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!
Paw Tracks at Owl Cottage by Dennis O’Connor This was a wonderful book, full of love, comedy, and a little sadness. The author and his wife return to his former home, Owl Cottage, and find the place in a terrible state of disrepair. On impulse Dennis buys four Main Coon kittens, and follows their adventures around the remote Northumbrian landscapes. O’Connor describes how intelligent the cats are and how they come to love their owners.
I was fascinated from beginning to end and anyone who loves animals will not be disappointed.
Biscuit Rating 5 out of 5 Jean - Bournville
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
Meeting as teenagers in Italy, the beautiful Enza and handsome Ciro are torn apart when a local scandal forces Ciro to leave for America where he finds work as an apprentice shoe maker. Soon after, Enza’s family also flee to America to avoid disaster, and the lovers are destined to be together again, except Ciro volunteers to fight in the war, and Enza gets swept into a glamorous life in Manhattan. This was an absolutely powerful read.
Biscuit Rating 5 out of 5 Ann - Bournville
The Magic Army by Leslie Thomas
This is about the time thousands of ‘Yanks’ were sent to England during the Second World War to help guard the Devon coast from German attack. I am very old! But there must be lots of people who have never heard that the Americans came and helped us during that time. The Magic Army is a faithful and gripping book. I still re-read it every couple of years, a great book to take to bed.