I know, I know, we all have huge TBR piles but I’m going to highly recommend this anyway. It’s a lovely story about a dance hall girl who lived over 100 years prior to the present day. She came to a tragic end. Her story is told partially through the diary of a policeman who rented out rooms to her and her family. The story switches from modern day to the past times seamlessly.
The protagonist in the present day, Annie, finds the perfect house to move into when her husband’s job brings him to London. They move in with their daughter. Annie feels an affinity with the house but her husband grows distant. She starts to research the prior inhabitants of the home and finds out about Lily Painter and her tragedy.
It’s such a beautiful story, it stayed with me for quite a few days after I finished it. I have a habit of giving away books now after I read them since I don’t have room to keep them all – this one stays. It’s haunting and so well written, I have to say that if you get a chance to read it, you definitely should. I really can’t emphasize this enough, you need to read this book.
It’s release day for The Gambler’s Brother from Desert Breeze Publishing. This is a historical novel from 1946. It’s a war bride murder mystery novel. It’s book two of a series but it’s not necessary to have read the first novel since the plot is totally separate from the first book. The protagonists from the first book make appearances but there’s no confusion about who they are.
Being a huge Alan Rickman fan, I’ve always wanted the Die Hard franchise to bring him back as his brother. Alas, that’s not to be but at least this Christmas season, they’re bringing in his son. I also love that they are using one of my favorite bands’ music in the film. At about 1:40 mins into this trailer is the music of TSO- Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Now, if they could only resurrect Hans, it’d be perfection.
My son has recently turned in his dissertation for his master’s degree from the University of Sheffield in the UK. He has also entered some design competitions. ArchDaily has published one of his (and two other friends) designs. So proud of his talent and dedication. Check it out here.