A Beautiful Spy by Rachel Hore

Minnie Gray is an ordinary young woman.She is also a spy for the British government. It all began in the summer of 1928… Minnie is supposed to find a nice man, get married and have children. The problem is it doesn’t appeal to her at all. She is working as a secretary, but longs toContinue reading “A Beautiful Spy by Rachel Hore”

Throwback Thursday! Precious Bane by Mary Webb.

I was drawn to this novel because of my mum’s interest in Mary Webb’s novel Gone to Earth and the film adaptation starring Jennifer Jones. At the time I was writing my dissertation for my undergraduate degree in English Literature. I was writing about disability in 20th Century literature, but also developed an interest inContinue reading “Throwback Thursday! Precious Bane by Mary Webb.”

The Other Daughter by Caroline Bishop.

You only get one life – but what if it isn’t the one you were meant to live? ‘When it finally arrived I was shocked to see it; to read the words Mum wrote about these women fighting for rights I know I take for granted. Mum was here. And while she was, something happenedContinue reading “The Other Daughter by Caroline Bishop.”

Throwback Thursday! The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.

It’s been too long since we had a Sarah Waters novel and although I love her Victorian era fiction, this novel really did stay with me. In 1922 a mother and daughter live in a villa in Camberwell. A house once filled with the sounds of men – husbands, brothers and servants – is nowContinue reading “Throwback Thursday! The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.”

The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell.

I must admit to being a bit of a fan girl when it comes to Laura Purcell. The mix of historical and gothic fiction is probably my favourite genre, so I had been impatiently awaiting the publication of her latest novel anyway. I jumped at the chance to join the blog tour, because she’s oneContinue reading “The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell.”

Throwback Thursday! The Crimson Petal and The White by Michael Faber.

Today is my first Throwback Thursday post where I tell you about a book that’s already in my collection. It can’t always be about brand new books. Especially at a time when people are struggling financially. All of my Thursday books should be available in your local library or might be found in a secondContinue reading “Throwback Thursday! The Crimson Petal and The White by Michael Faber.”

The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry.

Today, I’m happy to be on the closing day of this blog tour for The Art of Dying. This interesting mix of murder mystery, historical/ medical drama and romance, creeps up on you slowly, until you’re determined to keep reading and see whether a killer is stalking the sick of Edinburgh. In fact at whatContinue reading “The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry.”

Things That Bounded by Fiona Graph

Published: 30th October 2020 Publisher: Silverwood Books ISBN: 1800420072 ‘Over these things I could not see;These were the things that bounded me;And I could touch them with my hand,Almost, I thought, from where I stand’. Renascence by Edna St Vincent Millay Fiona Graph’s novel is an interesting and well- researched piece of historical fiction, setContinue reading “Things That Bounded by Fiona Graph”

When I Come Home Again by Caroline Scott

Published: 29th October 2020 Publisher: Simon and Schuster ISBN: 978-1471192173 This was an exquisite, slow-paced, historical novel that moved me so much. It was a window on both individual, and collective, grief. It also explores the psychological rehabilitation process which is my day job, as a counsellor. Regular visitors to my blog will know thatContinue reading “When I Come Home Again by Caroline Scott”

Halloween Reads: Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

This month I took some time off from blog tours and other commitments to spend a couple of weeks reading my own choices. Not only did this give me a lot of freedom, it allowed me to read one of my all time favourite authors followed by one of my most recent loves; Alice HoffmanContinue reading “Halloween Reads: Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman”