The relentless summer sun of the US East Coast has had me, perversely, hankering for grey skies and sparse landscapes, and as such I've been picking up a fair few novels set in Scotland recently. The gorgeous moody cover of Sarah Maine's debut novel drew me in immediately, as did the back cover descriptions of a gothic and atmospheric novel with a good old dose of murder and mystery. It was just what I needed.
A new perspective on one of Britain's darkest periods of history. Before the Salem witch trials there was Matthew Hopkins - Britain's self-appointed Witchfinder General. This chilling tale looks at what happened in the years between 1645 and 1647 when he held sway over East Anglia, through the eyes of his widowed sister Alice.
I am afraid that I am guilty of that most heinous of book crimes in the case of this novel - I judged this book by its cover and I couldn’t have been more wrong.
With the last blast of March winter upon those of us on the US east coast - need something to curl up with whilst you're snowed in? Why not try some of these classic books with wintery settings...
If you want something gritty, smart and noir - head to New York. Trashy, seedy crime? L.A. But backstabbing political intrigue… There is nowhere that tops the beating heart of the US establishment - Washington D.C.
This is a classic coming-of-age story in a historical setting and whilst the narrative itself is rather formulaic, it is very well researched and would give younger readers plenty of historical perspective.
When I sat down to think about how I would choose my five favourite female authors, in honor of International Women's Day, I felt completely overwhelmed. Most of my books seem to be written by women...
This book was always going to have an epic hill to climb as a re-telling of Homer’s “The Odyssey”. By its very nature it was going to have to be expansive both in time and location, not to mention language and structure - all very problematic for an author... There are some elements of this that Scott Kauffman has really nailed and, as to be expected, others that slip through his grasp. In light of this, I am completely torn with this book.
I've been up against it this month - I started my TBR list quite late, and it's a short month. I know... excuses excuses! Still, I've got six books to feedback to you on and there's a little bit of something for everyone...
This book popped up as a recommendation by The Wee Reader in her 2016 round up and I couldn't resist. I enjoyed plowing through all the Outlander books last year and was looking for something that might fill the little homesick hole in my life since I moved to New York.