Star Rating: ★★★★✰ It’s Christmas Village’s most wonderful time of year when all the inhabitants are preparing for the annual, week-long Christmas Festival. But all is not right at Plum Cottage, as a troupe of entertainers in town for the festival are shocked at the death of their manager, Mr Stipes.
Star Rating: ★★★✰✰ Emily could never have imaged that letting a woman step out of the lift ahead of her would have such an impact on her life. As she watched the woman get hit by a speeding car and die instantly, she could never have thought how much this woman would affect her.
One Little Lie asks the question ‘does a mother ever really know their child?’ It follows the journey of two mothers who have lost their sons, one to murder, and one to prison.
Alice is the mother of a killer. Her son is in prison for murder and she bears the guilt of someone who blames herself. Her support group for parents with troubled children can only help so much. She knows only the forgiveness of one woman will alleviate her guilt.
Every writer has been there: you’re working on a story, maybe you’ve come to a bit of a plateau and you’re stuck. But what’s that in the distance? A new idea? It’s so shiny! You have to work on that one right away before it flies away never to be seen again. You start working on the new idea, forgetting about the old one, and inevitably hit a plateau again. But wait, what’s that in the distance again? Another new idea? ...Well, you get the picture.
Star rating: ★★★✰✰ In 1809, Lord Francis Marryman has lost his wife. He desperately misses her and, in honour of her, decides to build a Hall in the Devon countryside. Two centuries later, K&K Publishing Company needs a last-minute venue for their New Year’s Eve party. Marryman Hall is the only place available, and when the day of the party arrives, a snowstorm means only a handful of people can attend, soon finding themselves snowed in with no phone or internet.
Star rating: ★★★✰✰ A historical novel with a touch of noir, The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a shamed ex-Pinkerton agent looking to redeem herself. Her stealth and espionage skills lead her to a job with her ex-lover Delphine. Dressed as her alter-ego, Jack Camp, she infiltrates Delphine’s opium smuggling ring to find out where her missing product has been going.
So I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog lately and it’s been for a couple of reasons. Nothing too exciting, I’m afraid, it’s mostly because I’ve just moved house and packing and unpacking is a complete bitch that takes up all of the time in the universe (can you tell I’m so done with it?).
The longlist for the 2018 Man Booker prize was announced yesterday, and I'm so happy to say that three Irish authors are on it. Donal Ryan's From a Low and Quiet Sea, Sally Rooney's Normal People, and Anna Burns' Milkman have all been chosen as candidates for the prestigious award.
Top Ten Tuesday is a list challenge run by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's post is my top 10 books of 2018, so far. I’ve only read 13 books so far this year, so picking out 10 wasn’t easy. I haven’t enjoyed them all enough to say that they should be in a ‘best of’ list. So I’ve chosen seven of my favourite. So here we go, in the order I read them.
Alright, I have to be honest before I start this review: I didn't finish this book. That's only happened twice before: Moby Dick and Love in the Time of Cholera, both of which bored me to tears (unpopular opinions, I know, but here we are). So all of the following opinions are based on only reading half of The Lost Girl. Read on if you want, I hope I don't bore you as much as this book did me.