The Crimson Ribbon by Katherine Clements

2014 is shaping up to be a brilliant year for historical fiction. The Crimson Ribbon is a perfect book for me - it's set in the seventeenth century, has strong female characters and secrets to be uncovered, with the added bonuses of witchcraft accusations and a birthing scene. That’s a winner all round when combined… Continue reading The Crimson Ribbon by Katherine Clements

A Heart Bent Out of Shape by Emylia Hall

For Hadley Dunn, life so far has been uneventful - no great loves, no searing losses. But that's before she decides to spend a year studying in the glittering Swiss city of Lausanne, a place that feels alive with promise. Here Hadley meets Kristina, a beautiful but elusive Danish girl, and the two quickly form… Continue reading A Heart Bent Out of Shape by Emylia Hall

Branford-Boase Longlist: Week 8

This week I’ve read two books from the Branford-Boase Longlist, both of which I enjoyed. I already knew about and intended to read The Oathbreaker’s Shadow, but The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth was new to me.The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth by Julia LeeClemency is utterly penniless and entirely alone, until she's taken in… Continue reading Branford-Boase Longlist: Week 8

That Dark Remembered Day by Tom Vowler

That Dark Remembered Day is an intense and contemplative novel. It dissects the lasting impact of tragedy, and community and personal grief. In the spring of 1983 Stephen’s biggest problem ought to be whether his new girlfriend will jeopardise his friendship with Brendan. Unfortunately the, as yet unspecified, event shatters his relatively carefree teenage years.… Continue reading That Dark Remembered Day by Tom Vowler