The story is linked together by a place, Brockscombe near Dartmoor. Here the characters all meet up, all with their own reasons for being there and all with problems of varying degrees.
Very moving story with a cast of very believable characters who engage you in their various stories.
Most are family to one degree or another, except Tim, who needed somewhere to go to think about news he had received.
Life changes for all as the story develops, I won’t reveal what happens but I suggest you read the book yourself to see. Very enjoyable.
Reserve The Songbird
In the far north of Italy lies the valley of the ice-cream makers – about a dozen villages where, for generations, people have specialised in making ice cream. Giuseppe Talamini claims it was actually invented here. Every spring, his family sets off for the ice-cream parlour in Rotterdam, returning to the mountains only in the winter. Eldest son Giovanni Talamini decides to break with this tradition by pursuing a literary career. But then one day, his younger brother Luca approaches him with a highly unusual request. Now Giovanni faces a dilemma – serve the family’s interests one last time or choose his own path in life, once and for all.
Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming. Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil. But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms. Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.
This book was recommended to me and it was well worth the read.
The ultimate psychological thriller. Dark, compelling and utterly unputdownable you just keep reading to find out whats going to happen!!
You sympathise with Jean Taylor right away but the book keeps you second guessing to the end.
Reserve The Widow
With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop. Studying the body, Sara Lindon – the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover – realizes that the extensive blood loss didn’t belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim – a woman – who has vanished, and who will die soon if she isn’t found. Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers – a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.
This is a super-popular new hardback! Get yourself on the waiting list pronto.
Summer Freeman returns to the waterside village of Willowbeck to rescue the Canal Boat Café, her late mother’s picturesque narrowboat, which has run into choppy waters. A family friend, Valerie, has been trying to keep things afloat, but the coffee machine is jammed, the cake offerings are paltry, and not all of the locals want to see the café succeed. Help comes from the boat next door, in the shape of handsome wildlife photographer, Mason and his naughty Border Terrier, who are showing more than a passing interest in Summer and her adorable Bichon Frise, Latte. But is Mason being honest about himself? Or does he have something to hide? As her life and the community of Willowbeck begin to entwine, Summer finds herself setting sail on a new adventure. Will the anchor of a steady life on land be too strong, or can Summer learn to cut loose and embrace life afloat?
Famous killers have fan clubs. Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He’s handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he’s innocent, and that he’s the man of their dreams. Who would join such a club? Maggie Rose is different. Reclusive and enigmatic; a successful lawyer and bestselling true-crime writer, she only takes on cases that she can win. Hamish wants her as his lawyer, he wants her to change his fate. She thinks she’s immune to the charms of a man like this. But maybe not this time. Would you?
Not read this author before but will definitely get hold of her other books. This was a very good read which took you down quite a few different avenues before revealing the full story at the end!! The characters are well thought out, some you like some you hate!
Reserve Daisy in Chains
Flavia was born with a birthmark covering her face, in the shape of a bird in flight. Ashamed of her mark, her mother has concealed Flavia’s face behind a veil all her young life. But on the night before her younger sister’s wedding, she meets Ghostanza, a courtesan turned widow, whose white lead-painted face entrances Flavia, and whose beauty and cruelty are unmatched.Flavia becomes her ornatrix, her hairdresser and personal maid. But as white lead paint rots the flesh below it, so Perugia and the convent of Saint Giuliana is rotten below the shimmer of wealth and privilege.
The book works because of the way the different stories are woven together to form one story. Included between the chapters are press cuttings about the different family member whose story follows.
There is depth to the novel, each character providing some back story which explains where they are now and how they got to that point in their life. The characters are really well written, making you feel some sympathy for all of them, but also not necessarily liking them.
I really enjoyed reading this and will be looking for others by Kathleen MacMahon.
For those who have read all the Maeve Binchy books!
Reserve The long hot summer
Turn your mind back to when you first flew. When you first left the Earth, and travelled high and fast above its turning arc. When you looked down on a new world, captured simply and perfectly through a window fringed with ice. When you descended towards a city, and arrived from the sky as ordinarily as morning. In ‘Skyfaring’, airline pilot and flight romantic Mark Vanhoenacker shares his irrepressible love of flying, on a journey from day to night, from new ways of mapmaking and the poetry of physics to the names of winds and the nature of clouds.
“It was as if, because of an evil spell, the joy or sorrow of one required the sorrow or joy of the other”
This is the first of the Neapolitan novels, covering the meeting and adolescence of Lenu and Lena.
Growing up amongst the impoverished outskirts of Naples, Lenu recounts memories of her childhood in a direct, unflourished manner. The novel visualises the intense friendship and rivalry between the two girls and their intent to flee their neighbourhood and the endless circle of poverty; be it by writing a book, building a shoe factory or going to school. An intent to change their lives and their world for the better without realising how limited and patriarchal they were before.
Don’t be deterred by the changes of names (Lela/Lena/Rafaella), and seemingly irrelevant characters showing up for no apparent reason. It’s a neighbourhood brimming with life and violence – blood and deaths occur seemingly at random, outbursts of tension in a difficult underprivileged, post war time – but the lack of perceived style – a “who cares for the rules” attitude – makes the writing feel more authentic, a true retelling of a memory rather than a cinematic adaptation.
Written by Annabel Brandon
Reserve My Brilliant Friend