Saturday, 17 September 2016

Mega Book Haul: Part 3

Welcome to the final part of this excessively large book haul - see parts one and two here. The ones in this grouping were bought either from a secondhand book sale that I happened to come across in a university building near Durham Cathedral, or The Works which is a discount shop that usually has a '3 books for £5' deal on which inevitably ends in me buying at least three books - in this instance it was The Summer Queen, The Dress and another one which I can't remember the name of that I left behind in England with my grandma because she'd run out of reading material.

The King's Deception by Steve Berry // The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory

I just about shiver with anticipation whenever I think about The King's Deception because not only does it involve the CIA and the MI6 (aka baes), it's also about a conspiracy dating from the time of the Tudors which is by far my most favourite period of history to read about - basically if this doesn't merit a five star rating I shall be bitterly disappointed. The King's Curse is about Margaret Pole who is a Tudor figure I haven't read much about which is interesting, and of course it's by the queen herself Philippa Gregory which hopefully means it's a winner.

The Dress by Kate Kerrigan
The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick
The Lake House by Kate Morton

At first glance I thought The Dress was going to be a chick-lit type thing and I think I still might be right, but it's also partly set in the 1950s and about vintage clothes and dressmaking so I'm hoping it will be a good read nonetheless. The Summer Queen is about Eleanor of Aquitaine and is set in 1137, which interestingly makes it the earliest novel I have ever read and therefore it is sitting right at the beginning of my historical fiction shelves. This copy of The Lake House that I picked up at the secondhand sale is in absolutely perfection condition so it was a bargain at 50p, which is partly why I got it - I also really enjoyed The Forgotten Garden by the same author when I read it this summer and by the looks of it they have a lot of similarities, as intergenerational epics revolving around beautiful buildings and stuffed full of family secrets.

And that concludes my mega book haul!

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