Can there be any greater challenge to Londons Ambitious Mama’s than an unmarried duke? Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, April 1813. By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friends sister, the lovely – and alomost on the shelf – Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truthContinue reading “Bridgerton: The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn”
The month of June has been a night-shift riddled pit into which it has been utterly impossible to pour any sort of light; The idea of turning my poor, jet-lagged little mind to anything resembling an original idea has been far too much to ask of it. Enter ‘The Comfort Book’ stage left. The ComfortContinue reading “Comfort Book: The Belgariad by David Eddings”
Georgia and Lydia are so close they’re practically sisters. So when Lydia starts an online business that struggles, Georgia wants to help her – but she also understands that Lydia’s not the kind to accept a handout. Setting up a fake twitter account, Georgia hopes to give her friend some annonymous moral support by posingContinue reading “Book Review: Worst Idea Ever by Jane Fallon”
Glasgow 2025. Dr Amanda Maclean is called to treat a young man with a mild fever. within three hours he dies. The mysterious illness sweeps through the hospital with deadly speed. The victims are all men. This is how is begins. Dr Maclean raises the alarm, but the sickness spreads to every corner of theContinue reading “Book Review: The End Of Men, by Christina Sweeney-Baird”
The War of the Roses storm through the country, and Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, plots to topple the weak-minded King Henry VI from the throne. But when the Yorkists are defeated at the battle of Ludford Bridge, Cecily’s family flee and abandon her to face a marauding Lancastrian army on her own. Stripped ofContinue reading “Book Review: The Queen’s Rival by Anne O’Brian”
I had occasion today to reflect on the success of my Book a Week Challenge when I woke up between night shifts feeling groggy and grumpy and reached for my new book – The Queen’s Rival by Anne O’Brian. Night shifts have always been the trigger for a mini Book Slump for me. It isContinue reading “The Night Shift Problem”
She is beautiful, she is a princess and Aphrodite is her favourite goddess, but something in Helen of Sparta just itches for more out of life. Unlike her prissy sister Clytemnestra she takes no pleasure in weaving and embroidery. And despite what her mother says, she is not even close to being interested in gettingContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Nobody’s Princess’ and ‘Nobody’s Prize’ by Esther Friesner”
Dublin, 1918. In a country doubly ravaged by war and diseaase, Nurse Julia Powers works at an understaffed hospital in the city centre where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar flu are quarantined together. Into julia’s stressful world step two outsides: Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police and aContinue reading “Book Review: The Pull Of The Stars by Emma Donoghue”
Jo Kuan is leading a double life. By day she works as a quiet lady’s maid, but by night she’s the voice behind the most radical advice column in 1890’s Altanta. Jo is used to living life on the margins – invisible except for the occasional looks of disdain – but she won’t let itContinue reading “Book Review: The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee”
Attractive, wealthy and influential, Katherine Willoughby is one of the most unusual ladies of the Tudor Court. A favourite of King Henry VIII Katherine knew all his six wives, his daughters Mary and Elizabeth and his son Edward. Katherine becomes the ward of Tudor knight Charles Brandon. Her spanish mother Maria de Salinas is QueenContinue reading “Book Review: Katherine, Tudor Duchess by Tony Riches”
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