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.