The Confessions Of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

This review is brought to you courtesy of LoveReading UK, the biggest book recommendations site in the U.K. Thank you so much to the team at Viking for sending me a copy of this book!

Set in the early eighteenth century, The Confessions Of Frannie Langton is the eponymous woeful tale about a Jamaican girl, a so-called ‘mulatta’ who spirals into misfortune. At first a house maid and experimental subject on the plantations of Paradise, she finds herself waiting on the renowned Behams in their London estate, until a tragic event occurs of which Frannie has been accused murderer.

Sara Collins has a style of writing that is distinctive, sporting a tone of wry humour and abounding in visual imagery such as eyes resembling knitting needles, skirts wagging like tails and a throat long and white, as church columns. This memoir-like novel combines different writing styles, such as the macabre of gothic writing to the suspense of thriller to the romanticism of poetry and philosophy.

I loved Frannie Langton’s development as the protagonist. Her character is intriguing, in that she possesses a spirited almost untameable nature despite her lowly rank. She transgresses the norms of her society, through her disdain for religion and the deep affection she has for her mistress. In like fashion, her mistress; Madame Marguerite Benham is also an interesting study into societal oppression, not just of Negro slaves but also the enslavement of women, for all their wealth and consequence during those times.

Collins perfectly balances excellent characterisation with a stirring premise and a driving plot to create a truly mouth-watering story, equally alluring and perverse that I found irresistible.


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My Video Review Of Ivy Pochoda’s Wonder Valley

Hey Bookworms!

Today, I’d thought it would be fun to try doing a video review and as such I finally posted my very first Youtube video to my channel @loiscudjoe. I hope you enjoy it and as always, please look out for my next review which will be posted tomorrow and check out the Book Reviews page for more amazing reviews!

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Lochanreads Bookish News Picks

Today I’d like to do something a little different and share with you some of the most interesting articles I’ve read this week in the world of books and publishing. Here are my 3 picks for bookish news stories this week.

  1. Molly Case, the NHS nurse who finds poetry on the wards
Molly Case

Molly Case, a cardiac nurse (pictured left) uses poetry as a means of enlightening people as to the N.H.S crisis in the U.K. Her poem, ‘Nursing The Nation’ is a deeply stirring, accessible rebuttal against the unfairly negative press about those in the medical profession.

2. ‘It’s a silent conversation’: authors and translators on their unique relationship

English language translator Flora Drew with Chinese author Ma Jian.

This interesting story gives a deeper appreciation not just of language, with the weight of nuance and culture behind it, but also the deep familiarity that makes book translations possible. This familiarity is perfectly exemplified through Chinese novelist, Ma Jian (pictured left), known for works such as ‘China Dream’. His translator, Flora Drew (also pictured left) is also his wife and therefore shares a level of intimacy with him that allows her to ‘become him’ in her translations.

3. Chinese writer Tianyi jailed for 10 years over gay erotic novel

The Chinese Supreme People’s Court, where a ruling used to convict the author was passed in 1998

A female Chinese writer, under the alias Tianyi is sentenced to 10 years in prison for writing a novel featuring homo-erotic scenes between two males. The novel is said to go against strict pornography laws. This overly harsh indictment is a stark reminder of the ever present homophobia that is sadly still widespread today.


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New Book Review: The Tattooist Of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

A new review is up on the Book Reviews page! Here’s a excerpt;

During his captivity, Lale unwittingly becomes the ‘Tätowierer’ of
Auschwitz-Birkenau, responsible for inking his fellow inmates with their prison numbers. It was not long after his appointment to this pain-inflicting occupation that he met the woman of his dreams, a fellow Slovakian named Gita. A beautiful romance ensues with his beloved, giving them both hope that they will survive their plight and a share a future together.

This book is truly unputdownable. I was hooked from the very outset and deeply moved not just from the horrors that occurred but also from Lale’s arresting romanticism and determination….

The Ghost Tree by Barbara Erskine

This review is brought to you courtesy of the LoveReading UK ambassador book buzz. Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers for sending me a copy of this book! 🙂

The Ghost Tree by Barbara Erskine is an insidious tale about the newly divorced Ruth Dunbar, who begins to uncover enchanting secrets about herself and her ancestors, through the recent death of her estranged father. As she plunges deeper into the history of her family tree against the backdrop of a scam threatening to undermine her father’s last wishes, Ruth stumbles upon an unsettling mystery about her past that will make her question everything she believes.

Erskine captivates in this novel, with story-telling that pulls the reader into her world. This is especially true when describing Ruth’s frequent retreats to the river of the Old Mill House and Thomas’ exploits in the castle ruins of St. Andrews, where I could picture myself in the scene and almost smell the salt of the sea.

Frequent time shifts occur, as the story changes from the perspective of Thomas’ archaic past to Ruth’s modern present, and there is a shift in language to reflect these time jumps however, at times, these shifts have a suddenness that makes particularly Thomas’ narrative feel less antiquated and more contemporary.

Despite the various plot lines, Erskine creates some well-developed characters whose motivations we empathize with, though not wholly agree with, as in the case with April and Timothy. I enjoyed reading the gradual unfolding of the story and seeing how the different arcs converged into a satisfying ending.

The Ghost Tree is an immersing novel with a dynamic plot that maintains momentum and holds the reader’s intrigue throughout. I especially loved the descriptive story-telling and the darker themes which gave the novel a chilling yet alluring quality. This novel was a lot of fun to read and really easy to get into. All in all, I award The Ghost Tree.. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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LoveReading UK featured my review!

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Hey Bookworms!

I’ve got some exciting news! But before I divulge, please leave me a comment telling me what you’re currently reading at the moment and whether it’s the type of genre or book you would normally read.

On to my news, I’m extremely excited to have been selected as an ambassador for LoveReading UK, the UK’s leading book recommendation website. They are a fantastic resource into finding a wealth of reading suggestions and editorial reviews. If you would like to check out their website, please click here to find out more.

I was asked by LoveReading UK to write a review for their website which I was absolutely thrilled about and I would love for you to read it. The book I reviewed was a deeply symbolic collection of poems called, Braid: Poems And Thoughts by Pierre Sotér. Here is a short excerpt;

“…The nature symbolism bears its presence in many of Sotér’s poems, including Symmmetric Blue, Waves & Tides; a poem that artistically renders the waves of the sea galloping like a horse and Silver Drops where mere rain is compared to silver, in such a way that exposes our shallow nature as humans.”

To read the full review please click here!

“Read this world of ours, but do it right,
And then, with human words, let’s try to write.”

New Book Review: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians is a charming romance novel about young lovers. Rachel Chu falls for the dashing young Nick Young who unbeknownst to her, comes from a super wealthy, heavily influential family in Singapore. When these completely smitten love birds visit Nick’s family in Asia for his best friend Colin Khoo’s wedding, Rachel must learn to survive in a world of excessive decadence and vicious snobbery.

The story is a very carbon copied take on the whole star crossed lovers routine. Rachel and Nick fall in love despite coming from two opposing social classes. It’s an age-old premise that precedes even the unsurpassing Romeo and Juliet and we can’t help falling for it every time.

The story-telling is undeniably seamless. I loved the picture of excess that Kwan drew when he spoke of manicured gardens, gowns of iridescent silk and silver-leaf latticework.

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