Books that left an impression in 2020

2020 seems to be the year that never ends – but don’t wish it away just yet, because today is my birthday! This year, instead of choosing ‘top’ books I’m making a list of books that I read that left a lasting impression. Given that I read 20+ books more than 2019, that’s not an... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Trio by William Boyd

In brief: In 1968, a film is being made in Brighton. For three people linked with the film, their secrets are about to come into the open. The good: Detailed characters and setting. The not-so-good: None of the characters are truly likeable. Why I chose it: Haven’t read enough of William Boyd’s work. Thanks to... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Sister’s Gift by Barbara Hannay

In brief: Freya has lost everything. When her niece invites her to help run the family restaurant on Magnetic Island, Freya’s sister is suspicious that Freya will reveal the family’s biggest and most generous secret. The good: Magnetic Island sounds beautiful. The not-so-good: The ends tie up a little too neatly and quickly for me.... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

In brief: When Lucie meets George in Capri, she dislikes him intensely. Until she doesn't. Years later, George reappears on the scene but Lucie is happily engaged, right? The good: Lovely to indulge in some decadence and armchair travel. The not-so-good: Cecil. I really want to smack him, but I don't think that will help…... Continue Reading →

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