The Dandelion Years by Erica James


Addition: E-book Genre: Chick-lit, historical fiction Rating: 3 out of 5 Synopsis: Ashcombe was the most beautiful house Saskia had ever seen as a little girl. A rambling pink cottage on the edge of the Suffolk village of Melbury Green, its enchanting garden provided a fairy-tale playground of seclusion, a perfect sanctuary to hide from […]

A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore


Addition: Netgalley review e-book Genre: Historical fiction Published: 2014 Rating: 4 out of 5 Synopsis: 1961: Born on the day that WW2 broke out, 21-year-old Fay Knox cannot remember her early childhood in London, before she moved to a Norfolk village with her mother, Kitty. Though she has seen a photograph of her father, she does not recall him either. […]

Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim


Addition: Review e-book from Netgalley Genre: Historical fiction Rating: 4 out of 5 Synopsis: Mattie was never truly mine. That knowledge must have filled me as quickly and surely as the milk from her breasts. Although my family ‘owned’ her, although she occupied the center of my universe, her deepest affections lay elsewhere. So along […]

A Gathering Storm by Rachel Hore


THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS! Addition: Paperback from the library Genre: Historal Fiction Rating: 4 out of 5 Synopsis: Photographer Lucy Cardwell has recently lost her troubled father, Tom. While sifting through his papers, she finds he’d been researching an uncle she never knew he’d had. Intrigued, she visits her father’s childhood home, the once beautiful […]

A Place of Secrets by Rachel Hore


REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Addition: Library paperback Genre: Historical mystery, female fiction Rating: 4/5 Synopsis: The night before it all begins, Jude has the dream again… Can dreams be passed down through families? As a child Jude suffered a recurrent nightmare: running through a dark forest, crying for her mother. Now her six-year-old niece, Summer, is […]

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland


Addition: Review e-book Rating: 3/5 Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove longs to break free from her respectable life as a Victorian doctor’s daughter. But her dreams become a nightmare when Louisa is sent to Wildthorn Hall: labelled a lunatic, deprived of her liberty and even her real name. As she unravels the betrayals that led to […]