What can I say about The English Girl? It has a slow burn. So slow that at times, leading up to mid-way, you are tempted to discard it altogether butWhat can I say about The English Girl? It has a slow burn. So slow that at times, leading up to mid-way, you are tempted to discard it altogether but if you persist, it gets under your skin like sand does when at the beach. It is an interwoven tale of adventue, love, heartbreak, treachery, self-discovery and awareness in a time and place that is hard to comprehend.
I was listless and impatient as I started the book but midway I became engrossed, desperately flicking the pages to find out what happens next. This book, I feel, could become a sequel and in a very quiet way, is a book of feminist power in the 1900s-1950s. If you are willing to be patient, it is worth it.
The Fox and O'Hare series is Janet Evanovich of old and at her best. Light, easy-reading, page-turning fun and fluff. And truthfully it is a mastery tThe Fox and O'Hare series is Janet Evanovich of old and at her best. Light, easy-reading, page-turning fun and fluff. And truthfully it is a mastery to be able to keep a story interesting, engaging but light. Want twists and turns, sexual chemistry, surprises and laughs without gruesome details of murders and crimes? I do recommend this and have already read others in the series which all live up to the same standard. Recommended....more
Hands-up, I love Deanna Raybourn. I come with a Deanna Raybourn prejudice and predilection to love any work by her. But you see she writes historic fiHands-up, I love Deanna Raybourn. I come with a Deanna Raybourn prejudice and predilection to love any work by her. But you see she writes historic fiction beautifully and the most wonderful, fascinating, strong-willed and multi-faceted female leads.
So A Curious Beginning and Victoria Speedwell. Sigh. I loved it. 5-star loved it. It was filled with mystic and intrigue, treachery, impossible situations and a heated and irresistible chemistry between the two main characters. I felt transported into the story as though I was hidden in the background watching the story unfold.
I love this book, I love Victoria Speedwell (possibly even more than Lady Julia), I love Deanna Raybourn and I'd love for you to read this book! ...more
I am still reading Frank Derrick's Holiday of a Lifetime but I had to stop mid-way, mid-sentence even, as I was completely overcome with pure joy. J.BI am still reading Frank Derrick's Holiday of a Lifetime but I had to stop mid-way, mid-sentence even, as I was completely overcome with pure joy. J.B. Morrison has the-most-EXTRAORDINARY-writing-style. Fluid, easy-to-read, highly-entertaining and so very clever.
But wordsmithery (is that even a word) isn't enough of course and this is where J.B. Morrison’s genius comes to the fore. He manages to tell the tale an 82-year-old widower in a way where you are simultaneously swept up in the adventure as it unfolds but are perhaps personally challenged by your prejudices and stereotypes of the eldery .. an often forgotten and invisible part of Society. You may even think J.B. Morrison has purposely created a flamboyant and eccentric gent but that is genius in itself – you see, we may ourselves, unwittingly, see senior citizens as grey, lifeless beings filled with reminiscence for the days of yore but J.B. Morrison highlights the lonely existence they can face. He shows people, like you and me, filled with hopes, wishes, regrets and how they also grapple with being disregarded by Society. He creates these fantastically in-depth characters that you immediately adore.
And for that, I love J.B. Morrison. I love his books. I love Frank Derrick and his utterly fantastical life. And I love each page of this tale as I read it. Highly recommended. ...more
Ah, The Messenger of Athens. Ever want to read a book to discover you are a staunch feminist, this is a good book to start with. Anne Zouroundi doesn'Ah, The Messenger of Athens. Ever want to read a book to discover you are a staunch feminist, this is a good book to start with. Anne Zouroundi doesn't specify a time period for this book but the currency mentioned is Drachma so it is before 2001. The deeply embedded culture of misogyny was truthfully difficult to read and became a main character in itself. I felt fury and disbelief with each page. Although it is relevant to the story, I felt it overshadowed the tale told. It lingers with me still to the extent I am unsure if I will indulge in the sequel despite enjoying the mysterious stranger. ...more
Unbeknownst to me, Stay Alive is the second in a series by Simon Kernick. How clever to write a follow-up book that is so captivating and engrossing wUnbeknownst to me, Stay Alive is the second in a series by Simon Kernick. How clever to write a follow-up book that is so captivating and engrossing without the "missing parts" of the first. And this is Captivating with a capital C.
If Simon Kernick became a dictonary definition it would be page-turner. The up-all-night, one-more-chapter, page-turner type of book. Don't you love those? They are, I find, quite rare.
Stay alive is a sophisticated subtle, slow-burn of a thriller which results in that breathless, what-was-that-noise, type of fear that only excellent writing can. And his characters.. can we have a moment to appreciate the multi-dimensional, flawed characters of his writing. Instead of "cookie cutter" heroes and villians, the waters become muddy on who is good and who isn't. It's fabulous! Highly recommended....more
How many ways can I say that I love this book? I adored it people! This book is for book-lovers. I know that is bookist (?!) against casual readers buHow many ways can I say that I love this book? I adored it people! This book is for book-lovers. I know that is bookist (?!) against casual readers but I feel the sheer delight of reading one of the many "other book" references in this would be lost and the book wouldn't dazzle as much as a result. And it does dazzle.
Katarina Bivald captures small-town America perfectly. The characters are beautifully flawed and engaging to the extent that you fall a little in love with everyone, like Sara does. It is a tale of self-discovery (for many of the characters); adventure and misadventure; love, lust and risking it all. And above all, it is about books and the joy of reading. Katarina captures that gorgeous way you can get lost in a book and how stories, as they are discovered, can change you forever. 5 star recommended....more