Aisling is 28, has a stable job in PensionsPlus, goes out at the weekend with her best friend Majella, and spends two nights a week at John’s, her boyfriend of seven years and 17th kiss at her 21st. But she wants more. She wants a ring and a wedding. Seven years is long enough to be waiting. But John doesn’t share her plans, and after a holiday in Tenerife doesn’t end in a proposal, she decides enough is enough.
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.
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.
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.
It's been a while since I've done a Top Ten Tuesday post, I missed them. So here we go. Top Ten Tuesday is a list challenge run by That Artsy Reader Girl. This weeks list is books that have red, white and blue covers, in honour of the 4th July tomorrow. Or we can choose books with the colours of our own flag (green, white and orange in my Irish case).
Star Rating: ★★★✰✰
A murder-mystery where the main character (and suspect) is a murder-mystery writer, you say? Count me in!
Mystery writer Charlee Russo is having a fairly normal day, or so she thinks. A phone call to say her agent is dead rocks her world in more ways than she could have imagined.
Star rating: ★★★★✰ Zoje Stage’s debut novel Baby Teeth is a disturbingly entertaining look at being a mother to a problem child.
Suzette wants to be a loving mother to her daughter Hanna. She wants nothing more than to have a happy and functional family.
But Hanna has other ideas.