Jojo Moyes * The Girl you left behind

France, 1916. Sophie Lefevre must keep her family safe whilst her adored husband Edouard fights at the front. When she is ordered to serve the German officers who descend on her hotel each evening, her home becomes riven by fierce tensions. And from the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie’s portrait – paintedContinue reading “Jojo Moyes * The Girl you left behind”

Beirut Hellfire Society – Rawi Hage

After his undertaker father’s death, laconic, Greek mythology– reading Pavlov is approached by a member of the mysterious Hellfire Society— an antireligious sect that, among many rebellious and often salacious activities, arranges secret burial for outcasts who have been denied last rites because of their religion or sexuality. Pavlov agrees to take up his father’sContinue reading “Beirut Hellfire Society – Rawi Hage”

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goesContinue reading “Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein”

Insurrection by Robyn Young Book Review

1262 A.D. In the dusty heat of French fields, knights battle for supremacy in a fierce tournament. At its violent heart is Edward of England, who leads his men under the banner of the dragon, a potent reference to the legendary King Arthur. As heir to the throne, Edward has a vision for his futureContinue reading “Insurrection by Robyn Young Book Review”

The Silence of the Girls, A Novel – Pat Barker Book Review

I’d be lying if I said I finished this book straight after I’d picked it up for reading. Close to one month later and some depressing paragraphs in, I can say this book serves its demoralising purpose: To show us how women were treated during and after the Trojan war. … men are curiously blindContinue reading “The Silence of the Girls, A Novel – Pat Barker Book Review”

Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly – Book Review

So I’ve never read anything from Martha Hall Kelly and I wasn’t sure it would by “my type” of book based on the very flowery cover, flower titles and three ladies embraced in a friendship grip. I could feel my soul dreading the anticipated extra long descriptions, flowery attributes and adjectives and an increase inContinue reading “Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly – Book Review”

Orson Scott Card – The Call of Earth

The Call of Earth continues the story of Nafai, his family, and the few other people selected by the Oversoul to leave the city of Basilica, and their former lives. Book 1: Memory Of Earth When the human refugees from a ruined Earth founded a colony on the planet Harmony, they determined that this worldContinue reading “Orson Scott Card – The Call of Earth”

Last Stand: Patriots by William H. Weber (Book 2)

After just having finished Book 1 of the series, I jumped in the next chapter of the “Last Stand”, aptly called Patriots. The story takes place only three months after an EMP strike left Americans to fend for themselves in a fight for survival of the best equipped. The first book dealt with one ofContinue reading “Last Stand: Patriots by William H. Weber (Book 2)”