Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Monday, 28 April 2014
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
The House Girl is all about slavery in 1852 and it's ties to present day life. I love the cover on this edition.
Monday, 14 April 2014
Friday, 11 April 2014
Thursday, 10 April 2014
She soon discovers that this is no ordinary house. Past residents have included George Eliot and Beatrix Potter, who, after receiving the assistance they needed, hung around to help newcomers—literally, in talking portraits on the wall. As she escapes into this new world, Alba begins a journey that will heal her wounds—and maybe even save her life.
The house has stood at the end of Hope Street for nearly two hundred years. It's larger than all the others, with turrets and chinmeys rising into the sky. The front garden grows wild, the long grasses scattered with cowslips, reaching toward the low-hanging leaves of the willow trees. At night the house looks like a Victorian orphanage housing a hundred despairing souls, but when the clouds part and it is lit by moonlight, the house appears to be enchanted. As if Rapunzel lives in the tower and a hundred Sleeping Beauties lie in the beds.
Monday, 7 April 2014
I was gripped by Neil Gaiman’s short, but enjoyable tome, and it was definitely my read of 2013 when it was first published in hardback. Now, hopefully a wider audience will be drawn into its magic through the paperback edition. It’s a fantasy but at the same time, believable and very well told. I loved the Hempstock family, with their quirky powers, and in particular Lettie. This is a book about returning to your childhood, but not just a book for children. Despite its length, it manages to be powerful, gripping and magical. The Ocean at the End of the Lane transported me to another time and place, and I loved it.
* On a side note, can I say thank you for entering my blog giveaway to win a copy of The Visitors and limited edition bookmarks from the lovely Rebecca Mascull. I had lots of entries, via twitter, here and facebook (apologies if you tried to leave a comment on here but couldn't, no idea why not) and the winner is @avrilLuke but 4 runners-up get bookmarks too, and they are @Forrest_D @Lorraine_Lorri1 @CricketDrew and @jennymarston (who I think is Jenny in Neverland)
Miss Chapter x
Sunday, 6 April 2014
|Research in progress!|
and if you've read The Visitors do drop by Amazon and/or Goodreads and say what you thought of it!
Now, if you haven't read the book, and fancy doing so, then it's GIVEAWAY time! I have a signed hardback first edition of The Visitors for one lucky blog follower (and I don't even have one of these)! All you have to do is either leave a comment below, or on my facebook page or over on twitter. Competition closes at the end of the day on Sunday 6th April. I'll announce the winner on Monday. GOOD LUCK!
Miss Chapter x
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
I don't think we can ever really say for certain what the intentions of Emily were that fateful day, but she will always be remembered for her actions. Thankfully time has helped to view this event in a more positive light that it was a century ago.
Miss Chapter x