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Katherine the Duchess by Tony Riches

My first book review to begin 2020 is a great read!

Katherine Willoughby’s unlikely marriage to Charles Brandon her guardian,  makes her a baroness and leads to her walking close on the heels of all of Henry VIII’s wives ~ and between wives, even the King himself.  She manages to remain in favour ~ just, leading to a hasty escape to the continent.

Katherine finds happiness with her older husband, but much sadness too, as she suffers the loss of many close to her ~ it is a real roller coaster of emotions.

‘Katherine the Duchess’ is  a novel which gripped me from the start and I felt great empathy for this strong but extremely wise lady who trod a silken threaded path through life ~ joy ~ fortune ~ but great danger. Highly Recommended.

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Seal Mother by Rose English

Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse is a delightful book telling a familiar story in a unique way. The illustrated poetry is a pleasure to read and reread.

The legends about seals coming to life in human form have inspired and seduced me ever since we moved to Scotland and Seal Mother is so beautiful.

This paperback would be perfect as a gift for a young girl or teenager who appreciates literature, folk tales and poetry. It may even inspire her to write her own.

 

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A Boy from the Streets by Maria Gibbs

I have just finished reading this powerful book, perfect for a wet and windy Sunday when I was self indulgent and read for a few hours.

Twins were born in a hospital in Brazil as their parents had to flee their homeland escaping to England. Carolina was distraught as she left them behind even though she was reassured that they would be cared for. Unfortunately only one twin was adopted by a wealthy family, whereas the other twin was left on the street.  They were teenagers before Jose’s parents began to search for his lost brother just at the time as Jose’s natural parents risked returning to Brazil.

The story is written from several points of view which gives you a complete picture of their individual lives and the mixed emotions each character is experiencing. The imminent danger, the contrast between the rich and dire poverty and the heart rendering decisions made ‘keeps the reader on their toes’ as the plot twists and turns.

A Boy from the Streets is a well written complex novel which had me gripped ’til the end.

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