Book Recommendations

By Gaslight by Steven Price


William Pinkerton hunting Adam Foole; a private detective versus a notorious thief. Just like his father before him, Pinkerton spends his life chasing a ghost thief name Shade in this historical/crime fiction novel. I really enjoyed this novel and it kept me engaged in the storyline and was easy to follow even with some time-shifting. The author, Steven Price, does do away with typographical convention though and removed all dialogue quotation marks. This reading style does take a bit of getting used to but after the first chapter I found it did not bother me.

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner


The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body – by Cameron Diaz

When you see this book at the bookstore or library, buy a copy, that is my advice. I saw it countless times and wondered how it would be with Cameron Diaz being a celebrity but it definitely exceeded my expectations. Cameron has a holistic approach to nutrition, not dieting. The Body Book focuses on making wise food choices in order to get the most out of your body energy wise. The part that stuck with me most is that although Cameron is super skinny she recognized that she didn’t have good nutrition and wanted to provide her body with the nutrients it needed to get her through a busy day. A recurring theme throughout the book is the bean/rice meal combination and providing yourself with a complete protein throughout the day for energy and to feel full longer. Buy a copy for sure. I borrowed it as an e-book but still wish I had a copy.


The Book of Negroes – by Lawrence Hill

I have read a lot of mediocre forgettable books but this is a story I have never forgotten. It is a story about a strong heroine, Aminata Diallo, who survives through murder, slavery, child loss and all sorts of other horrors of this world. In Canada it goes by the title of The Book of Negroes but elsewhere it is titled Someone Knows My Name and recently the story has been made into a TV mini-series. There is too much content to be able to summarize but in a nut shell this book takes a young girl out of Africa captured in the slave trade who is forced to cross the ocean to the Americas. Aminata eventually escapes to Canada and is given the opportunity to return back to her homeland in Africa. At the end of her story Aminata makes her way to the United Kingdom and is given the opportunity to share her life story. An awe-inspiring tale and one not soon to be forgotten.

Lady Julia Grey Series – by Deanna Raybourn ***My Most Favourite Author!

Start with the first three:

The Lady Julia Grey Bundle


 The Light Between Oceans – by M.L. Stedman

Euphoria – by Lily King

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Series – by Louise Penny

11 books in the series:

  1. Still Life 
  2. A Fatal Grace
  3.  The Cruelest Month
  4. A Rule Against Murder
  5. The Brutal Telling
  6. Bury Your Dead
  7. A Trick of the Light
  8.  The Beautiful Mystery
  9. How the Light Gets In
  10. The Long Way Home
  11. The Nature of the Beast
  12. A Great Reckoning


Hiding From the Light – by Barbara Erskine ***One of my favourite Authors!

Time’s Legacy – by Barbara Erskine





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