Reviews? Opinions, good and bad

So, what’s with reviews? Whose opinion do you value? Book reviews sometimes provoke a war of words between author and reviewer. I notice too how journals with literary pretentions sometimes downplay the merit of ‘commercial’ fiction – you know, the books we all like to read – compared with the often totally perplexing literary fiction they place on a pedestal. The subject of book reviews … Continue reading Reviews? Opinions, good and bad

Update on Downton Abbey binge .. and the bit I got wrong!

Matthew Crawley and Lady Mary Crawley in that famous scene. Image courtesy PBS. In my previous post about Downtown Abbey, I wrote – wrongly – that there had been no explanation of how Matthew Crawley came to be the heir to Lord Grantham. Well, I only had to wait until Season 3 – I had forgotten that Matthew explained it to Martha Levinson (played by … Continue reading Update on Downton Abbey binge .. and the bit I got wrong!

Downton Abbey: Best binge watching during lockdown?

I’ve seen others write about their favourite binge watching during the Covid-19 lockdown – so here’s mine: Downton Abbey. I just love it. Sumptuous setting and costumes; good acting (who can go past Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess – she has the best lines); and a storyline that keeps you engaged (most of the time). And here I must make a confession: the Downton … Continue reading Downton Abbey: Best binge watching during lockdown?

Social distancing? Writers are used to it.

I couldn’t help but think that writers are probably the one group of people most suited to social distancing … but even we get to a point where we need to see another human being and interact with someone, at least with our loved ones. I feel really sorry for people who live alone during this time of social distancing. It must be quite difficult. … Continue reading Social distancing? Writers are used to it.

1950s fashion: How Julia and Catherine might have dressed

  I wanted to share this little bit of Friday frivolity – these images are from this website selling custom-made frocks – and I thought just how much this range was inspired by the 1950s. I can certainly see my character Catherine Cavendish in the little black number – and Julia in the two full skirted cocktail dresses. (Referencing my Belleville family series.) That’s the … Continue reading 1950s fashion: How Julia and Catherine might have dressed

ElizaBeth Adams: her take on Julia’s Story

When I read the first few words of this review back at the end of May, I must admit I was a bit taken aback …. “All I have to say is, “Nooooooo!” Not, “No, don’t read this book,” or, “No, it isn’t any good.” “Nooooooo,” …… AND THEN I COULD BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF BECAUSE SHE SAID “……because the book ended.” You can … Continue reading ElizaBeth Adams: her take on Julia’s Story

In my fiction, some bits are real

As I begin to write my 4th Belleville novel, I was reflecting on my pleasure in having my fictional characters inhabit a world that is not entirely fictional. I enjoy grounding my characters in real environments, (where practical, I hasten to add). I originally set out to write a trilogy. With that completed, I still felt there was more to write about the Belleville family … Continue reading In my fiction, some bits are real

Book Review 4**** stars: Return to Prior Park by J Mary Masters

Originally posted on Mrs B's Book Reviews:
Title: Return to Prior ParkAuthor: J Mary Masters Published: February 28th 2019 Publisher: PMA Books Pages: 400 Genres: Fiction, Historical Rating: 4 stars A final act of vengeance. An illicit liaison. A passionate affair. In this third instalment of the Belleville family story, loyalties will be tested and new secrets concealed as the family begin to rebuild their shattered lives. But in the end, it is… Continue reading Book Review 4**** stars: Return to Prior Park by J Mary Masters

Book Review 4**** stars: To Love, Honour and Betray

Originally posted on Mrs B's Book Reviews:
Title: To Love, Honour and BetrayAuthor: J Mary Masters Published: July 7th 2017 Publisher: PMA Books Pages: 284 Genres: Fiction, Historical Rating: 4 stars It’s 10 years since the end of book 1, Julia’s Story and the stresses are beginning to show in two marriages. Julia Belleville, now Fitzroy, continues to mourn the daughter she was forced to give up, while her husband James begins to look elsewhere. And Catherine, Richard… Continue reading Book Review 4**** stars: To Love, Honour and Betray