Christmas – A Time of Cheer for All in Hobart Town

When we think of a 19th century Christmas, I suspect most of us think of an idealized image – the decorated tree with toys and gifts, stockings hanging from the mantelpiece stuffed with oranges and nuts, the table groaning under the weight of roast beef, ham and roasted potatoes, not to mention the flaming brandy … Continue reading Christmas – A Time of Cheer for All in Hobart Town

The Founding by Michael L Ross

Today I’m delighted to be sharing an excerpt from Michael L. Ross’s latest released novel, The Founding, as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. The Founding is the third and final book in Michael’s series Across the Great Divide. Will and Robert had never done a drive before. Charlie … Continue reading The Founding by Michael L Ross

Her Castilian Heart by Anna Belfrage

Today I’m delighted to be shining a spotlight on Anna Belfrage’s recently released novel, Her Castilian Heart, as part of a blog tour hosted by The Coffee Pot Book Club. Her Castilian Heart is the third in Anna's Castilian series. Blood is not always thicker than water… At times a common bloodline is something of … Continue reading Her Castilian Heart by Anna Belfrage

My Reading – November 2022

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John BoyneLong ago before we had discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women, one in Drimoleague and one in Clonakilty, Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the parish of Goleen, West Cork, and denounced … Continue reading My Reading – November 2022

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