The Fractured Life of Jenny McClain by Jennifer L. Kelly

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Genre: Women’s fiction,Historical fiction
Year Of Publication: 27th June 2016
Publisher: BoxerBull Books
Pages: 332 ( paperback)
My rating: 4/5

“Four women, one fractured life”

This book introduced me to the concept of regression. What is regression you ask? Well according to Google regression is:

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Past life regression is a technique that uses hypnosis to recover what practitioners believe are memories of past lives or incarnations, though others regard them as fantasies or delusions or a type of confabulation. Continue reading “The Fractured Life of Jenny McClain by Jennifer L. Kelly”

Song of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull

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Genre: historical fiction, romance
Year Of Publication: 11th February 2016
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Pages: 312 ( paperback)
My rating: 5/5

Dawnay Price is a force to be reckoned with.
Alone in the world; she dreams of greater things – an education.

Education at a time when it’s considered frivolous for a woman to learn anything else other than housework – but she will not be deterred.

“Orphans are not to learn to write. And the idea of a girl receiving an education would never be borne. He has three daughters himself and no sons and has given them all the same sage advice in order to secure matrimony, namely, that they should hide any vestige of a lively mind if they are to catch a husband. Wives who are cleverer than their husbands are unnecessary, as are clever servants likewise. Thinking never cleaned a floor.”

She is clearly a woman ahead of her time and won’t let society and its notions about what women should or should not do stand in her way.
She has her eyes set on an adventure and an adventure she will have. Continue reading “Song of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull”

A chat with Sana Pirzada – author of “The Rose Within”.

I was lucky enough to get the chance to read “The Rose Within” ( you can read my thoughts about it here)  – So obviously I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to interview Sana Pirzada- the brains behind the book.

Read on to find out more about her upcoming projects and how she tackles her busy schedule and still makes time to pursue writing. Continue reading “A chat with Sana Pirzada – author of “The Rose Within”.”

The Rose Within (A Gothic Romance) by Sana Pirzada

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Genre: gothic, historical fiction
Year Of Publication: 10th May 2016
Publisher: Book Empire
Pages: 314 ( paperback)
My rating: 4/5

“Is it only one’s facial beauty that another is attracted to? Does innate kindness not matter? Will I ever be loved by a beautiful woman? Or will the scar on my face, my ordinary looks and my humble background always obstruct my chances of a fairy-tale ending?” Continue reading “The Rose Within (A Gothic Romance) by Sana Pirzada”

Speakers of the dead (Walt Whitman Mystery #1) by J. Aaron Sanders

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Genre: mystery/thriller, historical fiction
Year Of Publication: 1st March 2016
Publisher: Plume
Pages: 307 ( paperback)
My rating: 4/5

This book introduces us to a fictionalized version of Walt Whitman (the American poet). Set in the 1800’s New York city Walt Whitman finds that his dear friend Lena Stowe is to be hanged for the murder of her husband ; Abraham Stowe. To prove her innocence Walt (a reporter for the Aurora)sets out on a journey that will test his limits and make him question all that he believes.

Continue reading “Speakers of the dead (Walt Whitman Mystery #1) by J. Aaron Sanders”

Tanya Tania by Antara Ganguli

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Genre: Young adult, historical fiction, South-Asian authors
Year Of Publication: 27th September 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Pages: 224 ( paperback)
My rating: 5/5

“Tanya Tania is a story about two young women coming of age in two countries that are coming of age”.

This book is set in 1990s  India and Pakistan.

Amongst political turmoil and a tumultuous family life Tanya Talati and Tania Ghosh find solace by writing each other letters that span over six years.

It all begins when Tanya breaks her leg and her mother suggests she write a letter to her best friend’s daughter – Tania. Soon a deep friendship forms between the two and they share with each other what cannot be said out aloud in their own homes.

Continue reading “Tanya Tania by Antara Ganguli”

RECAP: #eidbookswap 2016

At the beginning of last month I though it would be a great idea if bookstagrammers that lived in Pakistan swapped books during Eid.

I’d been thinking about it for a while now and finally decided it was time to set my plan in motion. Hence, I became the host of the first ever #eidbookswap ( #bookisheidi2016). My goal was to promote the love of reading and a means for positive, meaningful interactions within the #bookstagrampak community. Continue reading “RECAP: #eidbookswap 2016”