Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Trouble in Prior's Ford by Eve Houston

I was not dissappointed by the next installment from Prior's Ford! It was one of those books where I didn't want it to end because it was so good, but couldn't stop reading it so I could find out what happened next. All of my favourite characters were back and I loved reading about them again. Maggie, a character I had previously disliked, really grew as a person throughout the book so that now she is a character that I love. I loved the storyline of the Scarecrow Festival and it really made me wish that Prior's Ford was a real place so I could live there! I really enjoy reading a story about various characters which I feel really close to, and this is always achieved in the Prior's Ford series so I can't wait to read the next one. I give this book 10/10!

Friday, 22 June 2012

Drama Comes to Prior's Ford by Eve Houston

Another amazing Prior’s Ford novel! I was so gripped by the story that I couldn’t put it down and I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the series to find out what will happen next. At first, it took me a while to remember which characters were which, although this was helped by the character descriptions at the beginning of the book. But once I got my head around who was who, I was hooked! Some of my old favourite characters made appearances, but there were also some interesting new faces with stories to tell. Eve Houston has a really great way of creating loveable characters, all with their ups and downs, who I always feel empathy towards and care about, which I feel is a great sign in a novel. Therefore I give this book 10/10!

Saturday, 16 June 2012

A Rural Affair by Catherine Alliott

I've loved reading most of Catherine Alliott's books, but this one was a little harder to get into than the others. I think the main reason was that I didn't like the main character, Poppy, at the start. She was a very bitter, angry and depressed person at the beginning, which is understandable in her situation, just something I didn't feel too comfortable reading. However, after about half way through the book, the story picked up for me. Poppy's character drastically changed for the better, and the plot was more attention-grabbing and made me want to read on. I loved finding out all the twists in the plot, for example when Jennie finds a positive pregnancy test in her bathroom, and about Hope Armitage's link with Sam. So although I felt the book got off to a bad start, it did make up for it by the end. Therefore I give this book 6/10.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Hidden Treasures by Fern Britton

This was a really enjoyable read, which kept me gripped throughout. The main character, Helen, was easy to like and I found myself admiring her strength of character. The village of Pendruggan sounded perfect, as did its many characters- from Queenie to Dorrie to Tony to Simon the vicar. The only character I did not like was Helen's best friend, Penny, who did not seem like a very good friend at all. And I did not think she and Simon went well together at all. Piran was not an amazing love interest, as he did not seem like a particularly nice person. In addition, his name was a bit strange! However, the story line from Helen moving to the village, to the filming of a TV drama, to the happy ever after was lovely to follow. Therefore I give this book 8/10!