Now we are into 2016 it is time to talk books. Here I will talk about what books I have been reading and hopefully provide you with some decent recommendations whilst I relive all of the wondrous stories I devoured in the past year.
In the summer I posted about what books I had been reading in the first half of 2015 which you can find here. And now it’s time to focus on the second half of 2015 and also which books got me completely and utterly in the Christmas spirit (time to buy and save these on your kindle until the end of the year)!
First up here are the stories I read…
- The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
- Iris and Ruby by Rosie Thomas
- Mightier Than the Sword (Clifton Chronicles) by Jeffrey Archer
- Return to Fourwinds by Elisabeth Gifford
- Amy Snow by Tracy Rees
- Labyrinth (Languedoc Series – book 1) by Kate Mosse
- Sepulchre (Languedoc Series – book 2) by Kate Mosse
- The Storm Sister (Seven Sisters Series – book 2) by Lucinda Riley
- Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale
- One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot
- Christmas at Lilac Cottage (White Cliff Bay Book 1) by Holly Martin
I’m pretty predictable these days and if there’s a Lucinda Riley book on the list it’s going to sweep the top spot. My favourite out of all of the above was the second book in the Seven Sisters Series all about Ally ‘The Storm Sister’ and her journey to discover her heritage and biological family. This story takes you from the idyllic Greek islands to the UK, Germany in the Second World War before settling in Norway for a large part of the book. In some ways this is a love letter to Norway and the beauty of this country and its landscape, which is somewhere I have never been and knew little about so I loved this side to the story. If any of this is tickling your fancy then give it a read, in all honesty you can’t go wrong with Lucinda’s rich stories and beautiful writing.
The Languedoc Series was one that I had heard quite a bit of fanfare about and thought it sounded right up my street – current day story merged with the past, check! A lost love and a discovery into the past to find out what happened or find them again, check! However, once I started I realised it was a lot more gruesome than I preferred. There is a lot detail on the crusades and all of the horrific violence that occurred. I persevered with the first book and enjoyed the overall story. However, the second book was a completely different story altogether albeit in a similar area and one linking character. This story revolved around demonic worship and calling spirits back from the afterlife which to put it crudely totally creeped me out. So much so, I didn’t actually finish this book and only got half way.
As soon as the Christmas decorations start going up I love to read Christmas feel good stories to get me ready for the festive season. All of the festive books above were really enjoyable and gave me that warm and fuzzy feeling inside, although One Wish in Manhattan was probably my favourite. Just. Don’t go expecting a classic here, these books are exactly what they say on the tin (or cover I should say) they are cheesy, unrealistic portrayal of real life and love where they always have a will they won’t they plot line but then essentially that’s what is so brilliant about them. They are pure escapism and I defy anyone not to have a massive grin on their faces after finishing them!
The Angel Tree by Lucinda Riley.
What was your favourite book of 2015?