The Marriage Portrait – Maggie O’Farrell

Published By: Tinder PressPages: 448Released On: 30/08/2022 Winter, 1561. Lucrezia, Duchess of Ferrara, is taken on an unexpected visit to a country villa by her husband, Alfonso. As they sit down to dinner it occurs to Lucrezia that Alfonso has a sinister purpose in bringing her here. He intends to kill her. Lucrezia is sixteenContinue reading “The Marriage Portrait – Maggie O’Farrell”

That Bonesetter Woman – Frances Quinn

Published By: Simon and SchusterPages: 448Released On: 21/07/2022 It’s usual, they say, for a young person coming to London for the first time to arrive with a head full of dreams. Well, Endurance Proudfoot did not. When she stepped off the coach from Sussex, on a warm and sticky afternoon in the summer of 1757,Continue reading “That Bonesetter Woman – Frances Quinn”

A Hundred Years to Arras – Jason Cobley

Published By: UnboundPages: 312Released On: 19/08/2021 On a painful, freezing Easter Monday in 1917, Private Robert Gooding Henson of the Somerset Light Infantry is launched into the Battle of Arras. Robert is 23 year’s old, a farmer’s boy from Somerset, who joins up against his father’s wishes, Robert forms fast friendships with Stanley, who liedContinue reading “A Hundred Years to Arras – Jason Cobley”

Mrs England – Stacey Halls

Published by: Manilla PressPages: 419Date Published: 10/06/2021Date Read: 20/06/2021 West Yorkshire, 1904. When newly graduated nurse Ruby May takes on a position looking after the children of Charles and Lilian England, a wealthy couple from a powerful dynasty of mill owners, she hopes it will be the fresh start she needs. But as she adaptsContinue reading “Mrs England – Stacey Halls”

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”