The idea behind the Classic Comfort posts is that each featured writer chooses a favourite title from the classics – we’ll define ‘classic’ as pre-1940 – and a favourite comfort read, a book they always return to, for whatever reasons. As third book in each post, we’ll have one by the writer.
This week, we have Terry Tyler, who has written over twenty books and who’s been on the blog before with her Project Renova series. Today, she’s here with two of her own favourite reads plus her latest release Where there’s Doubt, a sinister psychological drama about the dangers of internet dating. Over to Terry:
Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome
I love its light, conversational style, and the way the author digresses from the main account to relate interesting/funny anecdotes and theories; the dry wit is right up my street. Although this tale of three young wags on a boat trip down the Thames was written in late Victorian times, it’s still relatable even now. I love the language, the glimpse into the England of 140 years ago, the pondering about life and observations about people. Perfect.
Cashelmara by Susan Howatch
Epic tale about the wealthy de Salis family, set in early-mid 19th century London, Warwickshire, France and Ireland, which mirrors the lives of Edward I and II. This ticks a big ‘yes please’ box for me, because I love Plantagenet history. The story is told by six characters in turn, which is one of my favourite structures. The section set in Ireland, in the famine years, is the most memorable. It’s a story of hope, despair, determination, love and passion, good and evil.
Thank you, Terry! I have to confess I’d never heard of Cashelmara, but I’d lift it for the cover image alone. Stunning use of colour.
Terry’s new book Where there’s Doubt was published earlier this month, and as I thoroughly enjoyed the Project Renova series as well as several of her other books, I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this one too.
Here’s the blurb:
‘I can be anything you want me to be. Even if you don’t know you want it.’
Café owner Kate is mentally drained after a tough two years; all she wants from her online chess partner is entertainment on lonely evenings, and maybe a little virtual flirtation.
She is unaware that Nico Lewis is a highly intelligent con artist who, with an intricately spun web of lies about their emotional connection, will soon convince her that he is The One.
Neither does Kate know that his schemes involve women who seek love on dating sites, as well as his small publishing business. A host of excited authors believe Nico is about to make their dreams come true.
Terry Tyler’s twenty-fourth publication is a sinister psychological drama that highlights the dark side of internet dating—and the danger of ignoring the doubts of your subconscious.
Terry Tyler is the author of twenty-four books available from Amazon, the latest being Where There’s Doubt, about a romance scammer. She is currently at work on a second post-apocalyptic series, which will probably take the form of three novellas. Proud to be independently published, Terry is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team. She lives in the north east of England with her husband.
You can find out more about Terry on Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter etc by clicking HERE for her link tree.
Next month, we have crime fiction writer Clare Chase with her choice of books.
The blog is on holiday next week for Whitsun, but I’ll be back in two weeks with some book news – see you then!