There can’t be many people who enjoy really well-written chick lit who haven’t read You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane by now, but just in case! This one is on the shortlist in the Contemporary Romantic Novel category in the RNA awards, and thoroughly deserves its place. For anyone who hasn’t read it yet, I see it’s still available today for Kindle through Amazon at £1.99 (check price before purchase) – what a bargain!
The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh pressed every button for me, a wonderful story on a cinematic scale, moving from Victorian England to the inhospitable diamond fields of South Africa, full of drama, with images that will stay with me for a very long time. Bring on the big screen blockbuster!
Choc Lit is producing some amazing reads at the moment – thanks to their early releases to Kindle and excellent pricing, I think I have them all! – and The Road Back by Liz Harris was up there with the very best. Rich and romantic, this was an escapist read of the first order, with Patricia travelling to Ladakh in the Himalayas with her authoritarian father, and finding love with Kalden, their guide. There’s so much more to the story than that, it’s exciting and tremendously moving, and this was a book that left me thoroughly satisfied by the story and with a tear in my eye.
And finally, something well outside my usual comfort zone – The Palace of Curiosities by Rosie Garland, which I found absolutely mesmerising. Written by an author whose alter ego is Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen, I was totally engrossed by Josiah Arroner’s Palace of Curiosities with Abel, the Flayed Man and Eve, the Lion Faced Girl. This isn’t one that will appeal to everyone – there are some pretty horrifying, repulsive and explicit scenes – but I loved the familiar Victorian setting shown through seen through such a magnificently distorted lens.
Right, that’s brought things up to date – latest reviews to follow soon!