Even with an extra day, February flew by in comparison to January. I read four, very different, very good books for the month.
Hope by Lesley Pearse
Born to Lady Anne Harvey, who believes her baby was stillborn, Baby Hope, is smuggled away from Briargate and raised by the Renton family. When tragedy strikes the Renton’s, it seems only fitting that Hope follows her sister Nell into service, working in Briargate, the home of the Harveys.
Fate plays harshly with Hope and she must escape Briargate. Her life takes a catastrophic turn until she meets Bennet and soon after she finds herself nursing patients with cholera. Her ability as a nurse brings her to Crimea, where she fearlessly nursing wounded soldiers.
As secrets are uncovered back in Briargate, Hope returns, facing a whole new future.
I loved Hope, this is my favourite Lesley Pearse book since Rosie. The storytelling, the knowledge of the time in Crimea, the characters, it was just excellent.
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
Chicky Starr grows up in a small village on the West Coast of Ireland, Stoneybridge. As the confines of Stoneybridge suffocate and love beckons, Chicky emigrates to America. Life there doesn’t work out quite as she’d hoped and before long the call of the west brings her home.
Chicky sets about renovating the Sheedy sisters’ home, with the last sister, Queenie. Their aim is to turn the old mansion house into a B&B, making it a home away from home for guests.
Each chapter weaves its way through each characters story and the first week the B&B is open. It’s a lovely book, descriptions form pictures, characters all so different and yet have something in common. I really enjoyed it.
Hiding in Plain Sight by Eoghan Egan
A vicious serial killer roams the Irish Midlands… with his sights set on the next victim.
A number of women have mysteriously disappeared, leaving no trace, nothing to tie anyone to their disappearance. No body has been found, no evidence at their homes, nothing.
This book has quite a cast of characters and it did take me some time to get to grips with who was who, but once I did I was hooked. Each character has their own thing going on but they are all linked to the soon to be uncovered psychopathic murders carried out by a well respected Art Dealer.
As well as murder, there’s an affair, an art scam, redundancy, gambling addiction and the onset of dementia. The scenes regarding the dementia were handled very sensitively and with good knowledge I felt.
At times during this book, I found myself totally on edge. It was such a thrilling read. When I came to the end I couldn’t believe it. I look forward to reading the next two books in this trilogy.
(I won an audible copy of Hiding in Plain Sight)
I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh
Five-year-old Jacob Jordan is killed in a hit and run. His mother let go of his hand as they were crossing the road. Unable to live with the guilt, she leaves without saying a word.
Arriving in a small village on the Welsh coastline, Jenna sets about starting again. The past is not so easy to leave behind when it haunts your mind.
Meanwhile, back in Bristol, DI Ray Stevens and his colleagues are working on the hit & run. Though evidence is sparse, they are reluctant to give up on this case. As well as being occupied with work, Ray has family issues that need his attention. Can he juggle everything or will compromises need to be made?
I could not put this book down. Written in two parts, from different points of view, it was a real page turner. One of the best thrillers I have read.
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