My name is Sophie and I am a self proclaimed Ancient History nerd who is completely book mad. I would like to welcome you to the devastatingly erratic writings of someone who would like to spend all their time learning about The Ancient World and reading ALL the books. I will prattle about various genres in the vain hope that someone finds it interesting or, because I enjoy writing! I am a huge animal lover so in-between bookish chat and blogs about the Ancient World, there will also be an array of animals featured who, I enjoy reading with. If anyone actually does read this “Hello to you fellow bookworm or culture lover, I hope you enjoy these thoughts and musings, and good day to you.”
If historical cosy mysteries are your bag then look no further fellow book lovers, this delightful book has it all. Set during the Second World War the Norfolk villagers of Lipton St Faith are shocked to discover the death of one of their own. The inquisitive and confident Anna, daughter of the local vicar believes there is something suspicious about the death of the village postman Ted. When Anna and an American Lieutenant, Eddie have a rather unfortunate meeting, they join forces and embark on a journey to discover the truth of this grievous crime.
You will find a lovely cast of characters to befriend and you will of course meet some dastardly enemies to instil fear into your heart. To be sure, there is engaging and gripping dialogue which will lure you in and most importantly there is a wicked plot which will keep you riveted throughout. The teasing chatter between the ever-witty Anna and Eddie provides much amusement and fun as their friendship blossoms before you upon the pages.
The interesting collection of Lipton St Faith villagers include busy bodies adept in the art curtain twitching, some who have things they wish to hide, and many who don’t trust outsiders. This book is the first in a new series so I do hope we will be hearing much more from these characters. Prepare yourself for a captivating mystery which will keep you absorbed in speculating who the murderer could be throughout.
Sit back, relax, and escape to the utterly blissful Norfolk countryside and then devour this sensational book with abundant pleasure.
Now pop off to your local bookshop and get yourself a copy now!
Thank you so much to Love Book Tours, Keith Finney and Lume books for this gifted copy in return of an honest review.
What a scrumptious treat this foray into the lives of the wonderful people who dwell at No. 27 Diamond street is. Delve into the tales of these unique and brilliant characters, learn their desires and woes and follow their journeys as they chase their dreams. This heart-warming story will draw you in and take hold of your emotions, there will be lots of laughs and you may even shed a tear or two and I promise you at the end you will love each character with your whole being. Or at least I did!
The story is told from different characters perspectives giving you more of an insight into their personalities and motivations. It celebrates the importance of friendship and striving to do your best and achieve your goals. Most importantly it captures the zest, excitement and love of all things theatrical which simply oozes out of every page. It is dance that brings these characters together and if they work together they could achieve anything.
This is definitely a book you should be excited about. With a stella cast of characters, a captivating plot and most importantly oodles of fun, it is the perfect cheerful read to lift your mood. It may even inspire you don some dancing shoes and have a boogie. I have my fingers and toes crossed that there will be more from these amazing characters and this fabulous author!
I want to thank Love Books Tours for organising the tour and Michael O’Mara Books for my gifted copy to review.
What an absolute marvel this joyous murder mystery is! I was hooked from the very first page. With the allure of revisiting some Austen characters I was desperate to get my hands on a copy of this. I devoured it in one sitting, of course, and it certainly did not disappoint.
There has been foul play at Rosings Park and Lady Catherine is not best pleased! The ground of Rosings have been polluted by the murder of Mr Collins. The local constable and magistrate are on the case and set about investigating this terrible crime but soon discover their prime suspect is a near relation of the deceased, none other than Mr Bennet himself. It seems that everything is lost until Mary discovers a vital secret which may be able to save her father.
You can expect an intriguing plot which keeps you thinking and attempting to discover the culprit. You will find a wonderful set of characters who blossom into being before your eyes and a tale which will take over your heart and soul. I especially adored the friendship between Anne and Mary who bonded over their love of learning Greek. It is sensational and I urge you to grab yourself a copy- you will not regret it!
I was kindly #gifted this copy in return of an honest review. THANK YOU SO MUCH to @RandomTTours @APurdyPugh #AMurderAtRosings
Mystery and the lore surrounding Loch Ness is at the heart of this intriguing novel. It is not just the monster that dwells within the loch that is being searched for. The much-coveted gold of Bonnie Prince Charlie lost for years is also drawing many people in with the hope of a cash prize for the one who discovers either.
I was drawn to this wonderful book because it promised a gripping tale full of mystery and thrills, and that is just what you get. Yet I was not prepared for being transported to the highlands and being so enthralled by even the smaller details. I never thought I would be so tense reading about someone attempting to catch a pike, but it was just so powerful!
The lure of the plot really held me throughout and as I learned more about the characters, I became even more involved. Tina with a troubled past comes to Scotland with her new partner Jack who quickly becomes obsessed with the lore of the loch. They both decide to stay to discover more with the help of a highlander. Romance, mystery and suspense ensue which, turn out some rather unexpected yet intriguing circumstances.
I would certainly recommend anyone to read this book as it is well written, the characters are interesting and well developed and the plot is gripping and engaging. What more could you want?
I was gifted this copy in return for an honest review. Thank you to Dee Taylor, The Conrad Press and Random TTours for this opportunity.
The second instalment Conn Iggulden’s ‘Athenian’ series was unsurprisingly just as brilliant as the first, ‘Gates of Athens’. As with all Iggulden’s work it is exceptionally well researched, enthralling and eloquently written. Where the first book dealt with the Battle of Marathon and Thermopylae this one begins with the infamous naval battle of Salamis. Athenians have fled the city which is now burning to the ground on the orders of the Persian king Xerxes. The women and children find sanctuary on the island of Salamis and the men take to the water to meet the Persians and defend their home. Strategy is paramount considering they are greatly outnumbered. Although it looks like an impossible feat, the clear-headed Themistocles comes up with a plan which may just help their plight. Following this spectacular naval battle, the Persian army return to conquer the Greeks at the battle of Plataea and what ensues is an intense and utterly thrilling battle. The Athenians are joined by the Spartans, whose ruthlessness in battle is all too well known by the Persians.
This all consuming, action packed novel takes you to another time and place, you feel like you are living history. You stand alongside the Athenians and their allies on the battlefield, the smell of sweat and blood in the air consumed with dread at the prospect of meeting the enemy in battle. This epic tale consumes you completely and is surely unbeatable in the realms of historical fiction.
This is so much more than an account of battles and bloodshed, here you get insightful political strategy, an understanding of cultural intricacies and an exquisite exploration of human emotion. A must read for all historical fiction lovers and anyone with an interest in ancient history.
I was gifted this beautiful proof edition by Penguin Michael Joseph in return for an honest review.