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 The Crossing places

Books 1 to 4 about Dr. Ruth Galloway, Archeologist

Set on and around the salt marshes of the north Norfolk coast the atmosphere is perfect for a dark winter evenings read. Ruth Galloway is a forensic archeologist and is helping the police to solve ancient and contemporary crimes. There is a wonderful mixture of superstition, history and the present day all mingling to create a tangible atmosphere. Ruth is vulnerable yet strong and her character is intriguing. Lots of shocks, surprises and humour all thrown into this murder mystery which is also sinister and life threatening. There is even a Druid.
The books are best read in sequence as they all do link in parts, especially Ruth's life challenges.
I bought the first one and immediately had to buy the other three. I'm almost at the end of the 4th story and still can't put it down. Great for reading under a blanket in front of the fire with stormy weather outside.

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1. The Crossing Places: A case for Ruth Galloway

 2. The Janus Stone: A Case for Ruth Galloway

3. The House at Sea's End: A Ruth Galloway Investigation

 4. A Room Full of Bones: A Ruth Galloway Investigation

 

 on Canaan's Side

On Canaans Side

by

Sebastian Barry

A beautiful story had me in tears. Thought provoking, made me reflect on life, personal achievements and wonder who's life I had touched.

It's a compelling narrative told by an 80 year old reliving her memories. The happiness and sadness she had experienced was beautifully described, a lady who survived great sadness and continued to face life head on.
Would recommend .

Sebastian Barry has written a number of plays and novels and has been short and long listed for the Booker prize.

4.5_star_rating

On Canaan's Side

 

 

 

alice Bliss

Alice Bliss

by

Laura Harrington

I read this book some time ago and felt it was one of the best books I had read in a long time. You just fall in love with Alice.

 It's a story of hope and love and beautifully illustrates the bond between father and daughter that transcends death. I felt I  could read the novel over and over, quite emotional and wondered how Harrington could follow this marvellous debut novel.

 Can't recommend enough.

4.5_star_rating

Alice Bliss

 

 

 

 

The Snow Child

The Snow Child

by

Eowyn Ivey

 

This is a beautiful book, spellbinding and enchanting, couldn't put it down. The story takes place in the Alaskan 1920's. Jack and Mabel decide to make a fresh start in a remote homestead. Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years earlier, when a little girl appears on their land.....Faina
 
Ivey lives and works in Alaska and her descriptions of the hard bleak Alaskan winters transport you there. An enchanting tale of love, hope and survival in the frozen north.
Would  highly recommend.

4.5_star_rating

 The Snow Child

 

The Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Fry

by

Rachel Joyce

 

Well I loved this book, exceptional and thought provoking.

Harold is retired , married and leading a routine life, till one day he leaves home to post a letter and just carries on walking .

It's profound, touching, funny in parts but moving in others. Harold's ability to see the good in people and accept them for what they are is a lesson in humanity and humility.

He went from a mundane life to being completely absorbed by the beauty of nature and the countryside and this wonderful world we live in.

just love it , one of my favourite books.

This is Joyce's first novel and I will certainly be reading her second 'Perfect'

4.5_star_rating

 

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry

 

The Sea Detective - Mark Douglas-Home

 

 

The Sea Detective

By

Mark Douglas-Home

 

I love crime fiction and I especially love Scottish crime fiction because of its windswept vistas, it's adverse weather conditions, and it's links with the sea and remoteness.

This is the debut novel about 'The Sea Detective', 'Cal', a sort of eco super sleuth. The story intertwines a number of sub plots which involve the sex slave trade, his brushes with the police and politics, and his families unsolved mystery from the past.

It takes us from Glasgow to the rugged west coast and is packed full of twists and turns. Cal, the protagonist, is contemporary and plausible but also very likeable too.

A really great thriller with lots to tie up at the end. I can't wait to read what he gets up to next.

4.5_star_rating

 

The Sea Detective

 

The sea the sea

 

 

by
 

Iris Murdoch

 

This is a classic Iris Murdoch read and can be quite heavy if you let it be. There is an introduction at the front of it where an academic writes about the reasoning behind the characters and the story but I just ignored that and read it anyway with no wish to examine Murdoch's psyche behind the book.

It was great. It's about an ageing man who used to be an actor. He would say a "great" actor but maybe the reader soon realises that what he says isn't always what really happened. He goes to live in an old remote house by the sea and eats weird food and has his own thoughts for a while when suddenly he finds that his ex girlfriend of many years ago lives, coincidentally, close by. She's obviously older now too but what follows is hilarious in parts.

Not a light read, because Murdoch is very analytical in her writing but for me it's a classic that I would read again and again.

 
4.5_star_rating
 
 

The Sea, The Sea

 

 

the land of decoration

The Land of Decoration

By

Grace McLean

This book tells the story of Judith, a young girl who lives a very solitary life with her father. At first I felt I'm not going to like this novel due to the strictness of Judith's regime and her devout father, but boy it is good-very unusual.

Judith finds solace in creating her own pretend world , she doesn't receive much love from her father and is bullied at school. Then she hears 'God' and life begins to change for her. it is so touching you want to reach out to her.

Mclean writing is deep and powerful, it's incredibly emotional and a compelling page turner. A gem of a debut novel. 

4.5_star_rating

 

The Land of Decoration

 

 

 

A Year In My Kitchen

"A year in my kitchen"

by

Skye Gyngell

 

I had read about a wonderful place to eat in Richmond called Petersham Nurseries so next time I was in the area I went.

It was one of the best meals I have ever had, in an eclectic beautiful old garden centre full of faded elegance and the chef there was Skye Gyngell. Once home, I immediately bought this book and it's been inspirational.

There isn't a single recipe that I have not loved and her combination of flavours are wonderful. It's seasonal, fresh, and organic, and if you have a love of eating and a passion for good food, this is the book for you.

A must have in the kitchen.

 4.5_star_rating

 

A Year in my Kitchen by Skye Gyngell (2008)

 

 

 

the 19th wife

 

"The 19th Wife"

by

David Ebershoff

 

This is a book that was published in 1988, so quite a while ago but this aside it still remains one of the best books I have ever read.

It's a book that gives you lots to think about even when it's done and maybe it's controversial in what really did or did not happen at that time but either way it's a belting read, shocking, sad in parts, funny in others, a mix of the now and the past, all set behind a backdrop of American polygamy.

It explores how Mormon polygamy affected the women who were involved and the children of those marriages. It also, most importantly, entertains the reader so much that in my case I couldn't put it down.

4.5_star_rating

 

(The 19th Wife) By David Ebershoff (Author) Paperback on (Jan , 2009)

Dark Winter

Dark Winter

by

David Mark

This is a fast moving crime thriller following DS McEvoy, a scot who doesn't quite fit into the police force. Three people are murdered just before Christmas seemingly unconnected, the killer is playing God.

It's a very good debut novel , keeps you engrossed and is an easy read. McEvoy is a tough detective, with a surprising emotional softer side. Mark's descriptions of Hull and the pub scenes are extremely lifelike. He has used his working knowledge of life as a crime reporter with the Yorkshire Post extremely effectively.

His follow up novel Original Skin also follows DS McEvoy and the extract  sounds promising.

4.5_star_rating

 

Dark Winter

 

 

The Fault In Our Stars - John Green

The Fault in our stars

By

John Green

One of the most beautiful books I have read on living with cancer.  Hazel illness is terminal , she is a plucky girl, full of character.

The story begins when she meets Augustus at a cancer kid support group and you share their laughter and sadness.

This isn't a morbid book, as they live life to the fullest for as long as they can. it's a beautiful love story and remains with you long after you have turned the last page.

Highly recommended.

4.5_star_rating

 

The Fault in Our Stars

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