You know what you’re going to get with a Kate Morton book; modern and historical stories with mystery and romance. As her mother is dying, a woman remembers something horribly violent from her past and begins a journey that unravels secrets from long ago. Set in the 30s, 60s and 2011, the mystery unfolds convincingly, the characters are engaging and the settings are lovely. Kate Morton always delivers a great read.
The continuation of this series has proved popular and it is not hard to see why. The characters are interesting with storylines that keep me watching, lots of drama and romance. It is great to see the characters change and develop. I enjoy the setting of 1950s Australia. This season has definitely amped up the drama and scandal level of the series. Watch out for the last episode though, so many cliff-hangers are included! Now there is the wait to find out all the answers.
What does it take to get Jessie to go to sleep? Read this charming story to find out – the methods probably happen at your house! The relationship between Jessie and her older sister is beautifully described and illustrated.
I am well and truly captivated by this series now. Lena and Lila grow apart as their choices and opportunities take them on different paths, but the darkness of their Naples neighborhood has a power that is hard to break free from. This book is about oppression, money, violence, power, love, lust, learning and yearning to be free, but I could sum it up as bring simply about spirit, that spark that gives a person drive and passion, and life.
It is a risky thing to read a beloved classic rewritten, even by an author you like. I enjoy Alexander McCall Smith’s light and friendly books with lovely settings. This is another of them. Some of the modernising efforts are more successful than others, which can be a bit forced or just silly. The story is fairly faithful to the events of the original, at the expense of character development and subtlety. It is made to be a moralistic tale, with less heart than the original, but enjoyable enough and perhaps more accessible. I think I’ll start rereading the Austen novels……
This book is described as a love story, but I think the biases of 1940s Australian society play a bigger role in this story. How people were treated – based on White, Aboriginal, Italian or Japanese made a big impression on me. I was not sure how the story would end up and I think Anita Heiss ended the story beautifully and made sense of the characters. This is a story we have all heard about, but told a little bit differently.
I read that The End of Days was like Life After Life, but better. It does have a similar premise, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as Life After Life. It is about possibilities; how everything can change in a second, and it imagines various options for a woman’s life if things had been slightly different. It is set largely in Vienna, between and after the wars, and it is interesting to consider this time from a German perspective. I found parts very slow, almost dull, but others profound and moving.
Seventeen-year-old Mare Barrow’s world is divided by the colour of blood with Red bloods of Norta dominated by the gifted Silver- blooded elite. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until her fate becomes entwined with the Silver’s royal court. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything to help the growing Red rebellion of the Scarlet Guard. A book of loyalty and betrayal, power and revenge, desire and hatred all skilfully woven into this fast-paced, compelling fantasy by debut author Victoria Aveyard.
Kate Atkinson does such a good job with her characters. This is another twisty, complicated, slowly drawn together mystery. Set in Edinburgh and full of eccentric, funny, exasperating characters whose connections slowly become clear. I really enjoyed it and will be back for number three.
Russia, America, spies, double agents, shoot-outs and a mind controlling machine seeped in history connected with Rasputin are all found here. Scary to think it all could happen. The pace is solid and there was enough storyline to keep me reading.