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The Magic of Books

The Magic of Books by Amelie

Books I have recently enjoyed

This year has been a wonderful one for great books read. At any one time I have several books beside my bed, patiently awaiting their turn to entertain and inspire me. The last few months have been no exception and along the way I have discovered new authors to follow. Here are a few…

The Real Katie Lavendar

The Real Katie Lavendar

The Real Katie Lavendar by Erica James –
In one day, Katie is made redundant from a job she didn’t enjoy anyway and, in her solicitor’s office, is handed a letter from her late mother that turns everything she knows about herself on its head. Katie’s  search for identity introduces into her life a raft of characters, good and not so great, and all with something to say that she may or may not want to hear. It’s an entertaining read that kept me awake into the small hours.
As it was the first I had read by Erica James and thoroughly enjoyed, I was pleased to see it is one of many – so more night time reading hours to come from this clever author.

 

Shopaholic and Baby

Shopaholic and Baby

Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella –
I became a fan of this author last year when I read The Domestic Goddess (my favourite of hers) and a couple of the Shopaholic series. I love this girl’s humour. When sitting in the sun on my deck, reading one – can’t remember which – I laughed so much and so hard that my next door neighbour’s husband came to the adjoining fence demanding to know what was so darned funny. I LOVE books that make me laugh and, in my mind, Sophie Kinsella has cornered the market for great humour. No other books have ever made me laugh so much, or so loud so to my thinking she has to be at least in the top ten of comedy writers. What a gift.
Having said that, Shopaholic and Baby didn’t quite make it into the laughing-hysterically-can’t-breathe-tears-running-down-my-cheeks category but it was still a very good light read and I am still a total fan.

The Children's Hour

The Children’s Hour

The Children’s Hour byMarcia Willett –
Another previously not-read author and I LOVED this book. The characters were so well drawn, the tale told so gently and sensitively. And it was a beautiful story, the characters so real and imaginable. At the end I was sorry to put the book down, I didn’t want it to end, although I didn’t drag out the reading of it either, it had me too firmly in its grip.I was reminded of Rosamund Pilcher’s magical story-telling and so glad there are many more Marcia Willett books for me to read.

At this point I have several books on my bedside cabinet cupboard.

 

City of Dreams

City of Dreams

City of Dreams by Beverley Swerling
I was drawn to this book by the blurb on the back noting, ‘In the epic tradition of  Edward Rutherford’s book, London, a tremendous read.
Part of the back blurb: In 1661 a brother and sister stagger off a small wooden ship after eleven perilous weeks at sea to seek a new life in the rough and rowdy Dutch settlement of NieuwAsterdam. Lucas Turner is a barber surgeon, Sally Turner an apothecary. Both gifted healers, they are bound to each other by blood and necessity. But as their new lives unfold, betrayal and murder will make them deadly enemies.
This is a thick book so I am looking forward to being whisked away for many hours of reading and learning.

White Rose Rebel

White Rose Rebel

White Rose Rebel by Janet Paisley
I thought this looked interesting as I like the genre.
The back blurb reads in part – Anne Farquharson is a young Highlander – tempestuous, bold determined to be her own woman. Yet the clan Farquharson – like its close neighbours and rivals – is under threat. The Highlands suffer at the domineering hand of English King George, while there are rumours that Bonny Prince Charlie, in exile in France, is seeking to retrn and hoping to raise an army in a bid for the throne… When Anne agrees to marry a clan chief, she is doing much more than taking his bed. For she and her supporters are drawm into the heart of the brutal and bloody conflict, and as the Jacobite rebellion escalates, she and her husband find themselves on opposite sides of the battlefield.

The Virgin’s Lover

The Virgin’s Lover

The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory
I just know that I am going to LOVE this book. Historical writers don’t come much better than Philippa Gregory. The blurb begins with –
In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the news – Elizabeth is Queen. One woman hears them with dread; Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, knows that with Elizabeth on the throne he will return to the glamorous Tudor court. Amy’s hopes that the ambitions of the Dudley family had died when Robert’s father was beheaded are ended. The triumphant peal of bells summon her husband once more to power – and to a passionate young queen.
Robert is sure that he can reclaim his destiny at Elizabeth’s side. And as queen and courtier fall in love, Dudley begins to contemplate the impossible…

Sapphire Skies

Sapphire Skies

Sapphire Skies by Belinda Alexander
A love greater than war. A beautiful woman lost.A mystery unsolved…until now.
2000: The wreckage of a downed WWII fighter plane is discovered in a forest near Russia’s Ukranian border. The aircraft belonged to Natalya Azarova, ace pilot and pin-up girl for Soviet propaganda, but the question of her fate remains unanswered. Was she a German spy who faked her own death, as the Kremlin claims? Her lover, Valentin Orlov, now a highly decorated general, refuses to believe it.
Definitely next in my reading list.

It appears, according to the statistics, that I am one of today’s rare readers who doesn’t own a kindle or any other hand-held electronic reading device.I don’t expect this will change – as a passionate lover of books I like to hold them, turn their pages and set them on my book shelves along with hundreds of others that have given me so much pleasure over many years of reading.
But for millions of readers worldwide, the convenience of the tablet is all and, in this age where self-publishing has taken giant leaps forward and Indie authors are able to place their books online for the world to see and purchase, downloaded instantly onto an electronic tablet, it is the way of the world.

See what amazing works Indie authors from around the world are producing on www.beezeebooks.com  The Home of the Indie and self publishing authors.

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