My favourite classic and one of the few I can actually follow without getting really confused! I so want to live in this book, the Bennett family sound like so much fun and the way the countryside is described makes me want to go and live in the middle of nowhere!
Q – The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory
This is set during Mary I’s reign. Hannah is 14 when she has to flee her home in Spain, she makes it to England with her father. Hannah has the gift of sight. Robert Dudley takes an interest in Hannah and brings her to court as a ‘holy fool’ for Queen Mary. But really she is his spy. It’s a really interesting take on life at Tudor Court, the secrets and manipulation, the tension. I really enjoyed it.
R – The Rapture by Liz Jenson
The apocalypse is here, global warming has reached alarming levels. Natural disasters are happening more and more frequently. The worlds population is in panic, their are religious cults preaching about the rapture, the innocent and the good will be saved. Gabrielle Fox has other concerns, she’s trying to rebuild her life after the car accident she had, she takes a job out of London at a psychiatric hospital which is home to one hundred of the most dangerous children in the country. Bethany Krall killed her mother and still shows no remorse after two years of therapy and she is convinced that electric shock therapy allows her to predict the disasters that are taking over the planet. I read this years ago but I still remember it so well, it’s dark, dramatic and shows humanity at the end of our reign.
S – Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Set in England during the Cold War, we follow Serena on her mission from MI5 to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer called Tom Haley. MI5 are looking to fund writers whose politics align with that of the government (not Communism). It’s a story full of intrigue but also a story of love.
T – The Trees by Ali Shaw
The trees arrived in the night, wrenching through the ground and thundering up into the air. Adrien wakes to find his entire street taken over by trees, buildings are destroyed. It is soon apparent that no help is coming and the trees extend far beyond this town. Adrien meets Hannah who sees the strange occurrence as a blessing in disguise, her son however has grown up with technology all around him and is stunned when he has to fend for himself. Together they pack up what is left of their lives and go to find Hannah’s forester brother and Adrien’s wife who was on a work trip in Ireland. It’s a very dark and powerful book. The characters are really relatable and I love an apocalyptic theme!