Today I’m sharing the blog with author Pam Lecky who is here to spread a little #booklove. Before we find out Pam’s guilty secret, lets find out a little more about Pam.
Pam Lecky is an Irish historical fiction author. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society and has with a particular love of the late Victorian era/early 20th Century. Her debut novel, The Bowes Inheritance, was published in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Carousel Aware Prize 2016; made ‘Editor’s Choice’ by the Historical Novel Society; long-listed for the Historical Novel Society 2016 Indie Award; and chosen as a Discovered Diamond in February 2017.
Currently working on her second novel, The Carver Affair, a Victorian crime novel set in her native Dublin, she has also recently published a short Kindle read. In Three-Quarter Time is a short love story set in the WW1 era in Dublin. In April she is set to publish another short story, The Lighthouse Keeper, which is a contemporary ghost story.
You can find Pam on the following links:
The Bowes Inheritance
Historical Mystery, Romance and Intrigue with a Dash of Rebellion …
Awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion and A ‘Discovered Diamond’ Novel. Also shortlisted for The Carousel Aware Prize 2016. Editor’s Choice in the Historical Novel Society Review and has been nominated for the HNS 2016 Indie Award.
Dublin 1882: When determined but impoverished Louisa Campbell inherits a large estate in the north of England, from an uncle she didn’t even know existed, it appears to be the answer to her prayers. Her younger sister, Eleanor, is gravely ill, and believing the country air will benefit her, they take up residence at Bowes Farm.
However, they soon realise all they have inherited is trouble. Their uncle had managed to alienate almost everyone in the area and was suspected of being a Fenian activist. His reputation leaves Louisa and Eleanor battling to gain acceptance in polite society, especially with Nicholas Maxwell, their handsome neighbour and local magistrate. His father was cheated out of the farm during a card game fifteen years before. He is very determined to get it back.
Louisa unearths secrets from their family’s past that threaten their future while the spectre of their mysterious benefactor overshadows everything. When a Fenian bombing campaign comes close to home, Louisa finds herself a chief suspect and must fight to clear her name. She must dig deep to find the courage to solve the mysteries that Bowes Farm holds before their lives are destroyed. And most importantly of all, will she be able to finally trust and love the man who is surely her sworn enemy?
In Three-Quarter Time
From HNS longlisted and Carousel Aware Prize shortlisted author, Pam Lecky. A powerful tale of forbidden love set in the WW1 Era.
Dublin 1914 and war is declared. Each of the Cusack family must face the consequences in their own way. Josie and her young man, Anthony Lanigan, have plans for the future. But her sister Lily is also secretly in love with Anthony and has no idea if her feelings are returned.
Anthony is about to emigrate to America to make his fortune. Will he ever return, and if he does, who will eventually win his heart?
Set against a pivotal time in Irish history, from the Dublin Lockout in 1913 through the First World War to the brink of the birth of the Irish Nation, this story will take you through a family’s experience of war and tragedy, loss and love.
The Lighthouse Keeper
From the HNS longlisted and Carousel Aware Prize shortlisted author, Pam Lecky, comes a new contemporary ghost story.
It’s Sally and Alex’s first weekend away together and romance is definitely on Sally’s mind. But why is Alex acting so out of character? When strange things begin to happen, Sally wonders if they are truely alone in their coastal getaway …
Favourite book from childhood
It was a compendium of short stories, unfortunately the title eludes me at this stage (was a while ago!). My poor father had to read from those stories every night. I’m sure he was thoroughly sick of them but I loved them. One in particular that has always stuck in my mind was about a girl who decided to move into the basement of her house (where the coal was stored) only for the coalman to dump a load of coal in on top of her!
The first book you fell in love with
Jane Eyre – the gothic feel had me hooked from the beginning.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
Max Ravencar from Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer
Weirdest book crush
I devoured Enid Blyton books when I was a kid. I read one recently and recoiled in horror!
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
Lady Julia Series by Deanna Raybourn – fab series.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
Guilty Reading pleasure
Always Georgette Heyers – comfort reading really. Also Austin (you can probably see a trend here!)
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
My fav. series at the moment is M.R.C. Kasasian’s series – The Gower Street Detective – outstanding and quirky Victorian detective tales. Has replaced Anne Perry as my favourite in this genre.
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
Ludwika by Christoph Fisher. Harrowing but beautifully told, based on a true story of a Polish girl in WW2.
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
This is hard – so many books! If they had never read any of the classics I would suggest Vanity Fair – a good old romp.
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
Thanks Pam. Some intriguing choices there. I’ve never read North and South myself. I saw the ‘other’ North and South on TV because my sister was obsessed with Patrick Swayze ;D. She assures me though that she likes both versions so I may have to look it up one day.
What do you think folks? Are the comments on Enid Blyton controversial or age infused realism? (I still read Mr Men/Dr Who books, so I’m not really one to comment.)
Make sure to join me on Saturday when the absolutely brilliant Amy Sullivan will be sharing her brand of #BookLove.
Have a fab week of reading all