Books Read In January & February 2020.

Books, Books, Books, I have been on quite a roll ( for me) with my reading these past couple of months.

The Secret Life Of Evie Hamilton ~ Catherine Alliot ( 2009). Evie seems to have the perfect life. Happily married with a beautiful daughter and gorgeous home , she has no need to work. Her existence compared to most other characters in the book seems way too charmed. That is until she discovers her husband has another daughter from a fling he had before they were married. This bolt from the blue forces Evie to re-evaluate her life decisions. Chick lit with humour and dollops of emotion. ⭐⭐⭐

Foraging With kids ~ Adele Nozedar ( 2019). Thanks to a lovely friend who bought me this wonderful book for my birthday back in November. Ok so I’m not a child or a parent to one, but I think this handy foraging guide is a useful addition to any nature lovers bookshelf. It is surprising just how many wild plants can be made into delicious dishes. Dandelion, Onion and Red Pepper Frittata, Fraughan Pie, Tagliatelle with Jack-by-the-hedge sauce, anyone? Plenty of recipes & hints and tips of where to find and how to recognise edible plants. It’s just a shame that the lovely illustrations are in black & white. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Home Fire ~ Kamila Shamise (2017). A troubling fictional ( but I suspect ever so relevent for many) account of family life torn apart by jihadism and western attitudes towards loved ones left behind. Slow at first but by the end I was gripped. A powerful read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Psycho ~ Robert Bloch (1959 ). I’ve never actually seen the famous Hitchcock movie , but I can understand how this story attracted the director, it’s short and not exactly sweet, perfect fodder for a horror film. I enjoyed the suspense and the clever way Norman’s relationship with his mother is played out . A shocker. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Secret Life Of Bees ~ Sue Monk Kidd ( 2001 ). Another book that has been made into a film, I would love to see it. Set in South Carolina in the sixties , this is the tale of Lily ,a young white girl who lives with her abusive father on a peach farm. Her only friend in the world seems to be their black housekeeper Rosaleen. On her way to vote one day Rosaleen is attacked by three racists and daring to fight back, is thrown into jail. Lily somehow manages to spring Rosaleen out and after fleeing they are taken in by three eccentric bee keeping siblings. Sounds a bit far fetched , but the novel is beautifully written and well worth a read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A Place To Lie ~ Rebecca Griffith’s (2018). When Joanna’s estranged sister Caroline dies in violent circumstances, Joanna finds herself revisiting their childhood summer at Witchwood, a seemingly idyllic place until their stay was cut short after a young girl is murdered. Caroline’s troubled life had been shaped by the sinister events that happened back then, and Joanna needs to make sense of the past to gain closure following her sisters death. The best parts of this eerie thriller are those set in Witchwood itself, where every character appears to have something to hide. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Bird In The Tree ( The Elliot Chronicles) ~ Elizabeth Goudge ( 1940). I’m not sure how I found this book ( now downloaded onto my kindle) but the writing is such that I have fallen in love with Damerosehay, the beloved house at the centre of the story. The storyline itself follows Grandmother Lucilla Elliots mission to keep Damerosehay as a sanctuary for her family. Problems arise when her heir embarks on a romance that could destroy Damerosehays future. I enjoyed Goudge’s vivid descriptions of nature, the sea, the children and the families pets. There’s whimsy, nostalgia and a touch of the supernatural. I am sure I will be revisiting the chronicles soon. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read any good books lately?


24 thoughts on “Books Read In January & February 2020.”

  1. I love Elizabeth Goudge. The Little White Horse is my all time favourite book which I first read waaaay back n grade 7. My next favourite is Green Dolphin Street, about sisters from the Channel Islands and a boy who mixes up their names… I’m not sure why I haven’t read any more of hers, she seems quite prolific.

    1. I shall have to look out for them. In fact I have heard of an old film called Green Dolphin Street starring Clark Gable and Lana Turner, if it is the same story?

      1. Yes that’s the same. I haven’t seen it. They made a movie of the Little White Horse but it was AWFUL. The book which is a children’s book is just so delightful. And Green Dolphin Street is a great love story of the early settlement of New Zealand and how the young fellow proposes to the wrong sister, and brings her out from the Channel Islands.

  2. My you have read some good books. I wonder if you will try those recipes, be nice to share the reviews, please. I loved the Secret Life of Bees and it is also a good film.
    I think I have read Psycho and certainly know the film. In the film you tend to forget that the heroine is a thief.
    The Elizabeth Goudge book sounds good, I shall look out for her.
    Thank you for this lovely variety of books.

    1. I will try and blog a few recipes and see how they turn out. I’m not the best cook. 😉
      I would love to see The Secret Life of Bees , I bet the story has made for a good film. X

  3. That is an interesting collection of books you have read. I loved the Secret Life of Bees but haven’t read any of the others. I like the sound of Elizabeth Goudge I have not heard of her but it sounds like she has written lots of good books!

  4. I’ve read half a dozen books so far this year. One I wasn’t sure if I would like or not was The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery of Anne of Green Gables fame. I love Anne but didn’t know if a book for adults by the same author would be so successful. It was terribly old fashioned (written in the 1920s) but I loved it. At the moment, I’m struggling with a The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver). Lots of people have recommended it but I’m not getting it yet.

    1. I’ve read the first Greengables book and enjoyed it, but not read any of L M Montgomery’s other stuff. Haven’t heard of The Poisonwood Bible. Hope it gets better for you! X

      1. I’ve given up on a few books in the past. One was called You and has since been made into a popular stalker drama on Netflix. :0

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