I was back at the library with a vengeance in March. I’ve taken to reserving books from the library so I get them just after they’ve been released and of course while I’m there I tend to pick up another book or two. And despite March being rather hectic work-wise I’m quite impressed I managed to read quite so many books.
The Familiars is quite simply enchanting. It transports you to Pendle Hill and the surrounding countryside during the infamous Lancaster Witch Trials of 1612, to a time when just being a woman was dangerous. And for two women, 17-year-old lady of the manor Fleetwood and Alice, a young midwife, whose paths cross quite by chance, it really is life or death. Pregnant Fleetwood is desperate after reading a Dr’s letter to her husband claiming she won’t survive another pregnancy and Alice seems to be the answer to her prayers. But with mysterious forces at work and a real life witch hunt underway, will they both survive? I’ll let you find that out for yourself. But do read this book, it’s truly fantastic.
The Strawberry Thief
Returning to the pretty village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, where Joanne Harris laid the scene for Chocolat, the first in this series of four wonderful books, you join Vianne Rocher and her second daughter Rosette. The village that once rejected Vianne and her daughter Anouk has long become home. But when Narcisse the florist dies, leaving a parcel of woodland to Rosette and a confession for the village priest, the village is thrown to disarray again. Especially when a newcomer arrives in the village, taking over the old florists. Wielding the same kind of magic and mystique Vianne herself once wielded over the villagers. Vianne’s world is turned upside down as she watches her daughter fall under its charms. If you loved Chocolat, I urge you to read The Strawberry Thief, it really is every bit as wonderful as
A Cornish Summer
I was lucky enough to receive a pre-release copy of this book, so while I can’t reveal too much about it, here’s what it says on the back: ‘Now she’s been invited to spend the summer in the shady lanes and sandy coves of Cornwall. It should be blissful. There’s just one small snag: she’ll be staying with her former mother-in-law, Belinda. And Flora discovers she’s not the only one invited when her ex-husband shows up out of the blue, complete with his new wife. So now there are two small snags. Can Flora spend the summer playing happy families with the woman who stole her husband’s heart, and the mother-in-law who might have had a hand in it? Or will stumbling on the family secret change her mind about them all?’ It really is a great read and one that takes such an unexpected turn. If you’re looking for a fabulous sunlounger read this summer, A Cornish Summer could well be it.
Quiet: Learning to Silence the Brain Chatter and Believing That You’re Good Enough
Quiet, the third book in this series by Fearne Cotton is probably my favourite book. Here’s what it says on the back cover – ‘This book is about taming the bad inner voice – the one that has the power to overthrow gut instinct and talk us out of new adventures. We are all brimming with inner wisdom, yet we allow negative thoughts to confuse us. We forget how capable and strong we can be. There is confidence there even if it’s hidden; there is courage, beauty, wisdom and belief – we just need some quiet to notice it.’ It really is packed full of fantastic tips to help you keep that annoying little voice inside in check. It’s a great book if you want to think more positively, shut that inner voice down and gain confidence.
What books did you read in March?
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