Welcome to my November Reads, I managed three books in November which is a miracle when I think how busy I’ve been. Isn’t reading just a wonderful way to relax? I’m so grateful to love books.
The house on the cliff is home to two women, Violet Hargreaves in 1855 and Ella Daniels in 2016.
In 1855 Violet Hargreaves, against her fathers’ wishes, aspires to be an artist. When naive young Violet meets her new neighbor, charming Edwin, on the beach, he lures her in and promises to make her dreams come true. Despite a warning from Edwins harrassed wife, Violet gets caught up in Edwin’s web and before long she is trapped and unable to escape…
Ella Daniels and her family have moved to Cliff House. Ella is an author with writers’ block, she hopes Cliff House will break that block and words will flow again. However, she immediately senses a strange atmosphere in her new home and cannot fathom the mysterious upstairs window.
It isn’t long before past rumours about her house reach her and Ella makes it her mission to uncover Violet’s story, and in doing so, faces up to her own too.
I really enjoyed this novel. The author moved seamlessly between now and 1855. It’s a beautifully written book that kept me wondering.
A young Victoria Bell, born of the aristocracy befriends local farmers daughter Rosie Killeen and insists that Rosie join her for lessons in her home. Her home, Ennismore House, could not be more different from Rosie’s. Despite its grandeur, it lacks warmth. Victoria’s mother resents Rosie and frowns upon the girls’ friendship.
Set against the backdrop of the 1916 Rising in Ireland, tensions simmer between the classes throughout the book, and it gives some insight into the history of this time.
The heart of the story, however, is the friendship between the two women; the struggles and adversity they face. The supporting characters in this book all had their place and were very important to the telling of the story.
I really enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of historical fiction.
Cassie Beresford is living a pretty good life. She’s happily married to Mark, has been promoted in Little Acorns, the school where she teaches and has a great bunch of friends.
She is totally floored when she discovers her marriage is not so happy after all, her promotion is doubled as she unexpectedly becomes the head teacher in school and one of her friends isn’t so great!
As if she hasn’t enough to deal with, there’s also the Bamforth family. They plan to develop every piece of greenery in her hometown, much to the dismay of the locals, in particular, her Grandad Norman.
This book is hard to put down, the characters are likable, and it is funny. There are so many laugh out loud moments. I loved the relationships Carrie has with her friends. I haven’t read anything from Julie Houston before but I certainly will be now. She has such a lovely style of writing.
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