Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Wishlist Wednesday

I'm taking part in a weekly blog hop today, hosted by Dani at Pen to Paper. Visit the site and join in.

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

This week the book I am highlighting that is on my wishlist is Season of Light by Katharine McMahon. This is her new novel, coming out in the UK in November this year I think. She is one of my favourite authors, I've read many of her previous novels, so I'm very much looking forward to this one.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Season of Light begins in 1788, in the heady days just before the French revolution, when Paris is fizzing with new ideas about liberty and equality. Asa Ardleigh, the impressionable 19-year-old daughter of a country squire, has traveled to the city with her older sister, Philippa, and Philippa's new husband. In Paris, they are introduced to the literary salon of Madame de Genlis. It is in this salon that Asa meets, and falls in love with, a dashing intellectual and idealist, Didier Paulin. Their affair is curtailed when Asa is forced to return to England, but they continue to write as the storm clouds gather over France and war with England seems imminent. Meanwhile back at home, no one knows of Asa's liaison. Asa's middle sister, Georgina, has met Harry Shackleford, the most eligible man in London that season, and to whom the Ardleigh estate is entailed. After the death of their mother, the Ardleigh girls' father began to drink heavily and now the estate is nearly bankrupt. In Shackleford, Georgina sees not only a fortuitous marriage for her sister, but also the solution to their financial woes. However Asa's accomplishments need some polishing. Georgina therefore employs Madame de Rusigneux, a French Marquise. Asa soon discovers there is more to this woman than meets the eye.


  1. This sounds great I love historical fiction! And lovely cover!!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  2. Sounds like a good one! Will add it to my wishlist!

  3. The cover alone makes me want to read it! Sounds like a great story, I hope you get to it soon!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

  4. ^ I agree, the cover is gorgeous! It sounds like a good one! Hope you get it soon :)

  5. I've not heard of this book before. I will have to investigate further. I hope you manage to get to it soon.


  6. Hopping through!

    The story (from the synopsis) sounds a bit too convoluted to my taste (like a soap opera), but I hope you enjoy it. The cover is delectable at any rate :)

  7. I really like the cover for this one too. :)


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