Sunday, 9 December 2012

Advent Calendar - Day 9 & Books!

Another cute Christmasy picture!

I managed to read 3 books in the last 5 weeks........ amazing!

I'm really getting my reading mojo back & it feels good 

She witnessed a murder - and now her life is in danger . . .
Fifteen year-old Belle, though raised in a London brothel, is an innocent. But when she witnesses one of the girls brutally strangled by a client, she is cast into a cruel, heartless world.
Snatched from the streets and sold into prostitution, she is made a courtesan in New Orleans. At the mercy of desperate men who crave her beauty and will do anything to keep her, Belle's dreams of home, family and freedom appear futile.
Are Belle's courage and spirit strong enough to help her escape? And what will await her at the end of the long, dangerous journey home?

This was a very different book for me, have you read any? A friend lent it to me & I thought it was a bit 'trashy' (Sorry!) But I really enjoyed it..... it was saucy in parts & very adult which is very unlike books I normally read!


It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time.
Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and homesick. And just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma - a devastating choice between duty and one great love.

This was another book that has been sat in my cupboard for a long while. I whipped through it very quickly. A nice story although I did end up not really liking Eilis.


The story is set in the aftermath of World War One. Paul Harris, still frail after shellshock, returns to his father s home and to the arms of his secret lover, Adam. He discovers that Margot, the fiancĂ©e of his dead brother, is pregnant and marries her through a sense of loyalty. Though Adam he finds work as a schoolteacher; while setting up a home with Margot he continues to see Adam. Pat Morgan who was a sergeant in Paul s platoon, runs a butcher s shop in town and cares for his twin brother, Mick who lost both legs in the war. Pat yearns for the closeness he experienced with Paul in the trenches. Set in a time when homosexuality was the love that dare not speak it s name the story develops against the backdrop of the strict moral code of the period. Paul has to decide where his loyalty and his heart lies as all the characters search hungrily for the love and security denied them during the war. Superbly written with engaging characters that are simultaneously strong and weak, compassionate and flawed. The book is a controversial but compulsive read and readers will find their sympathies tugged in unusual directions as they engage with the lives of the characters. 

I brought this for 99p years ago, I didn't really know what is was about but knowing it had something to do with WW1 was enough for me. Again it's very adult & racy in parts (there's a theme going on in!) but I really enjoyed it. I've brought the second book on Kindle & will read at a later date.


So that's my reading for October/November..... You can read more reviews on Amazon

I'm now reading my first ever Kindle book on the iPad app. I have so many books & would really like to get in to Kindle but I hate the fact sometimes they're more expensive then the book!
However I've just got a fantastic bargain :)

Back tomorrow

1 comment:

  1. Glad you have been getting in some good reading time in!! So fun!! xo Heather