FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).
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Well I need to start with a confession… I had promised myself I wouldn’t buy anymore books until I’d made a significant dent in those I’d got. It didn’t work; I have 3 new books to read!
Rutherford Park by Elizabeth Cooke
Snow had fallen in the night, and now the great house, standing at the head of the valley, seemed like a five-hundred-year old ship sailing in a white ocean
For the Cavendish family, Rutherford Park is much more than a place to call home. It is a way of life marked by rigid rules and lavish rewards, governed by unspoken desires
Lady of the house Octavia Cavendish lives like a bird in a gilded cage. With her family’s fortune, her husband, William, has made significant additions to the estate, but he too feels bound—by the obligations of his title as well as his vows. Their son, Harry, is expected to follow in his footsteps, but the boy has dreams of his own, like pursuing the new adventure of aerial flight. Meanwhile, below stairs, a housemaid named Emily holds a secret that could undo the Cavendish name.
On Christmas Eve 1913, Octavia catches a glimpse of her husband in an intimate moment with his beautiful and scandalous distant cousin. She then spies the housemaid Emily out in the snow, walking toward the river, about to make her own secret known to the world. As the clouds of war gather on the horizon, an epic tale of longing and betrayal is about to unfold at Rutherford Park
I read a number of reviews including http://diaryofaneccentric.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/review-rutherford-park-by-elizabeth-cooke/ and just couldn’t resist this historical drama.
I also bought Sixteen Sixty-One by Natalie Lucas which sounds like a car crash of a read after seeing this on WWW Wednesday by http://champagneandbooks.blogspot.com/2013/09/www-wednesday-8.html and downloaded it to my kindle (only 99p)
Natalie Lucas was just 15 when she began a close relationship with a man in his early sixties. Matthew opened Natalie’s mind and heart to philosophy and literature. Within months they had entered into the intense, erotic affair that they would disguise as an innocent intergenerational friendship for several years. Together they mocked the small-town busybodies around them, laughing at plebs like her parents and his in-laws, who were all too blinkered by convention to live pure lives. Only Natalie and Matthew were truly free.
Or so she believed. But when Natalie left her hometown for university and decided she wanted to try to live a normal life, Matthew’s affection soon turned into a consuming obsession.
Written with remarkable candor and grace, Sixteen, Sixty-One is more than an account of suburban grooming: it is the gripping story of a young girl’s sexual awakening and journey into womanhood.
I also have a copy of Equilibrium by Evie Woolmore
Epiphany and Martha are sisters with a stage mediumship act in Edwardian London. When they are asked to give a private spiritualist reading at the home of Lady Adelia Lyward to find out the truth about her brother’s death, Martha must face up to her past. For two years ago, her affair with Lord Rafe Lyward ended in pregnant disgrace, and her attempted suicide in the River Thames. But there is more at stake than Martha’s anonymous return, for Epiphany bears the burden of restoring the equilibrium, not just to the Lywards but to her sister and ultimately to herself.
Equilibrium has been awarded the Awesome Indies Seal of Approval, and is a recommended read by the Historical Novel Society.
So three books for me and another two for the children at the local primary school – this week my selection for them are:
Which child can resist getting one over on a wolf. This book was one of those which my daughter regularly borrowed from the library. Easy to read with enough laughs for the adult if it is chosen for the bedtime story
One for the boys. My son was never a great reader but he loved these books which were in a friendlier format to traditional books
So off to see how many books I can resist over the next week!
- Review: Rutherford Park by Elizabeth Cooke (diaryofaneccentric.wordpress.com)
- allonymbooks: quality, independent publishing of excellent fiction (allonymbooks.com)
- Asterix the Gaul (harrysbookblog.wordpress.com)
- Remembering Asterix (robbersmike.wordpress.com)