Kidz reads – Under the Hawthorn Tree.

This beautiful haunting story takes us on a magnification adventure with three young children Eily, Micheal and Peggy, as they fight for survival, and beat the odds as they journey through their famine stricken homeland. You can not but admire their bravery and courage as they take on the mission to find their aunties, with the believe that both ladies are still alive. This is a beautiful and moving story bring history to life while still keeping the story-line a thrilling adventure. This is a must read, for anyone interested in the historical events surrounding the famine seen through the eyes of three young children, and a
great way to give children an insight into Irish history.

Stone of Fire by JF Penn

I was hooked from the very beginning, with this fast paced page turner by author Penn. Firstly this is not a christian faith based story, but the writer takes us through Christian history and other faith based facts or myths while taking us to various countries across the globe sharing her in-debt knowledge of church history, historical documents and geographical locations. But I’ve taken it as it is, a fictional thriller of 12 stones that are supposedly belong to the apostles, which they received after the resurrection of Christ. They are not just any stones, when together they posses a very strong power. Our main female character Morgan Sierra, ex-military is our Lara Croft and Indiana Jones rolled into one. Morgan’s life is quickly turned upside down when her twin sister and niece are kidnapped, and she is now working against the clock to find these mystery stones, all 12 before Pentecost to pay as ransom for her family to a one Joseph Evertte who has his on plans for the stones and a great belief in their power. But of course she is not the only one on the hunt for the stones, there is a group called the ARKANE and the Thanatos both rivals who for their own reasons want the powerful stones by Pentecost. Morgan is joined on her quest by Jake Timber who works with the ARKANE but comes with plenty of resources and a plane at his beck and call, as they team up with plans to rescue Morgans family, we are taken to Spain, Italy, Iran, North Africa and eventually to America, with loads of conflicts and suspense, numerous deaths including sacrificial ones. There is a race against the clock and a comet called the Resurgam which coincides with Pentecost this is a fast paced story with some kick ass moments, there are times when I found the history of the church which is share with us through Morgan, overwhelming and slowed the pace just a little for me. But there are plenty of twist and turns, to pick it back up and push on with the good fight.
By the end one will wonder if there is more to this world than materialistic, scientific explanations?  Could this really happen? There may be a truth beyond what we see.

This is a good read for thriller lovers Lara Croft, Indian Jones and Dan Brown fans.

I love the authors description of Italy and Venice that i have added it to my list of places to visit.

April Read- Stone of Fire

Hey everyone,

My choice of reads for this month is from my favourite indie author J F Penn.
The, Stone of Fire this is an action packed thriller, entwined with historical artefacts, and a kick-ass heroine. If your a Da Vinci Code fan, then this is definitely for you. Hope you join me in this months action packed adventure as we trek across the globe with our heroine Morgan Sierra.

India. When a nun is burned alive on the sacred ghats of Varanasi, and the stone she carried is stolen, an international hunt is triggered for the relics of the early church.
Forged in the fire and blood of martyrs, the Pentecost stones have been handed down through generations of Keepers who kept their power and locations secret.

Until now.

The Keepers are being murdered, the stones stolen by those who would use them for evil in a world transformed by religious fundamentalism.

Oxford University psychologist Morgan Sierra is forced into the search when her sister and niece are held hostage. She is helped by Jake Timber from the mysterious ARKANE, a British government agency specializing in paranormal and religious experience. Morgan must risk her own life to save her family, but will she ultimately be betrayed?

From ancient Christian sites in Spain, Italy, and Israel to the far reaches of Iran and Tunisia, Morgan and Jake must track down the stones through the myths of the early church in a race against time before a new Pentecost is summoned, this time powered by the fires of evil.

Classy Mr Murray

 A beautiful romantic story set in Ireland and London.

 When your heart is broken what do you do? focus on your career and change countries if you can, and Clodagh Kenny did just that, moving to London at 17 to live with her lovely aunt Lizzy, studying textiles, and eventually becoming a famous designer. But a new adventure and the opportunity to expand her business, brings her back to Ireland. But what happens when you meet that scumbag ex or his son, and the painful past comes rushing back emotional bruise and all. But there are two sides to every story and it’s only fair to hear both. Clodagh Kenny and James Murry take centre stage in this romantic drama, but they are surrounded by so many other different characters who each play their part in telling the story.

The story is written from many different points of views which is marked by the character’s name, the layout style is different to most other novels I’ve read but it makes the transition from character to character nice and smooth. When there are so many different characters in a book it can get confusing, or the reader can get lost as to who is who, but in this case the style of the book did the opposite, helping the reader along. However, sometimes I think the dramatic build up was prematurely released through the conversation of some of the sub-characters. For example, Beth’s adoption could possibly have been kept a secret a bit longer, but the reader knew about it long before James, thereby taking away from the suspense and drama.

Then there’s the like father like son scenario, I loved the devious build up to the whole pregnancy plot, and was on the edgy of my seat waiting to see how the drama unfolded, but I have to say I was expecting a lot more than just a slap, I felt the closing scene to that particular storyline ended too abruptly and a little to smoothly as Pamela was a great wild card, and having her walked away so easily brought a little anti-climax to that scene. Clodagh and James story conclude how I had expected, with a nice happy twist at the end, and restoring faith in romance and making one believe in love again.

It is a great read, with romance, deception, secrets and lies.

It has a great Mave Binchey vibe to it and makes a great holiday read.

If you’re looking for a light romantic easy read, this is for you.

Kids reads

Under the Hawthorn Tree – March reads for Kidz,

Following through with the Irish theme for this month, here is the kidz read. Under the Hawthorn Tree, by author Marita Conlon-McKenna book 1 of 3. This is a great way to give children an insight into Irish history, and the harsh reality of the famine. Following the plight of three courageous children as they fight for survival, while travelling through Ireland in search of their family members. Take the challenge and walk with Eily, Michael and Peggy, as they take on a dangerous but brave journey through a harsh perilous Ireland.

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Ireland in the 1840s is devastated by famine. When tragedy strikes their family, Eily, Michael and Peggy are left to fend for themselves. Starving and in danger of the dreaded workhouse, they escape. Their one hope is to find the great aunts they have heard about in their mother’s stories. With tremendous courage they set out on a journey that will test every reserve of strength, love and loyalty they possess.

March Read

As St Patrick’s day is just around the corner, let’s have book of the month by Irish Author Margaret Kelleher

“Classy Mr Murray”

I’ve made a kick start on this already and I’m so enjoying it. Book layout style is a little different to other novels I’ve read, but makes the transition from past to present and from character to character nice and smooth.

So come on ladies especially if you are from Killarney, Fossa, or travel from Beaufort through fossa to Killarney, not for getting to mention Mallow. Check out The “Classy Mr Murray” If your wondering about the places I mentioned, well get reading and the mystery will be unveiled.

There’s no time like the present to return to the past…
It’s been decades since the Brandon Lodge was at its peak: the idyllic background for many Irish summers and the romantic seeds its planted. Thirty years ago, this iconic landscape was the backdrop for a chance meeting between Clodagh Kenny and James Murray. It was there that they fell in love–and fell prey to heartbreak. 
Years later, the site of the lodge has fallen under new management, and those who once loved it have returned in order to restored it. Now a successful knitwear designer, Clodagh has found herself a solid businesswoman with a lovely daughter whom she has raised as her own. Looking to create a fresh start in the newly developed Brandon Lodge Enterprise Park, Clodagh seeks to plant the seeds of new birth in the land of her past mistakes. Elsewhere, James is busy ascending the corporate ladder, only to find that no matter how far he climbs–he cannot escape the past.
When their new lives become entangled once again–Clodagh and James must reconcile the past if they ever hope to become lucky in love once more.

February – Women in Horror

February is nominated as the month for women in horror. My choice of horror is the audio version of “The Woman in the Mirror” by Rebecca Jame.

‘You’ll be the woman of this house, next, miss. And you’ll like it.’


Governess Alice Miller loves Winterbourne the moment she sees it. Towering over the Cornish cliffs, its dark corners and tall turrets promise that, if Alice can hide from her ghosts anywhere, it’s here.

And who better to play hide and seek with than twins Constance and Edmund? Angelic and motherless, they are perfect little companions.


Adopted at birth, Rachel’s roots are a mystery. So, when a letter brings news of the death of an unknown relative, Constance de Grey, Rachel travels to Cornwall, vowing to uncover her past.

With each new arrival, something in Winterbourne stirs. It’s hiding in the paintings. It’s sitting on the stairs.

It’s waiting in a mirror, behind a locked door

This is a beautiful, hauntingly moving story, as we are transported between Winterbourne past and present. While the house itself remains still throughout the passing of time, it carefully draws in its victims. For some strange reason, I find myself more freaked by Winterbourne 1947 storyline, the strange happenings, that involve the twins. Alice’s whole outlook changing from a confident young woman to second-guessing herself and gradually being controlled by the past.

The present-day Winterbourne seemed less scary, well until the Mirror turned up again. I’ve yet to finish the book and find out what happened to Alice, what Rachel discovers about herself, her past and her newly found strange relatives. I love the undercurrent of suspense, how the twins are implicated, and the mystery about the house and the dark secret within. Not forgetting the questions surrounding the creepy painting of the young woman. This is a real page-turner, as for audio its difficult to press pause.

I finished the my audiobook “Woman in the Mirror”, wow it had a twist that I was not expecting, scary. But true love is also unearthed in this haunting tale. Then the happy ending, does it really have a happy ending, or like the characters are we pulled in to believing everything is fine,or is it?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, happy reading just don’t sleep with the lights off.