What I read in May 2017

I read five books in May 2017. One has been discussed at length already. Please excuse the white space in this post and scroll down to find out about the other four books. I am aiming to spend less time blogging in future. Formatting a post takes time I could spend away from my computer!

The Fiddler’s Leg by Ann Lingard

The Fiddler’s Leg
The task set for the Writing group I belong to was to read a book by a Cumbrian author. I found this book by a resident of the county in a second-hand book sale. It didn’t really count as she had written it before moving/relocating to Cumbria! I enjoyed it all the same especially as there is an overlap in the interests of the characters between science and the arts.

Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson has had a post all to itself.

The Land of Green Ginger by Winifred Holtby was another book I found among the second-hand books. The title reminded me of a children’s book by Noel Langley, but this is very different. The setting is around the time of the World War I and the characters are interesting and credible. Some of the events are traumatic, but the ending is hopeful.

Tails I lose by Justyn Rees Larcombe is the true life story of a promising young man (the author) who became addicted to online gambling and lost everything. He had grown up in a Christian family, but drifted away from the Church and his faith. After successful careers in the army and then in civilian life, he found that his life was in tatters. The path to his recovery and how he now helps others with similar addictive behaviour is described in this fast-paced, readable book. I bought it in a  bookshop.

Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory is the second in a series. It is another second-hand book, this time a hardback with a good sized print and line drawings at the start of each chapter. I enjoyed reading it but found the ending rather dark. The series title should have prepared me though: Order of Darkness.


The Heretic – Book review

This book is a historical novel set in the time of Henry VIII.  This is a popular topic at present with all the interest in Wolf Hall – the book by Hilary Mantel televised on BBC2.  I bought it for hubby for Christmas and read it before him!  On the cover are the words

1536 who will survive the new world order?

It is well-written and well-produced in paperback by Lion Hudson.  There are maps and a list of characters to help the reader keep track of this long and involved story.

There is plenty of action, intrigue and mystery.  The beliefs of the various characters and the changes in the country are woven into the story in a seamless way.

Henry Vyner-Brooks introduces each chapter with a phrase in dog Latin and its translation into English.  Latin also appears occasionally in the text, with the translation in footnotes.

I enjoyed this book very much.  It is not a particularly easy read, but the story made me want to keep reading one or two chapters at a time.  To reach the end, I read well over one hundred pages in an evening, because I was immersed in the story.

Book review: The Last Queen of Sheba

Review: The Last Queen of Sheba

Jill Francis Hudson

The Last Queen of Sheba

This is a compelling story seen through the eyes of one of the characters. It is well-researched and constructed. The lengths of time needed for journeys in Old Testament times are a cause of suspense and help the plot. Everything about the story hangs together convincingly. It is hardly a surprise to reach the Historical Note and Further Reading at the end and discover the number of sources consulted by the author. This is a book, which is enjoyable and thought-provoking. Highly recommended.

This book review appeared first on Sue’s considered trifles. To read about more books I have read and enjoyed please click here.