Books set in Malaysia: my personal list #SundayBlogShare

With the help of Jill from jillsbookcafe.blog I have collected together some of my favourite books about Malaysia.  Having spent several holidays in the Malay Peninsular while I was living in Singapore I have always felt drawn to books set in this lovely country. First books by local authors: The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash AwContinue reading “Books set in Malaysia: my personal list #SundayBlogShare”

#AtoZChallenge : P is for Pollyanna

I first came to the story of Pollyanna when I went to the cinema at the age of 11 to see the film.  Unfortunately I forgot my glasses, needed for distance viewing, so sitting in the circle it was like listening to an audio-book!  As a result I soon found the book by Eleanor Porter,Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge : P is for Pollyanna”

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”

The Matrimonial Advertisement (Parish Orphans of Devon Book 1) by Mimi Matthews #NewRelease #RBRT #BookReview

    Helena Reynolds needs sanctuary and, even more than that, a protector. She has travelled to Greyfriar’s Abbey, a remote estate in Devon, to enter into a marriage contract with a stranger. Captain Justin Thornhill is a brave, attractive man, so why is he advertising for a bride? Tortured in India during the mutinyContinue reading “The Matrimonial Advertisement (Parish Orphans of Devon Book 1) by Mimi Matthews #NewRelease #RBRT #BookReview”

Gold Plated by Christine Campbell #FridayReads #RBRT

Rosanna and Paul are celebrating their Golden Wedding with a grand party at the local Golf Club.  Aided by their only daughter Heather, Rosanna is making sure that everything is perfect including baking a delicious cake and buying Paul the ideal gift, but have all their years together been so perfect? The clock is turnedContinue reading “Gold Plated by Christine Campbell #FridayReads #RBRT”

The Wind Singer by William Nicholson #BookReview #YA

William Nicholson was the playwright who wrote “Shadowlands” and “Gladiator” so it may surprise you to read that The Wind Singer is a children’s book (or at least young adults). It is a dystopian fantasy, centred on Kestrel and Bowman Hath, twin sister and brother who live in the city of Aramanth with their mother, fatherContinue reading “The Wind Singer by William Nicholson #BookReview #YA”

Double Cheque by Heather MacQuarrie #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview

Like all good dramas, “Double Cheque” is about secrets and lies.  As in “Broken Cups,” Heather MacQuarrie’s previous book, the story describes families and young couples with happy lives which can so easily be destroyed by unfaithfulness or anger. This story centres on Jasmine, a young woman moving into her first flat and her parents,Continue reading “Double Cheque by Heather MacQuarrie #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview”

The Women of Heachley Hall by Rachel Walkley #RBRT #NewRelease

When book illustrator, Miriam Chambers inherits Great Aunt Felicity’s Victorian mansion in the Norfolk countryside, she discovers it is a poisoned chalice.  Either she must live in the run-down, cold building for a year and a day, or it will be auctioned for charity.  Since she is able to work at home she decides toContinue reading “The Women of Heachley Hall by Rachel Walkley #RBRT #NewRelease”

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman #FridayReads #BookReview

After reading The Invisible Library I was looking forward to this second volume of the series in which Library Agent, Irene Winters, faces another challenging mission in alternative worlds.  Her handsome apprentice, Kai has been kidnapped and taken to an alternative Venice ruled by the Fae, therefore rampant with chaos. Unaided, she must rescue Kai,Continue reading “The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman #FridayReads #BookReview”

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd #BookReview

I recently discovered the books of Siobhan Dowd, sadly after she died.  Written as a young adult adventure, “The London Eye Mystery” is exactly the sort of book I would have bought for my school Library or classroom.   Written in the words of Ted, who lives with his parents and elder sister Kat inContinue reading “The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd #BookReview”