In 1949, Rosamond journeyed with her new husband from her relatively normal life in New York City to the remote and wild Belgian Congo (today’s Democratic Republic of Congo). On arrival, everything was new and difficult and exciting, but her dream of wedded bliss in an area of natural splendour never really materialised. When the marriage fell apart, Rosamond bravely decided to stay in Africa, a place which had now captured her heart and became the manager of a flower plantation in neighbouring Rwanda. Read More »
“1998. A sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on school property, dressed in white and posed on a swing. No known cause of death. Four girls know what happened. They’ve kept their silence. Until now.” Read More »
As the title suggests, this book takes place over three different Junes (1989, 1995 and 1999) and follows the lives and loves of the McLeod family. Journeying from Greece to Scotland to New York and back, we meet various family members and experience with them their grief, love, family tension, difficult decisions and secrets. Read More »
Set in China in 1928, this book tells the story of Lydia, the young daughter of an exiled Russian aristocrat who fled the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Due to the circumstances of their departure, Lydia and her mother have very little to live on and survive by various unfortunate means. During one of her forays into the old Chinese part of town, Lydia encounters Chang An Lo, a young communist, who saves her life and, in so doing, binds them together in a future which will take many surprising twists and turns. Read More »
Alice drowned, but nobody knows exactly what happened that night. Was she so drunk she fell in? Did she go into the water intentionally? Did someone push her? A university professor, whose link to Alice isn’t immediately known, is determined to piece her life back together and begins researching and collecting information. Read More »
The book centres around the dysfunctional and, let’s be honest, completely mad, Flanagan family who live in Martha’s Vineyard, in the States. The family includes Collie, the eldest son named after a dog breed, his younger brother Bingo, their parents, uncle and grandfather, and A LOT of dogs. Read More »
Have you heard of David Attenborough? What am I saying, of course you have! Everyone knows, and loves, David Attenborough! He has one of the most recognisable voices in the world and is the face of natural history.
I have always loved watching his documentary series, I have quite a few of them on DVD actually, so I knew I would enjoy his memoir. What I was not expecting, was just how much I would love it and how much I would learn about this great man. Read More »
As the title suggests, this wonderful book spans two continents, and multiple centuries as well. The first part of the book tells the stories of three notable Atlantic crossings. The first, although not historically, is the tale of the first two men to fly nonstop across the Atlantic, from Canada to Ireland in 1919. Next comes Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave turned author, orator and abolitionist, who journeys to Ireland on a book tour in 1845. And finally, Senator George Mitchell, who frequently travels to Ireland and back, to play a major role in the Good Friday Agreements in 1998. Read More »
One of my favourite reads of 2020 so far!! I had been hearing such a great buzz around this book, I knew I just had to read it for myself, and I was not disappointed.
Let me set the scene: two families living in the unforgiving Wyoming frontier, carving an existence out of the wilderness. Suddenly a catastrophic event casts both families into severe difficulties, forcing them to band together in order for them all to survive the winter, in spite of the fact that the women of each family are very much at odds. Imagine an entire, cold and snowy winter spent indoors with someone who cannot stand the sight of you! And so the story unfolds. Read More »
My first book from my Willoughby Book Club subscription!! This was a very exciting day, because how often do you get a book in the mail, without having even an inkling of what it will be!? Well, it doesn’t happen very often to me, so I was excited!! Read More »