Thursday, 14 May 2015

Book Review: A Daughter's Disgrace by Kitty Neale

A Daughter's Disgrace is set in 1950s London and features well developed characters, a good plot and a massive "wow" moment that I didn't see coming.

The main family consists of three sisters who are incredibly different and these characters and their mother are the focus of the story. I had a lot of sympathy for Alison, the youngest most unloved child, and her character has some wonderful moments in the book.

This is one of those books that is easy to read and immerse yourself in, total escapism, and I enjoyed reading it.

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Times They Are A-Changing

Hi there

I just wanted to write a post today, mostly in a fit of excitement as I have had some new covers for my novels designed by Design For Writers, and they have made my month! The new covers are already on the Kindle versions of my books, but the paperback versions will take me more time and I need to schedule that into my diary in the next month or so.

My life is quite different now to when I first started this blog. I am now a divorced single parent of three, and have sole responsibility for my mortgage. That seems to have led me to become quite focused on work. I have spent a lot of time in the past couple of years searching for jobs which are term time only and fit into school hours. Those jobs are not only few and far between, but also very much in demand, so I kept hitting a brick wall.

I then decided to ramp up my freelance work if I could, and now I am happy to say I am busier than I have ever been, and am doing the most varied work I have ever done which is right up my street. I manage my own workload, arrange my own diary, and am still at home for the children all the time they are in the house. I finally feel like I have found my niche!! It really does feel like that.

To date, I have done kindle formatting, layout for print on demand books, written copy for newsletters, press releases and websites, editing, proofreading and social media marketing. I have worked with lots of lovely people and am meeting more every day. It is wonderful to feel like I can look after my family and my bills at the same time.

And so, I thought it was about time I wrote a post, made up of me simply waffling on like I used to do! I enjoy writing my book reviews but sometimes it is nice to just "catch up"!

I hope you are well and I will leave you with an image of my new covers! Aren't they gorgeous!

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Book Review: The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce should possibly be quite depressing as it is set in a hospice, however the book is mostly about Queenie’s life when she was younger, and the days she spends in the hospice are enriched by a wonderful group of characters and written with such a gentle humour, that I found the book uplifting, and laughed more often than I felt sad.

I read this book over quite a number of days, partly because of work commitments but mostly because I wanted to savour it. Joyce has a fantastic style of writing that makes me feel happy to be a reader, and I didn’t want the book to come to an end.

I loved the characters in the hospice, such a wonderful bunch, and it was sad to lose each one of them, yet they all seemed to have had a good time while they were there.

Queenie’s journey was so interesting to read, and it is written as a parallel journey to that of Harold Fry, which is so clever. I now feel I want to read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry again.

This is undoubtedly one of my favourite reads of 2015 so far, and one of those rare books that I definitely want to read again.

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Book Review: Discovering Big Cat Country by Eric Dinerstein

With their elusive and solitary nature, tigers and snow leopards are a challenge for even the most seasoned field biologists to track and study. Yet scientist and conservation leader Eric Dinerstein began his career in the heart of Nepal’s tiger country and the perilous Himalayan slopes of the snow leopard, where he discovered the joys—and frustrations—of studying wildlife in some of the most unpredictable and remote places on Earth. 

In Discovering Big Cat Country, Dinerstein tells the story of two formative journeys from his early days as a biologist: two and a half years as a young Peace Corps Volunteer in the jungles of Nepal and later, as a newly-minted Ph.D., an arduous trek to search for snow leopards in the Kashmir region of India. In these chapters, excerpted from Tigerland and other Unintended Destinations, Dinerstein paints an evocative picture of the homelands and habits of two fascinating predators, and recalls local partners and fellow conservationists who inspired him with their passion for wild places.

I was keen to read this book as I have an interest in animals, and tigers are one of my favourite species. The book was an interesting account of field work undertaken by Eric Dinerstein, with more of an emphasis on the actual location and work than the cats themselves, but I found it truly fascinating, and a wonderful way of vicariously experiencing the kind of conservation work I used to dream of doing myself.

I could clearly imagine each scene as it was described, and I enjoyed this book enormously. As a graduate of Environmental Science, this is clearly a subject I would find interesting, but I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in conservation, animals and nature, or scientific fieldwork.

You can buy a copy of this book on, or your regional Amazon site.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.