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‘Sylvester’ by Georgette Heyer

Set in winter where our characters continuously get trapped in small wayside inns due to falling snow, this is a perfect read for dark nights.  The Duke of Salford, a man used to getting his own way, meets his match in Phoebe Marlow, a ‘country dab of a girl’ who...
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‘The Mission House’ by Carys Davies

A depressed librarian heads to India in the hopes of finding solace after the mothers-and-babies group at his library pushes him into early retirement. Hilary Byrd takes refuge in Ooty, a hill station in South India. There he finds solace in life's simple pleasures, travelling by rickshaw around the small...
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The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

5 out of 5: Readable / compulsive / immersive / fun / historical fiction / crime / thriller / charismatic main characters Looking for a brilliantly immersive page-turner? Read on.  It’s 1634, and The Devil and the Dark Water begins on the island of Batavia, a Dutch trading colony, where the...
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‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O-Farrell

Fiction, Reviews
On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London. Neither...