Unlaced by the Highland Duke – Lara Temple #LochmoreLegacy

This is the second book in Harlequin’s Lochmore Legacy series and Lara Temple has now taken us back 26 years from Janice Preston’s His Convenient Highland Wedding. Preston’s novel had set up the story of the feuding clans, the Lochmores and the McCrieffs, and had introduced the central mystery of the brooch found amongst a … Continue reading Unlaced by the Highland Duke – Lara Temple #LochmoreLegacy

Lauren Wolk’s Wolf Hollow – truth and loyalties in 1940s America #review

This moving and tautly-constructed tale of secrets and damaged characters is an excellent read for young and old(er) adults alike. From the opening line, ‘The year I turned twelve, I learned how to lie’, we’re in the hands of an accomplished storyteller, and one who isn’t afraid to pull her punches when it comes to … Continue reading Lauren Wolk’s Wolf Hollow – truth and loyalties in 1940s America #review

70 Reviews: 4. Summer in Algiers by Albert Camus (Pocket Penguins) #review

I had read some of Camus’ novels (in translation – my GCSE French textbook, the marvellous Tricolor, didn’t cover existential thought) and loved them. I had not, however, spent much time with his essays. This is another brilliant thing about this Penguin boxset challenge – I’m reading things I might otherwise have passed over because … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 4. Summer in Algiers by Albert Camus (Pocket Penguins) #review

Allie Cresswell’s Game Show – Blog Tour Post

ese Allie Cresswell’s Game Show, first published in 2013, is a terrifying take on power and the speed with which social constraints and personal responsibility might be abandoned if the rules are removed. The setting of the novel in 1992 is significant. We hadn’t yet seen the rise of ‘Reality TV’ in the form of … Continue reading Allie Cresswell’s Game Show – Blog Tour Post

Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance – Review and a conversation with David Ahern

David Ahern's Derry O'Donnell, together with her fortune-reading alter-ego Madam Tulip, is now on her third adventure, this time in the highlands of Scotland. I was very happy to see that familiar characters are back - there's much to love about Derry's opportunistic father, this time embroiled in buying an ancestral home, and Derry's ever … Continue reading Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance – Review and a conversation with David Ahern

Blogging – the first eight months, or ‘What I’ve learned So Far…’

About eight months ago (the exact date is vague because I prevaricated, unsure about how the hell to actually start) I wrote my first blog post, a review of Maggie O'Farrell's This Must Be The Place. The book itself wasn't significant (although I enjoyed it a good deal) but I guess the timing was. I'd been … Continue reading Blogging – the first eight months, or ‘What I’ve learned So Far…’