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Journey into the past with The Rome Affair

This is my second Karen Swan novel. Last year, I read The Paris Secret, where she put passion into the Parisian landscape with élan. The timing was impeccable. Recently, having ventured on my own Parisian adventure, the beautiful prose of The Paris Secret brought me right back into those perfectly unforgettable moments. 

So, when PGC Books sent me an advanced copy of a new novel by the international best-selling author, I was alight with excitement. This time, it seemed that Karen Swan was ready to take me through the streets and piazzas of one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

The Rome Affair is charming. The glamorous capital of Italy is brought to startling life...it's exactly what I'd expect from Karen Swan. She does have a way of transporting you into a city, and embed you right into its culture and complexities. You are there. The streets seem familiar and the characters relatable (well, some at least). The countess in this novel reminds me of one of the elabora…

This book is making me fifty shades richer

Entertaining. Outlandish. A Guilty Pleasure.
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan is at it again, with his third instalment of the Crazy Rich Asians series, and it's everything you've come to expect in a Kevin Kwan novel. Lavish lifestyles complete with private jets, torrid affairs, family squabbles, and of course, inheritance woes. At the centre of it all, is Tyersall Park, a billion dollar estate on sixty-four prime acres in the heart of Singapore. 

The same old suspects are back in Kevin Kwan's third novel, Rich People Problems. Three prominent families - The Young, T'Sien & Shang clans - are back to claim their matriarch's massive fortune. Ah Ma is rich...super rich. Did I mention, she's the one who owns Tyersall Park? 

The book starts off with her suddenly falling ill, which mitigates some concern, but also inspires greed amongst all the relatives. Who's going to inherit Tyersall Park if something happens to Ah Ma? Nick Young, who has been est…

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

A vividly personal narration that toggles back and forth between two perspectives. Set in a travelling circus during World War II, The Orphan’s Tale is a story of two women with their own harrowing stories, who come together amid times of despair and bond a mutual friendship. It is a story of the struggles within Nazi occupation, but set in a world that we normally would not see. The same struggles entail, the same story of survival, yet the characters and the circumstances are uniquely different. 

Astrid is a circus aerialist who was married to a German, but forced to leave him because he was an officer of The Third Reich, and forbidden to have a Jewish wife. She returns to Darmstadt, and has an arrangement to join the circus as an aerialist on the road at least for a year. 

Noa is a teenage runaway with a baby. When the circus takes Noa and baby Theo in, Astrid is forced to teach her the aerialist act in six weeks, so that she can travel with the circus as a performer. It seems an im…