A seasonal tale of kindness and goodwill
Before A Christmas Carol there was….Miss Marley.
Miss Marley is a beautifully bound book that was begun by Vanessa Lafaye and completed by her friend Rebecca Mascull. Vanessa Lafaye passed away earlier this year and, due to her illness, she was unable to complete this labour of love, this book that enabled her to express, in her own way, her love for Charles Dickens famous novel, A Christmas Carol.
Vanessa Lafaye was intrigued by Jacob Marley, the business partner of the infamous Scrooge and always wondered why he was destined to a drag chains around forever in the ghostly realm.
With the assistance of fellow author and her very close friend, Rebecca Mascull, Miss Marley was lovingly completed and was published in November by HQ Stories.
Read on for my thoughts…
A hidden note.
A lost love.
A second chance.
The Key is a novel I received a few months back from Headline Review thanks to a shout out from my fellow book blogger Kate Noble over at https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/ I haven’t read a book by Kathryn Hughes before but I have read reviews of her previous novels so I was looking forward to reading The Key. Life and other book commitments resulted in a delay in me getting to it but I am delighted today to finally bring you all my thoughts.
The Importance of Being Aisling*
(*That’s ASH-ling-small-town girl, big heart, no clue)
First things first, CONGRATS to Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen for winning the SPECSAVERS POPULAR FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 at the An Post Irish Book Awards on Tuesday evening. I was delighted to be there as a guest of writing.ie and yes ladies the ‘curly hair-dos’ were just fab 🙂
By Royal Appointment
The love affair that almost destroyed the monarchy
By Royal Appointment is the latest novel from bestselling Irish author A. O’ Connor and is a slight departure for him, as it is his first fictionalised account of real events.
In 1861 nineteen-year-old Bertie, Prince of Wales, began an affair with the Irish actress Nellie Cliffden.
Paris in the Dark ~ Kit Cobb is back
Welcome to the City of Lights
Drawing on his own experience as a war veteran and news reporter, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Robert Olen Butler has created a thriller described as a ‘page-turner with an unmistakable literary quality’ Paris in the Dark is the fourth Kit Cobb novel and has just been released with No Exit Press.
No Time to Cry
Undercover ops are always dangerous, but DC Constance Fairchild never expected things to go this wrong.
No Time to Cry is the latest novel from James Oswald one of the UK’s biggest crime writers and most well known for bringing us the bestselling Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries.
Christmas at Liberty’s
Even in wartime there is magic at Christmas
Christmas at Liberty’s is the first book in the new Liberty Girls series from Fiona Ford. Set around the iconic Carnaby Street department store during the London Blitz, it is described as a ‘heart-warming story of friendship and courage’
The truth drifts out to sea, riding the waves out of sight. And then the tide turns.
A Keeper is the second novel from the best loved broadcaster Graham Norton. Following on from his debut novel Holding, which was a commercial and critical success, Graham Norton set his mind to writing book two. It is described as a ‘compelling new novel confirming Graham Norton’s status as a fresh, literary voice, bringing his clear-eyed understanding of human nature and its darkest flaws.’
Just published with Hodder and Stoughton, I was delighted to receive a signed copy of A Keeper at an event with Graham Norton which was recently hosted by Easons and Rick O’ Shea at The Cork Opera House.
Please do read on for my thoughts…
The House on Vesper Sands
Ladies and gentlemen, the darkness is complete.
Looking for something exciting? Looking for something dark and mysterious? Well look no further.
The House on Vesper Sands is the latest novel from Paraic O’ Donnell and has just been published with Weidenfeld & Nicolson (an Orion imprint) A perfectly pitched tale of suspense wrapped up in a shadowy cloak of darkness.