May 11, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled [...]
May 6, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Blackberry & Wild Rose by Sonia Velton

When Esther Thorel, the wife of a Huguenot silk-weaver, rescues Sara Kemp from a brothel she thinks she is doing God’s will. Sara is not convinced being a maid is better than being a whore, but the chance to escape her grasping ‘madam’ is too good to refuse.[...]
May 1, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Daffodil: Biography of a Flower by Helen O’Neill

A beautifully illustrated, visually lush and intriguing book about the world's most popular and most powerful flower. The daffodil is the beautiful first flower of spring, the inspiration of poets, a treasure-trove to scientists and a symbol of everything from unrequited love, [...]
April 30, 2020

The Crimson Thread

On the 12th July 2018, at five o’clock in the evening, I wrote in my journal:   “I’ve been thinking for a while about writing a […]
April 29, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: The Madonna of the Almonds by Marina Fiorato

Young widow Simonetta tries to rebuild her family in 16th century Saronno, Lombardy. In pursuit of a means to keep her estate together, she stumbles upon a new drink made by infusing almonds into alcohol. At the same time, she encounters the talented Bernardino, the protege of Leonardo da Vinci.
April 28, 2020

May Day Celebration

‘May Day Celebration’ An extract from Dragonclaw, Kate’s first published book (The Witches of Eileanan: Book 1)   One night they cantered up a steep incline […]
April 27, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Gulliver’s Wife by Lauren Chater

London, 1702. When her husband is lost at sea, Mary Burton Gulliver, midwife and herbalist, is forced to rebuild her life without him. But three years later when Lemuel Gulliver is brought home, fevered and communicating only in riddles, her ordered world is turned upside down. [...]
April 24, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: The Merry-be-Got by Julie Hearn

In a remote west-country village, all is not as it seems. The minister's daughters have taken to their bed, howling and spitting pins. Rumours of bad magic and ill-wishing are spreading fast—and fingers are pointing at Nell, the cunning woman's granddaughter.
April 22, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: Flame of Seven Waters by Juliet Marillier

Going home can be the hardest thing of all...When Maeve, twenty year old daughter of Lord Sean of Sevenwaters, accompanies a skittish horse back to Erin, she must confront her demons. For Maeve carries the legacy of a childhood fire in her crippled hands. She has lived with her aunt in Britain [...]

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