April 1, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: Secrets of the Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford

Based on a real letter to the Times by a Victorian schoolmaster reporting a mermaid sighting, Secrets of the Sea House is an epic, sweeping tale of loss and love; hope and redemption; and how we heal ourselves with the stories we tell. Scotland, 1860. Reverend Alexander Ferguson, naïve and newly-ordained, takes up his new parish [...]
March 30, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: The Lost Summers of Driftwood by Vanessa McCausland

Is it more dangerous to forget ... or to remember? A compelling drama about broken dreams, first love and the mystery of a lost sister, for all fans of Hannah Richell and Kate Morton. She remembered this part of the trip during the day time. Her sisters on either side in the back [...]
March 27, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: Hanns & Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz by Thomas Harding

May 1945. In the aftermath of the Second Word War, the first British War Crimes Investigation Team is assembled to hunt down the senior Nazi officials responsible for the greatest atrocities the world has ever seen. One of the lead investigators [...]
March 25, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Brimstone (The Fire Watcher Chronicles #1) by Kelly Gardiner

December 1940: Christopher Larkham finds an ancient Roman ring inscribed with a phoenix on the banks of the Thames. As he takes shelter from the firestorm of the Blitz, the ring glows, and pushing open a door, he finds himself in 1666 and facing [...]
March 23, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Oct. 11th, 1943 - A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun. When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance [...]
March 20, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: The Island by Victoria Hislop

On the brink of a life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past. But Sofia has never spoken of it. All she admits to is growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London. When Alexis decides [...]
March 18, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh

A parcel of patterns brought the plague to Eyam. A parcel sent up from London to George Vicars, a journeyman tailor, who was lodging with Mrs. Cooper in a cottage by the west end of the churchyard. So begins Mall Percival's account of how her village of Eyam [...]
March 16, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Mermaid Singing by Charmian Clift

The Blurb (from Goodreads): The story of a year spent by two Australian writers on the Greek island of Kalymnos in the 1950s. My Thoughts: This […]
March 13, 2020

VINTAGE BOOK REVIEW: Witch Child by Celia Rees

Enter the world of young Mary Newbury, a world where simply being different can cost a person her life. Hidden until now in the pages of her diary, Mary's startling story begins in 1659, the year her beloved grandmother is hanged in the public square as a witch [...]