23 May 2016

My book of the month: May

Oh this is a most wonderful story. It only took five pages to hook me and, I confess, books rarely do that to me so quickly!

Set in England, there are two threads to the story. The first starts in 1796 with Jane Austen and shows us the development of her novels and her relationship with mentor, Richard Mansfield. The second thread is set in the present day and tells how Sophie Collingwood traces a literary mystery.

If you enjoy old books, Jane Austen, mysteries, and love, then First Impressions is for you. I loved it.

Read more about First Impressions on Goodreads.

11 May 2016

Three things

So many things to like, but here are three that I like this week.

1. Colour in the shops

Gorgeous teapots, spotted in T2 yesterday. Thanks for allowing me to snap this shot!

2. Shapes in the garden

The beautiful shapes of a tree fern, silhouetted against the sky.

3. Reading Harry Potter

I've never read this series before and am enjoying immersing myself in the first book. So many new stories to discover!

What things are you enjoying this week?

03 May 2016

My book of the month - April

I missed posting this in April but you won't mind that, will you?

This is the 17th novel in the Alexandra Cooper series and I enjoyed it more than the earlier ones. I loved the change of point of view for most of the book; the first 70 or so pages is from Alex's perspective but the rest is Mike Chapman's. This revealed the man behind the tough NYPD cop; something we haven't understood too easily in previous books.

Yes, there still was New York history - it was essential to the plot - but not too much. Normally the books in this series are packed full of historical facts that seem superfluous to the story. These are the pages I skim and immediately forget. The author's change of style is a welcome one for me.

You can read more about Devil's Bridge on Goodreads.