Monday, 19 October 2009

What I've Been Reading

I've just realised that I haven't posted on my blog for almost 2 months now. However I've been reading and knitting away though. Below are some of the books I've read recently.


This book was fast and easy to read. A strange story about Harry who was a teacher in a small American college where a scandal there sent him packing to Paris. The descriptions were great and I could identify with the areas in Paris, as I'd just been there earlier this year. However, while it was a compelling read, and quite a thriller, I was disappointed at the ending.


This is a family story.Based on the fact that a great-aunt of the author was committed in the 1940 s, for 'moral reasons', and duly forgotten. Her husband remarried and his children were later shocked to find out that he had been married before!
This story is an extension of himself, a retrospective justice, and now it's his aunt's story.
A wonderful compelling story, very well written and extremely readable. I would strongly recommend it.

An absolutely brilliant story. Beautifully written with lovely descriptions, I was completely absorbed from beginning to end. It's about the entangled lives of two families and the secret that affects them both. A very sensitive and moving story. Unputdownable.


This was a great book. A little gem. Sensual and evocative. I felt I was really there, seeing and tasting. It was a love story, food story with wonderful descriptions and a history of Chinese food.



This is the first book I've read by this author. She has written many books. It is a sensitive tale of first love in the 1970's between Lydia and Noah. Living in an English village, their childhood was difficult, but despite darker times love shone through. Now in her 40's, Lydia is living in Venice with her step-daughter, when she sees a man in a crowd who reminds her of Noah, and this threatens to expose a secret she has carried with her all her adult life. This story is warm, emotional, romantic and it even has a dark side. Overall a thoroughly good read.