Happy “RIEDEL Challenges” renewal! February 1 is here for my four groups! May we have a fun year with CELTIC COASTS 2017! This is my post to show how I get along. I plan, then smooth my list into finished books with reviews. I long ago gathered most of Maeve Binchy’s oeuvres: beloved journalist and general fiction authoress. To my surprise, with nary a ghost or mystery, I love them. Narrating from an empathetic and quirky perspective, even drawing me in when she shares chapters with several, is the key. I am impatient about a diversion from one lead character but Maeve crafted intertwined viewpoints successfully.
Contrary to popularity, I disliked Ellis Peters’ and Marion C. Beaton’s openers but will try their sequels. I heard Marion got better. I will finally sample Josephine Tey. I am enthusiastic and need my tri-country reading group, after discovering a rush of new Celtic authors and stories. Alexander McCall Smith, Nora Robert’s fairy cottage trilogy, and single novels I can’t wait to settle into; like “The Mermaid’s Song” by Lisa Carey. No one tires of writing about these magical lands so our posts will be humming. I will enjoy talking about them with my visitors and guests. Do you like Irish, Welsh, Scottish authors and themes? Please click the banner to join me and tell others!
“Ghost Behind Me” Eve Bunting 1984
“The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” Alexander McCall Smith 1998
“Resurrection Row” Anne Perry 1981
“The Man In The Queue” Josephine Tey 1929
“A Life In Folklore” Dr. Helen Creighton 1975
“Rutland Place” Anne Perry 1983
“Candlenight” Phil Rickman 1991
“House Of The Lost” Sarah Rayne 2010
“The Incredible Journey” Sheila Burnford 1960
“The Sin Eater” Sarah Rayne 2012
(11) “The House Between Tides” Sarah Maine 2014
I finished a nice eleven in Celtic literature! There is much more I want to read. I was without my Maeve Binchy fix, which I am going to quench as fast as possible. I got a Nora Roberts hardcover off of our bathroom shelf but it was not Celtic. There were surprises, like Eve Buntin, Sarah Maine, and Sheila Burnford. The latter is Mom’s book, which I returned; as helpful and reassuring as I hoped while our dear cat has been missing.
Finding a great copy of Dr. Helen Creighton’s autobiography was a coup and so was catching up on acquiring Sarah Rayne hardcovers. Onto a happy new year!
* Ideas for next year. *
“Bridge Of Friendship” Mabel Esther Allan 1975
“Central Line” Maeve Binchy 1978
“Victoria Line” Maeve Binchy 1980
“Echoes” Maeve Binchy 1985
“Tears Of The Moon” Nora Roberts
“The Heart Of The Sea” Nora Roberts
“The Mermaid’s Song” Lisa Carey
“Into The Fire” Jodi McIsaac 2013
“The Novice’s Tale” Margaret Frazer 1992
“The Mysterium” Eric McCormack 1992
“Secret Of Goblin Glen” Phyllis A. Whitney 1968
“The Trickster” Muriel Gray 1994
As reviews fill-in, please enjoy following along here: CELTIC COASTS reviews 2017