Tuesday 28 February 2017

Reading Round-Up: Jan/Feb 2017

Last Updated: 24 May 2024

Welcome to another year, and my first reading round-up of 2017!

If you missed the last edition of 2016, catch up with that here.

Thursday 16 February 2017

Book Review: A Valentine Secret by Emily Murdoch

Last Updated: 24 May 2024

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Jonathan Brodie, the only son of Sir Roger and Lady Brodie, has lived in the village of Maplebridge his whole life. Penelope, the daughter of the local florist, was adopted by the Baldwins when she was just a baby. They could not be more different and yet, one blustery January morning, their paths collide in a chance encounter that is destined to change their lives forever.

Jonathan soon discovers that Penelope is far from the quiet wallflower that she first seems, but rather a beautiful rose just waiting for its chance to bloom. After spending more and more time together, it’s not long before their feelings for each other begin to blossom.

However, when Jonathan starts investigating Penelope’s past, in order to present her with the truth about her biological parents, his grand Valentines gesture threatens to destroy any hope of a future with the woman he has grown to love.

Penelope begins to doubt Jonathan’s motives. Is he only concerned with placating his domineering father and convincing him that she is worthy of the Brodie name?

Despite his good intentions, will Jonathan’s Valentine Secret ruin everything? Or are two people from opposite ends of society simply destined to remain poles apart forever?

Monday 6 February 2017

Writing in a Different Gender by Sam Taylor-Pye

Last Updated: 24 May 2024

Writing Jones’ story was an exciting journey. He started out as a young man of around twenty, a side character in a story that centred on a woman of similar age in mid-19th century San Francisco. I sat down to ‘talk ‘to him one day and sensed something vulnerable, wanting, and even dangerous around him. When he began to talk in that simple yet profound way that he does, and tell me what his story was all about, I knew he was the real star of the show.