Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Diamonds and Pearls and January's Page Turners

You may have heard that Diamonds and Pearls, an anthology published by Accent Press is now out.
Elaine Everest had the idea to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her own survival from breast cancer and has done a brilliant job as editor. A donation from the sale of each book will go to the Against Breast Cancer charity. The book is selling fast on Amazon and can also be ordered direct from Accent.

On the subject of books I plan to choose my own page turner of the month from those I’ve read.

January was difficult when it came to making a choice because I read so many good books. In fact I couldn’t pick a top one so here are the two I really enjoyed above all others.

First of all
Liane Moriarty’s Three Wishes was a brilliant read. I’ve mentioned before on this blog how much I enjoy Liane’s books. Three Wishes was Liane’s first novel, but I’d already read her later two and enjoyed them.

The book tells the story of triplets, Cat, Gemma and Lyn. It’s a book about relationships, family dramas and heartbreak. It’s funny and touching and you get to know and care about the Kettle sisters. It begins with the birthday brawl and ends… well you’d have to read it to find out. She has a gift when it comes to the small details of what makes people tick. Definitely a page turner.

Next up is
Bernard Cornwell’s The Gallows Thief. This book has it all, adventure, romance and murder! The prologue drew me in with the vivid description of a hanging in 19th Century London. Rider Sandman, hero of Waterloo is asked to investigate a case on behalf of the government. Is the artist due to hang for the murder of a countess really guilty?

You’re really walking those London streets, meeting the people that lived there – and you will probably smell them as well. I was left hoping that Bernard Cornwell will write more about Rider Sandman. Another page turner.


  1. Great choice of books I shall check them out.

  2. I bought and downloaded the ePub version of Diamonds and Pearls last night- I'm looking forward to reading it. And it is for a good cause too.
    One day I might read Three Wishes, but being a mother of triplets myself I might just leave that until later.
    Enjoy your choices.

  3. They are good reads, Jarmara.

    Wow, triplets, Carol! Hope you enjoy Diamonds and Pearls - I'm looking forward to getting my copy :-)

  4. I am reading Bernard Cornwells book Gallows Thief and I am bored to death. I have to read it and I don't mind if it wasn't THIS BORNG. I would NEVER reccommed it!