Putting Words in their Mouths – Writing historical fiction based on real lives

At the Springs, Mount Wellington c.1880 Last month I was invited by the writer, Jean M Roberts to contribute a post about my latest novel to her blog, The Book’s Delight. My post looks at the challenges I faced trying to write accurately and honestly about the characters of my novel and not treat them as … Continue reading Putting Words in their Mouths – Writing historical fiction based on real lives

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Some thoughts on re-reading

I recently re-read Pride and Prejudice, a book I last read some time in the mid-1970s. In the intervening years, I have watched a couple of film adaptations but haven’t been struck giddy by the story. And I have no particular fascination for the Regency period. When I think of that period I don’t think … Continue reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Some thoughts on re-reading

Book Review – Father by Allan Hudson

Father, by Canadian writer Allan Hudson, is set during World War 2 and follows the experiences of Tanner Hill from 1942 through to his return home after the war. This novella starts with a prologue detailing the arrival of two Hill brothers in Canada in the 1840s and the lives they build for themselves in … Continue reading Book Review – Father by Allan Hudson

Squire’s Hazard by Carolyn Hughes

Today I’m delighted to be sharing an excerpt from Carolyn Hughes’s recently released novel, Squire’s Hazard, as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. Squire’s Hazard is the fifth in Carolyn’s series the Meonbridge Chronicle set in the Meon Valley, Hampshire in the fourteenth century. The waters of the river … Continue reading Squire’s Hazard by Carolyn Hughes

A Shape on the Air by Julia Ibbotson

Today I’m delighted to be shining a spotlight on Julia Ibbotson’s time-slip mystery, A Shape on the Air, as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. A Shape on the Air is the first book in Julia’s Dr DuLac series. A haunting Anglo-Saxon time-slip of mystery and romance Can echoes … Continue reading A Shape on the Air by Julia Ibbotson

The Godmother’s Secret by Elizabeth St.John

Today I’m delighted to be sharing an excerpt from Elizabeth St.John’s newly released novel, The Godmother’s Secret, as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. King Edward died suddenly, and Lady Elysabeth Scrope was commanded by his brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, to escort Prince Edward to the Palace of … Continue reading The Godmother’s Secret by Elizabeth St.John

My Reading – September 2022

Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenIt is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.Still being read after 200 years, Pride and Prejudice doesn't need another review (there are over 92,000 of them on Goodreads alone); however, I have written a post … Continue reading My Reading – September 2022