With the long summer ahead of us we have 3 titles to read before the next meeting on September 12.
The Second Mrs Hockaday by Susan Rivers is a highly rated debut told mostly through letters, court documents and journal entries. A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen is non-fiction, telling the story of Bob and how he saved James from a life of drug addiction on the streets of London. Finally, we will be tackling the substantial tome that is The Game of Thrones by George R R Martin. This is the first volume in his epic A Song of Ice and Fire series, which is probably the best Fantasy series that I have read and also the inspiration for a minor adaptation on HBO.
All the books are now on the Nooks – have a good summer and remember:
“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.”
The Second Mrs Hockaday by Susan Rivers
When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband’s three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away?
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.
Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.
Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts.
The Game of Thrones by George R R Martin
In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.