Monday, 29 September 2014

Cheltenham Literature Festival

I'm very excited to announce that I'm part of the volunteer team at Cheltenham Literature Festival this year! I stumbled upon it quite by accident last year (I just happened to be in the city visting my boyfriend when it was on) and fell instantly in love with it. I think this was primarily to do with the fact that Emma Thomspon was in town! I jumped at the chance to volunteer this year and now here I am, sat next to my suitcase preparing to travel down there tomorrow- it's a hefty five hour train journey from my home on the North Yorkshire Moors!

Celebrity highlights at the festival this year include Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral / Notting Hill), Dame Judi Dench, Brian Blessed, and Damian Lewis of Homeland fame (although I know him best as Soames from the Forsyte Saga). On the more traditional side of things there's talks with Ian McEwan (Atonement), David Nicholls (One Day), Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall), Nick Hornby (About a Boy) and Sarah Waters (Fingersmith) to name but a few, alongside performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Safe to say that I'm in for an exciting few weeks!

This does all mean however that I might be absent from blogging for a while. I'll try and do a few posts telling you what I've been up to, but with no laptop or WiFi where I'm staying, quick updates from my phone in Starbucks may have to suffice! There'll be more frequent posts over on my Twitter @VictoriaWardman, so feel free to follow me there!

Have you ever been to Cheltenham Literature Festival, or any other Lit Fest for that matter? I'd love to know about your experiences! And if you're going to Cheltenham this year let me know so I can keep an eye out for you! :)

Review: The Secret Place by Tana French

'I know who killed him.'

Could these few words, posted on a notice board in an exclusive girls' boarding school, be Detective Stephen Moran's passport to the Murder Squad?

Moran is about to be plunged into the single most intense and nerve-shredding day of this life, investigating the story of a boy whose murder has remained unsolved for a year, and a group of girls on the verge of womanhood, who all seem to have something to hide.

Comtemporary crime fiction isn't usually my thing; the glamorous world of the 1930s and Agatha Christie are about my level when it comes to mystery and murder. But the premise of this story lured me in.The boarding school setting appealed instantly to me. It's strange how in children's literature boarding schools such as St Trinian's and Hogwarts are places of mayhem and cameraderie, but they become altogether more sinister and somewhat sordid in adult fiction.

The writing style drew me in from the very first page; it's incredibly well written and full of suspense. The narrative switches between the re-opened investigation one year after the murder, and the lives of the students in the months leading up to it. In this structure the novel builds slowly towards two climaxes: Chris's murder, and the revelation of who killed him. There is no Poirot-esque keeping of ideas from the reader for the big reveal - we are in on all of the detectives' thinking as they try to make sense of it all. This makes for such a detailed narrative that you really have to concentrate. It is a slow burner of a book, and one that is definitely worth taking your time over.

One thing worth noting about this novel is that it is very dialogue driven. The majority of the novel takes place during a single day, the action barely leaves the school grounds, and there are entire chapters dedicated to the interviews with the pupils. Yet is still compelling. These detailed interviews are told from the perspective of Detective Moran as we solve the case with him. Another thing that I liked about this novel is how it portrayed the teenage characters in a realistic light. I've read far too many books full of stereotyped girls that I was worried but French has it spot on. There is a ruthless hierarchy among the students. They are fiercely protective of their closest friends, just as teenage girls are.

This was my first time reading Tana French so I had no idea what to expect. I was pleased to find that there was no blood and gore in this book as that is what puts me off modern crime! It was chilling at times and I was absolutely gripped- I took it everywhere with me! It is unlike anything I've ever read before, it broadened my horizons, and I can't wait to read French's other books now!

The Secret Place is beautifully written; the language flows conveying an almost haunting image of the depth of human nature, and just how far some people are prepared to go to protect the people they love. It demonstrates a profound understanding of the mindset of teenage girls -your friends are your world- and for a book with so little action it draws you in remarkably well, keeping you well and truly hooked until the very last page. French is a master of her craft. 

5/5 stars: Gripping from the first page to the last, The Secret Place is a thrilling, chilling account of the lengths people will go to to protect the ones they love.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Review: The Out of Office Girl by Nicola Doherty

Through a massive stroke of luck, editorial assistant Alice Roberts finds herself on a plane to Sicily to work on the autobiography of Hollywood mega-star and bad boy Luther Carson. This is the opportunity of a lifetime and no-one is going to stand in her way, least of all Luther's bitchy co-star  Annabel or his arrogant agent Sam. But in such a beautiful location with such beautiful people, Alice can't help but feel out of place. With Luther off gallevanting and reluctant to spill his life-story, Alice needs to step up to the challenge and make this summer one to remember!

After spending some time in Italy this summer, I'm finding myself drawn to books set there. Call it a remedy for the post holiday blues; reading about it means I can pretend I'm still there! I got myself into a bit of a rut with chick-lit so I decided to avoid it for a while, but when I read the blurb for this novel I knew that I had to give it a go! I'm so glad that I did. Once I got into it I raced through it in a couple of days. Alice Roberts is very likeable, and I found myself rooting for her to get a happy ending in both her work life and her love life. She is an ordinary girl thrust into the world of the extraordinary. The plot is pretty predictable, but this is no bad thing - it's nice to read a book once in a while where you know what direction things are heading. I've known books in this genre to ramble on for way too long and I quickly lose interest, but this one is paced just right.  It was also nice to have an epilogue at the end of the novel, far too many of my reviews have featured me complaining that we don't find out how the relationships work out!

All of the supporting characters are well-defined - for the physically perfect celebrities and Italians Alice meets at the villa, right down to her flatmate Martin who appears for little more than a few sentences. Neither Sam nor Luther are my book-boyfriend type but they were both great characters, and each loveable in their own way. The Idyllic setting of Sicily is so well described you can picture it vividly - it is a character in itself and I so wish I was there!

Through Alice's work, the novel gives an interesting insight into the publishing industry; it seems so ruthless! Similarly, through Luther's dictation of his autobiography to Alice we see a side of celebrity culture that is far from rosy. One thing that particularly struck me was his candid talk on the 'selfie' phenomenon: 'I miss autographs... when they just take a snap of you on their phone, and they don't even speak to you- it's like they're at the zoo and you're the monkey.' This is so true in today's society, and I've never thought of it quite that way before!

5/5 stars: Escape to Italy with this smart and funny novel. The Out of Office Girl is the perfect summer read that you won't be able to put down!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Blog Tour: Ravensdale by Lucinda Elliot

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02_RavensdalePublication Date: April 18, 2014
Formats: eBook, Paperback; 260p
Genre: Historical Regency/Comedy-Spoof

When the group of highwaymen headed by the disgraced Earl of Little Dean, Reynaud Ravensdale hold up the hoydenish Isabella Murray’s coach, she knocks one of them down and lectures them all on following Robin Hood’s example.
The rascally Reynaud Ravensdale – otherwise known as the dashing highwayman Mr Fox – is fascinated by her spirit.
He escaped abroad three years back following his supposedly shooting a friend dead after a quarrel. Rumour has it that his far more respectable cousin was involved. Now, having come back during his father’s last illness, the young Earl is seeking to clear his name.
Isabella’s ambitious parents are eager to marry her off to Reynaud Ravensdale’s cousin, the next in line to his title. The totally unromantic Isabella is even ready to elope with her outlaw admirer to escape this fate – on condition that he teaches her how to be a highwaywoman herself.
This hilarious spoof uses vivid characters and lively comedy to bring new life to a theme traditionally favoured by historical novelists – that of the wild young Earl, who, falsely accused of murder by the machinations of a conniving cousin and prejudged by his reputation, lives as an outlaw whilst seeking to clear his name.
‘Ravensdale’ is a fast paced, funny and romantic read from the writer of ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’, following the adventures of his equally roguish cousin and set in 1792, just prior to the French Revolution, two years before 'That Scoundrel Émile Dubois'.
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I deciced to give this book a go as it sounded really fun! A blatant spoof of the historical romance genre, it follows disgraced heir turned outlaw Reynaud Ravensdale in his quest to clear his name and get the girl. However Isabella is no simpering heroine, and so, unconventionally, it is down to Ravensdale to be the lovestruck one. What makes this book special is that although it pokes fun at the clichés of historical romantic fiction it still makes you root for the characters and hope that they get a happy ending together. A brilliant plot written with lots of humour and heart, Ravensdale is a love-letter to the clichés of historical romance that we all know and love.

Praise for Ravensdale
“This was a good book. Well written and funny. As far as historical romances go, this one is quite a page turner. She turned a historical romance into something fun and different with comedy added in.” - Brenny’s Book Obsession (

“I liked how Elliot poked fun at the clichés of historical romances. The chapter titles made me laugh. They were these little parody’s which gave just enough lightness to the story without turning it into a joke.” - Lauryn April (

“And despite all the satire there is still an enjoyable story taking place in this book. Elliot does a fine job of allowing the reader to not only laugh at some of the absurdities in this tale but also root for the players to find their happy ending. There is plenty of emotion and heart in this book as both Isabella and Reynaud are characters of admirable quality and depth. ..I applaud Elliot for making the poetic regency romances we hold dear to our heart into something fun and different. She never insults or tarnishes what we love about the genre but allows it to blossom with comedy making it something I particularly loved even more.” - JC @ All is Read (

“This was a cleverly written story, similar to a tongue in cheek Jane Austen classic.” - Gidgeemamma (

“Ravensdale achieves everything it sets out to do, playing with formulas and stereotypes of older romance novels with abandon.The writer manages to pay tribute to the genre while having fun at the same time. In one paragraph, the sturdy no-nonsense heroine muses on the cliches of the plot she finds herself in, capitalizing all the character types such as the Wild Young Buck, the Villain of the Piece, and the Sweet Young Maiden. You can see her eyes rolling as she teases. But then the novel transforms, as the stereotypes become real people under the clever typing fingers of Lucinda Elliot.” - Jo (

“If you enjoy Georgette Heyer-style period romances, you’ll probably enjoy "Ravensdale". However – and this is what is so clever about this novel – if you don’t, then there’s a good chance that you’ll enjoy "Ravensdale" anyway. It provides you with both characters that you can genuinely like and care about, an interesting story, and a parody that is at times hilarious.” - Mari Biella (

“I didn’t want it to end. Ravensdale is a thoroughly enjoyable read.” - Anne Carlisle PhD (

“I was so engrossed that I couldn’t stop reading and ended up with a terrible headache, but it was worth it. What an amazing bunch of characters! First of all, there’s Lord Reynaud Ravensdale, the Disgraced Outlaw and Earl: this is a character to really fall in love with. He’s intelligent, quick, wild, impetuous, an amazing shot, and absolutely bursting with honor. ..Isabella is an amazing kick ass woman, and a true, perfect match for the larger than life Ravensdale.” - Ral in the West (

Character Interview with Reynaud Ravensdale.

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About the Author
Lucinda Elliot loves writing Gothic style stories, which isn't surprising because she was brought up in a series of big old isolated houses which her parents were refurbishing (it wasn't so fashionable back then). After that, she lived, studied and worked in London for many years and now lives in Mid Wales with her family.
She loves writing about strong women to complement gung ho males.
Her interests do include weight training and body shaping,and she was once a champion Sports fighter, but apart from that her interests are quite geeky. Reading classic novels, conservation, gardening, and even names and their meanings (bring on the carrot juice). She loves a laugh above anything.
For more information please visit Lucinda's website. You can also connect with her on Goodreads.

Blog Tour: The Unexpected Earl by Philippa Jane Keyworth

Today I'm excited to be a part of the blog tour for The Unexpected Earl by Philippa Jane Keyworth.
I really enjoyed this book, and you can can check out my review of it below!
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Publication Date: September 20, 2014 | Madison Street Publishing Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction/Regency/Romance

From the author of the widely acclaimed The Widow's Redeemer, comes a new Regency romance from Philippa Jane Keyworth. Six years after being jilted without a word of explanation, Julia Rotherham finds Lucius Wolversley standing before her once again–unexpected, unannounced, unwelcome. With her heart still hurting and, more importantly, her pride, Julia must chaperone her younger sister, fend off fortune hunters, orchestrate a fake engagement, and halt an elopement–all whilst keeping the man who jilted her at arm’s length. But what Julia doesn’t know is that this time, the Earl has no intention of disappearing, and this time, he has more than an explanation to offer…

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I love to indulge in a bit of historical romance from time to time, and this novel fitted the bill nicely! Wolversley was, as you'd expect, swoonworthy, and Julia was great too - it makes a change to read about a female lead of this era who isn't afraid to speak her mind and act on impulse! The pair of them sparked off each other brilliantly, although I did want to bash their heads together at times and tell them to stop being so down on themselves and start being honest with each other! The supporting characters all contribute something to the story. Julia's parents are reminiscient of Mr and Mrs Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, whilst her best friend Highsmith is a sweetheart. I would love to find out whether or not he got a happy ending too! The novel has all the ingredients for a classic historical romance: the strong silent hero, the sensible heroine, her naive little sister and a rakish cad. Pretty predictable stuff, but a brilliant read nontheless. With a wonderful cast of characters and a plot that'll keep you hooked, The Unexpected Earl is a tale of love, life and second chances.

About the Author
03_Philippa Jane KeyworthPhilippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband. Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer’s novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own. Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters’ joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow’s Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago. So, what are you waiting for? Get swept away into another time with characters you will learn to love, and experience the British Regency like never before. For more information please visit Philippa Jane Keyworth's website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Also by Philippa Jane Keyworth: The Widow's Redeemer

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

September Library Haul

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

The cover for this one is just stunning, and when I looked it up on Goodreads I came across many favourable reviews from people that I follow on there. Can't wait to read this one!

The Out of Office Girl - Nicola Doherty
Alice Roberts is having a rubbish summer. She's terrified of her boss, her career is stalling, and she's just been dumped - by text message. Things couldn't really get much worse. But things are about to change...  When her boss is taken ill, Alice is sent on the work trip of a lifetime: to a villa in Sicily, to edit the autobiography of Hollywood bad boy Luther Carson. But it's not all yachts, nightclubs and Camparis. Luther's arrogant agent Sam wants to ditch the book entirely. Luther himself is gorgeous and charming but impossible to read. There only seems to be one way to get his attention, and it's not one her boss would approve of. Alice is out of the office, and into a whole lot of trouble.
Again, I love the cover, and this looks like a fun read. Set in one of my favourite countries too!

Lord of Fire - Gaelen Foley
After years of preparation, Lord Lucien has baited his trap well, luring the depraved members of London Society into his devil's playground so he can earn their trust and uncover their secrets. Yet no one suspects that he is England's most cunning spy, an officer who has sacrificed his soul for his country. Now an unexpected intruder has invaded his fortress of sin, jeopardising his carefully laid plans and igniting his deepest desires. Beautiful, innocent, Alice Montague finds herself at the mercy of scandalous Lord Lucien. But as he begins his slow seduction to corrupt her virtue, Alice glimpses a man tormented by his own choices, a man who promises her nothing except his undeniable passion...

I love to indulge in a bit of historcal romance from time to time, and this one fits the bill nicely.

What's new on your shelves this week?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Personality Test: Which fictional characters are you most like?

So I came across this idea on tumblr, and thought it might be fun to do it over here.

The rules are simple: take the personality test here, then find out which characters share the same personality traits as you here. List the characters that you find relevant and tag a bunch of bloggers to do the same!

So, according to the test, my personality is INFP:
"You are one of the Diplomats - an empathic and idealistic individual who enjoys exploring interesting ideas and prizes morality. You are known for your poetic nature, intuitive skills and pure, childlike enthusiasm. "

These are just a few of the characters listed that matched my personality type:

Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia
Frances "Baby" Houseman from Dirty Dancing
Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby
Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon
Marius from Les Misérables
Christian from Moulin Rouge!
Jane Bennet from Pride and Prejudice
Romeo from Romeo and Juliet
Marianne Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility
The eponymous main character of WALLE

Thinking about it, I can relate to most of these characters. Romeo, Christian, Marius and Marianne are all hopeless romantics, and as much as Marianne infuriates me I have always seen something of myself in her. I had always thought of myself as more of an Elizabeth Bennett than Jane, and was very surprised to see Jay Gatsby on the list, but then he is the epitome of idealism. Pretty handy to know that I'd make a good dragon trainer too!

As for the nominations, I tag anyone and everyone who reads this post - I'm really interested to see who you all get!

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Book Reading Habits Tag

So a few weeks back the lovely Girl with her Head in a Book nominated me for the Book Reading Habits Tag. I'm not brave enough to booktube - that and it's difficult to get a quiet moment here with family lurking around - so for now written answers will have to suffice!

#1 - Do you have a certain place for reading at home?
Most of my reading is done in bed, although when I have a particularly gripping book on the go I have been known to carry it with me around the house and read it anywhere I get the chance to!

#2 - Do you use a bookmark or a random piece of paper?
I have loads of bookmarks but they always seem to just disappear when I need them! I use tickets, old lists, basically anything that I have to hand when I need one. If I manage to actually find a bookmark even better.

#3 - Can you just stop reading or does it need to be at the end of a chapter or a certain number of pages?
The end of a chapter, always. Unless of course I fall asleep mid sentence, which I very often do!

#4 - Do you eat or drink while reading?
Very rarely, it just never crosses my mind. I suppose seeing as I do most of my reading at night I'm done with eating for the day. 

#5 - Do you read one book at a time or several at once?
Several at once, definitely. I usually have at least one light-hearted book on the go for when I need something easy to read, alongside a heavier going book. I've been known to have four or five on the go at once, but at the minute I just have two.

#6 - Do you read out loud or silently in your head?
I don't think I've ever read out loud outside of English classes at school. Though I do think reading plays and poetry out loud makes an enormous difference in understanding them. 

#7 - Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
I always try to avoid reading the end of a book before I actually get to it, although I do skip ahead a few pages/chapters sometimes just to make sure my favourite characters are ok, particularly if something bad is about to happen.

#8 - Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
The books I buy new I try and keep as pristine as possible. Though there is something charming about a book looking well-loved.

#9 - Do you write in your books?
The only books I've ever written in were the ones I studied at school/university. My £2 basic school copy of Gatsby is crammed with notes, most of which are barely legible. 

#10 - What are you currently reading?
Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope and Petite Mort by Beatrice Hitchman.

My nominations are Jirrine Reads, Keeley Reads and Obsessive Compulsive Reader. Over to you guys :)

Review: Ice Creams at Carrington's by Alexandra Brown

Georgie Hart seems to have her life on track. The perfect job, the perfect boyfriend, the perfect life. Then she is given the challenge of
organising the first summer regatta for Mulberry-on-Sea, sponsored by Carrington's Department store! With the regatta looming, her father loose on the continent in a camper van and an opportunity state-side that is just too good to miss, Georgie finds herself pulled in all directions. This is the summer when Georgie will discover what she truly wants out of life.

I reviewed the previous book in the series, Christmas at Carringtons, here, in fact it was my first ever review on this blog! It's not necessary to read the Carrington's books in order -I haven't read the first one yet - but personally I enjoyed this story a lot more than the previous one.

As in the previous book, the slang annoyed me a bit; I've had enough of 'emosh' and 'amazeballs' to last a lifetime as it is so I don't want them in my books too (plus I don't know anyone in real life who actually uses them...). The one thing that this book lacked in comparison to its predecessor is it's focus being on the family run department store. The whole New York trip thing has been done so many times before in other chick-lit novels that I'm getting a little tired of it - I didn't even like Sex and the City!

The novel features stereotypical characters and a relatively predictable storyline, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It is easy to follow and easy to read, which in my mind makes it a perfect book to spend a lazy summer afternoon with. I can relate to Georgie in the sense that I'm torn between home comforts and the excitement of new places. She must be loaded though!

3.5/5 Light-hearted escapism for a summer's day, with ice cream of course!

Review: Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid

Edinburgh, 'a city of infinite promise.'

For those of you unaware of the plot of the original Northanger Abbey, written by the great Jane Austen, it is a Gothic parody novel depicting the adventures of Catherine Morland, a young girl with an over-active imagination, and her relationship with a certain Mr Henry Tilney. In her re-imagining of the classic story, Val McDermid moves the action to modern-day Edinburgh during its world famous book festival, a literature lover's dream.

I went into this novel with high expectations, and to be perfectly honest the writing didn't grab me instantly. I found the narrative a little patronising towards Cat, but in hindsight perhaps this is intentional to highlight her naivety. It is more a retelling than a re-imagining as other reviewers have pointed out, with perhaps too much effort made to stick closely to the original plot instead of telling its own story.

That said, moving the setting from Bath to Edinburgh was a genius idea! The characters are all believable, and to an extent relatable - I've never been one for paranormal fiction but I'm frequently told that I have my head in the clouds! The phone text sections annoyed me a bit, but I'm just pedantic about text speak - just ask anyone who doesn't text me in proper English and they'll tell you how annoyed I get. As an avid reader I suppose I expected Cat to be the same way inclined (although I do dog walk for a primary school English teacher and her texts are indecipherable sometimes!)

I liked Henry, hated Johnny and was dubious of Bella; it's made pretty obvious how you're supposed to feel about the characters. Making Cat part of the 'Twihard'  fan base was a very clever move; and I suspect that the recent resurgence of interest in Gothic fiction made this retelling a lot easier than it might otherwise have been. Speaking of characters, I do feel that Edinburgh was vastly underused; the festival was well described but the city has so much more to offer than that, especially to a Gothic fanatic like Cat.

Knowing what to expect took something away from the story, but then that is what you get when you read a retelling, and I purposely didn't refresh my memory of the original plot so that I wasn't constantly comparing, and to leave room for a few surprises.

After a shaky start I found that I enjoyed this book in the end, even if the reasoning for Cat being thrown out of the Abbey - and Henry's believing it - was ridiculous.

4/5 stars: Not quite what I was expecting, but nevertheless an inspired re-imagining of the Austen Gothic parody.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Blog Update: Kitten Shenanigans

After an unexpected mini-hiatus from blogging, I'm back! The reason for my absence can largely be
explained by this little fellow. His name is Walter and I found him out in a barn abandoned by his mother, stone cold and barely breathing. A week and a half of hot water bottles and cuddles later and he's toddling around the house biting everyone's toes. So cute! So now that he doesn't require quite as much constant attention it's time for a catch up - and I'm sure my laptop will provide a cosy place for him nap on too! I've a huge backlog of posts to write up, so expect to see a lot from me over the next few days!