I have selected my next six books which I will share with you at the end of this post. They are now in a pile on my bedside table waiting for my attention and I have also started to listen to my next book too. At this rate, in about 20 years the shelves will be bare. Assuming that I don't buy any more books, which is highly unlikely!!
I have two reviews to share with you this time. If you are interested in my other book reviews you can click the pictures in the sidebar and you will find the reviews.
I decided that I needed to have a "treat" book at the end of my first selection to urge me on. My choice was Diary of a Provincial Lady by E M Delafield. Many of you said that you hoped that I would really enjoy it because you had enjoyed reading it.
Well, I have, in the interests of honesty to declare that I knew that I would enjoy it because when it arrived I dipped into it and knew instantly that it had my heart! I loved this book!!! The others that I have read so far this year are in the pile waiting to go to the charity shop or have already been given away. Diary of a Provincial Lady is not leaving the house though. Ever. In fact, it is going to live, for now at least, in my bedside drawer so that I can dip in and out of it as I wish. I loved it that much!!!
The book is written as a diary and covers about a 12 month period in the life of the Provincial Lady. Having done some looking into the author I understand that the book is loosely based on her own life and you can tell that from reading it. For example the main character writes for a publication called Time and Tide and I understand that the real E M Delafield wrote for that very publication herself.
I imagine that bloggers love this book so much because it is, in a way, a series of blog posts about ordinary life and the trials and tribulations that the lady goes through. The difficulties of dealing with children, financial woes, trying to get her potted bulbs to grow so that she can compete with Lady Boxe who grows beautiful potted bulbs. Her son wishes to win a goat at the local village show, friends come to stay, she does a little travelling, all the time she compares herself to everyone else and feels that she isn't good enough. See. Just like bloggers!
In a way there is no real story, but it is the story of one woman's life and what she gets up to. It is told in a hilarious way that made me laugh so often.
So, would I recommend this book? Well, I think that it is obvious that I would! I would recommend it to anyone. Adult or teenage child alike. It is all good clean fun and is guaranteed to make you smile.
Definitely one to add to your list if you haven't already read it!! I will be reading this again - as I already said!
The second review that I have is for A Village Deception by Rebecca Shaw. I didn't actually read this book, I listened to it. Our Kindle will act as a sort of talking book. It isn't the same as a real talking book, because there is no expression in the voice, but if you are driving or something, or, as I do, have a lot of books to get through, it is a good way to listen to books that you have already downloaded. You can download audio books to a Kindle as well I believe, but I haven't done that so cannot comment.
A Village Deception is the 15th book in the Turnham Malpas series of books written by Rebecca Shaw. I have read all of the previous books so I knew who the characters were and the stories that had gone before, but you could quite easily read it as a stand alone book, as you could do with any of the others. The characters are all explained at the start of the book, and there is a map of the village of Turnham Malpas so that you can see who lives where and so on.
I started reading these books some years ago when I had worked my way through all of the Miss Read books and was looking for another village based series. If you like Miss Read, you will like these books too, and even if you don't know Miss Read you will like these. The Turnham Malpas books are set firmly in the here and now. There are all of the travails of modern life to contend with, the internet and everything else that we do here and now, but still with that village setting and feel.
Rebecca Shaw also writes another series of books about a village called Barleybridge and again if you like those you will like the Turnham Malpas books.
You will have gathered that I also liked this book!
The story this time centres around a man called Harry who just appears in the village one day. He appears to be a lovely man who settles down quickly to village life and is liked by all. Harry finds a job, makes friends, falls in love and gets on with life.
Events then take a dramatic turn, all is not perhaps as it has seemed to be. Who though is the person behind these events. Could it really be Harry, or is it someone else? There are several contenders.
A Village Deception is not a detective book, or a thriller, but the story does take twists and turns in unexpected ways and at the end of the book it sets up for the next one which will be bring more interesting things to come. In fact I think that two more books have now been published in the series - more for me to catch up on!
Again I would recommend this book to adults and teens. It is the sort of book that is easy to sit and just read because you have got into it, and is also the sort of book you could read before bed a little at a time and still remember what is going on.
So, on with the next six books! Well, seven actually, because I am also listening to another book, Elizabeth and her German Garden, by Elizabeth Von Armin. I will let you know how I get on with it.
These are the next six choices!
As I have explained before, I have large piles of Agatha Christie books that were given to me and also Danielle Steel books, which is why they always feature as I am keen to get them read. I have seen TV adaptations of Evil under the sun by Agatha Christie so I am interested to read this and see how the story compares. The two Danielle Steels will no doubt be fairly light reading. Bridget Jones Mad about the boy is the continuation of the previous Bridget Jones books which I have read so I am intrigued to see how this compares with the previous books. Dancing in the Dark by Maureen Lee is an unknown quantity for me as I don't think I have read any books by her before. It was another book that was given to me. It won Romantic Novel of the Year so we will see!
My treat at the end of these five books is The Home Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. I haven't yet dipped into this one. It is a novel, about life at home, so that should suit me down to the ground shouldn't it!
So that is my next selection!
I better go and get on with reading my books!!
p.s. Sorry, no chance for comments or replies right now. You understand why! I am reading though, it just takes soooooo long for my computer to put comments through!