This post refers to my last new fiction reviews for Shiny New Books’s debut issue. If you haven’t done so already, do pop over to the website, (and sign-up for the newsletter). Thank you, and feel free to leave comments there or here.
This is a cracking YA novel set during Victorian times about a doomed between the classes romance. Loads of authentic period detail about the Victorian seaside (that’s Clevedon pier on the cover) and bathing couple with a well-written main character made it a fantastic read with echoes for me of Andersen’s Little Mermaid. (8.5/10)
Commercial women’s fiction as they tend to call it these days rather than chick-lit, is something I rarely read, yet – when I pick a good ‘un, I can’t get enough of it. I devoured this novel in one sitting, staying up in bed until after 2am to finish it. The complications of modern family life with extended and split families living on the poverty line made this totally compulsive. (8/10)
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The Madness by Alison Rattle, Hot Key Books, March 2014, paperback original 208 pages.
The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes, pub Feb 2014, Penguin hardback, 528 pages.