The Reading Chain is a book review group at Library Services at Home. We are a tailored library service delivering reading materials to those who find it difficult to visit their local library. Each month our members send in a review of their favourite book which they rate as ‘Just my cup of tea’ along with a biscuit dunking rating out of five!
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden This is a children’s book, but great for any young at heart adult, as it’s about real friendship. This is set in Times Square Subway Station in the heart of New York, and catches a great snapshot of a bustling American city.
Chester the cricket finds himself stranded at a newsstand in Times Square. Luckily he befriends Mario, the boy who runs the stand, Tucker the mouse and Harry the cat.
Chester soon becomes famous through his talent for music but after a while he yearns for his quiet country life again. So his friends try to help Chester get back home.
The Cricket in Times Square is very poignant and full of humour and wit. It’s great for dunking biscuits!
Catherine – Erdington Biscuit Rating 5 out of 5
Storm Over Belfast by Mary O’Donnell I have never read a book written with such clarity- having once begun to read, I literally couldn’t put this down. Set in Australia, France, America, Germany and Ireland, these short stories are very engaging and each one ends with you feeling like you have a new way of looking at the world.
Mary – Harborne Biscuit Rating 5 out of 5
Threepenny Dreams by Anna Jacobs Hannah Firth is widowed quite young and faced with spending the rest of her life as an unpaid servant to her spiteful daughter in law, she decides to leave and make a new life for herself. But the spiteful Patty won’t let her go that easy and she is forced to flee, joining forces out on the road with Nathaniel who she develops a strong attraction for. But Nathaniel also has enemies determined to catch him.
This was a really good read, once you start reading you can’t put it down. I recommend this to anyone who loves a good family saga.