They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple – Book Review

Please be aware that this book features a domestic abuse stroyline which I discuss in my review. If this is triggering for you read with caution. Blurb from Goodreads Three sisters marry very different men and the choices they make determine whether they will flourish, be tamed or be repressed. Lucy's husband is her beloved … Continue reading They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple – Book Review

Possession by A.S. Byatt – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads "Possession" is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story. "Literary critics make natural detectives," says Maud Bailey, heroine of a mystery where the clues lurk in university libraries, old letters, and dusty journals. Together with Roland Michell, a fellow academic and accidental … Continue reading Possession by A.S. Byatt – Book Review

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads A landmark in LGBT fiction, this captivating story of two teenage girls who fall in love is a “classic of the genre” (Publishers Weekly). When Liza Winthrop first lays eyes on Annie Kenyon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she knows there’s something special between them. Soon, their close friendship develops into … Continue reading Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden – Book Review

‘Northanger Abbey’ by Jane Austen – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads 'To look almost pretty, is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain the first fifteen years of her life, than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive' During an eventful season at Bath, young, naïve Catherine Morland experiences the joys of fashionable society for the first time. … Continue reading ‘Northanger Abbey’ by Jane Austen – Book Review

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books by Charles Dickens – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Dickens's A Christmas Carol has gripped the public imagination since it was first published in 1843, and it is now as much a part of Christmas as mistletoe or plum pudding. It is a ghost story set at Christmastime in which a bad-tempered skinflint learns the error of his ways. Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas … Continue reading A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books by Charles Dickens – Book Review

‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Florentino Ariza is a hopeless romantic who falls passionately for the beautiful Fermina Daza. Instead Fermina marries a distinguished doctor, while Florentino can only wait silently for her. He can never forget his first and only true love. Then, fifty-one years, nine months and four days later, Fermina's husband dies unexpectedly. At … Continue reading ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Book Review

‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Humbert Humbert - scholar, aesthete and romantic - has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady's gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for … Continue reading ‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov – Book Review

‘Valley of the Dolls’ by Jacqueline Susann – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads At a time when women were destined to become housewives, Jacqueline Susann let us dream. Anne, Neely, and Jennifer become best friends as struggling young women in New York City trying to make their mark. Eventually, they climb their way to the top of the entertainment industry only to find that there’s … Continue reading ‘Valley of the Dolls’ by Jacqueline Susann – Book Review

‘Frankenstein (1818 Text)’ by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing … Continue reading ‘Frankenstein (1818 Text)’ by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – Book Review

‘On the Road’ by Jack Kerouac – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads When Jack Kerouac’s On the Road first appeared in 1957, readers instantly felt the beat of a new literary rhythm. A fictionalised account of his own journeys across America with his friend Neal Cassady, Kerouac’s beatnik odyssey captured the soul of a generation and changed the landscape of American fiction for ever. … Continue reading ‘On the Road’ by Jack Kerouac – Book Review