Synopsis: China: 1200 A.D. The Song Empire has been invaded by its warlike Jurchen neighbours from the north. Half its territory and its historic capital lie in enemy hands; the peasants toil under the burden of the annual tribute demanded by the victors. Meanwhile, on the Mongolian steppe, a disparate nation of great warriors is … Continue reading A Hero Born by Jin Yong, translated by Anna Holmwood (Legend of the Condor Heroes #1)
Published by Thomas Nelson Synopsis: In a most improbable friendship, she found love. In a world where women were silenced, she found her voice. From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.” When poet and writer Joy Davidman began … Continue reading Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
Published by Canongate Books Synopsis: A vivid and gripping historical crime novel set in 19th century Edinburgh, from husband-and-wife writing team Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman.Edinburgh, 1847. City of Medicine, Money, Murder. Young women are being discovered dead across the Old Town, all having suffered similarly gruesome ends. In the New Town, medical student Will … Continue reading The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry
Published by St Martin's Press Synopsis: The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family in as they rule Gilded-Age New York, from the New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. In 1883, the New York Times prints a lengthy rave of Alva Vanderbilt's Fifth Ave. costume ball--a … Continue reading A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Anne Fowler
A beautifully written novel in the final days of the last emirate of Muslim Spain. Rich in atmosphere and compelling characters.
Synopsis: As the year 1349 approaches, the Black Death continues its devastating course across England. In Dorseteshire, the quarantined people of Develish question whether they are the only survivors. Guided by their beloved young mistress, Lady Anne, they wait, knowing that when their dwindling stores are finally gone they will have no choice but to … Continue reading The Turn of Midnight by Minette Walters (Black Death #2)
Synopsis: A sweeping, heartbreaking novel following Daniel in his troubled marriage with Rosie as they navigate the unsettled time between the World Wars. Rosie and Daniel have moved to Ceylon with their little daughter to start a new life at the dawn of the 1920s, attempting to put the trauma of the First World War … Continue reading So Much Life Left Over by Louis de Bernieres – Book Review