Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Year In Books: February Review(s) and March's Choice

I can now share with you my review of Watch by Moonlight.  I came across this book by chance at a boot sale, it stopped me dead in my tracks when I saw the title and was so delighted to find it was, as I had hoped, based on my favourite poem The Highway Man by Alfred Noyes.  I have to admit it's been sitting on my shelf for a while, as although I was eager to read it I also didn't want to be disappointed, similar to when you see a film based on a book, personally I've yet to see a film better than the book!

'On a storm-tossed British night in 1763, a fine gentleman rides up to an old inn and requests shelter. His name, he tells Bess, the innkeeper's beautiful daughter, is Jason Quick, a man of wealth and honor. But there is blood on his sleeve. And his appearance is followed soon after by the arrival of the king's redcoats on the trail of a notorious bandit known as the Golden Fleecer.There is much about this bold, enigmatic stranger that frightens Bess, but there is something that draws her to him as well. And Quick himself is undone by the exquisite loveliness of this dark-eyed miss whose lustrous black hair cascades well past her waist. Soon there are no secrets between them, as Jason reveals the truth to the lady who has, in an instant, become his eternal love. It is he whom the redcoats seek, the daring highwayman, the most wanted man in Dorset.For Bess -- who long ago resigned herself to a life of toil and drudgery yet has never strayed from respectability -- the shock of Jason's revelations cannot dampen the fire that now burns in her breast. There is a tender heart within him, and a nobility to his criminal purpose. And no love in history has ever been more fated...or more dangerous.One more brazen robbery and Jason Quick can fulfill the sworn duty that has determined the course of his life. Then he and his lady can begin anew together in the far colonies, across a vast ocean. But treachery breeds in unexpected corners and dastardly traps are set in the shadows -- even as the highwayman sits astride his stallion beneath his true love's window and vows, "I'll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way."Kate Hawks, a stunning new voice in historical fiction, renders atale rich in atmosphere, passion, adventure, and intense emotion -- a magnificent, heartfelt retelling of one of the most enduring love stories of all time.'

I was not disappointed at all!  The book is beautiful written and could easily has been written at the same time as the poem.  Kate Hawks captured the pace of the poem and the wonderful story.  It was odd reading a book where I knew the ending, and part of me hoped it wouldn't end the same way as the poem but them it would not have been true to itself.  The characters came to life with complete personalities and background stories.  All in all this book is a good as I hoped it would be if not better!

10 KDS stars from me!

I read the above book so quickly that I was able to read another Quick Read (you can buy these in book shops for £1), Blackout by Emily Barr.
Publisher: Review
A tense and chilling Quick Read from the queen of psychological suspense.  You wake up in a strange room, with no idea how you got there.  You are abroad, in a city you have never visited before.  You have no money, no passport, no phone.  And there is no sign of your baby.  What do you do?  

I've never read an Emily Barr novel before and I'm not sure I would a bought this if it hadn't a been just a £1 and laying beside a till point when I purchased something else-clearly this book was saying 'buy me'!!  It's quite incredible that Miss Barr has managed to cram such a twisted plot in to so few words and make it enjoyable.  It's really very gripping and because it's so short you can easily read it in a just a few hours.  Not once did I see the ending coming...

9 KDS stars!

For my March read I'm going with a traditional chick lit novel by one of my favourite authors, Practically Perfect by Katie Fforde...  See you next month.

1 comment:

dianne said...

They both sound excellent books and you have written about them both so beautifully you captured the moment perfectly x