Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Getting lost in a book...

Reading is something I really enjoy. But since having the children, the closest I have been to being engrossed in a book is reading the latest childrens picture book! Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love reading with my children, it's something we all look forward too. But during the past almost 7 years I had forgotten how enjoyable it is to get lost in a book, for myself I mean. 

By chance, the other week, whilst I was shopping I spotted a book that really caught my eye...

'The girl in the photograph' by Kate Riordan. The back page read as follows.... 

'When Alice Eveleigh arrives at Fiercombe Manor during the long, languid summer of 1933, she finds a house steeped in mystery and brimming with secrets. Sadness permeates its empty rooms and the isolated valley seems crowded with ghosts, none more alluring than Elizabeth Stanton whose only traces remain in a few tantalisingly blurred photographs. Why will no one speak of her? What happened a generation ago to make her vanish?

As the sun beats down relentlessly, Alice becomes ever more determined to unearth the truth about the girl in the photograph - and stop her own life from becoming an eerie echo of Elizabeth's . . .'

This is exactly the kind of book that grabs my attention. I absolutely love books about old houses and the secrets hidden within the walls. 

I started reading it that evening. Well. Let me tell you, it took me less than a week to read that book, I was engrossed from start to finish. I found myself reading a chapter or two whenever I got the opportunity! It really sparked my desire to read and reminded me how much I enjoy it. 

Since then I have been keeping an eye in the local Charity shops for books of a similar interest. Luckily I came across another Author called Kate Morton and over the last couple of weeks I have managed to find 3 of her books. 

I am currently engrossed in The Distant Hours, its a story about a girl, who by chance stumbles across some secrets from her Mother's past as well as the castle her Mother was evacuated to during the war. The writing style is similar to 'The Girl in the Photograph' as in it flits between the two times, but not in an annoying way, it simply keeps you wanting to read more! 

I am so pleased to have found my passion for reading again, its allowing me to have a bit more me time. 

Do you enjoy getting lost in a book?! Do you have any book recommendations for me?

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