Zombies or Maria von Trapp?

Since this pandemic began I’ve noticed people tend to go one way or the other with their entertainment choices: fluffy, happy books and movies – or anything to do with a zombie apocalypse.

The Sound of Music has been on TV so many times in the past few weeks I’ve started screaming at the screen (I mean, seriously, why do they hide in the mausoleum thingy at the end when their getaway car is parked Right Next To Them?!).


I’m definitely not a zombie apocalypse sort of person, but last night Warm Bodies was on, and even though parts were kind of disgusting, it was also hilarious – and had a romance at the centre of the story!

If you can get past the fact the zombie romantic hero falls in love with the human heroine by eating her dead boyfriend’s brains and seeing his memories, it’s worth your time. I mean, it’s utter silly trash, but maybe we need that at the moment. You’ll even get an appearance by John Malkovich and a happy ending!

Cover Love

I love this cover so much – and I don’t think I have to explain why! The book’s description is beneath the cover.

The Darkest Shore by Karen Brooks

The independent women of Scotland stand up to a witch hunt, male fury and the power of the Church in a battle for survival in this compelling historical novel based on true events in early eighteenth century Scotland.
1703: The wild east coast of Scotland.
Returning to her home town of Pittenweem, fishwife and widow Sorcha McIntyre knows she faces both censure and mistrust. After all, this is a country where myth and legend are woven into the fabric of the everyday, a time when those who defy custom like Sorcha has are called to account.
It is dangerous to be a clever woman who ‘doesn’t know her place’ in Pittenweem – a town rife with superstition. So, when a young local falls victim to witchcraft, the Reverend Cowper and the townsfolk know who to blame. What follows for Sorcha and her friends is a terrifying battle, not only for their souls, but for their lives, as they are pitted against the villagers’ fear, a malevolent man and the might of the church.
Based on the shocking true story of the witch hunt of Pittenweem, this multi-layered novel is a beautifully written historical tale of the strength of women united against a common foe, by one of Australia’s finest writers.


Happy St Patrick’s Day!

It’s easy to lose track of everything with this virus taking over the world, but today is St Patrick’s Day, and my Irish surname demands I acknowledge it!
A picture taken in Dublin during my last trip to Ireland: a Guinness truck with a reflection of the famous Ha’penny Bridge:


Historicals in 2020

I randomly discovered my next book appearing in this article (linked below) today. Am I the only one who didn’t know they did a remake of West Side Story?

This is the first time I’ve been in a promotional piece where The Landowner’s Secret wasn’t the book featured. I feel a little sad that it’s time to move on to the next one!

The Artist's Secret (Brindabella Secrets #2) by Sonya Heaney

Love all things Historical? Here are the historical movies, TV shows and books we’re most looking forward to in 2020.