Review: The Last Hours, by Minette Walters

I’ve been inadvertently picking some spooky topics for my Hallowe’en reading- anybody for a slice of the Black Death? Surely there’s nothing worse than that! The characters in Minette Walters’ The Last Hours must think so, too, because the vast majority of this book focusses on their self-imposed isolation from the rest of the world. Pull…

Review: The Phantom Tree, by Nicola Cornick

I am a sucker for historical fiction, and I’m a sucker for fantasy: is it any wonder, then, that I loved this book? Sweeping, gloriously romantic, and with a unique twist on the Tudor novel, The Phantom Tree was a great read. It follows two characters: Alison, in the present day, and Mary Seymour, the daughter of…

Review: Queen of the North, by Anne O’Brien

If you’re looking for murder, treason, ambition and feuding families, then you’ve come to the right place. And that’s only the first page! Anne O’Brien’s Queen of the North is a behemoth of historical fiction, spanning the tumultuous period that would one day lead to the Wars of the Roses: the 1300s. Harry Bolingbroke (soon to be…

Blog Tour: What Kitty Did Next, by Carrie Kablean

Who else has an inexplicable fondness for the razor-sharp pen of Jane Austen? Well, then dive back with me into the world of Regency England as Carrie Kablean picks up where she left off with an exploration into the life of one of the younger (and crucially, unmarried) Bennet sisters, Kitty, in What Kitty Did…

Guest Blog: An Interview with Rose Servitova

Regency writer extraordinaire Rose Servitova is no stranger to the world of Jane Austen. With her debut novel reimagining the inner lives two of Pride and Prejudices’ funniest characters, she’s going even further into the world of Regency England by completing Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, The Watsons. Curious to know what inspired her? I definitely was-…