Friday 21 May 2010

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB at You Should Be Reading and you can find it here. MizB does a fantastic job with this meme every week, so do pop over and pay her a visit.

It feels like ages since I last joined in with this meme. So I am glad to be back finding lush books to show you.

1) Well Wished by Franny Billingsley

I found this book over at Christina's blog Reading Through The Night.
Christina absolutely loved this fairytale and it left her craving for more from the author.

Here is the blurb from Franny Billingsley's own site.

In the village of Bishop Mayne is a magical Wishing Well where a person may make one wish in a lifetime. But the Well can create problems for those who use its power, for wishes often go wrong. It was just such a wish that took all the children in the town away. Only eleven-year-old Nuria, who lives with her grandfather up on the mountain, remains.Then one child returns-Catty Winter. Catty's legs are mysteriously crippled, and Catty desperately wants Nuria to make a wish so she can walk again. Nuria swears she will make the wish for her friend. But the Well has a mind of its own. What if Nuria's wish goes wrong?

2) Firefly Rain by Richard Dansky

I found this book over at Missy's Book Nook. She described this as a Southern Gothic thriller, which had my attention straight away.

Here is the blurb from Amazon.

A riveting supernatural mystery like you've never read before.The prodigal son leaves the big city to return to his dearly departed parent's house in North Carolina only to find, now that he's home, that something is trying to make damn sure he stays there--even if it means burying him out back. In a small town with dark secrets, one man struggles to find a way out before the spirit of the town can find a way in.

3) The Ice Princess by Camilla Leckburg

I discovered this book over at Diane's blog Bibliophile by the Sea and it was part of her Waiting On Wednesday post.

This author has been compared to Agatha Christie, and although crime fiction is not normally my thing, I just love the idea behind this one.

Here is the blurb from Amazon.
For the first time in English, the psychological thriller debut of No 1 bestselling Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg. Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice-cold bath, it seems, at first, that she has taken her own life. Erica conceives a memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will help to overcome her writer's block as well as answer questions about their own past. While her interest grows to an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case. But it is only when they start working together that the truth begins to emerge about this small town with a deeply disturbing past!

4) Foreign Correspondence by Geraldine Brooks.

I read one of her fiction books last year called Year of Wonder which I really enjoyed, but I had no idea that Brooks also wrote non fiction books until I discovered this one over at Iliana's blog Bookgirl's Nightstand.

Here is the blurb form Geraldine Brooks own website.

As a young girl in a suburban neighborhood of Sydney, Australia, Geraldine Brooks longed to discover the places where history happens and culture comes from, so she enlisted pen pals who offered her a window on adolescence in the Middle East, Europe, and America.
Twenty years later Brooks, an award-winning foreign correspondent, embarked on a human treasure hunt to find her pen friends. She found men and women whose lives had been shaped by war and hatred, by fame and notoriety, and by the ravages of mental illness. Intimate, moving, and often humorous, Foreign Correspondence speaks to the unquiet heart of every girl who has ever yearned to become a woman of the world.

So there are my Friday Finds this week. What did you find?


  1. These all sound really good but in particular I love the sound of Firefly Rain. So much so I went straight and ordered it before I remembered to come back and comment ;)

  2. Foreign Correspondence sounds like a good book. I haven't read any of hers yet, but have a few in the pile. I really should try one soon!

  3. I've been looking for a copy of Foreign Correspondence ever since my book club heard Brooks speak last fall! I enjoyed both Years of Wonders and Nine Parts of Desire (nonfiction) very much.

  4. Some great finds this week. Is it just me though or is the cover of Well Wished extremely creepy?

  5. I bet Foreign Correspondence is great!

  6. I have to check that last book, I have read one by her and liked it

  7. Vivienne, I don't judge books by their covers but, wow, these all look great!

    I read a different book by Geraldine Brooks about the plague which was incredible. I hope you enjoy this one.

  8. You always find the best books. I like the cover on Well Wished. They all sound good.

  9. I haven't found anything but the books you just described in this post! Oh I hope my library has them!

  10. I'm dying to read Billingsley as well!

  11. These all sound like fantastic finds! Especially the last one. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Firefly Rain has a terrific looking cover. I might just have to get this one. Thanks Viv.

  13. They all sound good. Love the cover of Well Wished.

  14. These all sound so lovely...Firefly Rain really haunts me, though. I'm adding it to my list.

  15. i had a modest week--only took out a few audio books from the library for my school trip to niagara falls this week. foreign correspondence looks great--i love the cover. :)

    nat @book, line, and sinker

  16. I loved Year of Wonders too! I hope you'll enjoy Foreign Correspondence whenever you get to it. I can't believe I missed Diane's post on The Ice Princess. That sounds like something totally up my alley :)


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