My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 13th January 2019 #bookblogger

Greetings! The week has flown by, as is the weekend, so time for me to sit down and look back at the last 7 days in my bookish world!  And it’s now Day 13 of my ‘No Buy’ January and it’s still going exceedingly well!! Ignoring all the emails from various stores is proving much easier than I thought! The toughest thing is walking past little independant shops where I used to browse – and then buy from! – but I’m sure I’ll be back in those stores soon to help boost their sales!

And that means I have bought ZERO books this week! That feels very weird!! But much needed haha! There may have been a couple visits to Netgalley and some lovely bookpost for me to enjoy so it’s not been all bad! And I’ve managed to finish another 5 books from the TBR pile so yay me!!  Just wish I could have stuck to my plan to review a book once I’d finished it – I’m still finding it much easier to pick up another book than get a review written! Must try harder!!

Here’s a look back at what I’ve been reading, what is new on my shelves and what I’m currently reading!

BOOKS FINISHED

Blackberry & Wild Rose by Sonia Velton – 5 stars

Loved this historical fiction story set in 18th century London

Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson – 5 stars

Another stunning debut historical fiction!

The Sleeping Beauty by Elizabeth Taylor – 3 stars

Struggled with this one! Odd glimpses of humour and sharp with, but overall I just couldn’t get into it!

The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris – 3 stars

A mixed read for me!Enjoyable for the most part but quite a frustrating main character!

The Marked Lord by Sharon Ibbotson  – 4 stars

Enjoyable regency novel with a touch of the beauty & the beast about it!

BOOKHAUL

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Publication Date – March 2019

The twist at the end of the first chapter made me read through the night” Jane Corry

Introducing the next generation of domestic thriller…

Every marriage has secrets. Everyone has flaws. Your wife isn’t perfect – you know that – but then again nor are you.

But now a serial killer is on the loose in your small town, preying on young women. Fear is driving your well-behaved young daughter off the rails, and you find yourself in bed late at night, looking at the woman who lies asleep beside you.

Because you thought you knew the worst about her. The truth is you know nothing at all.

This is a thriller like nothing you’ve read before…

NETGALLEY

In Exile by Alexandra Turney

Published by Unbound – out 24th January 2019

No one in this city has believed in me for two thousand years. I’m unknown and unloved. And I’m very, very ill.’ He sighed, and the sound chilled her blood. `Give me your hand.’

Dionysus, god of wine and divine ecstasy, is reborn in modern Rome. He doesn’t understand how or why he’s come to be here – a pagan god in a city where he has no believers. But when he meets fifteen-year-old Grace during a chance encounter in the Ghetto, he realises he has found his first new follower.

This is the beginning of Grace’s secret life, as she and her friends overcome scepticism and fear to become his worshippers, drinking his wine and taking part in bacchanals across the city. As the melancholy god lives out his exile, his teenage followers find they have everything to lose. And after the first bloodshed, they know that there’s no turning back…

QUEENIE MALONE’S PARADISE HOTEL by RUTH HOGAN

Published by Two Roads – out 7th February 2019

From the bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes – a novel of mothers and daughters, families and secrets and the astonishing power of friendship.

Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches. She loved fizzy drinks, swear words, fish fingers and Catholic churches, but most of all she loved living in Brighton in Queenie Malone’s Magnificent Paradise Hotel with its endearing and loving family of misfits – staff and guests alike.

But Tilly’s childhood was shattered when her mother sent her away from the only home she’d ever loved to boarding school with little explanation and no warning. Now, Tilda has grown into an independent woman still damaged by her mother’s unaccountable cruelty. Wary of people, her only friend is her dog, Eli. But when her mother dies, Tilda goes back to Brighton and with the help of her beloved Queenie sets about unraveling the mystery of her exile from The Paradise Hotel and discovers that her mother was not the woman she thought she knew at all … Mothers and daughters … their story can be complicated … it can also turn out to have a happy ending.

CURRENTLY READING

Insomnia by Marina Benjamin

The Final Reckoning by Margaret James

The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts via The Pigeonhole app

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All done! Pretty happy with that little lot! How has your reading week gone? Got any thoughts on these books – would love to hear them!

HAPPY READING!!

my bookish weekly wrap up – week 39 2018

Hello! Hoppy Saturday to you all! Bunny and I managed to get in the garden for a little while this morning to start some bulb planting! Why does he never dig holes when I need him to?! Peeing down with rain out there now though so safely snuggled on the sofa to share my bookish week with you all!

Hope yours has been a good week?! Quite restrained here on the reading and hauling front! Managed to finish 4 lovely books this week, 3 books made new homes with me and just 1 newbie from NetGalley! I’m rather proud of myself haha! Ooh and GoodReads informed me this week that I’ve  read 200 books so far in 2018! I was a little shocked but very happy! And even with reading that amount you’d think my bookshelves would be emptying out a little….. wrong! oops!

Here’s a look back on  my week – click on the title for a link to the GoodReads pages!

BOOKS FINISHED

Melmoth by Sarah Perry  – 5 stars

Loved it!! As soon as my signed copy arrived from Waterstones I just had to read it and didn’t put it down until I’d finished!

The Paris Secret by Lily Graham  – 4 stars

a fabulous read full of history, secrets and romance 

The Light in the Dark by Horatio Clare – 4 stars

A fascinating look at winter and how it affected the author. Beautifully written. Will be reviewing in full on the Blog Tour at the end of the month! 

A Little Christmas Charm by Kathryn Freeman – 4 stars

The Christmas reading has begun!! And this was a sweet romance to start it off for me!

BOOKHAUL

The Shape of Us by Drew Davies – netgalley/bookouture

In a city of 8.8 million people, you’d be surprised. Surprised at how many times your path crosses with that stranger you spotted on the other side of the street. Surprised at how lonely living in a busy city can feel. Surprised that falling in love – against all the odds – is just about possible.

One day in London…

Daisy is rushing to work when a stranger on a bicycle almost knocks her over – and then asks for her number.

JoJo, a wife in her sixties, is trying desperately to win her beloved husband back from his mistress.

Adam has recently lost his job and lies to his housemate about where he goes every day.

Dylan, a teenage boy, lives with an illness which means he can’t leave his bedroom – but which hasn’t stopped him falling in love.

These four total strangers – whose paths cross in the charming and crazy city of London – have one thing in common. They’re all looking for love and they’re totally hopeless at it. But that’s about to change. 

Frogkisser by Garth Nix –  spotted this in the library sale for 50p!

‘Wise and wondrous’ – Holly Black
 
Garth Nix is on hilarious form as he spins his very own fairy tale, featuring Princess Anya, who, with her loyal dog, must embark on a terribly important (capital Q) Quest to acquire the ingredients for a reversal lip balm, the vital item needed to change a frog back to a prince . . . oh, and save her kingdom from her villainous step(step)father. 

Something of his Art by Horatio Clare

Very grateful to Little Toller for sending me this copy to review.

CURRENTLY READING

Where the What Ifs roam and the moon is Louis Armstrong by Esther Krivda

A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor 

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What has been filling your reading time up this week? The perfect weather for reading now this afternoon so I’m off to get a few more pages read!

happy reading!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – Week 36 2018 #bookblogger #bookhaul

Hello!!  I’m a slightly exhausted bookworm today so apologies now for any spelling mistakes or general rambling in this post! Hopefully I won’t go too off tangent and just focus on all the bookish things that have been going on in my life this week!

And it’s been a pretty OK kind of week! Only managed to finish 2 books as I’ve been trying my best to catch up on the outstanding reviews! And I was led astray by NetGalley again with 4 new additions to the shelves there, along with some fabulous bookpost and finds in a secondhand bookshop that has made my week! More of that soon!!

So here’s a quick look back at all those books! Click on the title for a link to the GoodReads pages!

BOOKS FINISHED

A Little Bird Told Me by Marianne Holmes   – 4 stars

Found this to be a fascinating read featuring a family who shared my surname!

The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings  –  4 stars

A dark and wonderful read!

BOOKHAUL

Starting with the NetGalley haul! 4 more added!

The Paris Secret by Lily Graham

Published by Bookouture – 4th October 2018

The Christmas Cafe at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke

Published by Bookouture – 5th October 2018

Roar by Cecelia Ahern

Published by HarperFiction – 1st November 2018

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

Published by Quercus – 1st November 2018

And then I was lucky enough to win a copy of this via Readers First

A House of Ghosts by W.C.Ryan

Published by Zaffre – 4th October 2018

And then there was this find! Wandering around a National Trust property and noticing they had a secondhand bookshop – yippee!- I decided to go for a little browse and was astonished to find these mint condition proofs available!!  Needless to say I scooped them up with delight and can’t wait to read them!

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

Normal People by Sally Rooney

The Lingering by S.J.I. Holliday

CURRENTLY READING

The Corset by Laura Purcell

Published by Raven Books – 20th September 2018

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton – via Pigeonhole

Published by Allen & Unwin – 12th September 2018

The Darkness of Wallis Simpson by Rose Tremain

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wahoo! I made it through without nodding off! Hope you did the same reading this post! Any of these on your TBR’s or you’ve already read them? Always love to hear your thoughts!

HAPPY READING!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – Week 33 2018

Hello all! Archie the bunny says hi too while he’s chilling out in the garden – destroying my plants is a tiring business!

 Time to look back at the past week and see how my bookish week has gone! It’s a little different to last week!!  Didn’t make it to 7 books read this week as I really struggled to find time, or the inclination, some days to read! And it’s not as if I wasn’t enjoying what I was reading! It’s just one of those slump things that we all go through – fingers crossed I’m over it now and this week I’ll be racing through the books again!

So just the 2 books finished this week, and one of those was an audio book! Where things went mad was on the bookpost front – 11 new arrivals for my shelves eekkk!!! Some I bought, some were kindly sent by publishers! My postman is cursing me again I’ sure!

So here’s a look back at all those books, and what I’m currently reading! Click on the titles for links to the GoodReads pages!

BOOKS FINISHED

The Unforgotten by Laura Powell – 3 stars

Listened to the audio version of this and it kept me gripped throughout! Dark and unsettling! Really enjoyed it!

The Angel’s Mark by S.W.Perry –  5 stars

Read this ahead of a Blog Tour next month, and loved this history/mystery story!

BOOKHAUL

Hope you’re sitting comfortably…

Charlie & Rose Investigate series by Jo Perry

Dead Is Better

Dead Is Best

Dead Is Good

The lovely folk at Fahrenheit Press have been sharing a few deals recently and one to buy this set got my interest so I treated myself!

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Published by Orion Press

Publication Date – February 2019

Extremely excited to receive this from the publishers! There is so much buzz about this book already so I can’t wait to dive in and see what the fuss is about!

Saplings by Noel Streatfeild

Manja by Anna Gmeyner

The Persephone bookshelf has been added too again!  

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Having loved Old Baggage, I was glad to spot this from Lissa Evans in a charity shop! 

The Light in the Dark by Horatio Clare

Published by Elliott & Thompson

Publication Date – 1st November 2018

Received this ahead of a Blog Tour – very excited to read this one! And the cover is stunning!

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll

I chose this as part of my Alma Classics monthly book subscription service! Anything Alice related is fine by me! 

The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood by Susan Elliot Wright

Published by Simon & Schuster

Publication Date – February 2019

Received this courtesy of The Words Podcast and another one that has got me all excited to start!

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

Saw Simon Savidge discuss these on one of his BookTube videos and it sounded right up my street! ooh and another stunning cover!

CURRENTLY READING

It’s another Big Book Weekender – Savidge Reads – so I love to take part in these as it forces me to pick those big scary ‘chunksters’ of books up that I keep putting off!  So with almost 1,000 pages between them, I’m going to try and read as much of these as I can!

What Was Lost by Jean Levy

Manja by Anna Gmeyner

Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan

This is my current bedtime read – do you have different books by your bedside?! – and I’m not really sure what I’m thinking about it at the moment! I should be loving it, but it’s not clicked with me yet!

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So how has your week been?! Better than mine on the reading front I hope!

Happy Reading!!

My bookish weekly wrap up – week 26 2018

Hello all!!  We have made it to the halfway point in 2018 – how scary is that??!!  And another week of hot and sunny weather here in the UK! This should be a good thing  but when it’s TOO hot to do anything what is the point?!!  At least the heat seems to have brought the butterflies to life in the garden so I’m pleased to see those! If only they’d all sit nicely on my flowers and pose for me more often!!

On the book front I have big news to share……..7 days into July and ZERO books have been purchased!!!!!!!! That is right … ZERO!!!! Maybe this is a consequence of the heat?!  Or maybe I’ve just been extremely well behaved and realistic whilst looking at piles of unread books and realised I needed to show more control!!!  I’m sure this book buying blip won’t last very long but it’s a good start for the month!

On the reading front things are going well too! 5 books read this week! Falling a little behind on the reviews front though so need to sort that! The heat has scrambled my brain!!

There has been bookpost as I’ve been lucky to have won a few books – yay for the internet! – as well as a proof arriving and a subscription box too! So here’s a look back at my week!

BOOKS FINISHED

The Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain  – 4 stars

Loved this fun and touching story of a boy who doesn’t fit in and his love affair with Madonna! Lots of fab retro mentions!

Old Baggage by Lissa Evans  – 5 stars

A fabulous story of Mattie and her fight to find meaning to life after being a suffragete.

The Light Between Us by Katie Khan  –  4 stars

Another enjoyable book with a sci-fi /time travel twist!

The Rules of Seeing by Joe Heap  –  5 stars

Publication date – 6th August 2018

Loved this! The story of Nova who was blind but now can see after an operation and it’s made her life more complicated than ever!

Here comes the Best Man by Angela Britnell – 5 stars

Swoonsome story that I was lucky enough to read as a manuscript as part of the Choc Lit taste panel, and it’s full of all the feels!!

BOOK HAUL

Was a very happy bunny when I won this set via a Twitter giveaway last week! I have read the first in this series – Strange Magic – and loved that so am excited to read more of the Essex Witch Mysteries!

Strange Magic by Syd Moore

Strange Sight by Syd Moore

Strange Fascination by Syd Moore

And another win was this e-book via a Blog giveaway!

Just by Jenny Morton Potts

On golden Mediterranean sands, maverick doctor Scott Langbrook falls wrecklessly in love with his team leader, Fiyori Maziq. If only that was the extent of his falling, but Scott descends into the hellish clutches of someone much more sinister.

‘Just’ is a story of love and loss, of terror and triumph. Set in idyllic Cambridge and on the shores of the Med and Cornwall, our characters fight for their very lives on land and at sea.

An unforgettable novel which goes to the heart of our catastrophic times, and seeks salvation.

And this proof arrived ahead of a future blog tour!

The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway by Rhys Thomas

Publication Date – 9th August 2018

A feel-good novel that will make you laugh and cry. The perfect book club read for fans of The Rosie Project, A Man Called Ove, and The Keeper of Lost Things . Charming, quirky, and bursting with heart.

Sam Holloway has survived the worst that life can throw at you. But he’s not really living. His meticulous routines keep everything nice and safe – with just one exception . . .

Three nights a week, Sam dons his superhero costume and patrols the streets. It makes him feel invincible – but his unlikely heroics are getting him into some sticky situations.

Then a girl comes along and starts to shatter the walls Sam has built around himself. Now, he needs to decide if he’s brave enough to take off the mask, and to confront the grief he’s been avoiding for so long . . .

Hilarious and heart-warming, this is a story about grief, loneliness, and the life-changing power of kindness.

CURRENTLY READING

THE POSSIBLE WORLD by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

Reading this courtesy of The Pigeonhole app and I’m already in love!!! A stunning story so far!

Ben is the sole survivor of a crime that claims his mother and countless others. He is just six years old, and already he must find a new place for himself in the world.

Lucy, the doctor who tends to Ben, is grappling with a personal upheaval of her own. She feels a profound connection to the little boy who has lived through the unthinkable. Will recovering his memory heal him, or damage him further?

Clare has long believed that the lifetime of secrets she’s been keeping don’t matter to anyone anymore, until an unexpected encounter prompts her to tell her story.

As they each struggle to confront the events – past and present – that have defined their lives, something stronger than fate is working to bring them together…

The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan

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And how has your reading week been? Would love to hear about it in the comments below! Have you been good and not bought any books either?!

happy reading!!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – Week 24 2018

Hello!! Greeted by this beauty in the garden this morning – it’s a Lily I’m helping to trial for the Richard Jackson Garden team and if you are looking for the easiest to look after plant then I’d highly recommend this Lily ‘Bright Joy’! We do like a plant that needs very little care!!

The sun continues to shine here in Essex and it seems to have helped no end with my reading and book acquiring habits!! Is that a good thing?! Yes to the first, No to the second! July definitely needs to be a more restrained month on the book buying front…… famous last words!

So this past week I’ve managed  to finish another 5 books and have acquired 8 books for the shelves! Oops! Here’s a little look at all the bookish action! Please click on the book titles for a link to their GoodReads page for more info!

BOOKS FINISHED

                  

My Mourning Year by Andrew Marshall – 4 stars

The Power of Dog by Andrew Marshall – 4 stars

Ahead of the Blog Tour for The Power of Dog I will be on in July, I read these two memoirs from Andrew Marshall and found them to be a really interesting look at grief and how to recover.

Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green  –  4 stars

I loved revisiting this Little Duck Pond Cafe series and this is number 2 in the series! Really good read!

Call of the Curlew by Elizabeth Brooks  – 5 stars

I loved this dark, menacing read!! Watch out for a full review in July on the Blog Tour!

The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale  – 4 stars

A magical but often quite dark story! Very enjoyable and that cover is just gorgeous!!

BOOKHAUL

The Rules of Seeing by Joe Heap

Publication Date – 9th August 2018

received from publisher

The Rules of Seeing follows the lives of two women whose paths cross at a time when they need each other most. Nova, an interpreter for the Metropolitan police, has been blind from birth. When she undergoes surgery to restore her sight her journey is just beginning – she now has to face a world in full colour for the first time. Kate, a successful architect and wife to Tony, is in hospital after a blow to the head. There, she meets Nova and what starts as a beautiful friendship soon turns into something more.

Ordered these from Goldsboro Books as part of the Book of the Month club so have received these signed first editions

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

The Puppet Show by M.W.Craven

The Baltimore Boys by Joel Dicker

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

This is the latest addition to my Alma Classics collection courtesy of their Year of Reading Classics club

The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers

Recent winner of the 2018 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction and it has been on my radar for a while so I treated myself!

The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter

I couldn’t resist the gorgeous cover this was reissued with for the Virago Modern Classics collection!

Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile by Alice Jolly

An Unbound release that has caught my eye as it just sounds so fascinating!

CURRENTLY READING

3 on the go at the mo!

The Cafe at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

The Death of Mrs Westaway via The Pigeonhole app

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Hope your week has been as good?! Any recommendations or thoughts on this batch of books?! Would love to hear from you!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up Week 21 2018

Hello! The month of June is with us…. how has that happened?!  And this was the month I had planned to impose a book buying ban on myself, as I’d spiralled a little(!) out of control over the previous month. I’ve coped well with book buying bans before so was all set….. and then I ventured into a library to just browse their book sale and the lure of buying a book for 50p was just too much to ignore so the book buying ban failed on the first day…… maybe I’ll have better luck next month!!

Picked up reading wise this past week which has been good, and with the 20 Books of Summer time now with us I need to keep this pace up!  So here’s a quick look back at all those books I’ve finished this week, acquired this week and those that I’m currently reading!

BOOKS FINISHED

The Parentations by Kate Mayfield – 5 stars

Loved this one! So original!

Nevermoor; The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend – 3 stars

This was a fun to read middle grade book that has been compared to Harry Potter, and if you read it you’ll find out why!

Tomorrow by Damian Dibben – 3 stars

Another enjoyable read, and another book of immortality that fell just a bit flat for me. Very original concept though!

Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins – 5 stars

Picked this up to kick off my Persephone Readathon weekend and what a book to start with! Loved it – will be reviewing in  more depth soon!

BOOKS ACQUIRED

Have been lucky this week to win a lovely giveaway from the bods at Serpents Tail over on Twitter so this book arrived in the post the other day.

The Summer House by Philip Teir

Publication day July 12th 2018

The light greenery of the early summer is trembling around Erik and Julia as they shove their children into the car and start the drive towards the house by the sea on the west coast of Finland where they will spend the summer. From the outside they are a happy young family looking forward to a long holiday together.

But look under the surface, and their happiness shows signs of not lasting the summer. On the eve of the holiday, Erik lost his job, but hasn’t yet told the family. And the arrival of Julia’s childhood friend Marika – along with her charismatic husband Chris, the leader of a group of environmental activists that have given up hope for planet Earth and are returning to a primitive lifestyle – deepens the hairline cracks that had so far remained invisible.

Around these people, over the course of one summer, Philip Teir weaves a finely-tuned story about life choices and lies, about childhood and adulthood. How do we live if we know that the world is about to end?

And then there was the book that led me astray at the library sale…. I couldn’t refuse this beauty for 50p!

Mrs Osmond by John Banville

A rich historical novel about the aftermath of betrayal, from the Booker prize-winning author.

What was freedom, she thought, other than the right to exercise one’s choices?

Isabel Osmond, a spirited, intelligent young heiress, flees to London after being betrayed by her husband, to be with her beloved cousin Ralph on his deathbed. After a somber, silent existence at her husband’s Roman palazzo, Isabel’s daring
departure to London reawakens her youthful quest for freedom and independence, as old suitors resurface and loyal friends remind her of happier times.

But soon Isabel must decide whether to return to Rome to face up to the web of deceit in which she has become entangled or to strike out on her own once more

And the other night I was browsing on the BorrowBox library app for some new audio books to listen too and these two took my fancy!

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

14th February 1900. St Valentine’s Day in rural Australia. Nineteen girls and their two school-mistresses from exclusive Appleyard College leave for a picnic at the brooding, hanging rock. Some of the group fail to return. Murder? Accident? Supernatural happenings?
What is the explanation for these bizarre disappearances?

Death and the Seaside by Alison Moore

With an abandoned degree behind her and a thirtieth birthday approaching, amateur writer Bonnie Falls moves out of her parents’ home into a nearby flat. Her landlady, Sylvia Slythe, takes an interest in Bonnie, encouraging her to finish one of her stories, in which a young woman moves to the seaside, where she comes under strange influences. As summer approaches, Sylvia suggests to Bonnie that, as neither of them has anyone else to go on holiday with, they should go away together – to the seaside, perhaps.

The new novel from the author of the Man Booker-shortlisted The Lighthouse is a tense and moreish confection of semiotics, suggestibility and creative writing with real psychological depth and, in Bonnie Falls and Sylvia Slythe, two unforgettable characters.

CURRENTLY READING

Continuing with the mini persephone readathon I’ve chosen to read this one next.

The Winds of Heaven by Monica Dickens

The Winds of Heaven is a 1955 novel about ‘a widow, rising sixty, with no particular gifts or skills, shunted from one to the other of her more or less unwilling daughters on perpetual uneasy visits, with no prospect of her life getting anything but worse’ (Afterword). One daughter is the socially ambitious Miriam living in commuter belt with her barrister husband and children; one is Eva, an aspiring actress in love with a married man; and the third is Anne, married to a rough but kindly Bedfordshire smallholder who is the only one who treats Louise with more than merely dutiful sympathy. The one relation with whom she has any empathy is her grandchild.

The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan

Mara’s island is one of stories and magic. She knows she’ll eventually end her days atop the cliff, turned to stone and gazing out at the horizon like all the villagers that went before her, drawn by the otherworldly call of the sea. Her whole family will be there too, even her brother Bee and her sister Islay.

But the island and the sea do what they want, and when they claim a price from her family, Mara’s world changes forever.

As years pass and Mara grows into herself and her scars, a chance meeting with the magnetic Pearl brings magic to life once more in ways that Mara never thought possible, in a story that she never would have dreamed for herself before.

The enchanting spiritual prequel to The Gracekeepers, Kirsty Logan’s The Gloaming is a present-day fable that brims over with dazzling imagination and captivating language.

And that brings that week to a close!  How has your bookish week been? Good? Bad? Indifferent?!

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