February Round Up

I cannot believe that today is the last day of February. They say that time flies faster the older you get so right now I’m feeling ancient! I’m also feeling quiet relaxed and am sat enjoying a nice cup of coffee and a biccie. I plan on replacing coffee with wine a little later and settling down with a good book. Life couldn’t get much better really. First though, a quick look at this month’s reviews on the blog…

Keeper of the Light By Diane Chamberlain.

11466049Dr. Olivia Simon is in the middle of treating a gunshot victim when she realizes that the patient is Annie O’Neill, the woman with whom her husband, Paul, is in love. Despite Olivia’s best efforts to save her, Annie dies in surgery. For Olivia, Paul and Annie’s husband, Alec, life will never be the same.

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales By Margaret Atwood.


A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband in “Alphinland,” the first of three loosely linked stories about the romantic geometries of a group of writers and artists. In “The Freeze-Dried Bridegroom,” a man who bids on an auctioned storage space has a surprise. In “Lusus Naturae,” a woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In “Torching the Dusties,” an elderly lady with Charles Bonnet syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. And in “Stone Mattress,” a long-ago crime is avenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion-year-old stromatolite. In these nine tales, Margaret Atwood is at the top of her darkly humorous and seriously playful game.

Cypress Grove By James Sallis.


The small town where Turner has moved is one of America’s lost places, halfway between Memphis and forever. That makes it a perfect hideaway: a place where a man can bury the past and escape the pain of human contact, where you are left alone unless you want company, where conversation only happens when there’s something to say, where you can sit and watch an owl fly silently across the face of the moon. And where Turner hopes to forget that he has been a cop, a psychotherapist, and, always, an ex-con. There is no major crime to speak of until Sheriff Lonnie Bates arrives on Turner’s porch with a bottle of Wild Turkey and a problem: The body of a drifter has been found—brutally and ritualistically— murdered and Bates and his deputy need help from someone with big-city experience who appreciates the delicacy of investigating people in a small town. Thrust back into the middle of what he left behind, Turner slowly becomes reacquainted not only with the darkness he had fled, but with the unsuspected kindness of others.

The Mistress’s Daughter by A.M. Homes


Before A.M. Homes was born, she was put up for adoption. Her birth mother was a twenty-two- year-old single woman who was having an affair with a much older married man with children of his own. The Mistress’s Daughter is the story of what happened when, thirty years later, her birth parents came looking for her.

Our Endless Numbered Days By Claire Fuller


Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old when her survivalist father, James, takes her from their home in London to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed. Deep in the wilderness, Peggy and James make a life for themselves. They repair the hut, bathe in water from the river, hunt and gather food in the summers and almost starve in the harsh winters. They mark their days only by the sun and the seasons. When Peggy finds a pair of boots in the forest and begins a search for their owner, she unwittingly unravels the series of events that brought her to the woods and, in doing so, discovers the strength she needs to go back to the home and mother she thought she’d lost. After Peggy’s return to civilization, her mother begins to learn the truth of her escape, of what happened to James on the last night out in the woods, and of the secret that Peggy has carried with her ever since.

I also read The Merry Wives of Windsor By William Shakespeare, did some baking.

how about you? How was your February? Read anything good?



  1. I love the Merry Wives, saw a great production of it in Stratford once:-) my son told me this evening that I look like I’m in my 60s so I guess time is rushing by for me :-)!!!
    Have a great March. My round-up is up now too
    Kirsty xx


    • How old is your son? My daughter is 5 and always telling me I’m old. I would love to see a performance in Stratford or The Globe. I did see an open air Midsummer Nights Dream a couple of years ago and loved that.


  2. Keeper of the Light is a Chamberlain book I haven’t read yet…going to find it!

    And I’m eager to read Stone Mattress, even though I am not often drawn to short story collections. Thanks for sharing.


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