I gave this review a lot of thought. Lecky’s protagonist, Sarah, is an Irish spy with a tragic background—par for the course given the setting—and overall, she’s a character with a nice growth arc. That and the fresh take Lecky goes for, the use of Ireland as a backdrop, deserve a star, no questions asked.
The Mother of the Brontës just suffers from Manzoni's curse: the first few pages of a novel are eye watering, but if you can get past them, it’s all smooth sailing. Scratch that, it’s captivating.
Let me say right from the start that this book is amazing. Its main feature is the obvious amount of research Turnbull put into it, something I’m grateful for. It allowed me to learn more about the House of Romanov and the early ‘900–from an unique standpoint.
So, I don't really agree with the 'hilarious' take everyone seems to label SIster Agatha with. It's not because you have an unfunny book in your hands--far from it! Sister Agatha is an entertaining novel, and humorous parts are def present; it's just not a guffwaf-inducing story, since the merry tone is a bit more subdued that I thought before starting it. If you ask me, it's a feature rather than a bug
Interesting work, but it could have been so much better! The first section is informative enough and I like all the details Haartz providesa her reader: I never had the chance to delve deep into religious topics before, so I latched onto Brazen with enthusiasm.
Konstantina P’s last book has been a wild ride: the plot is intricate yet captivating from the start, ripe with beloved red herrings. Tricking me is hard, and yet Konstantina P. managed to do it twice. Well done!