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Parachutes, bombs and silk: a review of Liz Trenow’s The Last Telegram

I mentioned earlier this week, in my post Saltaire, Lyon and weavers’ stories, that I’d downloaded Liz Trenow’s The Last Telegram, a romance in which the silk industry plays an integral role.  The novel has been waiting patiently for me to pick it up, and now I’ve finished it – and thoroughly enjoyed it :)…… Continue reading Parachutes, bombs and silk: a review of Liz Trenow’s The Last Telegram

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Sex and shopping in 19th century Paris: Zola’s gripping classic novel, The Ladies’ Paradise

A few weeks ago I mentioned how much I enjoyed the BBC series The Paradise, and how I was looking forward to reading the novel on which it is based, Emile Zola’s Au Bonheur des Dames (The Ladies’ Paradise). I’ve just put the book down with a satisfied sigh, and what a gripping read it…… Continue reading Sex and shopping in 19th century Paris: Zola’s gripping classic novel, The Ladies’ Paradise

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Good to meet you…author Marie Laval

Today I’m delighted to introduce you to my fellow author, Marie Laval.  Marie is a talented writer with a wonderfully evocative writing style.  I’m currently reading her new novel, The Lion’s Embrace, and am gripped by both the hero and the romance of the setting. (Marie is originally from the beautiful city of Lyon, the…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Marie Laval

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Historical and Regency romances – does it matter if they’re “history-lite”?

There’s been a lot of debate recently about anachronisms in Downton Abbey, and I’ve enjoyed reading it.  One or two were just glaring errors that made me laugh (double yellow lines and a TV aerial were a couple of them), and others I thought were just nit-picking.  ‘Get knotted’, for example.  I didn’t even know…… Continue reading Historical and Regency romances – does it matter if they’re “history-lite”?