmeg, which is a bit of a misnomer, as the Nathaniel in question, although quite heroic, is not the main focus of the book. The book is about…

The Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen

This four book series for young adults follows the lives and romantic dramas of four girls living in New York in 1899, when lives were determined by whether your family’s money was old or new, and where reputation was everything. Beautiful Elizabeth Holland, who loves a boy her wealthy family will never approve of, her…

Death Of A Kootch Show Girl by Corey Recko

This book was sent to me by the author for review, so all opinions are my own, but thank you to Corey for sending it to me. This is the first novel by Corey Recko, who has written other non-fiction works, which have won some awards. He also writes for some historical magazines and things,…

Behind The Scenes At The Museum by Kate Atkinson

Ruby Lennox narrates this story of her life and her family. Funny, startling and often sad, she is the child of a woman who doesn’t want kids, and a father who cheats. The book also slips backwards in time to take in the lives of her ancestors and the events that shaped their lives. The…

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

I love LOVE this book, and I love Amy Tan. And maybe this review is a bit of a cheat, because I’ve read this book before, but I was re-reading it this week and I enjoyed it all over again, and I haven’t shared it with you guys before. Published back in 1989, it’s Tan’s…

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

Perhaps it’s no surprise to find another review of a novel by Daphne Du Maurier on my blog. I love Rebecca so much, as I know a lot of you do too, and I read The House on the Strand a few months back, (you’ll find the review for that one HERE). This book is…