The Florentine Bridge, a debut novel by Vanessa Carnevale, is a romantic tale of first love and a love letter to Italy. Synopsis from Goodreads: Young Australian artist Mia Moretti has been cancer free for nine months. But her battle with the illness has taken its toll, leaving her depressed and tormented by overwhelming fears. What’s more, she can’t seem to paint anymore. Mia needs a fresh start so when a surprise opportunity to travel to Tuscany presents itself, she takes it. With any luck, this trip will help her find whatever it is she needs to open her heart and
As someone who writes fantasy, I tend to mainly read fantasy or paranormal fiction, with the exception of some historical books every now and again. So I wasn’t quite sure how I would find reading a romance novel (I never found myself going to that section of the bookstore or library). But reading Love at First Flight and loving it reminded me of how important it is to read outside your genre and to take chances on a book. You never know when you’re going to find an excellent tale that grips you or a new author that you will be sure to rush out and buy all their
I loved Burial Rites when it was released in 2013; Hannah Kent was a fresh, new Australian talent, with prose beautifully poignant and evocative of the chilly Icelandic climate (I felt cold during the entire reading even though it was sunny and warm where I live!) So when I saw she had released a new book, The Good People, I rushed out to buy it. I wasn’t disappointed. Synopsis from Goodreads: From the bestselling author of the multi-award-winning Burial Rites County Kerry, Ireland, 1825. The fires on the hills smouldered orange as the women left, pockets charged with ashes to guard them from
Review of The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines, #2) I really enjoy reading Richelle Mead’s young adult novels. They’re fast-paced, quirky, paranormal, and always deliver a rocketing climax that makes putting her book down in the last quarter almost impossible! The Golden Lily is book two in her Vampire Academy spin off series called Bloodlines (to read my review of book 1 click here). Synopsis from Goodreads: Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives.
Book Review of Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness: I really enjoyed Book One of the All Souls Trilogy (read my review here) and quickly went out and got the second, Shadow of Night. I loved this book! This series is quickly becoming my favourite discovery of 2016. Plot from Goodreads: IT BEGAN WITH A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES. Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the
Book review of Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon Book two in the Outlander series, Dragonfly in Amber continues the fast-pace, adventurous plot and wonderful love story that made the first book so successful. Synopsis from Goodreads: For nearly twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones… about a love that transcends the boundaries of time… and about Jamie Fraser, a Scottish