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If you are looking for a fabulous fiction read for a long weekend, try one of Rose's recommended reads.
What she never told me by Kate McQuaile
This was one of those books that the further you got
into it the more you couldn’t put it down! The central character, Louise, is
presented as quite a complex woman who has had a few issues in her life to deal
Difficulties with her marriage, grieving for a parent, feelings of
mystification regarding her father, plus peculiar images of a green post box
all combine to add depth to this woman. Her past life and current situation are
beautifully blended in this intriguing story, along with strongly depicted
characters. Although her mother passes away at the beginning of the novel, her
presence is strongly felt throughout the book. I found that the story line was
at times a bit predictable but this didn’t deter me from thoroughly enjoying
this tale of captivating relationships.
As winter approaches, put this book on
your list to while away a cold weekend!
Mr Gandy’s Grand Tour by Alan Titchmarsh
This book was recommended to me by a friend of mine,
thank you Judy – I loved this book!
Mr Gandy is a quiet, unassuming man who
suddenly finds himself able to fulfil his life’s ambition of enjoying the Grand
Tour as embarked on by aristocrats in the 18th century. This is a
delightful novel, so written that it is as if the reader is perched on Mr
Gandy’s shoulder throughout the tour.
Characters are beautifully painted and
the scenery is so inviting I found myself scribbling down notes of places I too
want to experience! It moves at a good pace, and leaves the reader satisfied,
but maybe there is a sequel on the way? I certainly hope so.
The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna
I don’t think I have ever read a book quite like this
– so different, so convincing, so readable!
Written from the central
character’s perspective, Jimmy takes you into his life and that of his colourful
family. It is a journey through strong events that would rock any family, but
Jimmy has his own issues. The author has the amazing ability to climb inside
Jimmy’s head; the reader is there for the bumpy ride! Each character is vividly
portrayed and the story moves at a good pace.
You need space to be able to absorb
this book so take it to the beach for the weekend! Perfect with your favourite
The Wonder byEmma Donoghue
ready for travel back in time to Florence Nightingale’s era. Prepare to receive
a good dose of strong Irish beliefs, washed down with a healthy measure of
religion! A great story based on the true cases of the so called Fasting Girls
between the 15th and 20th century.
The author delivers a well-paced story with
strong colourful characters. The settings are so vibrant you can almost smell
the peat fires and feel the sinking bog!
The young girl at the centre of the encounter gives solid depth to this
portrayal and a few little twists along the way add to a surprising ending.
worth taking home for a long weekend, I had trouble putting this one down!