As some of you may be aware I have had a lot going on recently in my ‘real-life world’. Unfortunately, this has meant I have fallen a bit behind in my reading and reviewing schedule. So! To get back on track this post is a bit of a ‘reading catch-up’ of a couple of books that I have read in the last month and thought were utterly brilliant!
The Hemlock Cure by Joanne Burn
Absolutely stunning and captivating novel, I was utterly gripped and wishing for the best outcome for Mae throughout. There are so many layers to this story and emotional pulls. The writing is superb, I love it when a book really surprises me with its brilliance and that is exactly what this one did. Couldn't put it down.
Cunning Women by Elizabeth Lee
Really enjoyed this book, I love Historical Fiction anyway but especially when it comes to women and their POV. It was an eye-opener as to how these people were ostracised and shunned from society, basically for being poor and earning a coin here and there any way they can. I was rooting for Sarah and her family throughout, the main action in the book comes late on, but the building of suspense and apprehension through the story keeps you reading. I was a bit disappointed by the ending, not for how it was written, the writing is superb, it was simply not the ending I personally wanted as I am a sucker for a happy ending.
Both of these were Netgalley reads, so thank you to the respective publishers, Little, Brown Book Group UK, Sphere and Random House UK, Cornerstone, Penguin for granting me my requests.