Book Review – Longbourn By Jo Baker

Longbourn is all a flutter, Netherfield has a new master, a ball is to be had and the Bennet girls are beyond excited as they prepare to be at one of society’s most elegant events. Mrs Bennet who finds it insufferable that her daughters aren’t married, makes procuring a husband  at this event her sole…

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Book Review: The Storm Sister ( The Seven Sisters#2) by Lucinda Riley

Lucinda Riley’s Storm Sister swept into my home on a chilly, blustery day and I was immediately immersed. Cup of tea and chocolate in hand, I fell headlong into her exquisite follow-up to The Seven Sisters( Maia’s story). I read the book during my Christmas break, and sort of held on to the review, until…

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Book Review : Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham #3

I’ve been consumed and riveted by the Poldark series whereby I’ve abandoned writing, posting, and my entire stack of reading just to be cocooned in Winston Graham’s masterful writing. Graham’s narrative authority is nothing short of brilliant. He creates scenes and characters with such honesty, they are at once lovable and despicable; you are torn between…

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Advance Book Review: The Seven Sisters book #1 By Lucinda Riley

Lucinda Riley writes so lyrically, she could be composing a piece of music that you listen to, as you stand atop a hill, where the wind gently kisses your skin and transports you to an era that you can only summon and hear in your imagination. She can cast dual roles, juxtaposing past and present…

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The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – A review

This début novel by Helene Wecker is one you seek when you want an intellectual challenge. When you have questions about existentialism. When you wish for a novel so extraordinary, It falls into your hands on an ordinary sort of day. It is that one book you hope to find in a small mysterious book store,…

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Book Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

I had imagined numerous ways ‘The Book of Life’ – Part III in the All Souls Trilogy- might end. So much so that I had this sudden urge to check if I had developed magical abilities. If I could have summoned the book into my hands, I would have done it. Two seconds of a…

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Book Review: Project Darcy By Jane Odiwe

cover photo provided by Jane Odiwe Author Jane Odiwe’s latest novel Project Darcy is a beautifully written story inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Exquisite imagery accompanied by an intriguing tale of a modern-day heroine and her travels into the past, embodying the life of Jane Austen in the Winter of 1796, gives the…

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Book Review: A Stopover in Venice By Kathryn Walker

 Venice is ripe with mystery and sensuality. In this book, her colors are breathtaking, her aura serene.  Kathryn Walker’s prose is exquisite as she paints a hint of romance, mixed in with the discovery of 16th century art and treasured pieces of renaissance. The cover, title and synopsis tempted me straight away because I find…

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Book Review:The Sandalwood Tree By Elle Newmark

I was mesmerized. I didn’t want this book to end. I wanted to write my own letters and hide them in a box so I could place them somewhere special. I felt a quiet sense of pride when I was done, although it had nothing whatsoever to do with me. I have grown up with…

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Book Review: The Piano Teacher By Janice Y.K. Lee

I don’t know why, but I have always had a strong penchant for books published by Penguin. It stems from a childhood filled with Penguin Classics – at least that’s what I think.  Or maybe it’s just that I find  the tiny orange logo with the white penguin inside it, irresistible – a bit mad, I know….

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Girl With The Pearl Earring – By Tracy Chevalier

My long-standing reluctance to read ‘Girl With the Pearl Earring’ before all other Chevalier books, stemmed from not having adequate time to really enjoy the book and then watch the film right after – um, yes, that would be the film with Colin Firth in it.  It all had to happen precisely for me and…

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Pope Joan By Donna WoolFolk Cross

A friend gave me ‘Pope Joan’ and said: “don’t feel like you have to read it, if you don’t like it,” but it is really really good. My eyes generally light up at a recommendation like that and  I always try to read every book I am given, so I sat down  two weeks ago…

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The Lady and The Unicorn By Tracy Chevalier

 I love Tracy Chevalier.  She is a brilliant writer; her books are as timeless and gentle in as much as they are gifted pieces of work that reveal her in-depth knowledge of the era and the artists she often brings to life. ‘Reliable Creatures’ is fantastic, as is ‘Virgin Blue.’ I am holding on to…

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Juliet By Anne Fortier

 When I read a review of this book on ‘Goodreads’  I had to have it. I mean seriously, how does one forget a title like ‘Juliet.’  I read a few excerpts at the book store and I was hooked.  I’ve loved the story of Romeo and Juliet for quite some time, um, not so much in…

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Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

What a well written book this was. I had not heard of the author until I read this wonderful book. Most of you know I am a wee bit obsessed with Colin Firth, er.. you’ll see where I’m going with this.. The author of this particular book also wrote ‘The Girl With The Pearl Earring’…

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Reading Gabaldon…

My modus operandi has always been to read everything that is ever given, recommended, or suggested to me and then to twice read what I have in my library. When my friend handed me Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ I was delighted, slightly skeptical and er, extremely interested to say the least. The 1000 page saga began…

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Book Review: The Botticelli Secret By Marina Fiorato

It was a slow start for me; I must admit Fiorato’s lengthy prose, bawdy language and a somewhat gruesome beginning did not have me at “Florence looks like gold and smells like sulphur.” Yet, when you throw in Sandro Botticelli, ‘La Primavera’  that most famous work of art and mix in the Italian renaissance, you’ve…

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