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!

Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to share your comments below and tell me have you read this book or what you’re currently reading at the moment.

Until next time!

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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….



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.

To read the full review, please click here.

My Classic Read Of The Month

Let me start off by thanking all those who voted for my classic read of the month for February. Although to be perfectly honest, I think I’ll need more than February to complete this iconic romance novel.

My classic read of the month is Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell, a book that I have long avoided given the sheer length of it. Yet I have always been intrigued particularly by its context and setting, that of a world rife with the lucrative returns of slavery and a culture of riding, fighting and drinking. I’m sure I will have lots to say about this epic read and honestly I’m excited to get into it!


Happy Reading Bookworms!

New Book Review: The End We Start From By Megan Hunter

The End We Start From is the award-winning debut by Megan Hunter published in 2017 by Picador Books. Some time in the future, London is completely submerged by floodwaters forcing the protagonist and her family, including her newborn son, Z, to flee northwards to in search of refuge.

The story-telling is imaginatively distinctive and seems to carry a flavour of poeticism. Hunter creates a story that is uniquely her own with sparse prose, unnamed characters and animal symbolism. I thought this latter use of symbolism was both prolific and thought-provoking. It was as though the reader was being reminded of their insignificance especially in the face of natural disasters which we can never tame nor overcome…

Please read the full review here!