Book Review: As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner.

Edition: Kindle No. of Pages: 395 pages Author: Susan Meissner Publisher, Date: Berkley, February 2018 Setting: Philadelphia, United States of America Synopsis: From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn…

Book Review: The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard.

Edition: Kindle edition No. of Pages: 384 pages Author: Janet Beard Publisher, Date: William Morrow Paperbacks, February 2018 Setting: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States of America Synopsis: In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes a riveting novel of the everyday women who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II “What…

Book Review: Love and Ruin by Paula McLain.

Version: Kindle edition No. of Pages: 389 pages Publisher, Date: Ballantine Books, May 2018 Setting: Madrid, Finland, China, Key West, and Cuba Synopsis: The bestselling author of The Paris Wife returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one…

Book Review: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

No. of pages: 294 pages Publisher, Date: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., March 2015 Setting: Sweden Author: Fredrik Backman Synopsis: A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes…

Jean-Benoit Aubery, My Favourite French Pirate!

I don’t often fall in love with villains, but when I do, I make sure they have class. And the French pirate in Daphne du Maurier’s novel, Frenchman’s Creek, Captain Jean-Benoit Aubery is one of them. Captain Jean-Benoit Aubery is the master of the ship La Mouette and leader of the crew onboard the ship. A daredevil at…

Mrs Danvers in ‘Goosebumps on Manderley’.

Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again… If there was a book to be written by R. L Stine in his famous Goosebumps series, it should include Mrs Danvers as one of its key characters. Heck, maybe she should be the key character and main ghost host in the story. Because she was,…

Book Review: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.

No. of pages: 332 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books Published Date: 30 April 1990 Author: Amy Tan Setting: China and California, United States Synopsis Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who’s “saying” the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to…

Book Review: The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.

No. of pages: 289 pages Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books Publication Date: 16 October 2012 Setting: Collingswood, New Jersey (United States) Author: Matthew Quick Goodreads Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy…

Book Review: Torch by Cheryl Strayed.

No. of pages: 348 pages Published: 20 June 2014 Publisher: Atlantic Books Settings: Minnesota, America Website: http://www.cherylstrayed.com I’ve read books where grief and sadness were concerned and I had to take short breaks for the sake of my emotions. I remember reading Red Lotus by Pai Kit Fai. The events were so painful they tore my…

An Endless Cycle of Cause and Confusion.

There hardly is a book that I’m not a fan of and there are hardly many books that I stop reading if I find them boring. But there are the books that do make me question myself once in awhile, why am I reading this book if I find it so difficult to digest? Life…

Book Review: Sinners by Jackie Collins.

There was just too much sex, lust and perversity in this book. Too much. So much so that once I was done with it, I had to detox my brain with another one that came with none of what I’ve read in Jackie Collins’ novel. Gosh. The History Behind Sinners The novel was originally titled Sunday Simmons &…

Book Review: The Far Side of The Sun by Kate Furnivall.

When I think of beaches, I think of the sun, sea, sand and surf. The soft white powdered sands sifting through my fingers. The blistering heat of the sun bearing down on my back. The warm sea water on my skin. The surf that has the children screaming with joy and happiness. Not quite the…

Book Review: Summer’s Child by Diane Chamberlain.

Let me tell you that this was the most complicated, most convoluted plot I have ever read in a book! Never mind that there were so many characters to keep track of but the story thickens as the book progresses! Phew. I’m glad I got that off my chest! But no, really, it was as…

Book Review: Past Secrets by Cathy Kelly.

No. of pages: 615 pages Publisher: HarperTorch Year: September 13, 2012 Setting: Ireland Official Website: Cathy Kelly Past Secrets by Cathy Kelly was quite a pleasant book to read but it just added more nights of sex, secrets, lies and betrayal to my misery. Which is a shame as I still have many more Cathy…

Book Review: The Cupid Effect by Dorothy Koomson.

Blurb on Goodreads: Ceri D’Altroy watches too much Oprah Winfrey – and it’s having serious repercussions. Bored with London life and writing yet another ‘have the perfect orgasm’ feature, she’s decided to take Oprah’s advice and follow her heart’s desire. Going back to college might not be everyone’s dream but all Ceri’s has ever wanted…

Book Review: Goodnight, Beautiful by Dorothy Koomson.

Blurb on Goodreads: Nova will do anything for her closest friend, Mal, whom she has known since childhood. So when Mal and his wife, Stephanie, ask Nova to be a surrogate mother, she agrees—despite her reservations about what it might mean for their friendship. Then Nova’s fears are realized. Halfway through the pregnancy, Stephanie finds…

Book Review: The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson.

Synopsis by Goodreads: As teenagers Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were the only witnesses to a tragic event. Amid heated public debate, the two seemingly glamorous teens were dubbed ‘The Ice Cream Girls’ by the press and were dealt with by the courts. Years later, having led very different lives, Poppy is keen to set…

Book Review: The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson.

No. of Pages: 419 pages Date Published: February 7, 2008 (first published March 25, 2004) Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Author’s Website: Dorothy Koomson So here’s the other book from the same friend who loaned me The Stepmothers’ Support Group by Sam Baker. Actually, that’s the same friend who loaned me two bags full of books…

Book Review: The Stepmothers’ Support Group by Sam Baker.

No. of Pages: 408 pages Date Published: January 1, 2010 (first published August 20, 2009) Publisher: HarperTorch Setting: Present-day London Alternative Title: The Other Mothers’ Club Sorry for the long hiatus, guys. It has been a rather bumpy rollercoaster ride at the office and what with all the deadlines at work, I just couldn’t bring…

Book Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais.

No. of pages: 284 pages Date published: 2014 by Alma Books (first published 2008) Setting: Mumbai (India), London, Lumiere and Paris (France) Original Title: The Hundred-Foot Journey Because I’ve seen the movie, I knew what the story was about. At least, the story that was told in and by the movie. So when I saw the…

Book Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach.

No. of pages: 281 pages Date published: February 16, 2012 (first published January 1, 2004) Setting: Britain, Bangalore (India) Original Title: These Foolish Things When I first saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach at the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, I thought, “Wow, this must be the most eccentric book title I’ve ever…

Book Review: Odysseus: The Return by Valerio Massimo Manfredi.

No. of pages: 400 pages Publisher: Macmillan, September 11, 2014 (first published in September 10, 2013) Setting: Ancient Greece (the vast open sea and all the surrounding islands) Original Title: Il mio nome è Nessuno: Il ritorno And so Odysseus: The Return by Valerio Massimo Manfredi was my 25th book of the year 2016 and marked the…

Book Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

No. of pages: 500 pages Publisher: Fourth Estate, December 4, 2014 (first published in November 16, 2010) Setting: America, the Pacific Ocean, and Japan Original Title: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand was not the first historical non-fiction book I’ve read (The Secret Ministry of Ag. &…

Book Review: French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain.

Type: Paperback, 232 pages Publisher: Gallic Books, October 11, 2016 Setting: Paris, France Original Title: Rhapsodie française French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain was, by far, the last of the short novels that I’ve read for the year. Sad to say, I didn’t feel that it was as great as The Red Notebook and The President’s Hat, also…

Book Review: The Vacationers by Emma Straub.

Type: Paperback, 293 pages Publisher: Picador, June 5, 2014 (first published in 2014) Setting: Mallorca, Spain The Vacationers by Emma Straub is probably one of the few books that I’d buy on a whim online or at the bookstore. Simply because the book’s title may have appeared online as an ad in relation to something I’ve…

Book Review: The Secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish by Noreen Riols.

My Life in Churchill’s School for Spies Type: Paperback, 320 pages Publisher: Pan, May 8, 2014 (first published in August 29, 2013) The Secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish was the first ever non-fiction memoir that I have ever read. Throughout my entire lifetime of reading, the books I’ve always read were fiction; science fiction, romance…

Book Review: The President’s Hat by Antoine Laurain.

Type: Paperback, 208 pages Publisher: Gallic Books, September 3, 2013 (first published in January 11, 2012) Original Title: Le Chapeau de Mitterand When I first read The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain, little did I know that I would be buying another two books written by him. Who would have thought that novellas could be so fun and…