Guest Posts

Guest post with Patricia Bracewell on Emma of Normandy: England’s Twice-Crowned Queen

Today, author Patricia Bracewell joins us to chat about how Emma of Normandy inspired her to write a historical trilogy based on this infamous figure's life. Emma led a fascinating life! Emma of Normandy: England’s Twice-Crowned Queen Historical novelists are story tellers, not historians; nevertheless, they can often pluck a figure from the past –… Continue reading Guest post with Patricia Bracewell on Emma of Normandy: England’s Twice-Crowned Queen

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Book reviews

Bookish Gifts on Etsy

Some of you  may have noticed that I've opened an online store on Etsy, Bookish Gifts. It's come about as a culmination of my two loves; reading and writing. I've spent the past year recommending books and loaning books to friends and colleagues and I decided that I could make this hobby into a small… Continue reading Bookish Gifts on Etsy

Book reviews

Book Review: A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

 A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle Paperback TBR pile Penguin 2008, (originally published 1989)  Synopsis- Who hasn't dreamed, on a mundane Monday or frowzy Friday, of chucking it all in and packing off to the south of France? Provençal cookbooks and guidebooks entice with provocatively fresh salads and azure skies, but is it really… Continue reading Book Review: A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

General chit chat, reading on location

Reading on Location (part 3): Italy

The last couple of weeks I've been chatting about my upcoming holiday to Europe and how I enjoy preparing for travel through books; both fiction and non-fiction. Last week I listed the books set in France I want to read and have recently read, this week I'm looking at books set in Italy.  I thought… Continue reading Reading on Location (part 3): Italy

General chit chat, reading on location

Reading on Location (part 2): France

So last week I chatted about my upcoming honeymoon to Europe and how I enjoy preparing for travel through books; both fiction and non-fiction. Now, I'm going to chat about books set in France that I hope to read shortly or while I'm away.  These are the 5 books on my 'must read' list for… Continue reading Reading on Location (part 2): France

Book reviews

Book Review: The Ambassador’s Daughter by Pam Jenoff

 The Ambassador's Daughter by Pam Jenoff Paperback Review copy provided by publisher Harlequin Mira, February 2013  Synopsis- Paris, 1919.The world's leaders have gathered to rebuild from the ashes of the Great War. But for one woman, the City of Light harbors dark secrets and dangerous liaisons, for which many could pay dearly. Brought to the… Continue reading Book Review: The Ambassador’s Daughter by Pam Jenoff