A Little Love Song by Michelle Magorian – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads A classic love story from the award-winning author of Goodnight, Mister Tom. It is the summer of 1943 and war continues to rage. For Rose and her sister Diana, it’s a time of independence and self-discovery as they find first loves.   But when Rose uncovers an extraordinary love story from another war, … Continue reading A Little Love Song by Michelle Magorian – Book Review

To Have and To Hoax by Martha Waters – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads In this fresh and hilarious historical rom-com, an estranged husband and wife in Regency England feign accidents and illness in an attempt to gain attention—and maybe just win each other back in the process. Five years ago, Lady Violet Grey and Lord James Audley met, fell in love, and got married. Four … Continue reading To Have and To Hoax by Martha Waters – eARC Book Review

Romanov by Nadine Brandes – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads My name is Anastasia . . . The history books say I died . . . They don’t know the half of it. Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only … Continue reading Romanov by Nadine Brandes – Book Review

How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Singapore, 1942. As Japanese troops sweep down Malaysia and into Singapore, a village is ransacked, leaving only two survivors and one tiny child. In a neighbouring village, seventeen-year-old Wang Di is bundled into the back of a troop carrier and shipped off to a Japanese military brothel where she is forced into … Continue reading How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee – eARC Book Review

The Angel’s Game (Cemetery of Forgotten Books #2) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martín, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city’s underworld. But perhaps … Continue reading The Angel’s Game (Cemetery of Forgotten Books #2) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Book Review

‘The Nightingale’ by Kristin Hannah – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated … Continue reading ‘The Nightingale’ by Kristin Hannah – Book Review

Requiem for a Knave by Laura Carlin – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads From the author of The Wicked Cometh comes a dark, page-turning tale of passion and romance in the darkest of places. . . After the death of his mother, young Alwin of Whittaker leaves the only home he has ever known to seek answers about his unknown father through a pilgrimage to … Continue reading Requiem for a Knave by Laura Carlin – eARC Book Review

‘We Must Be Brave’ by Frances Liardet – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads December, 1940. As German bombs fall on Southampton, the city’s residents flee to the surrounding villages. In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly-married Ellen Parr finds a girl sleeping, unclaimed at the back of an empty bus. Little Pamela, it seems, is entirely alone. Ellen has always believed she does not want … Continue reading ‘We Must Be Brave’ by Frances Liardet – eARC Book Review

‘Under the Udala Trees’ by Chinelo Okparanta – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads One day in 1968, at the height of the Biafran civil war, Ijeoma's father is killed and her world is transformed forever. Separated from her grief-stricken mother, she meets another young lost girl, Amina, and the two become inseparable. Theirs is a relationship that will shake the foundations of Ijeoma's faith, test … Continue reading ‘Under the Udala Trees’ by Chinelo Okparanta – Book Review

’10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World’ by Elif Shafak – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads An intensely powerful new novel from the best-selling author of The Bastard of Istanbul and Honour 'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they … Continue reading ’10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World’ by Elif Shafak – Book Review

‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads HERE IS A SMALL FACT:YOU ARE GOING TO DIE. 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with her foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her … Continue reading ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak – Book Review

‘The Mercies’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Finnmark, Norway, 1617. Twenty-year-old Maren Magnusdatter stands on the craggy coast, watching the sea break into a sudden and reckless storm. Forty fishermen, including her brother and father, are drowned and left broken on the rocks below. With the menfolk wiped out, the women of the tiny Arctic town of Vardø must … Continue reading ‘The Mercies’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave – eARC Book Review