Rose's Autumn Reviews

Recommended Reads for Long Weekends

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 with.

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 refreshment! 



The Wonder byEmma Donoghue 

Get yourself 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.

Well worth taking home for a long weekend, I had trouble putting this one down!

Page reviewed: 12 Apr 2017 12:43pm