Book 40 – The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan – was earmarked for me weeks ago, when my boss said she had found the perfect book to end my challenge. One of the best things about this is how seriously everyone else has taken it, given I essentially made up the rules as I’ve gone along.
This is a book about books – absolutely the right thing to finish on. And a good example – by myself I would not have picked this up in a shop – the frankly dreadful title – and even that much pink is usually too much for me! But, as is pointed out in the book, you should judge by appearances (books and covers….). Continue reading Book 40: The Little Shop of Happy Ever After
Lady Molly of Scotland Yard by Emmuska Orczy was by way of a treat for myself after reading lots of books suggested by other people. I have been an enduring fan of her Scarlet Pimpernel books for decades (actual decades!). I also like Sherlock Holmes stories and thought this might be an intriguing mixture. Continue reading Book 39: Lady Molly of Scotland Yard
This contains two of my favourite things – tea shops and cake – and so was already a good pick from that point of view. The Seafront Tearooms by Vanessa Greene is about more than that though as it follows several characters creating new friendships and rebuilding old relationships. Continue reading Book 35: The Seafront Tearooms
A film version of this has recently been released. I’ve only seen the trailers, and I hope the whole film does the book more justice. Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans is set in wartime.
Wicked Autumn by G M Malliet was a chance find at the Oxfam shop. It was hit and miss as it looked like it could be really good – again, had a dog on the cover (are we sensing a pattern?!) Also, it sounded like it was set in a rural village similar to where I grew up.
I picked up the second one first because of the title – Last Tango in Aberystwyth – which reminded me of a recent game I had been playing with a friend which became known as the Last Time I was in Aberystwyth. She won. And, also, who doesn’t like saying the name Aberystwyth? So I had to get the first book in the series – Aberystwyth Mon Amour – or it wouldn’t make any sense, obviously. They are both by Malcolm Pryce. Luckily the excellent Oxfam bookshop had both. Hurrah!