“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times”

I have just finished reading  A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I can’t remember when I first read it but it must have been when I was in my teens because it didn’t leave an impact on me whereas having read it now in my sixties it has left some strong impressions on…

The Constant Princess, constantly talking to herself. . .

This one is for my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. Another book in the Henry VIII era. From the cover: Katherine of Aragon is born Catalina, the Spanish Infanta, to parents who are both kings and crusaders. At the age of three, she is betrothed to Prince Arthur, the son and heir of Henry VII of…

No, I haven’t read it before.

My latest read was a classic that I haven’t read before, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. My eldest daughter had asked me recently if I had a copy of the novel as she wanted to read it. That request sent me to the library to get a copy to read for myself. From the cover:…

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

A king’s desire and a woman’s revenge form the plot of The Tudor Wife by Emily Purdy.  This is another book for my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge and it was a book that I read very quickly. I would almost dub it a Tudor Mills and Boon.  It had all the romance and titillating sexuality…

Joan, Joanna and Jenny, they just all happened to start with J

I have been reading a few biographies recently and purely by chance they have all started with the letter J.  Joan is the one I have decided on for today. It wasn’t actually a biography it was a historical fiction novel. This Joan is Joan of Arc and she is the main character in The Maid…

Robert, Edward, William and sundry

I haven’t done much historical fiction reading this month, I have been reading other genres. This novel is definitely one for my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. This novel is set in Scotland at the turn of the 14th Century, the time of Edward I, the story being about Robert the Bruce.   Renegade by Robyn Young is…