Sand Keeps Secrets Better than Mud: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens My rating: 4 of 5 stars There was one line in the novel that for me represented all that is powerful and wonderful in this book. It was: ‘Sand keeps secrets better than mud.’ In this book, the marshlands that Kya inhabits are as much a character asContinue reading “Sand Keeps Secrets Better than Mud: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens”

Catherine Cookson’s The Girl

The Girl by Catherine Cookson My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a difficult book for me to read, given the central character is presented as the illegitimate offspring of a middle class, relatively well-off family man. This is my second foray into Catherine Cookson as I read my way through a compendium ofContinue reading “Catherine Cookson’s The Girl”

Catherine Cookson’s The Mallen Streak

Having recently read the biography of the life of Catherine Cookson, and having moved close to Hexham, I decided it was about time to delve into some classic Cookson novels. I started with The Mallen Streak. I have a vague recollection of reading this when I was about ten or eleven years old but notContinue reading “Catherine Cookson’s The Mallen Streak”

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith: A Long Overdue Read

I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars Well, what a delight this book was. I think the only astonishing thing is that I had never come across it before. Told from the point of view of Cassandra as she writes her journal, she really does set out to captureContinue reading “I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith: A Long Overdue Read”

Book Review: The Other Girl by CD Major

The Other Girl by C.D. Major My rating: 5 of 5 stars I know I said I would not read any more books that had the word ‘girl’ in the title because I was sick of the infantilisation of women in contemporary fiction, but I might need to add some exceptions to my statement, becauseContinue reading “Book Review: The Other Girl by CD Major”

Review of The Binding by Bridget Collins

The Binding by Bridget Collins My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love it when I pick up a book from my TBR pile, having forgotten the reason why I bought it in the first place, and delve in with no expectations. I love it even more when the book is captivating, rich in detail,Continue reading “Review of The Binding by Bridget Collins”

Review of It Started with a Secret by Jill Mansell, the queen of contemporary romance

It Started with a Secret by Jill Mansell My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have read every novel that Jill Mansell has published and they never fail to warm my heart. Many of you know I have really struggled to read during lockdown, and I am only just starting to get back into myContinue reading “Review of It Started with a Secret by Jill Mansell, the queen of contemporary romance”

Catherine Cookson: A Review of the Biography of her Life.

Catherine Cookson by Kathleen Jones My rating: 5 of 5 stars In 1994, I wrote a letter to Catherine Cookson, explaining that my Mam was a huge fan, and that I wanted to get her something special for her 40th birthday. I asked if it were possible for her to autograph a book for her.Continue reading “Catherine Cookson: A Review of the Biography of her Life.”

Book Review: The Bone Jar by SW Kane

The Bone Jar by S.W. Kane My rating: 3 of 5 stars Now, the mystery/thriller genre is normally not my thing, but if you were going by the blurb, I should have loved this book. I mean it had an abandoned asylum, and a former patient, so there was going to be some historic context.Continue reading “Book Review: The Bone Jar by SW Kane”