Can you believe we are at the end of March already?? The year is flying by and I am indulging in plenty of wonderful reading. Here are the books I have read in March.
After the Last Dance – Sarra Manning
I wasn’t sure about this book initially but once I got into it, I loved it.
Two women, Rose who arrives in wartime London in 1943 and Jane, in the present day who meets Leo in Las Vegas while wearing her wedding dress.
These two women from very different times are brought together by fate. Initially they have no time for each other, however, we soon realise that they have both been through immense pain in their lives, they have such a great understanding of one another and this may just be what brings them together, to help each other when they need it most.
The Moon Spun Round – W.B.Yeats for children
This book was a gift for my fairy girl at Christmas. At 5, she is a little young to appreciate it still but I adore it; and given time I am sure she will too.
Edited by Noreen Doody and with stunning illustrations from Shona Shirley Mac Donald, The Moon Spun Round introduces the works of W.B.Yeats to a young audience. The book includes some Yeats history, stories, poems, a letter he wrote his sister when he was 11 and an account from his daughter Anne, of her own childhood with her father.
The enchanting illustrations that adorn the pages of this book capture Yeats’ fascination with folklore and magic. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one afternoon and I am delighted W.B. Yeats has become a part of the children’s book collection.
The Rose Girls – Victoria Connelly
This book is the story of three sisters, the manor house they call home, the rose business they own and the issues bestowed upon them by a narcissistic mother.
Following her divorce and the death of her mother, Celeste finds herself back home with her sisters Gertrude & Evie, running the family Rose business. Tensions run high between the three sisters, with all three having difficulty accepting the decisions that have to be made to keep their family home.
The three sisters all have their own secrets and find it hard to open up to one another, however, the unexpected friendship between Evie and elderly Esther helps to break the ice between them all.
This was an enjoyable, albeit predictable, read.
A Place Called Winter – Patrick Gale
Harry Cane, elder brother to Jack is quite privileged. Despite this, he hasn’t had the happiest of childhoods. Growing up with a wealthy father means he has never had to work, so he is quite the catch for his wife. However, a torrid affair which is discovered by his brother in law means abandoning his wife and child under the guise of earning money in Canada; where his story really begins. Told with tenderness and deep understanding this is a highly charged, emotional read at times. We learn early on that Harry has been institutionalised and we discover why as the story of his life unfolds. Forbidden love, loss, tragedy, abuse; his life has had it all.
A wonderfully written book which I would highly recommend.
They All Fall Down – Cat Hogan
Along with a house, Jen Harper has inherited Andy the lodger, from her Aunty Pat. Determined to make the situation work Jen goes along with Aunty Pat’s final wishes and sets up home by the sea with her young son Danny and vows to make the best of the situation until Andy leaves to go travelling. What she hadn’t bargained for was Andy’s friend Scott whom she instinctively dislikes despite her friends being utterly charmed by him.
This is Cat Hogan’s debut novel, Cat being from Wexford I really wanted to like this book, we Wexicans have to support each other you know! I needn’t have worried, I loved it! Lots of twists and turns unfold through this tale of love, loyalty and absolute true friendship. Another highly recommended read.
Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all of the books I mention in these monthly posts are bought and paid for by myself.