The power of a family saga: When We Left Cuba

You may recall that last summer I reviewed Chanel Cleeton’s Next Year in Havana (a Reese Witherspoon book club pick). Set against the backdrop of Cuba’s turbulent political history, this was also one of my…

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Sea of Bones; a simmering psychological thriller

Out of the blue I was sent an advance proof copy of Deborah O’Donoghue’s debut novel Sea of Bones. Also enclosed was a request from the publisher Legend Press for an endorsement if I felt…

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Powerful and poignant: Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop

Seeping in rich historic detail, Victoria Hislop’s new novel Those Who Are Loved is a vivid and passionate portrayal of Greece’s painful and turbulent history. Told through the point of view of Themis, a young…

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The Parisians – I couldn’t put it down

I loved, loved, loved The Parisians by Marius Gabriel. For me, this is historic fiction at it’s best. Set in Nazi occupied Paris during World War II with many of the characters real historic figures…

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Next Year in Havana; historic fiction at its best

So I spent most of the day yesterday reading Next Year in Havana. I know, I know, I know… I did mean to do more with my day but then I just kept thinking one…

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