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Book Reviews: The Bard's Daughter and The Uninvited Guest by Sarah Woodbury

I read the first book in Sarah Woodbury's Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries series, The Good Knight, last summer; I was a little apprehensive about it because I got it as a free Kindle download (it's still free now, if you want to check it out) but I was pleasantly surprised: I actually really enjoyed it! It took me a while to get around to reading some more of the series, but I'm glad I did, and I'm now looking forward to reading book three sometime in the (hopefully) near future. These are my reviews of book two, The Uninvited Guest, and the series prequel, The Bard's Daughter.

The Uninvited Guest

Summary (from front of book): It is the winter of 1143 and all is not well in the court of Owain, King of  Gwynedd in North Wales. His future in-laws are untrustworthy, the Norman lords on his eastern border are restless, and among his wedding guests lurks a cold-blooded killer. Gareth and Gwen have marriage plans of their own, but their love will have to wait while the…

Quote of the Week

"But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short." - Jane Austen, in her unfinished story Catharine, or The Bower.

Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge

I am signing up for this challenge hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer (sign up here). I have a lot of books that I own (physical books and Kindle) and have been meaning to read for ages but haven't got around to. So hopefully this challenge will motivate me to actually read some of them! I'm setting my goal at 8, which is perhaps a bit optimistic, but I figure this is supposed to be a challenge and hopefully it will inspire me to spend more time reading than I have this month!

Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren't My Typical Genre/Type of Book

I'm joining in with Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren't My Typical Genre or Type of Book. Apparently I don't read out of my comfort zone enough since I could only think of seven, but here is my list.

(covers link to Goodreads)

The first four books are all contemporary fiction, which is a genre I rarely read.

1. Paper Cuts by Yvonne Coppard and Sandy Rideout

2. Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay

3. All Fall Down by Ally Carter

4. Rose's Blog by Hilary McKay
(This is a kind of appendix to the Casson Family series, which is one of my favourite series ever, just saying. Although given that, I'm not sure it entirely fits on this list, but it's in a genre I don't read much of, so I'm including it anyway.)

Other books that don't quite fit what I "normally" read:

5. Selected Poems of Christina Rossetti by Christina Rossetti
I don't read a lot of poetry. But I …

In which I join the Classics Club

I've decided to join the Classics Club! The idea is that you challenge yourself to read at least 50 classics in five years (or less), and review them on your blog. This shouldn't be too much of a challenge for me since I read a lot of classics anyway, but I hope it will encourage me to review books more as well as being a chance to connect with other readers of classics. If you want more information about the challenge, you can find out about it here.

This is my proposed list of books to read; it may change over time. Most of the books are ones I already own but haven't read yet, with a few others that I just really want to read. At the moment I am setting my goal for completion at three years from now (so February 7, 2019) but I may change this depending on how the challenge goes.
Watership Down by Richard AdamsRose in Bloom by Louisa May AlcottThe Watsons by Jane AustenLorna Doone by R.D. BlackmoreAgnes Grey by Anne BrontëVillette by Charlotte BrontëThe Pilgrim's Prog…

Book Review: Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Emily Starr has never known what it is to be unloved. But when her father dies, she is left in the care of her mother's family. Emily is a stranger to the proud Murrays, none of whom think they can cope with such a heartbroken, headstrong girl. They decide to draw lots for her, and Emily is sent to live at New Moon with stern Aunt Elizabeth, the head of the clan. Kind Aunt Laura and friendly, eccentric Cousin Jimmy also live at New Moon, though, so she is not without hope.

Emily is enchanted by New Moon, but cannot believe she will ever belong there. With her lively imagination and dreams of being a famous writer, she seems to have a talent for scandalising her family. Before long, though, she has made firm friends: Ilse, a tomboy with a blazing temper, Teddy, an aspiring artist, and Perry, the ambitious houseboy. She brings so much life to New Moon, perhaps one day even Aunt Elizabeth will consider herself lucky to have 'won' Emily.

I think the m…


Welcome to my blog!

Being new to this whole blogging thing, I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing, but I suppose I should start by introducing myself. I'm Rachel, I am a Christian, bibliophile, and lover of period dramas, history and anything old-fashioned.

My intention is for this to be a place where I can express my thoughts on various topics, talk about books I've enjoyed (or not), and whatever else I feel like posting about. I'm not entirely sure how frequently posts will appear; I'll probably just post when I feel like it or feel like I have something to say. I have a few book reviews I'm hoping to put up soon, and then I'll see how it goes from there.

I hope you enjoy reading it.