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Friday, 21 September 2018

The Only Blue Door by Joan Fallon


The Only Blue Door

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Chill with a Book READERS’ Award



It is September 1940, Maggie and her young siblings, Grace and Billy, are living in the East End of London. Their father has been killed at Dunkirk and their mother is in hospital having her fourth child, while the children stay with a neighbour. In one of the worst bombing raids of the war their home is destroyed and the neighbour is killed. Bewildered and frightened, the children wander the streets until they are taken in by some nuns. But their problems are not over; no-one can trace their mother and, labelled as orphans, they are sent as child migrants to Australia.
Homesick and heart-broken when Billy is separated from his sisters and suffering the loneliness of life in a cold and unfeeling orphanage, Maggie tries to make a new life for herself.
Although she is thousands of miles from home she is convinced that her mother is still alive and is determined to reunite her family.

Genre:  Historical
Approx pages:  428


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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

A Woman's Lot by Carolyn Hughes


A Woman's Lot

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How can mere women resist the misogyny of men?

A resentful peasant rages against a woman’s efforts to build up her flock of sheep… A husband, grown melancholy and ill-tempered, succumbs to idle talk that his wife’s a scold… A priest, fearful of women’s "unnatural” power, determines to keep them in their place.

The devastation wrought two years ago by the Black Death changed the balance of society: more women saw their chance to build a business, learn a trade, to play a greater part. But many men still hold fast to the teachings of the Church and fear the havoc the daughters of Eve might wreak if they’re allowed to usurp men’s roles and gain control over their own lives.

Not all men resist women’s desire for change – indeed, they want it for themselves. Yet it takes only one or two to unleash the hounds of hostility and hatred…

Genre:  Historical Fiction 
Approx pages:  288


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Sunday, 9 September 2018

A Suggestion of Scandal by Catherine Kullmann


A Suggestion of Scandal

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If only he could find a lady who was tall enough to meet his eyes, intelligent enough not to bore him and who had that certain something that meant he could imagine spending the rest of his life with her.

As Sir Julian Loring returns to his father’s home, he never dreams that that lady could be Rosa Fancourt, his half-sister Chloe’s governess. Rosa is no longer the gawky girl fresh from a Bath academy whom he first met ten years ago. Today, she intrigues him. But just as they begin to draw closer, she disappears—in very dubious circumstances. Julian cannot bring himself to believe the worst of Rosa, but if she is blameless the truth could be even more shocking, with far-reaching repercussions for his own family, especially Chloe.

Later, driven by her concern for Chloe, Rosa accepts an invitation to spend some weeks at Castle Swanmere, home of Julian’s maternal grandfather. The widowed Meg Overton has also been invited and she is determined not to let the extremely eligible Julian slip through her fingers again.

When a ghost from Rosa’s past returns to haunt her, and Meg discredits Rosa publicly, Julian must decide where his loyalties lie.

Genre:   Regency
Approx pages:  392


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Friday, 7 September 2018

Death in Dulwich by Alice Castle


Death in Dulwich

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Chill with a Book READERS’ Award



Thirty-something single mum Beth Haldane is forced to become Dulwich’s answer to Miss Marple when she stumbles over a murder victim on her first day at work.

To clear her name, Beth is plunged into a cozy mystery that’s a contemporary twist on Golden Age crime classics. But can she pull it off? She already has a bouncy young son, haughty cat, a fringe with a mind of its own and lots of bills to pay, as she struggles to keep up with the yummy mummies of SE21.

Join Beth in #1 of the London Murder Mystery series, as she discovers the nastiest secrets can lurk in the nicest places.

Genre:   British Detective / Cosy
Approx pages:  423


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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

The Blood and The Barley by Angela Macrae Shanks


The Blood and The Barley

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Chill with a Book READERS’ Award



A Captivating Historical Saga. Deeply Moving and Richly Detailed.

The North-Eastern Highlands, 1780. The Jacobite cause is lost, and life in the high glens is now harder than ever. To prevent another uprising, the British Government seeks to destroy the entire Highland way of life. Yet in Strathavon, glen folk fight on in their own unique way. To maintain a foothold on the land - a land not theirs by right of deed or paper but held precious in their hearts - the people must be wily. Must risk their lives. And whisky smuggling is the way.

Morven MacRae is the daughter of a notorious smuggler, and also a smuggler herself. Yet her greatest wish is to be a healer like her neighbour Rowena. Only Rowena has troubles of her own. Branded a witch, she's a struggling widow, desperate to avoid eviction, and a ruthless exciseman has her in his sights. A jealous man she once jilted, with a dark past and a stranglehold on the glen. When Rowena's young kinsman Jamie Innes returns to the glen of his birth and saves Morven's life, despite herself, Morven finds herself intrigued by him. He's a man driven by honour and an abiding loyalty ... or so it seems. And by a desire to belong. But when it becomes plain there's a traitor in the glen, Jamie's true motives are less clear. Can she trust him? For this is a mystical land of lore and superstition. A place where loyalties are tested and secrets kept close ...

If you are drawn to magical storytelling, vivid characters and unique historical detail, then you will love The Blood And The Barley. A fascinating tale of a lost way of life and a sensitive love story. Perfect for fans of the Poldark novels of Winston Graham and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

Ranked A Discovered Diamond and winner of Book of the Month for July 2018 by #DDRevs.

".. .the author's description of the Highlands is so evocative one can almost feel the texture of the heather. MacRae conjures a mystical land of crags and burns, where belief in the old ways still hold and are made plausible by its isolation from what Wordsworth described as the 'getting and spending' of everyday life. This is a well-told tale, and I'd love it to become a saga along Poldark lines. Morven has the makings of an excellent Demelza. The community of the glen, their whisky stills and smuggling born out of necessity make for a convincing backdrop and I look forward to reading more about Strathavon. I recommend The Blood And The Barley to anyone who enjoys family sagas. - J.G. Harlond, historical fiction award-winning author.


Genre:  Historical Romance / Scottish 
Approx pages:  296


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