*Praise for The Keeper of Lost Things*
A charming story of fresh starts and self-discovery that warms the cockles.
Psychological realism, whimsy and magic are a winning combination in this quirky, exquisitely crafted novel... It's a charming read, perfect for the holidays: you will want to share it when you get home.
Hogan's touching, funny and romantic debut is that rare and precious thing: a real story with brilliant characters.
This mystical and spiritual tale is a joyous read that will broaden your imagination and warm your heart.
*Praise for Madame Burova*
Ruth Hogan is the queen of uplifting fiction and Madame Burova reminds us why. Each character is lovingly crafted, their stories beautifully and heartbreakingly woven into something magical. The writing crackles with humour and warmth whilst not being afraid to tackle the harsh realities of racism in the 1970s. It's the kind of story you want to devour greedily but then feel bereft that you won't get to spend more time with Imelda, Cillian, Billie, Treasure, and all the other glorious characters. I can't imagine a better book in which to lose yourself at the moment. Stunning, immersive and absolutely wonderful.
Woke up early to finish this breathtakingly beautiful story. Ruth Hogan's Madame Burova is absolutely wonderful.
A triumph! It's moving and entertaining and packed with surprises... When I look into my crystal ball I predict it's going to be a MASSIVE hit!
Packed full of twists, turns and a wonderfully drawn cast of characters you won't forget, Madame Burova is a supremely uplifting tale of secrets, love and identity all written with Hogan's trademark warmth and humour. An absolute gem.
Hogan loves offbeat and marginalised characters and so it's a typically kooky cast of seafront regulars: 1970s entertainers, Romany cardreaders and various rescue dogs who help Billie crack the mystery of her past. The 'Queen of Uplit' returns brilliantly to form with this gloriously good-natured novel.
Blooming with wonderful, vibrant and charismatic characters.
A joyful novel filled with warmth and wisdom.
Hogan doesn't hold back with her raw portrayal of the 1970s society arguably full of discrimination. She creates authenticity by learning how to read the tarot cards herself, taking heed from a real life medium. Clever plotting, characters that speak from the heart and an inquisitive subject make this the perfect staycation read. Ultimately a love story from the queen of up lit. Grab a deckchair and read away...
This is a delightful, uplifting and charming novel, full of wisdom and fun. Fans of Ruth's previous novels...will love it.
I loved discovering Brighton through the eyes of Billie and Imelda in Madame Burova. Ruth Hogan's beautiful characters stay with me and remind me of the importance of families - those we're born with and those dear friends who are our chosen family. An uplifting, shimmering novel.
This is a novel that fascinates throughout its length. It's a novel that holds mysticism, accidental and deliberate secrets, and unrequited and lost love within Ruth Hogan's very able grasp. She has woven together many strands of storylines within a juxtaposition of time frames that she's fitted exquisitely together. She has created characters from different cultures and stations in society and melded them to form a very satisfying read. The Madame Burova of the title is an especially vivid portrayal of a woman who, because of her Romany roots and fortune-telling gifts, will always stand slightly outside the conventional normality of everyday life. It's mainly through her viewpoint that this story is told and it's told with humour and sadness and an understanding of the human condition.