Balancing the Books – May 2020

So for many, May will have felt like it was at least three months on. For others, they will be asking how on earth it’s flow by so fast. We’ve seen sun, rain, attempted home-schooling and a cancelled holiday. But we are safe, fed and healthy so that’s all we can ever really ask for….

Eve Chase – Q&A

Eve Chase is the author of ten novels including The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde, The Wildling Sisters and Black Rabbit Hall. Her latest novel, The Glass House, was published by Penguin on 14 May 2020. Eve kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Glass House. A twisty, lush…

Louise Walters Books – Q&A

Louise Walters Books is an independent publishers based in Banbury. Founder Louise Walters answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Louise Walters Books. I founded LWB in 2017 after self-publishing my second novel, A Life Between Us. I turned fifty in that year and decided I needed to get on…

Escape to the French Farmhouse by Jo Thomas – review

Published by Transworld Digital Publication date – 7 May 2020 Source – Netgalley ebook review copy Can Del find her recipe for happiness? Del and her husband Ollie moved to a beautiful village in Provence for a fresh start after years of infertility struggles. But six weeks after they arrive, they’re packing the removal van…

Under the Reader’s Radar – celebrating the quiet novel

There are thousands upon thousands of books published each year. Only a small percentage of those make it to the best-seller list. That doesn’t mean that the rest aren’t worthy of reading. It may be that they are written by self-published authors who don’t have the marketing knowledge or a small independent publisher who doesn’t…

A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth by Daniel Mason – review

Published by – Mantle Publication date – 14 May 2020 Source – review copy On a fated flight, a balloonist makes a discovery that changes her life forever. A telegraph operator finds an unexpected companion in the middle of the Amazon. A doctor is beset by seizures, in which he is possessed by a second,…

The Brave Daughter by Mary Wood – extract

The Brave Daughters by Mary Wood was published by Pan Macmillan on 14 May 2020. Today I have an extract from the book. CHAPTER ONE Blackburn Sibbie and Marjie As the car that had fetched her from the station travelled the long drive towards Feniscowles Manor, Sibbie felt the usual excitement grip her, on seeing…

20 Books of Summer 2020

Not usually one who joins in with memes, challenges and the like I spotted this one devised by Cathy at 746Books and have taken part for the last three years. I think I’ve only made it once! Cathy is hoping to read 20 books between 1 June and 1 September, meaning she has the mammoth…

Kate Lord Brown – Q&A

Kate Lord Brown’s novels include The Christmas We Met, The Taste of Summer and The Last Rose of Summer. The Beauty Chorus was published by Corvus in ebook on 30 April 2020. Kate kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Beauty Chorus. It’s drawn from the true story…

Pomeranski by Gerald Jacobs – extract

Pomeranski by Gerald Jacobs was published by Quartet Books on 30 April 2020. Quartet Books have kindly allowed me to share an extract from the book. The spectators were caught up in an irresistible tide of feeling as one man’s head jarred and sprang back from the shudder of a gloved fist while the other…