The best book soundtracks begin with ABBA


I have a very, very deep love for ABBA. I won’t try to explain it because if you’re not an ABBA fan, you’ll never understand (and why waste my time when I could be singing along to excellent tracks such as Bang a Boomerang?).

I’m not sure if I’m doing this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic right, but I figure if Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid can pose for a photo in tin foil, then anything goes. So, I’ve taken ten ABBA songs and matched them (very loosely) with ten books.

1. My Love, My LifeWilful Disregard by Lena Andersson Continue reading

‘The Darlings’ by Cristina Alger

I was totally wooed by the cover of The Darlings, the debut novel by lawyer-turned-author, Cristina Alger – refined, cool New York at its very best.

The Darlings is described as a ‘sophisticated page-turner’ – a new genre perhaps? It could also be described as a financial thriller, although that doesn’t do much to sell the book, does it?! It’s much more glamorous than that.

The story is about a wealthy New York family, the Darlings, who are embroiled in a financial scandal with enormous consequences. The story is told from various points-of-view, including billionaire financier and patriarch, Carter Darling, his daughter, Merrill and his son-in-law, Paul Ross. Since joining the Darling family, Paul has grown accustomed to New York society and all of its luxuries: a Park Avenue apartment, weekends in the Hamptons, bespoke suits. But a tragic event catapults the family into the legal and media spotlight and suddenly Paul must decide where his loyalties lie – will he save himself while betraying his wife and in-laws or protect the family business at all costs?

“Paul firmly believed, or he had up until then, that the only way to be a part of a family as powerful as the Darlings was never to take anything from them. Otherwise, they owned you.” Continue reading