The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis

If you fancy a somewhat more intense read this summer, then I’d recommend The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis, which I received from NetGalley. Primarily, the book is about three very different sisters and their respective families, who are all brought together for their annual holiday at their parents’ summer home. Told via the sisters’ (and their father’s) alternating perspectives, the book begins by setting the scene at the summer house with the eldest sibling, Maggie. Known as the organiser and carer of the family, Maggie’s maternal instincts…

The Long, Hot Summer by Kathleen MacMahon

Provided from NetGalley, The Long, Hot Summer by Kathleen MacMahon describes how the period of one summer can evoke irreversible change on a family. The book is told through the multiple perspectives of the MacEntee family, with each character being given one chapter each, with the exception of the family matriarch, Deirdre, who is given two. It is through Deirdre’s opening chapter that we are introduced to the whole family and their history, from her first meeting her husband, Manus, to the birth of their three children, Alma, Acushla and…

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

A novel of love, loss and a new chance at life, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George serves to establish the value of reading and the meaning it can bring to someone’s life. Jean Perdu is the owner of a stationary barge named the Literary Apothecary, from which he operates an expansive bookshop that he has built up over the past two decades. His bookshop is unique in that he only sells customers the books he thinks will benefit them the most, and will even refuse to sell a…

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

One of the most poignant and memorable books I have read in a long time, Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum explores the condition of marital identity and the desire to be loved. Anna Benz lives in Dietlikon, a suburb of Zurich, Switzerland, with her husband Bruno and their three young children. They have two perfect sons, Victor and Charles, and a baby daughter named Polly Jean. They live in relative comfort in the city, but Anna, an American expat, struggles to connect with her husband or their neighbours. She has…

The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

A journey of self-discovery and appreciation for past values comes alive in The Awakening of Miss Prim, by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera. The book begins with an advertisement for a librarian, spotted and applied for by Miss Prudencia Prim in the town of San Ireneo. She applies for the job regardless of the key feature of the advert – that the applicant must not be university-educated or hold a degree. Quite the contrary, Miss Prim holds several degrees but turns up for the interview anyway. What she finds upon her arrival…

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt cover

[color-box]The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Little, Brown (22 Oct 2013), Hardback: 771 pages, Contemporary Fiction Goodreads • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] Already esteemed as a modern classic, I had some pretty high expectations when beginning the hefty read of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. Fortunately, it didn’t disappoint, telling the tale of lonely thirteen-year-old boy, Theodore Decker, chronicling the significant moments in his life. It begins with Theo having been suspended from school, with his mother having taken a day off work to take him to a meeting with…

with love at christmas carole matthews

[color-box]With Love at Christmas by Carole Matthews Sphere (Aug 2012), Paperback: 432 pages, Contemporary Fiction Website • Goodreads • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] With Love At Christmas is perhaps not the normal type of book I would read. It sits really in the chick-lit genre which I tend to avoid, I actually thought about abandoning it a little way in. I’m really glad to say I’m pleased that I didn’t. There were times I felt immense frustration with the characters, and there were some predictable elements, but all…

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