Book review catch up

With all the excitement of my book contract with Crooked Cat, I have been rather remiss on the book blogging front.

So here’s a brief roundup of some of my recent reading.

The Japanese Lover by Isabelle Allende

WP_20170403_19_35_09_ProA beautifully written love story that spans the decades from WWII to the present. Set in California it looks back on the life and loves of Alma Belasco as she nears the end of her life and the effect her story has on the present generation.

 

 

 

 

 The Elegance of Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry

It was the captivating title that drew me to this mind-stretching read by a French Professor of Philosophy which at times went way over my head. But it is funny and quirky as well, so I stuck with it and really got into the lives of the characters. A definitely different book.

The Gallows Thief by Bernard Cornwell

A good gripping story showing in graphic detail the prisons and hangings in 1820’s England and the general unrest in the country after the end of the Napoleonic Wars.  As always with Cornwell, he mixes accurate historical research with engaging characters and an exciting plot.

 

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin.

It begins with an intriguing opening of a mother whose small son desperately wants to WP_20170403_19_35_28_Proreturn to his other mother and his other life. A fascinating book which explores the idea of some children who seem to have been reincarnated and remember vividly events from their past lives. The story is interspersed with real examples of incidents that are impossible to explain in any other way. An original and fascinating read.

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