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.”

How I Came to The Story of Divorce

If I was going to pinpoint the reason for why I was inspired to write The Story of Divorce, I guess, to some extent, I am going to have to blame Dickens. But before we get to the inimitable novelist and the reason why he was responsible for my obsession with the stories underlying theContinue reading “How I Came to The Story of Divorce”

A Bit of Dickens Fanfic

If you have been reading along with #HardTimes2020 at https://hardtimesreadalong.wordpress.com/ you will note that I am getting a bit over-invested in Dickens’s portrayal of Stephen Blackpool, his martyr. And having a bit of time to spare I thought I might try seeing him from another point of view: his wife’s. Here is my Dickens fanfic,Continue reading “A Bit of Dickens Fanfic”