Sorry for the delay in posting, I have been very naughty and busying myself with other things (like moving house next week)! This post, as you can see by the title, will be about books. I LOVE reading, and I just wanted to share some books with you that I recommend if you’re looking for a new novel in the New Year (I shall keep call it the New Year for as long as I can).
A Red Herring Without Mustard
‘In the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey, the insidiously clever and unflappable eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce had asked a Gypsy woman to tell her fortune—never expecting to later stumble across the poor soul, bludgeoned almost to death in the wee hours in her own caravan. Was this an act of retribution by those convinced that the soothsayer abducted a local child years ago? Certainly Flavia understands the bliss of settling scores; revenge is a delightful pastime when one has two odious older sisters. But how could this crime be connected to the missing baby? As the red herrings pile up, Flavia must sort through clues fishy and foul to untangle dark deeds and dangerous secrets. ‘ – Amazon’s Product Description. A funny and qwuirky novel, definitely for those of you looking for something different but still of very high quality — though this is the third novel in the series, you may want to start with ‘The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie’
In my opinion this is Austen’s best novel. A story of a woman who is past her bloom and the man she once jilted under someone else’s advice because of his lack of fortune and connections. The novel begins describing her dull-ish life and then moves on to her meeting her former love who now has fortune and title as he has distinguished himself in the navy. With the social positions so changed and much pain and heart-ache brought up from the past you watch as they deal with the past and hopefully move on to a happy future. I love this novel because I feel Austen is writing her own happy ending, or at least the one she wanted but never managed to get.
‘California’s gold country, 1850. Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. What she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside. Then she meets Michael Hosea. A man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything, Michael obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation until, despite her resistance, her heart begins to thaw. But with her unexpected softening come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. So Angel runs. Back to the darkness…A powerful retelling of the book of Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love. ‘ – Amazon’s Product Description. One of my favourite books of all time which can only be read with the biggest box of tissues!
‘With the same meticulous research and attention to detail that is found in the Peninsular War books, Bernard Cornwell has sumptuously recreated the 1799 campaign against Seringapatam which made the British masters of southern India, a campaign that pitted brutalized soldiers against an ancient and splendid civilization. Sharpe, the rest of his battalion and rising star of the general staff Arthur Wellesley, are about to embark upon the siege of the island citadel of the Tippoo of Mysore, Seringapatam. The British must remove this potentate from his Tiger Throne, but he has gone to great lengths to defend his city from attack. When a senior British officer is captured by the Tippoo’s forces, Sharpe is offered a chance to attempt a rescue and infiltrate the Tippoo’s forces. Set against the background of dazzling wealth, ruinous poverty, gorgeous palaces, sudden cruelty and pitiless battles, ‘Sharpe’s Tiger’ is his greatest adventure yet.’ – Amazon’s Product Description.
This is, I’ll admit it, a bit of a blokes book, and funnily enough, a bloke recommended it to me, but I thought I’d give it a shot and I actually enjoyed it and am currently reading the second in the Sharpe’s series. Bernard Cornell is a very well-known writer and I’m starting to realise why.
So, I hope that’s a big enough selection for you and they are VERY varied I know so it might give you some ideas of things to read this New Year (I did it again 🙂 )