We are going back in time to December 2019. I did read this story then and somehow the review has been in my drafts ever since – even though I could have sworn I posted it?
I am now a massive supporter of the Lady Hardcastle mysteries. The characters are beginning to feel like people I know.
Christmas at the Grange felt like a full-length novel, opposed to a short story that takes no more than an hour to read. It is set at The Grange, the home of The Farley-Stroud’s. They are one of my favourite couples in books, so good to learn more about them and their home. While I feel a lot of short stories are a cast-off idea and fall short, Christmas at the Grange did not. It had a great idea, the usual brilliant dialogue between the characters and is a lot of fun.
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Today is the release date of pamphlet Growing Pains by Isabelle Kenyon.
In ‘Growing Pains’ Isabelle Kenyon navigates the grey space between child and adult. From the playground wars with worms, to the value of a woman’s body as she learns to take up her own space, this collection values kindness in what appears to be an increasingly cruel society.
Published by HarperCollins These stories from Cecelia Ahern are a departure from her novels (which I have a lot of time for) and they are chilling. If you look at the list of the stories, some of the stories are a literal as their titles suggest. The stories underline how women are invisible, whatever age: invisible once elderly, put to one side once married. My one bugbear would be that the characters were all uniform. There was not a great variety in there.
Pillow Thoughts 2 by Courtney Peppernell
Published by Andrews McMeel I enjoyed the writing in Pillow Thoughts 2. I liked that I could dip in and out of the book. I found my problem was with the writing, which was impeccable, and an accurate portrayal of falling, and being in love, was so good I couldn’t connect with it, and almost couldn’t finish Pillow Thoughts.
Wicked Origins by Paula Black A retelling of The Wizard of Oz, Paula Black takes elements of the original story and adds them into her own tale. Black’s Dorothy is a hardened character, a child in care who doesn’t trust easy, and lives with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, and sister. During a tornado her car is taking and lands in the place called Oz, along with her dog Toto. Instead of the Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion her companions are three shape shifter brothers. The Ruby slippers that Dorothy puts on her feet to save herself from the Munch’kins are boots. The relationship of the brothers and Dorothy develops into a tight unit. I wasn’t convinced by some of the passages in the story. I liked the characters and the dialogue. I will be adding part two to my TBR.
It is October 1st and I have two exciting new book releases to share with you.
(Dis)Connected 2 poems & stories of connection & otherwise volume 2 which is put together by Michelle Halke of Central Avenue Publishing. These poems and stories are written from exciting writers like Alicia Cook,K.Y. Robinson & Tyler Knott Gregson. The poems inspire the stories. It must be an incredibly exciting project to be a part of. I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. I am halfway through it and enjoying it.
The second book I have more or less finished and it is by one of my favourite contemporary writers, and that is Trista Mateer. The book is called Aphrodite Made Me Do It. It is a collection of poems and illustrations. I wasn’t disappointed with this book. I will write a review when I have finished reading reading reading this. It’s amazing.