Friday 26 August 2011

Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge

If you're in the UK or the EU, there's a great reading challenge offered by Transworld Book Group where you get to read and review four free books, out of a choice of twelve.   You don't even need to be a blogger, you can post your reviews on Amazon instead.  All you need to do is leave a comment by following the link below and away you go.

 I signed up and received my first book (The Sandalwood Tree) in the post this morning.  I can't wait to start reading it! My selections (summaries from Transworld):

The Sandalwood Tree by Ellie Newmark
It is 1947, and Evie and Martin Mitchell have just arrived in the Indian village of Masoorla with their five-year-old son. But cracks soon appear in their marriage as Evie struggles to adapt to her new life, and Martin fails to bury unbearable wartime memories.

When Evie finds a collection of letters, concealed deep in the brickwork of their rented bungalow, so begins an investigation that consumes her, allowing her to escape to another world, a hundred years earlier, and to the extraordinary friendship of two very different young women.

And as Evie’s fascination with her Victorian discoveries deepens, she unearths powerful secrets. But at what cost to her present, already fragile existence?

Crippen by John Boyne
July 1910: The grisly remains of Cora Crippen, music hall singer and wife of Dr Hawley Crippen, are discovered in the cellar of 39 Hilldrop Crescent, Camden. But the Doctor and his mistress, Ethel Le Neve, have vanished, much to the frustration of Scotland Yard and the outrage of a horrified London.

Across the Channel in Antwerp, the SS Montrose sets sail on its two week voyage to Canada. Amongst its passengers are the overbearing Antonia Drake and her daughter Victoria, who is hell-bent on romance, the enigmatic Mathieu Zela and the modest Martha Hayes. Also on board are the unassuming Mr John Robinson and his seventeen-year-old son Edmund. But all is not as it seems…

The Obscure Logic of the Heart by Priya Basil
In a bustling London cafĂ©, Anil, now a famous architect, sits waiting for Lina. It is years since he last laid eyes on her, the love of his life. Lina is running for the train – punctuality has never been her strength. After all this time she cannot be late to meet Anil.
Together, they think back to tragedies both personal and political, betrayals large and small. A past played out across three continents that house their rival worlds: Sikh and Muslim, wealthy and modest, liberal and orthodox, corrupt and moral….
Lina has one more revelation that must be shared with Anil. Might it unite them once and for all, or has it come too late?

The Secrets Between Us by Louise Douglas
A chance encounter: When Sarah meets dark, brooding Alex,she grasps his offer of a new life miles away from her own. They’ve both recently escaped broken relationships, and need to start again. Why not do it together?

A perfect life: But when Sarah gets to the tiny village of Burrington Stoke, something doesn’t add up. Alex’s beautiful wife Genevieve was charming, talented, and adored by all who knew her. And apparently, she and Alex had a successful marriage complete with a gorgeous son, Jamie. Why would Genevieve walk out on her perfect life? And why has no one heard from her since she did so?

A web of lies: Genevieve’s family and all her friends think that Alex knows more about her disappearance than he’s letting on. But Sarah’s fallen in love with him and just knows he couldn’t have anything to hide. Or could he?

Interested in joining?  Click the link below


  1. Glad to see someone else has joined!

    I loved The Sandalwood Tree - my review is up on my blog.

    I also picked the Louise Douglas book as well.

  2. Jo, it's a great challenge! Glad you enjoyed the Sandalwood Tree, I just have one review copy I need to read before it, then I can't wait to start it. What else did you choose?

  3. What great fun for those readers across the pond!
    I loved The Sandalwood Tree -- her writing is so evocative; how sad that she passed away this year.