Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons

If you’ve read Cold Comfort Farm 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…

The Black Parade by Kyoko M

Jordan is a young woman with a dark past who keeps it together by working as a waitress and drinking to drown out the nightmares. She mostly keeps to herself, to keep her secret safe: she has been tasked with helping one hundred souls cross over to the other side in two years or she…

The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco

A book about books, this is the story of a young novice in the 1300’s who goes to a mysterious abbey with his master, a monk called William Of Baskerville. At that place, a papal delegation is going to be sent to debate religious doctrine that is tearing apart the fabric of society at the…

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…

Book Review: Like A Closed Fist by E H Nolan.

What I loved about this book was that although it is about the sexual escapades and search for love by a 24 year old girl, which would normally lend itself to the chick lit territory, this book is actually about trauma and recovery too. Phoebe is a bright, beautiful girl, whose dreams to become an…

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

Published back in 1956, this novel broke the bounds of what was acceptable and became a runaway best seller. Previous to it’s publication, books and films revolved around women being the objects of desire, rather than possessing any, and small town America was felt to be safe, sleep and benign. And then this book came…