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PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:10 07 May 2018
Welcome to our book reviews, writes Jane Corry. There's something for everyone here!
COLOURS WITH LADYBIRD.
Published by Dorling Kindersley. £7.99
Follow the little ladybird as her boots change with the colours of the rainbow.
Enchanting. Suitable for 18 months to three years.
SECRET GARDENS OF THE NATIONAL TRUST
by Claire Masset. National Trust Books £12.99
Looking for ideas for a day out?
A beautiful book covering famous gardens such as St Michael’s Mount to secret hideaways. This will last you for years.
THE HUSBAND HUNTERS: SOCIAL CLIMBING IN LONDON AND NEW YORK
by Anne de Courcy. Published by W & N. £9.99.
At the end of the 19th century, Britain was flooded with wealthy American women seeking husbands.
A rich wife was just what many impoverished British aristocrats needed to keep their crumbling mansions going.
But love didn’t always flow smoothly. The author follows the stories of heiresses such Jennie Jerome who married Randolph Churchill.
The author will be speaking at the Sidmouth Literary Festival on Saturday, June 16.
MAD BLOOD STIRRING
by Simon Mayo. Published by Doubleday.
It’s Dartmoor 1815.
When American soldiers arrive at the prison, they are totally unprepared for the future.
Inspired by a true story, Mad Blood Stirring tells of a few frantic months in the suffocating atmosphere of a prison awaiting liberation.
This is a riveting story of love and loss; of despair and hope.
LET ME LIE
by Clare Mackintosh. Published by Sphere £12.99 hardback
If you like twists and suspense this one is for you!
Anna cannot believe that her parents committed suicide.
The official line is that they couldn’t live without each other but Anna has always had her doubts.
When she becomes a young mother herself, these doubts grow and she starts to do some digging. But someone, somewhere, wants to stop her…..
THE EMPIRE GIRLS
by Sue Wilsher. Sphere. £6.99
It’s Kent in the 1950s.
Doris becomes pregnant out of wedlock and is kicked out of the boarding house run by her mother.
Doris is determined to make a life for herself and her daughter and will take any job to keep them afloat.
Then she meets some immigrants from The Windrush and her life changes. This is a lovely story with a nostalgic nod to the past.
BLUEPRINT: How our childhood makes us who we are
by Lucy Maddox. Published by Robinson.
What was your childhood like?
How were you brought up?
It’s no surprise to learn that this has an effect on the person you are today. But this book can help you understand the person you are today – and maybe change one or two things.
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