Today I am delighted to welcome author Mary Grand to the blog to share with us all of her secret guilty reading pleasures and favoured books from childhood. Before we take a look at her choices, here is a little but about Mary and her book, Hidden Chapters.
I write Woman’s Fiction, the central character is usually a woman at a decisive point in her life.
“Hidden Chapters”, my latest novel, is set on Rhossili Bay, Gower. The novel is about Catrin who finally has to face those early experiences in her life that she has tried to keep hidden. The story explores motherhood, adoption and family secrets. One reviewer said ‘It shows us that love, especially parental love, should be unconditional, that what we see on the surface are sometimes only coping mechanisms, concealing a deep- felt pain”
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Catrin survives by denying her past. Her marriage is in crisis. She has devoted herself for eighteen years to bringing up her adopted Deaf daughter, Bethan. She is unaware that her life is about to be shattered by the appearance of the woman she has been told is dead, Bethan’s birth mother, Elizabeth. Catrin is devastated. How will Bethan react? Why has Elizabeth hidden away all these years?
Slowly and painfully, Catrin is forced to examine the web of lies and secrets from her past, the unexplained death of her ‘golden brother’, the truths about her alcoholic mother and the relationships she has now with her father and husband.
Hidden Chapters is an optimistic novel about the hope and the courage each of us can find within ourselves to own our past and take control of the next chapter of our lives.
Favourite book from childhood
‘Tinker the Kitten’ by Lucienne Erville. This is the story of a black and white kitten who climbs over the garden wall which I thought was terribly exciting and read over and over again.
The first book you fell in love with
‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austin, thanks to a wonderful A level teacher
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
Anna in ‘The Rector’s Wife’ by Joanna Trollope. Her relationship with her husband is heart breaking but very honest.
Weirdest book crush
‘Off The Leash: The Secret Life of Dogs’ by Rupert Fawcett
A really funny collection of cartoons about dogs, always makes me laugh.
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
‘A Room with a View’ by E.M.Forster. I wanted to stay in this world.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
‘All the Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr. I keep reading fabulous reviews, I have to read it soon.
Guilty Reading pleasure
The Fethering Mysteries by Simon Brett. I love these amateur female detectives who spend a great deal of time drinking white wine.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
The Tudor Series by Phillippa Gregory, particularly ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’. For all the concentration on the woman in these books it is the tyrannical and frightening portrait of Henry VIII that stays with me.
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
‘Sacred Hearts’ by Sarah Dunant, a fascinating and well researched historical novel set 1570 in the convent of Santa Caterina in northern Italy
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
‘A Walk in The Woods’ by Bill Bryson, a book that makes me laugh out loud and not a lot of my friends have read it.
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier. The language, characters and plot are just staggeringly beautiful.
Thank you Mary. Some real classics in there. Might need to take a look at the secret life of dogs, see if I can get any clues as to what my muttley is up to when I’m not around. So what do you reckon everyone? Any of these on your personal list?
Do join me next week when I’ll be sharing a little more #BookLove with Joanne Nicholson and Cassandra Parkin.
Have a brilliant day all