3 July 2012


Do you have a favorite book?  One that you RE-read.

I have.  It’s called MIDNIGHT IS A LONELYPLACE by Barbara Erskine.  I’ve read it three times.

Why is this?  What is it about this particular book?  Can it be that good?  It is, as a matter of fact, but after a great deal of thought, I’m not sure that that’s the only reason I keep reading it.  I think it has something to do with where I was and what was happening when I first read it.

It’s a particularly spooking story and just one of the books I took on an ocean cruise.  The whole voyage had been rough but this night the waves lashed my window as the boat listed.  I didn’t expect this because my cabin was on the uppermost deck, supposedly, high above the ocean.  I’m not a good sailor.  I have a fear of sinking into the watery depths so this situation filled me with dread.

Luckily my coping mechanism kicked in.  I closed the curtains so I couldn’t see the waves hitting my window and started reading MIDNIGHT IS A LONELY PLACE.  Needless to say, what was going on outside added atmosphere to my read where, on a stormy night, Kate Kennedy, in her lonely cottage on the Essex coast, is terrorized by mysterious forces.

And, yes, I will be reading it again.

Do you have a favorite book?

by Barbara Erskine
After a broken love affair, biographer Kate Kennedy retires to a remote cottage on the wild Essex coast to work on her new book until her landlord's daughter uncovers a Roman site nearby and long-buried passions are unleashed! In her lonely cottage, Kate is terrorized by mysterious forces. What do these ghosts want? That the truth about the violent events of long ago be exposed or remain concealed? Kate must struggle for her life against earthbound spirits and ancient curses as hate, jealousy, revenge and passion do battle across the centuries.


  1. I do have a several favorites and I am always looking to add to the list. This one looks darn good, thanks for the recommend.

    1. Hi Brenda, and thank you for visiting. I hope you like this book. Barbara Erskine has so many good ones.

  2. Probably my absolute all time favourite is Flying Under Bridges by Sandy Toksvig but it's closely followed by many others, After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell and The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay are right up there too!
    I can't ever imagine re-reading a book, though. I think my TBR pile would get a bit grumpy if I did... I can see how you would, though. I do watch the odd film twice, as long as I have a big gap in between, and it's great when you see extra things second time around.
    Nice blog! Following now.

    1. Hi Jaxbee, Thank you for commenting and also for following.
      As they say, 'So many books, so little time.' And you're right, you do notices other things the second time around in books and movies.
      I must put The Power of One on my to read list.

  3. Isn't it great when you find a book you can read over and over again? :)

    1. It's like receiving a gift. Lovely to hear from you Kelly.