The Storyteller of Casablanca – Fiona Valpy

Published By: Amazon PublishingPages: 315Released On: 21/09/2021 Morocco, 1941. With France having fallen to Nazi occupation, twelve year old Josie has fled with her family to Casablanca, where they await safe passage to America. Life here is as intense as the sun, every sight, smell and sound overwhelming to the senses in a city filledContinue reading “The Storyteller of Casablanca – Fiona Valpy”

The Spirit Engineer – A.J West

Published by: DuckworthPages: 304Date published: 07/10/2021Date read: 16/08/2021 Belfast, 1914. Two years after the sinking of the Titanic, high society has become obsessed with spiritualism in the form of seances that attempt to contact the spirits of loved ones lost at sea. William is a man of science and a sceptic, but one night withContinue reading “The Spirit Engineer – A.J West”

The Master of Measham Hall – Anna Abney

Published by: Duckworth BooksPages: 304Date Released: 15/07/2021Date Read: 13/06/2021 1665. It is five years since King Charles II returned from exile, the scars of the English Civil Wars are yet to heal and now the Great Plague engulfs the land. Alethea Hawthorne is safe inside the walls of the Calverton household as a companion toContinue reading “The Master of Measham Hall – Anna Abney”

Small Pleasures – Clare Chambers

Published by: Hodder & StoughtonPages: 368Date released: 29/04/2021Date read: 03/05/2021 1957, south-east suburbs of London. Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper, disappointed in love and – on the brink of forty – living a limited existence with her truculent mother: a small life from which there is no likelihood of escape.Continue reading “Small Pleasures – Clare Chambers”

The Dictionary of Lost Words – Pip Williams

Published by: Chatto WindusPages: 336Date released: 08/04/2021Date read: 13/05/2021 In 1901, the word ‘bondmaid’ was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, Esme spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team ofContinue reading “The Dictionary of Lost Words – Pip Williams”

The Shape of Darkness – Laura Purcell

Published by: Raven BooksPages: 416Date released: 21/01/2021Date read: 25/01/2021 As the age of the photograph dawns in Victorian Bath, silhouette artist Agnes is struggling to keep her business afloat. Still recovering from a serious illness herself, making enough money to support her elderly mother and her orphaned nephew Cedric has never been easy, but thenContinue reading “The Shape of Darkness – Laura Purcell”