The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton Book Review

I have recently visited Amsterdam and was absolutely over the moon to find out that my next read was set in the city of Amsterdam, about 400 years ago. Set in Amsterdam in 1686–87, the novel was inspired by Petronella Oortman’s doll’s house on display at the Rijksmuseum. It does not otherwise attempt to beContinue reading “The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton Book Review”

Doddie Smith – I capture the castle

“How I wish I lived in a Jane Austen novel!” Meet 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain who, alongside her family, lives in a rented castle. They’re poor (no-one earns any money) but they like to dream. The girls dream of love and marriage, the parents of unending days and food. And they feel that their status andContinue reading “Doddie Smith – I capture the castle”

Alice Munro’s Best: Selected Stories by Alice Munro

This is a dazzling selection of stories–seventeen favorites chosen by the author from across her distinguished career. I have to admit to ignorance – I had not heard of Alice Munro until she was awarded the Nobel prize for literature and when she gained the spotlight, she gained one additional follower. Alice Munro has beenContinue reading “Alice Munro’s Best: Selected Stories by Alice Munro”

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Austen began writing Pride and Prejudice under the title First Impressions in 1796, at the age of twenty-one. She probably wrote the first draft as an epistolary novel, meaning the plot unfoldedContinue reading “Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)”

The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell Book Review

After watching “The Girl Next Door” (the thriller and not the ditzy comedy) I thought I actually bought the right book to chill me to the bone just like the movie did. I was wrong, I bought the wrong book. I should have gotten Jack Ketchum’s one. It took me 151 pages to realise thatContinue reading “The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell Book Review”

Margaret Atwood – Lady Oracle Book Review

Why did every one of my fantasies turn into a trap? Ms Foster has a secret identity. She has a nom-de-plume of Lousie DeLacourt and is known for writing trashy novels for the bored housewives of the world called Costume Gothics. The kisses are always chaste, the women always nearly escape from rape and murderContinue reading “Margaret Atwood – Lady Oracle Book Review”

The Last Time They Met: Anita Shreve

This is another crap book by Anita Shreve. Sorry for being so blunt about it but the writing was crappy, the plot line hard to follow and the ending was messy. “The weight of his losses finally too much to bear. But not before he has known the unforgiving light of the equator, a loveContinue reading “The Last Time They Met: Anita Shreve”