Summer reading in Tremarnock

I was lucky enough to win a copy of Tremmanock Summer – thank you Emma Burstall. When I read the first of the series I fell in love with the Cornish coastal town of Tremarnock and it’s residents especially Liz and her daughter Rosie. It was a pleasure to revisit this delightful place. Her descriptions capture the sea air, stunning scenery and atmosphere of living near the sea so even if you can’t go on holiday, it provides a respite from real life.

Tremarnock Summer

Her relaxed style of writing lulls you into the calm and more relaxed pace of life  in Cornwall. The Tremarnock series, including this one, make perfect holiday reading.

Unlike the other books it took me a while to connect to Bramble, the main character,  but until then, the other characters drew me in including old favourites such as Liz, Loveday and Pat and new ones like Fergus and Shannon. Bramble is a young woman from Chessington living a normal life when she inherits Polgery Manor in the village. On coming to live far from home, she gets more than she bargained for. I  assumed I knew where her story would lead but I was wrong because the story thankfully, twisted in another direction.

Emma Burstall has a way of making the story about whole town not just the star of the current book, like a chilled out  soap opera.  I can’t wait for next year’s arrival to see how everyone are doing.

3.75-stars

Have you read this series? What did you think?

Happy reading!

Book Lovers Day Favourites

There is nothing quite like a new book with its fresh pages, disintinctive smell, unblemished spine yet to be opened and a story waiting inside to be released for the first time into your imagination. That said, favourite books which are old and shabby with multiple rereads  have  a special place in a book lovers heart  and they deserve to be celebrated on Book Lovers Day. On days when it is miserable outside, life is hard or the duvet is refusing to let you get up, immersing yourself into a familar world with well known characters is a pleasure and soothes the soul.

Some of my favourites are:

The All Souls series by Deborah Harkness. I have them all on my Kindle, phone and paperback just in case I need to visit Diana, Matthew and Hamish. 

The Path Keeper by  N J Simmonds – a new one on my list and I am only halfway through it but within the first few chapters, I knew this was a forever book.

The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley –  part of another series I love “The Seven Sisters”. It was love at first sight when I saw the hardback cover on the shelf with its gold leaf constellations.

Marshmallows for Breakfast by Dorothy Koomson. A read from one of my favourite authors and its title alone means I can justify eating marshmallows at 8am with no guilt.

Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland – another new read for me but the characters, the bookshop and its local settings made me fall in love with it.

Audrey Rose by  Frank de Felitta – an in depth read on reincarnation. It is heartbreaking  as well as enlightening. I fell in love with the 1970s film of the same name first and was overjoyed when I discovered the book in a secondhand book shop. 

Remember me by Sophie Kinsella – a go to read for rainy days when you need to be uplifted. Everytime I plant sunflowers in the spring I remember these characters.

Hiding from the Light by Barbara Erskine – All her books should be included on my list but this one with Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins  beats them all. It quarantees a restless night with the light kept on. 

Angelology by Danielle Trussoni – Angels as you have never seen them before, a convent with a secret and a race against the clock adventure what more do you need? It is the first of a trilogy but works well as a standalone which is handy because the third book has yet to be released and  many readers  wonder whether it will ever be. 

Dark Dividing – A story about twins. It is creepy, clever and deserves to be read over again.  

Sacred and Profane by Marcelle Bernstein – a story surrounding twins again and the mysterious connection they have. One is in jail while the other hides in a closed convent. What secrets do they both hide? I have read it many times and I am still unsure whether I know. 

As I searched my bookcase for my fave books I discovered many reads I needed to visit again; not good for my overlarge TBR pile including The Dead Zone by Stephen King and Dean Koontz’s Lightening.

What do you love reading again and again?

Happy Book Lovers Day and happy reading!

Love Kate

The problem of the ever growing TBR list

The problem with online book clubs, reading reviews and Kindle deals as well as library browsing and retail shopping, my TBR list is growing faster than I can physically keep up with. My reservation list at the library is full, my bookshelves are overflowing and books are now hiding unsucessfully under the bed. Luckily this month, the theme is to read something from your pile of books waiting to be read. – phew!

I am now faced with the dilemma of what to read? In my stash, there are books from new authors, favourite authors alongside old favourites that long to be revisited, it is difficult to choose. So far I have:

The Gift by Louise Jensen

The Path Keepers by NJ Simmonds

The Other Sister by Rowan Coleman

Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Last seen alive by Claire Douglas

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

and many more. If you have any recommendations on which to read, comment below.

 

What are you reading this month?