The Cornish Dressmaker by Nicola Pryce (paperback, review copy courtesy of Atlantic Books)
Cornwall, 1796: Seamstress Elowyn Liddicot’s family believe they’ve secured the perfect future for her, in the arms of Nathan Cardew. But then one evening, Elowyn helps to rescue a dying man from the sea, and everything changes. William Cotterell, wild and self-assured, refuses to leave her thoughts or her side – but surely she can’t love someone so unlike herself?
With Elowyn’s dressmaking business suddenly under threat, her family’s pressure to marry Nathan increasing, and her heart decidedly at odds with her head, Elowyn doesn’t know who to trust any more. And when William uncovers a sinister conspiracy that affects her whole world, can Elowyn find the courage to support the people she loves in the face of all opposition?
The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl (proof copy courtesy of Head of Zeus)
What would you do for the perfect life? Would you lie? Would you steal? Would you kill..?
Cecilia Wilborg has the perfect life. A handsome husband, two beautiful daughters and a large house in the picture-postcard town of Sandefjord.
But then Tobias enters her life. He is a small, friendless eight-year-old. And he threatens to bring Cecilia’s world crashing down.
Hold by Michael Donkor (eARC, NetGalley and 4th Estate)
Moving between Ghana and London, Hold is an intimate, moving, powerful coming-of-age novel. It’s a story of friendship and family, shame and forgiveness; of learning what we should cling to, and when we need to let go.
Belinda knows how to follow the rules. As a housegirl, she has learnt the right way to polish water glasses, to wash and fold a hundred handkerchiefs, and to keep a tight lid on memories of the village she left behind when she came to Kumasi.
Mary is still learning the rules. Eleven-years old and irrepressible, the young housegirl-in-training is the little sister Belinda never had.
Amma has had enough of the rules. A straight-A pupil at her exclusive South-London school, she has always been the pride of her Ghanaian parents. Until now. Watching their once-confident teenager grow sullen and wayward, they decide that sensible Belinda might be just the shining example Amma needs.
So Belinda is summoned from Ghana to London, and must leave Mary to befriend a troubled girl who shows no desire for her friendship. She encounters a city as bewildering as it is thrilling, and tries to impose order on her unsettling new world.
As the Brixton summer turns to Autumn, Belinda and Amma are surprised to discover the beginnings of an unexpected kinship. But when the cracks in their defences open up, the secrets they have both been holding tightly threaten to seep out.
The Devil’s Half Mile by Paddy Hirsch (eARC, NetGalley and Atlantic Books)
Golden Hill and Hamilton the Musical meet Gangs of New York in this sweeping historical crime drama set in 18th century New York
New York, 1799: Justy Flanagan, lawyer, soldier, policeman, has returned to his native city, bloodied and battered after fighting in the Irish Rebellion against the English. Determined to hunt down the man who murdered his father, his inquiries lead him to Wall Street and the fledgling stock market there.
But as his investigations into the past move ahead, the horrific murders of young slave women in the present start to occupy his time. Convinced that there is a link between his father’s murder, the deaths of the young women, and a massive fraud that nearly destroyed New York’s economy, Justy can trust no one.
As the conspiracy deepens, it becomes clear that those involved will stop at nothing to keep their secrets. Justy is forced to choose: will he betray his father’s memory, compromise his integrity, and risk the lives of his closest friends, to get to the bottom of a tale so dangerous it could change the landscape of America forever?
On What Cathy Read Next last week
Monday – I took part in the blog tour for The Black Earth by Philip Kazan, sharing my review of a book I absolutely loved.
Tuesday – Another blog tour, this time with an extract from Stories We Tell Ourselves by Sarah Francoise. The Top Ten Tuesday topic was a freebie, so I put together a list of ten books set in a school or college. Finally, I shared my thoughts on the books that have made it through to the shortlist for The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2018.
Wednesday – WWW Wednesday is the opportunity to share what I’ve just finished reading, what I’m reading now and what I’ll be reading next. I also published my review of White Houses by Amy Bloom, a fictionalised account of the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist, Lorena Hickok.
Thursday – I took part in the blog tour for Warrior of Woden by Matthew Harffy, sharing my Q&A with Matthew. My Throwback Thursday book was The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen by Collins Hemingway, a fun book that imagines that…well, the title says it all really.
Saturday – Another blog tour, this time for Tapestry of War by Jane MacKenzie. I shaed a lovely guest post from Jane about writing a book set in a location with which you’re familiar. I also shared my thoughts on ten ways book bloggers and book lovers can support their local literary festival. Finally, I shared my review of Staying On by Paul Scott as part of The 1977 Club. Phew, what a busy blogging week!
- Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge – 57 out of 156 books read, 4 more than last week
- Classics Club Challenge – 13 out of 50 books read, same as last week
- NetGalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2018 (Silver) – 19 ARCs read and reviewed out of 25, 2 more than last week
- From Page to Screen– 10 book/film comparisons out of 15 completed, same as last week
- 2018 TBR Pile Challenge – 5 out of 12 books read, same as last week
- Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2018 – 28 books out of 50 read, 3 more than last week
- When Are You Reading? Challenge 2018 – 7 out of 12 books read, same as last week
- What’s In A Name Reading Challenge – 0 out of 6 books read, same as last week
- Buchan of the Month – 3 out of 12 books read, same as last week
On What Cathy Read Next this week
- Blog Tour: Port of No Return by Michelle Saftich
- Blog Tour/Guest Post: The Lost Children by Theresa Talbot
- Q&A: The Artist and the Soldier by Angelle Petta
- Book Review: The Good Father by S R Wilsher
- Book Review: The Great Darkness by Jim Kelly
- Blog Tour/Q&A: The Picture by Roger Bray
- Book Review: Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr
- Book Review: Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
- Book Review: Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir
- Blog Tour/Guest Post: The Concubine’s Child by Carol Jones
- Book Review: The Visitor at Anningley Hall by Chris Thorndycroft
How was your week in books? Unputdownable or indescribable?