Rags of Time by Michael Ward #BookReview #HistFic

London  1639. Thomas Tallant, a young and ambitious Spice Merchant, returns from India to find his city in turmoil.  A bitter struggle is brewing between King Charles I and Parliament, as England slides into civil war. The capital is simmering with dissent. The conflict is ready to boil over. But Thomas soon has other troublesContinue reading “Rags of Time by Michael Ward #BookReview #HistFic”

The Opium Smuggler: Sword and Steampunk by Celine Jeanjean (The Viper and the Urchin Book 7) #NewRelease

  An impossible smuggling route A smuggler who won’t quit Will Adelma’s stubbornness bring her success or get her killed? Adelma has one dream: to set herself up as a smuggler. But as the daughter of a fisherman, that’s easier said than done. As she slowly starts to network in the smuggling world, she comesContinue reading “The Opium Smuggler: Sword and Steampunk by Celine Jeanjean (The Viper and the Urchin Book 7) #NewRelease”

#BookReview: A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson

        When Ellen Carr abandons grey, dreary London to become housekeeper at an experimental school in Austria, she soon knows she has found her calling. She never expected the Hallendorf school to be quite so unusual. Her life back in England with her suffragette mother and liberated aunts certainly couldn’t be calledContinue reading “#BookReview: A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson”

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman #YA #BookReview

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger ofContinue reading “The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman #YA #BookReview”

Friday Bookshare #AmReading

This week I’m reading Harry Leslie Smith’s account of his early life. I was prompted to do so by Terry Tyler who reviewed his three autobiographies on her blog Harry Leslie Smith died on 28th November 2018 at the age of 95. He grew up in Yorkshire in great poverty and found wartime an escapeContinue reading “Friday Bookshare #AmReading”

The Lost Letters by Sarah Mitchell #BookReview #RBRT

 What if keeping your loved ones safe meant never seeing them again? Norfolk, 1940: Sylvia’s husband Howard has gone off to war, and she is struggling to raise her two children alone. Her only solace is her beach hut in Wells-Next-The-Sea, and her friendship with Connie, a woman she meets on the beach. The twoContinue reading “The Lost Letters by Sarah Mitchell #BookReview #RBRT”