So, it’s official. I am not reading enough books quick enough for these seasonal reviews. So, this year’s edition of Winter Recommendations is going to include some books that I am super excited to read during the winter as well.
4 years of my blog!!!!! That correlates to 1461 days or 209 weeks or 48 months, depending on how you want to look at it! How crazy! I would like to thank every single person who has followed, liked, commented etc. on this blog. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would reach 4 years here!
This week it’s all about the series I have completed from December 2021 to November 2022!
Susan Mottram lives an idyllic existence until her eighteenth birthday, when her father’s sudden death plunges the family into penury. To support her mother and younger sister, Susan takes employment as a teacher at a remote Yorkshire boarding school, Matterdale Hall, owned by the radical Dr. Claybourn and his penny-pinching wife. Susan soon discovers that all is not as it seems. Why is little Mary so silent? What really happened to Susan’s predecessor? Is anyone safe in the school’s draughty halls? Through a life-changing meeting with the beautiful and mysterious Cassandra, Susan begins to uncover the truth about Matterdale Hall, and discovers the cruelty, and love, that can lie within the human heart.
Ok, we are finally entering my favourite time of blogging. The Nov-Jan end of/beginning of the year posts!!!!! Starting off strong with the 23 books I would like to read next year. Reflecting back on last year I have had the best reading year of my life in 2022 but I am excited to see how I do in 2023.
Orphaned as a baby, nineteen-year-old Signa has been raised by a string of guardians, each more interested in her wealth than her well-being—and each has met an untimely end. Her remaining relatives are the elusive Hawthornes, an eccentric family living at Thorn Grove, an estate both glittering and gloomy. Its patriarch mourns his late wife through wild parties, while his son grapples for control of the family’s waning reputation and his daughter suffers from a mysterious illness. But when their mother’s restless spirit appears claiming she was poisoned, Signa realizes that the family she depends on could be in grave danger and enlists the help of a surly stable boy to hunt down the killer.
However, Signa’s best chance of uncovering the murderer is an alliance with Death himself, a fascinating, dangerous shadow who has never been far from her side. Though he’s made her life a living hell, Death shows Signa that their growing connection may be more powerful—and more irresistible—than she ever dared imagine.