2 books as usual please
Review date will be 14 November 14
My suggestions are -
Angels and Demons Dan Brown
When a world renowned scientist is found brutally murdered, a Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol seared onto the dead man's chest. \\\his conclusion: it is the work of the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years - - - - -
In Rome, the college of cardinals assembles to elect a new pope. Somewhere within the walls of the Vatican, an unstopable bobm of terrifing power counts down to oblivion - - - - -
The Wedding Officer Anthony Capella
thwent-two-year-old James Gould arrives in Occupied Naples in 1943, where his duties include dissuading Allied soldiers from marrying their Italian girlfriends. His diet includes little more than warmed-up rations.
The girls of Naples, however, soon arrange for a beautiful young country girl to join his staff as a cook.
While the war goes and its affects are felt by soldiers and civilians, James falls under the influences of Italian food and passion, a "coming of age" as he realises that his heart (and the truth) is more important than his orders...
The Italian Girl - Lucinda Riley £3.49 Kindle
Rosanna Menici is just eleven years old when she meets Roberto Rossini, the man who will change her life forever. In the years to come, their destinies are bound together by their extraordinary talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other - a love that will ultimately affect the lives of all those closest to them. For, as Rosanna slowly discovers, their union is haunted by powerful secrets from the past . . .
Rosanna's journey takes her from humble beginnings in the back streets of Naples to the glittering stages of the world's most prestigious opera houses. Set against a dazzling backdrop of evocative locations, The Italian Girl unfolds into a poignant and unforgettable tale of love, betrayal and self-discovery.
The Secret Life of Bletchley Park - Sinclair McKay
Sinclair McKay’s book is the first history for the general reader of life at Bletchley Park, and an amazing compendium of memories from people now in their eighties – of skating on the frozen lake in the grounds (a depressed Angus Wilson, the novelist, once threw himself in) – of a youthful Roy Jenkins, useless at codebreaking, of the high jinks at nearby accommodation hostels – and of the implacable secrecy that meant girlfriend and boyfriend working in adjacent huts knew nothing about each other’s work.
Secrets of the Lighthouse Santa Montefiore
Ellen Trawton has run away from London to Connemara hoping to find a place she can cut off all contact with the past. But beneath the wild beauty of the Irish landscape lie secrets which have been hidden for years.
Conor Macausland cuts a dark lonely figure. His young wife Caitlin died tragically at the old lighthouse, and her loss has devastated him. But when he and Ellen meet, a connection sparks between them.
Ellen soon realises that Conor’s past is not all it seems, and there’s more to her family history than she knew too. As the secrets are finally revealed, the truth must be told.
Suffragette Girl by Margaret Dickinson
When Florrie Maltby defies her father by refusing to marry Gervase Richards she sets off a chain of events that will alter her life. Instead she goes to London and becomes involved with the suffragette movement. She’s imprisoned for her militant actions and goes on hunger strike. With her health deteriorating. There is one person who can save her.... Gervase.
After a brief stay in the countryside to recuperate, Florrie returns to London to continue her fight for Women’s rights. Only the outbreak of the Great War puts a halt to her activities. It is when James, her younger brother is shamed by their father into volunteering that Florrie enlists as a nurse and is sent to the front. Amidst the fear and horror of a hospital close to the trenches she finds love. But when her beloved brother is in danger, help comes from a very unexpected source.
A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke
The deeper the water, the darker the secrets
There were so many times I thought about telling you the truth, Eva. What stopped me was always the same thing…
When Eva’s husband Jackson tragically drowns, she longs to meet his estranged family. The journey takes her to Jackson’s brother’s doorstep on a remote Tasmanian island. As strange details about her husband’s past begin to emerge, memories of the man she married start slipping through her fingers like sand, as everything she ever knew and loved about him is thrown into question. Now she’s no longer sure whether it was Jackson she fell in love with – or someone else entirely…
The truth is, it was all a lie . . .
Wars of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden
King Henry V - the great Lion of England - is long dead. In 1437, after years of regency, the pious and gentle Henry VI, the Lamb, comes of age and accedes to the English throne. His poor health and frailty of mind render him a weakling king - Henry depends on his closest men, Spymaster Derry Brewer and William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk, to run his kingdom. Yet there are those, such as the Plantagenet Richard, Duke of York, who believe England must be led by a strong king if she is to survive. With England's territories in France under threat, and rumours of revolt at home, fears grow that Henry and his advisers will see the country slide into ruin. With a secret deal struck for Henry to marry a young French noblewoman, Margaret of Anjou, those fears become all too real. As storm clouds gather over England, King Henry and his supporters find themselves besieged abroad and at home. Who, or what, can save the kingdom before it is too late?
Wicked Ambition ... by Victoria Fox
For Robin, Turquoise and Kristin, the spotlight shines brightly. They've reached the glittering heights of stardom, and are adored the world over. But in the shadows lies the truth...
An exposé could be their end...because not everyone is happy about their success. Not everyone wants the best for them. Some people want to reveal the real stories behind the luxury parties and gorgeous men, and bring their dazzling worlds crashing to the ground.
The Girl inn Room Fourteen... by Carol Drinkwater
Raven-haired Cecile produces the finest lemons on the Riviera. Her ice creams, pies, lemonades, sold on her stall at the internationally famous Cannes market, are as renowned as the Mediterranean city itself. Tourists travel from everywhere to meet her.
But Cecile is a woman who no one draws close to, a woman with a secret.
Cecile, when she was nineteen and a shy student, travelled south to a lemon festival on the borders of Italy and France. She was intending to let her hair down, to enjoy two crazy weeks of fun. She was not anticipating the enigmatic Italian who offered her a future beyond her wildest dreams. But at what cost?