Release Day Book Review: Fortunate Friends by Louise Guy

 Fortunate Friends… About: Three women in their thirties. Different backgrounds, different beliefs, different aspirations; same good fortune. For Shauna, celebrations surrounding an unexpected windfall are short-lived. Facing a lawsuit, her mother’s unpredictable behaviour, and the sudden appearance of a long-lost relative, the shine of good fortune is quick to fade. Frankie loves her life. Even … Continue reading Release Day Book Review: Fortunate Friends by Louise Guy

Quick Shots Book Review: Bodies of Light and Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss

Bodies of Light and Signs for Lost Children... About: Bodies of Light  Bodies of Light is a deeply poignant tale of a psychologically tumultuous nineteenth century upbringing set in the atmospheric world of Pre-Raphaelitism and the early suffrage movement. Ally is intelligent, studious and engaged in an eternal - and losing - battle to gain … Continue reading Quick Shots Book Review: Bodies of Light and Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss

New Release Book Review: The Last Hours by Minette Walters

The Last Hours… About: For most, the Black Death is the end. For a brave few, it heralds a new beginning. When the Black Death enters England through the port of Melcombe in Dorseteshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is or how it spreads and kills so quickly. The … Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Last Hours by Minette Walters

Quick Shots Book Review: Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Chasing Windmills... About: A modern-day rendering of West Side Story born on a New York City subway car and nurtured under the windmills of the Mojave Desert. Both Sebastian and Maria live in a world ruled by fear. Sebastian, a lonely seventeen-year-old, is suffocating under his dominant father’s control. In the ten years since his mother passed … Continue reading Quick Shots Book Review: Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine… About: Meet Eleanor Oliphant. She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully time-tabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. Then everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, … Continue reading Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

New Release Book Review: Codename Suzette by Anne Nelson

Codename Suzette: An Extraordinary Story of Resistance and Rescue in Nazi Paris About: Codename Suzette is one of the untold stories of the Holocaust, an account of extraordinary courage in the face of evil. 'During the German occupation of France, Suzanne Spaak displayed almost super-human courage... Anne Nelson has written an extraordinary book that finally … Continue reading New Release Book Review: Codename Suzette by Anne Nelson

Quick Shots Book Review: Mothers and Daughters by Kylie Ladd

Mothers and Daughters... About: Four mothers. Four teenage daughters. An isolated tropical paradise with no internet or mobile phone reception. What could possibly go wrong? There's tension, bitchiness, bullying, sex, drunken confessions, bad behaviour and breakdowns - and wait till you see what the teenagers get up to... How can we let our daughters go … Continue reading Quick Shots Book Review: Mothers and Daughters by Kylie Ladd

My Reading Life: Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

As much as I like an uplifting story that makes you feel all warm inside, my greatest love is literature that moves me. Novels filled with beautiful prose and vivid imagery that lean towards the tragic more than the happy. In other words, novels that make me cry.   Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas … Continue reading My Reading Life: Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

New Release Book Review: The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green

The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club… About: Books bring them together - but friendship will transform all of their lives. In 1978 the Northern Territory has begun to self-govern. Cyclone Tracy is a recent memory and telephones not yet a fixture on the cattle stations dominating the rugged outback. Life is hard … Continue reading New Release Book Review: The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green