Book Reviews

This is a list of the Book Reviews I have written, designed to make it easier for you to find those titles you are interested in reading about.

I have organised them in alphabetical order by Authors surname.

Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues, by Trisha Ashley

Fiction: A Feel-Good read about family, good food and shoes set in Lancashire

Book Review: Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues by Trisha Ashley

The Christmas Invitation, by Trisha Ashley

Christmas Fiction: A feel-good festive read about an artist invited to spend Christmas deep in the country with her eccentric patron

Book Review: The Christmas Invitation by Trisha Ashley

Thirteen, by Steve Cavanagh

Thriller: following a murder trial where the true killer is on the jury, not on trial.

Book Review: Thirteen, by Steve Cavanagh

The Ladykiller, by Martina Cole

Crime Fiction/ Thriller: following the ‘Grantley Ripper’ and those who are trying to bring him to justice.

Book Review: The Ladykiller by Martina Cole

The Pull Of The Stars, by Emma Donoghue

Historical Fiction: Set in 1918 Dublin during the flu pandemic on a maternity ward

Book Review: The Pull Of The Stars by Emma Donoghue

The Belgariad Series, by David Eddings

Fantasy: A swords and sorcery series of books suitable for young adults about a boy called Garion who has fallen in with some important people on a Quest that he hasn’t quite figured out yet.

Comfort Book: The Belgariad by David Eddings

Worst Idea Ever, by Jane Fallon

Fiction: telling the story of a woman who learns a secret about herself which she was never meant to hear.

Book Review: Worst Idea Ever by Jane Fallon

A Country Escape, by Katie Fforde

Fiction: a feel-good read set on a cattle farm in the country with an inheritence drama, a romance and lots of heart warming cooking.

Book Review: A Country Escape by Katie Fforde

The Hunting Party, by Lucy Foley

Thriller: set on New Years Eve in the middle of the scottish wilderness, a group of friends discover the hard way that one of their party is a murderer.

Book Review: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

Nobody’s Princess, by Esther Friesner

Young Adult/ Historical Fiction set in Ancient Greece: Following the young Helen of Troy as a child, before her beauty made her famous.

Book Review: ‘Nobody’s Princess’ and ‘Nobody’s Prize’ by Esther Friesner

The Other Boleyn Girl, by Phillipa Gregory

Historical Fiction: Set in the Tudor Court, the story follows Anne and Mary Boleyn as they fight for the attention of King Henry VIII, and the crown of England.

Book Review: The Other Boleyn Girl, by Phillipa Gregory

The Boleyn Inheritance, by Phillipa Gregory

Historical fiction: following two of Henry VIII’s queens- Anne of Cleeves and Katherine Howard as well as the infamous lady-in-waiting Jane Boleyn

Book Review: The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

The Other Bennet Sister, by Janice Hadlow

A retelling of Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of Mary the plain Bennet sister, following her past the conclusion of the classic and into her own self-made future as she takes her life into her own hands and finds out who she is and what she wants from life.

Book Review: The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow

How To Stop Time, by Matt Haig

Half Fiction, half historical Fiction: this story follows a man who ages at an astonishingly slow rate, skipping between his present day dilemma, and the past lives he led to get there.

Book Review: How To Stop Time by Matt Haig

The Familiars, by Stacey Halls

Historical Fiction: set in Lancashire 1612, based around the true story of the Pendle Witch Trials

The Familiars, by Stacey Halls; Book Review

All Creatures Great And Small, by James Herriott

Autobiography: a heart-warming account of being a vet on the Yorkshire Dales in the 1940’s

Book Review: All Creatures Great And Small by James Herriott

A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

Fiction, about two women living in Kabul during the first Taliban rule of Afganistan. It is a powerful story about love and freedom.

Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi

Autobiography, written by a neurosurgeon who discovers that he has cancer right as he is on the tip of achieving his dreams, talking about what makes life worth living.

Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The Couple Next Door, by Shari Lapena

Thriller: about a couple whose baby is stolen from her bed while they are next door.

Book Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Downstairs Girl, by Stacey Lee

Historical Fiction: from the perspective of a chinese domestic in late 1890’s Atlanta who begins to speak her mind as an annonymous agony aunt.

Book Review: The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Working Stiff, by Judy Melinek MD and TJ Mitchell

Autobiography: tales from 2 years as a New York Medical Examiner, including the aftermath of 9/11

Book Review: Working Stiff by Judy Melinek MD and TJ Mitchell

The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller

Historical Fiction, set in Ancient Greece: This story follows the great hero Achilles and his companion Patroclus through their childhood, their studies and finally to the beaches of Troy.

Book Review: The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Queen’s Rival, by Anne O’Brien

Historical Fiction: set in England during the war of the Roses (1455-1487) following Cecily Neville

Book Review: The Queen’s Rival by Anne O’Brian

To Marry A Prince, by Sophie Page

Fiction: a tale about a girl who falls in love with the Prince of England, and he with her.

Book Review: To Marry A Prince, by Sophie Page

Bridgerton: The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn

Historical Romance,:set in London 1813, following a scheme between a society lady seeking a husband and a duke seeking no wife

Bridgerton: The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn

Katherine, Tudor Duchess, by Tony Riches

Historical Fiction: following the life of Katherine Willoughby through the reign of Henry VIII, all six of his wives and all three of his children

Book Review: Katherine, Tudor Duchess by Tony Riches

Ariadne, by Jennifer Saint

Historical fiction, set in Ancient Greece: It is a greek myth retelling starting with the Minotaur and following the daughters of King Minos in their adventures

Book Review: Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

The End Of Men, by Christina Sweeney-Baird

Fiction: starting in Glasgow 2025, where a new virus has broken out which only effect men.

Book Review: The End Of Men, by Christina Sweeney-Baird

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