The Girl from Venice by Siobhan Daiko #amreading #BookReview

Lidia De Angelis has kept a low profile since Mussolini’s laws wrenched her from her childhood sweetheart. But when the Germans occupy Venice in 1943, she must flee the city to save her life. Lidia joins the partisans in the Venetian mountains, where she meets David, an English soldier fighting for the same cause. AsContinue reading “The Girl from Venice by Siobhan Daiko #amreading #BookReview”

My Top Reads 2021 ~ July to December

During the second half of this year I was able to revisit some more favourite authors. I was delighted to rediscover Carol Hedges‘ Victorian Detectives in the last volume of the series Desire & Deceit . I rediscovered Sara Sheridan, many of whose books I read about 10 years ago. Her latest novel The FairContinue reading “My Top Reads 2021 ~ July to December”

The Fair Botanists by Sara Sheridan #BookReview

Could one rare plant hold the key to a thousand riches? It’s the summer of 1822 and Edinburgh is abuzz with rumours of King George IV’s impending visit. In botanical circles, however, a different kind of excitement has gripped the city. In the newly installed Botanic Garden, the Agave Americana plant looks set to flowerContinue reading “The Fair Botanists by Sara Sheridan #BookReview”

Happiest Days by Jack Sheffield #FridayReads #BookReview

It’s 1986 and Jack Sheffield returns to Ragley village school for his tenth rollercoaster year as headteacher. It’s the year of Margaret Thatcher’s third election victory, Dynasty and shoulder pads, Neighbours and a Transformer for Christmas. And at Ragley-on-the-Forest School, a year of surprises is in store. Ruby the Caretaker find happiness at last, Vera the Secretary makes anContinue reading “Happiest Days by Jack Sheffield #FridayReads #BookReview”