February may be a short month but it's been a good month for reading, I've read six books in total.
Liberty Silk by Kate Beaufoy was one of the Twelve Days of Christmas gifts which was sent to me by Lisa from Jumble and Jelly. The story follows three different women from 1919 through to 1965 in Paris, Hollywood and London. It was a brilliant story and I really enjoyed reading this book. I found myself going off to bed a little bit earlier whilst I was reading it just so that I could read an extra chapter before falling asleep. I'm sure that many of you would enjoy it too.
My Agatha Christie read this month was Murder on the Orient Express. This must be her most famous murder mystery and one of my favourites so far. It's another crime which is solved by the little Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and if you haven't read any of Agatha Christie's books but you fancy giving them a go, I can fully recommend this one.
I've read Jennifer Worth's (of Call the Midwife fame) first three books about her time delivering babies in the East End of London so I thought I'd read In the Midst of Life which is about her experiences as a nurse and ward sister, treating patients who were nearing the end of their lives. I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first three, she does write about personal experiences like she did in the others but there's also a lot of information about procedures and the author's opinions of death which I found rather boring. I can highly recommend the first three books but I wouldn't particularly encourage anyone to read this one.
I remember Lynda Bellingham taking the part of James Herriot's wife in All Creatures Great and Small and also from the Oxo adverts. It was very sad last year when she passed away, she'd been fighting bowel cancer. I used to read quite a lot of biographies and autobiographies, I don't read so many these days but Lynda's book, There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You, which she wrote whilst fighting the disease interested me because she was suffering from the same type of cancer I had sixteen years ago. I'm sorry to say that I found most of the book quite boring, the parts where she wrote about her illness were fewer than I expected and the rest of the book was padded out with stories about her career. There was a lot of name dropping and I hadn't even heard of most of the people she mentioned, producers and the like. I'm afraid this book wasn't really for me.
I think the idea behind Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey is very clever. Maud is suffering from dementia but she's sure that her friend, Elizabeth, is missing and she's determined to find out what's happened to her. Running alongside the dementia storyline is a seventy year old mystery which everyone, except Maud, has forgotten about. I really enjoyed this book and can thoroughly recommend it.
You may remember that I bought The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin from a charity shop last month. It turned out that I'd already got the book waiting to be read on my Kindle. Oh well, I've passed the paperback copy on to my mum and made a list of all the books I'm waiting to read on my Kindle in my Filofax so that I've got it with me when I'm out and about. That's the only downside to a Kindle, I read lots of books on it which I think other people would enjoy but I can't pass them on to them. I thought this book was going to be a real tearjerker but it wasn't as sad as I expected. As you can guess from the title, Rabbit Hayes is dying so there's no surprise there. It actually wasn't Rabbit's story which kept me reading but that of her boyfriend, Johnny, as I wanted to know what had happened to him. It's a heartwarming story and one I'd recommend.
Quite a few books about death and dying this month, let's see if I can find something a bit cheerier in March.