Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner

Edge of the seat or edge of your bed stuff …depends where you like to read but this kept me there right on that edge wherever I was reading. Manon she of the unusual name appears somewhat adrift in her personal life. Approaching mid life with no partner, no children and estranged from dad and […]

All the Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth J Church

Listening to this audiobook the writer took me to Las Vegas when the strip was relatively new and the likes of ‘Ole Blue Eyes and Sammy Davis Junior were drawing the crowds. You could almost smell the theatrical make up and dust, see the smoke ridden changing rooms and marvel at the sparkle. But life […]

The Peacock Summer by Hannah Richell

I picked this book up in a library in an old manor called The Kandy House in Sri Lanka on a day when rain stopped play and sunbathing. Coincidentally the main ‘character’ of this story was another manor house but this time in England and this time called Cloudsley in deepest Chilterns country. Maggie pulls herself away […]

Finding Jojo Moyes

I don’t know how I have survived my literary life without listening to or reading a Jojo Moyes  paperback. Have loved all that I have experienced so far, in fact I have become a little bit of a Jojo addict and why? …… well each novel offers something different, they don’t follow a format and sometimes they […]

Carte Postales by Victoria Hyslop

What could be better than reading a book that inspires you to travel when you are already a  wanderluster….? I did just that recently when in Casa Heliconia, Sri Lanka. It had been some years since I had read Victoria Hyslop’s The Island so kicking my heels and awaiting the airline to deliver my Lost Luggage I was […]

The Woman Next Door by Cass Green

I don’t know which of the main characters I disliked the most…… was it Melissa with her aloof snobbishness or Hester with her annoying, disapproving awkwardness? Either way they make an unlikely pair. Hester is eager to be a friend of Melissa’s and Melissa is eager to keep Hester at more than an arm’s length. […]

Family Baggage by Monica McInerney

A family saga sweeping from Merryn Bay in Australia to Bath, Cornwall and Cork. Like most families the Turner’s have secrets and one big secret involves Lara the little girl that the Turner family had kindly taken in and cared for. Monica McInerney’s story keeps the reader guessing right to the end. Mum and Dad Turner […]