The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba; brimming with historical political intrigue

When Reese Witherspoon picked Next Year in Havana as her book club pick a few years ago, she introduced me to Chanel Cleeton, a great and very powerful storyteller. With women taking the lead roles,…

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The Smallest Man; a story to fall in love with

In the book blogging world, bloggers may be invited by publishers or blog tour organisers to read and review books to help raise awareness of them. Last October I received an email inviting me to…

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The Book of Longings; an evocative modern classic

I am not a religious person (and doubt I ever will be) but The Book of Longings is such an evocative recreation of many of the biblical stories that this novel completely captured my imagination.…

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Not Without My Sister; a poignant story of courage, love and resilience

Concise and beautifully written in a simple manner, Not Without My Sister is a powerful character driven novel focusing on an aspect of World War II that is not often explored – very young children…

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The Shape of Darkness; a gothic bone chiller

Wow! This is a book that I’ve not been able to get out of my head since I finished it. If you love a gripping ghost story, you need to read The Shape of Darkness.…

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