Rosie’s Avid Readers #RBRT The Gallows Curse by Karen Maitland #bookblogger

Rosie's Avid Readers

Rosie’s Avid readers are people who like reading and have a book to tell us about, they are the voice of a friend who says ” I just read this book….”

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Avid reader’s thoughts

With the recent 800 year anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, this book is ideal as it is set in the time of King John.  An in depth insight into 13th century life from the nobles to the villains. Scheming, herbalists & superstition.  Far surpasses any modern `Who Dunnit`

Book Description

Set in the reign of King John, when the whole of England was under sentence of excommunication (among other issues, King John wouldn’t accept the Pope’s choice of Archbishop). Can you imagine the chaos – all the churches closed, King John in retaliation arresting every priest who hadn’t fled and the people terrified of dying in sin without the last rites? No burials were permitted on consecrated land, no marriages were conducted, no babies baptized. But I don’t want to reveal much more, except to say the plot involves people-trafficking, murder and, oh yes… a very feisty dwarf and a eunuch with a hunger for revenge.

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Good Deeds Year 2, Week 8

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year.

New Good DeedsDuring my week I’ll also being updating you on My Kindness Challenge which I’m also doing. I read about a new challenge to make the world a better place to live in. “Speak Kind Words, Receive Kind Echoes” see the inspiration on  The Kindness blog . During my learning process I’m donating money to charity for my slip-ups to make me work harder to achieve results. I earn no money from any of my book reviews, so having little to spare should focus my mind.

This week I’ve been doing the following;

June 8th – Am reading an ARC of Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby. Downloaded and promoted The Silence of Juliet Mann by Joanne Phillips a 45 page novelette with all profits going to The British Stammering Association.

June 9th – My morning of volunteering at school ticks of my Good Deed today. My name’s down to provide the  cricket teas this evening too. It tried very hard to rain but the cricket played on, picked up litter and did extra tidying in the clubhouse kitchen while I did the teas.

June 10th – A work morning. Such a lovely sunny day that I spontaneously stopped off on the way home at a countryside site and walked to Odiham castle. It was from here that King John road to Runnymead to sign the famous Magna Carta. Now just a flint ruin it is preserved for those like me who wonder at what it’s seen in the 800 years it’s been standing there. Picked up litter on my walk, I circled round along the Basingstoke canal watching dragonflies dancing round the reeds and crossed the field to the river Whitewater where there is a ford across a small road.

For everyone still at a complete loss as to the rules and language of cricket I’ve found a site and a book written by Mums which explains it all. All about Boys have written a book called “Stumped By Cricket – A mother’s translation” available for Uk and overseas deliveries.

June 11th – Just small good deeds today. Helped out a fellow author with a bit of advice this morning, agreed to read and review another book and of course there was my book review post and all my social media sharing.

June 12th – Today I sponsored some friends who are running a Race for Life in aid of Breast Cancer. My friend survived her own battle with the disease and now runs in aid of others. Finished reading two books today Some People Prefer Hotels, Motorhome Novices Tour Cornwall by Nigel R. Hicks and The Silence of Juliet Mann by Joanne Phillips

Good deeds received; My friend dropped the oldest child home after the college bus broke down in town.

June 13th – A lovely ending to another glorious summer day. The village cricket green is awash with families all enjoying the sun while the lads play cricket. Shared my food and comfy cushion with friends but fell off the kindness wagon, so must donate to my charity pot. Drafted up my book reviews for the August editions of the magazine’s I write for as copy deadlines are near due to the upcoming summer holidays.

June 14th – Finished reading Dispassionate Lies by Eileen Schuh and began reading The Mystery Box by Eva Pohler. My book post today was for a lovely group of ladies who put together over 50 short stories, Flash Fiction and Drabbles, well worth a read, here is the link to “Suppose” http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5cw

A Raucous Time by Julia Hughes

A Raucous Time (The Celtic Cousins' Adventures)A Raucous Time by Julia Hughes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a brilliant tale set around King John’s lost treasure and including links with King Arthur and Tintagel. Two boys are on the trail of the treasure, but there are plenty of others after both the boys and the treasure too. Who can they trust? Julia weaves a tale which hooks you and gets you urging the boys on in their search.

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