This series is an adaptation of something I saw on Twitter – people were posting 26 books in 26 days, each title beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. However, I’m planning on taking around 26 months to get to Z. Each month I’ll post a newish book I’ve enjoyed, plus a children’s book and an older book.
An emotionally gripping story of love and forgiveness
Six-year-old Karla longs for her dead mother. Anna struggles with her husband’s deception, and Jonas mourns the death of his wife. Together they battle the demons of their past.
Three people with a troubled past meet in Zurich, Switzerland. While caring for and teaching little Karla, who promises to be a talented painter, Anna and Jonas fall in love, but sinister events in their past threaten their budding romance.
An Uncommon Family is a story about loss, lies and betrayal, but also about the healing power of love and art. It takes place in Switzerland, New York City, and Guadalajara, Mexico.
I always look forward to meeting Swiss-American Christa Polkinhorn in Zurich when she’s home for a few weeks. Her book gives a real flavour of the city, and An Uncommon Family is a lovely story.
Step into a world of enchanted forests and magical creatures, where every page takes the reader on a wondrous journey.
Incredible realms await, with unicorns, fairies, mermaids, and dragons, and so much more. Together with beautiful illustrations, this collection of short stories and poems will capture the hearts of children of all ages and transport them on a magical adventure.
A fairy stuck in a wishing well. A mermaid who can’t swim. A girl who doesn’t know she’s a witch. A mystical portal that leads to another land. These are just some of the enchanting tales that will spark every child’s imagination.
I read this book as an ARC last year – wish it had been around when my children were small! Sarah Northwood and Julia Clements have a wonderful website, too, with puzzles and downloadable pictures to colour in.
A gorgeously hopeful book
When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other.
He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else’s life.
Harold Fry is the most ordinary of men. He just might be a hero for us all.
I loved Harold Fry when I read this several years ago now – he’s such an unlikely hero, and I agree with The Times – the book’s impossible to put down.
Next time, it’s the ‘V’ books. Not the easiest letter, especially as I’ve made it a rule to include only books I’ve read anyway, and not buy them especially for this series. But there’s a cunning plan…