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. […]

A Night on the Orient Express by Veronica Henry

As a traveller the Orient Express is already on my wish list so with the hook line of ‘A new life is just a ticket away‘ and a cover with turquoise waters and blue skies how could I resist Veronica Henry’s A Night on the Orient Express? The story moves from present day to fifty years ago, intertwining a suite of […]

Obsession by Susan Lewis

A fast paced novel centring on Corrie a twenty something much loved daughter of single mother Edwina. Corrie has dreams to leave Ambleside to seek a more exciting life in London but Edwina’s illness is holding her back…..that is until Edwina dies leaving money and a letter which tells Corrie about her father who previously […]

Spilling the beans – Clarissa Dickson Wright

What a rip roaring life Clarissa Dickson Wright enjoyed….perhaps enjoyed is not the right word to use as there were some really deep dark times but none the less her account of those times is as rich as her recipes that she and her cooking partner Jennifer Patterson concocted as they explored the UK on […]

The Vineyard in Alsace by Julie Stock

The story starts with Fran walking into her bedroom to find her fiancé Paul with another woman. Turning on her heels, she leaves the flat, she leaves Paul, and she leaves London and heads for a vineyard in Alsace and her dream job, only to find her former boyfriend Didier is the new owner and […]

The Girl On The Train ~ Paula Hawkins

The hook reads – ‘You don’t know her but she knows you‘, and it certainly hooked me in. Me who isn’t much of a thriller reader but someone now who will be haunting the book shops for other  Paula Hawkins’ reads. Haven’t seen the film so would be keen to know from others how it shapes […]

The Forgotten Garden ~ Kate Morton

This story moves effortlessly between the English West Country, London and Brisbane encompassing the early part of the 20th century, the seventies and the beginning of the 21st century. A mystery around the apparent abandonment of a little girl who throughout her own life and her grand daughters they seek to find out who she […]