Book Review: The Peacock Room at Sammezzano Castle by Merryn Corcoran

The Peacock Room Book Cover

Today I am heading back to my favourite destination in the world – Italy. Will it be as beautiful as I expect? Find out in my latest book review. Blurb The Peacock Room at Sammezzano Castle* by Merryn Corcoran is based in Tuscany, where the castle actually exists in real life. It is visited by Allergra, an […]

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Book Review: Black Madonna by Linda Lee Kane

Book Cover Black Madonna by Linda Lee Kane

It’s been a while but I’m back with another history lesson. This time it is the Cathars. Enjoy the review! Blurb Black Madonna by Linda Lee Kane opens with the death of nine-year-old Luci de Foix’s parents in a car accident. But was it an accident? A group known as The Order has been watching […]

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Book Review: The Lives Before Us by Juliet Conlin

The Lives Before Us Book Cover

I’ve been waiting for this book review for such a long time. I had the pleasure a couple of years ago of attending the book launch of The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days. During that launch, Juliet Conlin mentioned her next book, which was to be set in Shanghai. I was lucky […]

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Book Review: The Blameless Dead by Gary Haynes

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Today I have a book review (you may remember it from the cover reveal I posted last year) where half of the book is based during the end of World War II. Don’t click away! I know you may have had your fill of WWII books but The Blameless Dead incorporates an interesting element of […]

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Book Review: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

One of the best things I did last year was join a book club. It is run by the Irish Embassy in Berlin and its aim is to promote contemporary Irish books also translated into German. The last book of the year was The Wonder by Emma Donoghue. After being slightly let down by the […]

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Book Review: Attend by West Camel

I may not be reading many Christmas-themed books but that doesn’t mean I don’t like a bit of magic this time of year. If you also want to mix intensity with a little bit of light-heartedness, I have the book for you. Attend* by West Camel is centered around three main characters: Sam, Anne and […]

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Book Review: The Girl from the Sugar Plantation by Sharon Maas

Times change, of that there is no doubt, and as they change, so do various customs, morals, etc. However, some things stay consistent. For instance, the ‘coming of age’ ritual we all go through. Let me introduce you to a wonderful coming of age story through the form of historical fiction. The Girl from the […]

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Book Review: My MacArthur by Cindy Fazzi

Today I’m travelling far across the world to the Philippines, and then onto the United States, for my next book review. Are you ready to join me? My MacArthur* by Cindy Fazzi is set in Manila in 1930 where Douglas MacArthur is the most powerful man in the Philippines, a United States colony. He’s fifty […]

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Book Review: Belfast Central by A.K. Amherst

Regular readers will know by now that I’m a fan of historical fiction. This time round I was lucky enough to be offered a great book set in Northern Ireland. If this is an area that interests you and you prefer your historical fiction to be more recent, read on. Belfast Central* by A.K. Amherst […]

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Book Review: The Eyes That Look by Julia Grigg

I absolutely love Italy, not that I’ve never mentioned that in a blog post before… Today, I’m happy to go back to my favourite country to discover Venice, northern Italy and the art scene of the mid-sixteenth-century. The Eyes That Look* by Julia Grigg centres around young Francesco Bassano and his journey to find out why […]

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