Book review: The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson

3/5 stars Audible version, narrated by Katherine Manners This was an interesting premise, and certainly seemed very well researched. The story was also well told and included plenty of interesting events and descriptions to paint a picture of faraway times and places. It just didn’t really grab me. It’s a very strong 3 though, and…

Book review: The Third Swimmer by Rosalind Brackenbury

“To live is to throw something out in front of you, a hope, a belief; it’s chucking your own heart ahead of you like a life belt.”   4/5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a review copy. This book takes some digesting. Both in the reading of and in…

Book review: A Tale of Two Murders by Heather Redmond

3/5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with this ARC. This historical fiction novel and murder mystery is set in 19th century England and features a young Charles Dickens, as he is starting to make his way in the world as a journalist. He is visiting the family of his editor,…

Book review: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

5/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by Dominic West. I picked this up on a whim because I saw it had good reviews and was hailed as a modern classic, though I had honestly never heard of the book or the writer. The fact that Dominic West was reading it may also have swayed me –…

Book review: The Girl who saved Christmas by Matt Haig

4/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by Carey Mulligan. I got this as part of Audible’s 12 days of Christmas sale, where they advertised one bestseller for 99p a day. I got some really good books out of that sale that I’m looking forward to getting into. I got this one not knowing much about Matt…

Book review: The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley

5/5 stars For background on the series see my review of the first book. This is my favourite of the series so far, even though it arguably has the most plot holes/annoyances (I’ll get back to that in clearly marked spoilerish sections later on). There are several reasons I’m willing to forgive its flaws. I…

Book review: The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

4/5 stars For background on the series see my review of the first book. In The Storm Sister we get to follow the second oldest sister, Ally, or Alcyone. She has two passions in life: sailing and music. At some point she discarded her musical education in favour of sailing, and as our story begins…