When you want to love a book, and you just don’t… The Death of Francis Bacon by Max Porter

The Death of Francis Bacon by Max Porter My rating: 3 of 5 stars You know when you that feeling when you are really, and I mean, REALLY, looking forward to reading a book. And then you pick it up, and start reading it. A few pages in, you start to shuffle in your seat,Continue reading “When you want to love a book, and you just don’t… The Death of Francis Bacon by Max Porter”

The Thursday Murder Club (Review)

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman My rating: 4 of 5 stars Now this was an interesting book for me. First and foremost, I loved the fact that it was set in a former convent, particularly as I used to live in one, albeit mine was a general residential development, rather than a retirementContinue reading “The Thursday Murder Club (Review)”

The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb

The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb My rating: 4 of 5 stars It took me a little while to sink into this book and I think that is largely because Brynn is quite a reserved character. It is almost as if, in shielding herself from any further hurt, that she also shields herselfContinue reading “The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb”

My Year in Books – 2020, Lockdown and the Struggle to Read

Looking at my Goodreads annual summary of my reading is always of interest to me. I love looking back at what I have read over the year, looking over my reviews, especially ones that I wrote earlier in the year. Anyone who has ever heard me talk about books knows that my test of aContinue reading “My Year in Books – 2020, Lockdown and the Struggle to Read”

Catherine Cookson’s My Beloved Son (and the problem of a flawed premise)

My Beloved Son by Catherine Cookson My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is one of those books where I thought the story line was fantastic, it was well-paced and had clever characterisation BUT and it is a big but, the difficulty I had was that one of the fundamental premises of the book wasContinue reading “Catherine Cookson’s My Beloved Son (and the problem of a flawed premise)”

Catherine Cookson’s The Gambling Man

Of all of the Cookson novels I have read so far, this one is my favourite, and, in my opinion, the one that is the best written. As you would come to expect from such a prolific novelist, she creates a realistic setting, engaging characters, and a pacy narrative lawyered with relatable conflict and suspense.Continue reading “Catherine Cookson’s The Gambling Man”

The Secret to Not Drowning by Colette Snowden

The Secret to Not Drowning by Colette Snowden My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book started with one of the most intriguing sentences to a book opening that I have read in a while: ‘There are four people in the room and only one of them is me’. I paused when I read it,Continue reading “The Secret to Not Drowning by Colette Snowden”

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins My rating: 5 of 5 stars The first person who recommended this book to me told me it was brilliant but controversial. The words cultural appropriation were murmured, and the question raised, before I had even read the book, was whether it was appropriate for a Spanish born, white AmericanContinue reading “American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins”

Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path

This was a rather fitting read for this time of year, with part of the book set during World War I. I was rather pleased to find a Dickensian reference in The Cinder Path, and I have blogged about this already at https://deborahsiddoway.com/2020/11/0… As this is the fourth Cookson novel that I have read, I amContinue reading “Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path”

In The Sweep of the Bay by Cath Barton

In the Sweep of the Bay by Cath Barton My rating: 4 of 5 stars A sweet novella that tells the story of a family, with a marriage at the heart of it. It is a marriage depicted with all the pragmatism of day-to-day living that strips it bare of romanticism, leaving something at theContinue reading “In The Sweep of the Bay by Cath Barton”