Friday, 23 May 2014

A Year in Books: May

Linking up and many thanks to Laura at a Circle of Pine Trees for arranging this monthly read. I'm a tad late in posting this month but 'better late than never'.

Firstly, April's choice - The point of rescue by Sophie Hannah

Last year, a work trip Sally had planned was cancelled at the last minute. Desperate for a break from her busy life juggling her career and young family, Sally didn't tell her husband that the trip was cancelled but instead she booked a week off and treated herself to a secret holiday just wanting a bit of peace and some time to herself - but it didn't work out that way...

I'm not one to read many crime novels but it had been recommended so I gave it a go. The storyline certainly kept you on your toes throughout with a very cunning plot and an unpredictable outcome. A good read and a couldn't-put -it-down kind of book.  Definitely worth a read.

My choice for May is - A week in winter by Maeve Binchy.

The Sheedy sisters had lived in Stone House for as long as anyone could remember . Set high on the cliffs on the west coast of Ireland overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean the house was falling into disrepair - until one woman with a past she needed to forget, breathed new life into the place.......

I've just been introduced to Maeve Binchy by my daughter-in-law who is quite a fan and lent me the book. Looking forward to settling down with this one and I'll be back in June with a short synopsis and another book choice.

Have a great weekend and I'll see you all soon x

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  1. Both books sound like great reads. Glad that you enjoyed May, and I hope that June is just as good! xx

  2. Sally and the secret holiday sounds really interesting - it's not something I have ever done! It has been a long time since I last read a Maeve Binchy, but the idea of the setting in the west of Ireland is appealing. Happy reading, Patricia. xxx

  3. How great that you can blog from your i pad. I have a tablet. I must see if i can do it from that. Great when you are travelling.
    I have not read these books. I have been told before by friends, that Maeve Binchy is a good author..
    Enjoy your reading Patricia.. and your weekend.
    xxx val

  4. Thanks for your review of the Sophie Hannah, you've really piqued my interest with this one.

    As for the Maeve Binchy - all I can think is 'you lucky, lucky woman'. I've been reading her since the 80's I think and have now exhausted her whole catalogue so I am most envious of you having all of the books in front of you to enjoy. I've lots of fond memories of reading and listening to these books at home and in Ireland. I'm going to stop now as there is nothing worse than an overhyped book but I do hope you like it.

  5. Both of your books sound intriguing! I particularly like the sound of the first one. I've never read Maeve Binchy so I'm looking forward to your review of the book later on:)

  6. I like the setting of the second book and have enjoyed reading Maeve Binchy in the past. However, The Point of Rescue sounds intriguing. A couldn't-put-it-down kind of book appeals to me.
    Have a great week-end Patricia!

  7. I was just looking at the Sophie Hannah book in the library and almost took it out but wasn't sure how I felt about the plot. I think I'll go back for it now. :)

  8. Both books sound really good Patricia. I am reading the Lost child of Philomena Lee at the moment having seen the film and its hard to believe those things were happening in the 1950's. Fascinating reading though.

  9. Funnily enough I have that Maeve Binchy in my pile waiting to be read. I haven't had much time for reading lately, not like me! I have read Sophie Hannah before - I'll have to look out for this one.

  10. I've just popped over to let you know I used Cuprinol Willow for my picnic bench, every couple of years I rub down the top and add another coat. It always stays smart looking - I'd recommend it for outside furniture. Thanks for the book recommendations - will def read the Sophie Hannah book on my Kindle.
    Sally x

    1. Thanks for that Sally. John said he thought it might be something like Cuprinol. Love the colour x

  11. The Point Of Rescue sounds like a great book! I am going to have a look at the details on Amazon. I have only read one Maeve Binchy book, and it was rather depressing. Maybe I should give her another try. Happy reading!

  12. I do find the Sophie Hannah books really good as they do keep you wanting to read more and the plot twists and turns and keeps you guessing x


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