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…

snow-child

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey Headline Review (Aug 2012) | Paperback, 438 pages Contemporary Fiction The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is a book I’ve been excited to read for a very long time, and I wish I’d had the chance to read it sooner. Set in 1920s Alaska, the book tells the story of middle-aged couple Jack and Mabel who left their city home in pursuit of an isolated farming life. Needless to say Alaska is not all they’d imagined, and from the opening we begin to see how it’s…

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling cover

THE CASUAL VACANCY by J.K. Rowling PUBLISHER: Little Brown RELEASE DATE: 27th Sept 2012 FORMAT: Hardback, 503 pages GENRE: Thriller, Realist When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first…

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