Sunday, 3 April 2016

The Year In Books - April

I am once again linking with Laura at Circle of Pine Trees to bring you my April selection. If you love reading and wish to join in please visit  where you will find all the information you need.

My planned reads for April are:-

The Simon Armitage book has been one I have been wanting to pick up for some time, I have made a start on it and I think I am going to enjoy it. Erica James has long been one of my favourite authors so am looking forward to this one, she weaves such a great story and never disappoints. The JoJo Moyes is a new author to me but the book has been recommended by a friend who says it is really hard to put down and the Jane Struthers is one I downloaded onto my Mum's Kindle and she has said that she thinks I will find it interesting so I think I have some good reads lined up for me this month.

Now for a review of my March reads:

Firstly I finished off one of the books I didn't quite manage to finish in February.

This was an interesting read for me as Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey) is somewhere I know well and have lived close to all my life. I have met the current Earl of Carnarvon and also the previous Earl so it was interesting to find out more about the family through the generations. 

I then moved onto a book by Santa Montefiore, I have read several of her novels and she didn't disappoint with this one. This book is set in the wild countryside of West Cork, Ireland in the early part of the 20th century and is an epic tale of three very different women who have one thing in common, a fierce and unwavering longing for Castle Deverill and the memories contained within it. I was pleased to hear that there will be two more books in this series as there were lots of ends left untied. 

My next read was The Sea Change. This was a debut novel for Joanna Rossiter but the synopsis sounded interesting.

Yesterday was Alice's wedding day. She is thousands of miles away from the home she is so desperate to leave, on the southernmost tip of India, when she wakes in the morning to see a wave on the horizon, taller than the height of her guest house on Kanyakumari beach. Her husband is nowhere to be seen.
On the other side of the world, unhappily estranged from her daughter, is Alice's mother, Violet. Forced to leave the idyllic Wiltshire village, Imber, in which she grew up after it was requisitioned by the army during the Second World War, Violet is haunted by the shadow of the man she loved and the wilderness of a home that lies in ruins.
As Alice searches for her husband in the debris of the wave she is forced to face up to some truths about herself she has been hiding from. Meanwhile Violet is compelled to return to Imber to discover just why she abandoned her great love . . .

I have to say that this book took me a long time to get into, I almost abandoned it but I am glad I persevered. It does leap about a lot between the generations with lots of flash backs to previous generations and it was a bit confusing at times but after reading about a third of the book I did get fully engaged with the story and began to be gripped by it. Some unpredictable twists as the book unfolds make it worth sticking with.

My final book in March was The Lake House. I loved this book - an epic piece of storytelling. The main plot line concerns the mystery of baby Theo Edevane who disappears from the family home in Cornwall during a Midsummer party in 1933, a mystery which has never been resolved. The book does jump about a bit between three different time lines but is easy to follow. An intriguing story with an intricate plot with many twists and turns. Several times I thought I had solved the mystery to find my theory was incorrect but in the end the threads weave together in an interesting and satisfying way.


  1. I am afraid I have not done much reading at all of late, preferring to craft when I have a moment. With the lighter evenings and hopefully able to sit outside more I am hopeful to pick up a few books again. I like the sound of the Downton Abbey one.

  2. I like the sound of the Simon Armitage. Love hearing about people's travels. Kate Morton is a favourite author of mine. You have had a busy month reading. B x

  3. A few more authors I haven't heard of! Enjoy your book selection, hopefully you can sit in the sun while you're reading. x

  4. Glad you have been enjoying your reading! I have the Jojo Moyes in my pile so I will be interested to see what you think of that one. Happy reading! xx

  5. So glad to hear your recommendations for The Lake House, Jan, as I have just taken the audiobook of it out so I can listen to it on my way to my mom's next week :) Love Jojo Moyes--have read most everything by her!

  6. This morning I posted the Jojo Moyes book "Me Before You" to a friend in Derbyshire; it is soooo good and is doing the rounds of my friends after being recommended a few weeks ago. Since reading that one I have bought and read the sequel "After You" and that one is now destined to be posted onwards too. I have now read 5 of Jojo Moyes' books - I'm a real fan of her writing. I strongly recommend all of them.

  7. I'd like to read the Simon Armitage books - that's one that's been on the list for a while. I love the cover of Song of the Skylark - I feel a little inclined to read that based solely on the cover! I'm also planning to read (or a least have a good flick through) Red Sky at Night - I've read it before but have been having a big clear out and it's currently on the 'possibly send to charity shop' pile!

  8. What a lovely selection of books you've got lined up for this month - some really interesting choices. I'm glad that you enjoyed The Lake House. I live close to Highclere Castle too, so I'll have to keep an eye out for that one. Have fun. xx