#EmptyShelf 2016 #28: The Falcons of Montabard by @Chadwickauthor (Time Warner, 2003)

As a long-term fan of Georgette Heyer, typically regency novels are more my type of historical novel, but I've been playing with a few others - another £1 charity shop buy - I enjoyed The Falcons of Montabard - I've got very little knowledge of that period, but judging by the extra-reading offered at the end, it seems well researched, and the story was well paced - giving insights into the brutal realities of living life in…

#EmptyShelf 2016 #27: Mind Games by @TeriTerryWrites (Orchard Books, 2015)

I spoke at a children's book event the other year, and this book - Mind Games - was one of the pre-press books that I picked up .. I love teenage books - good moral message, typically fairly fast paced, and always lots to think about. With echoes of books such as Divergent, this book takes us into a future (post World War 3), in which the world is largely controlled by a large virtual-reality corporation…

#EmptyShelf 2016 #26: The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald (Harper Perennial, 2004)

When I go on holiday, I like to see what's on my shelves that can be left behind on the way back ... this book - The Way the Crow Flies - was picked up for £1 in a charity shop - 700+ pages, fairly small font, and interesting back-cover blurb ... in the 4+ hour flight over I managed 200+ of those pages, with the other 300-each over the next couple of days. Set in…

#EmptyShelf 2016 #4: The Perfect Sinner by Will Davenport

So, it's full on into a new term, so light-weight fiction is generally what I'm looking forward to at the end of the day to send me off to sleep... although I seem to keep picking ones that I want to know so much more about. The Perfect Sinner was a slow starter for me .. it starts with Sir Guy de Bryan (one of the First Knights of the Garter) watching his Chantry being built as…

#EmptyShelf 2016 #3: Harriet Evans, A Place for Us

This book was recommended via the Georgette Heyer Appreciation Facebook group, and was only 99p on Kindle, so I gave it a go. Not clear on the link as in this book there's only one vague reference to Georgette Heyer, and the author is more commonly aligned with Maeve Binchy and Rosamund Pilcher. I read this book over a couple of evenings - it was fairly easy reading, and as its perspective bounced between not only…