My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – week 45 2018

A festive hello to you all! Visited a local garden centre this week and it was full on Christmas everywhere you looked there! Little too early for my liking to be discussing Christmas but it’s getting closer….. aarrggghhh!

On the book front things have been ticking along nicely!  Another 5 books finished, 3 books added from netgalley, only 1 in the post for review and I’m trying my best to catch up with reviews! Slowly but surely!

So here’s a look back at my week in bookish form!

BOOKS FINISHED

Domini Mortum by Paul Holbrook  – 4 stars

creepy and chilling! Loved it!

Rhapsody In Green by Charlotte Mendelson – 5 stars

 The perfect read for gardeners – old and new!

Tilly and the BookWanderers by Anna James – 3 stars

sweet and charming book for kids of all ages!

Attend by West Camel  – 4 stars

a wonderful blend of how life can be dark but magical

The Burning House by Neil Spring  – 4 stars

A dark but compulsive thriller that had me on the edge of my seat!

BOOKHAUL

The Coming of the Spirits by Rob Keeley – copy sent from the publisher

Have loved this series so  excited to see how it all ends!

The final book in the award-winning Spirits series. 

Sequel to High Spirits – Georgina Hawtrey-Woore Award winner 2018. 

Rob Keeley is back with the fifth and final instalment in his award-winning Spirits series. The series allows young people to learn more about other times, as well as the time in which they live.

“Nazis alone were dangerous enough, but Nazis with the powers of ghosts… of evil spirits…” 

Britain. The present day. The world we know. Ruled by the Nazis. 
Victorian England. Edward Fitzberranger is soon to become ill and die. But could there be another way? 
The Middle Ages. Sir Francis Fitzberranger is about to marry… but finds himself shifted in time. 

The barrier into the spirit world is finally breaking down and no one in the mortal world is safe. History must be set back on course and prophecies fulfilled. The Grand Defender is needed. 

As Ellie works with an underground resistance movement and with the spirit world too, she is about to discover her true destiny…

Netgalley

Went a little click crazy here this week and ended up with these 3 stunners!

Needlemouse by Jane O’Connor

Published by Ebury Press   Publication Date – June 2019

Time to come out of hibernation…

Sylvia Penton has been hibernating for years, it’s no wonder she’s a little prickly…

Sylvia lives alone, dedicating herself to her job at the local university. On weekends, she helps out at a local hedgehog sanctuary because it gives her something to talk about on Mondays – and it makes people think she’s nicer than she is.

Only Sylvia has a secret: she’s been in love with her boss, Professor Lomax, for over a decade now, and she’s sure he’s just waiting for the right time to leave his wife. Meanwhile she stores every crumb of his affection and covertly makes trouble for anyone she feels gets in his way.

But when a bright new PhD candidate catches the Professor’s eye, Sylvia’s dreams of the fairy tale ending she has craved for so long, are soon in tatters, driving her to increasingly desperate measures and an uncertain future.

Sylvia might have been sleep walking through her life but things are about to change now she’s woken up…

Happiness for Beginners by Carole Matthews

Published by Sphere – Publication Date – February 2019

Molly Baker is living her best life.

Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There’s Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup.

Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven’t thrived in mainstream education. It’s full on, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn’t fazed.

But Lucas is distant and soon Molly realises he might be more of a handful than she anticipated. And then there’s the added problem that his dad is distractingly handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to think of – could letting Lucas and Shelby in be a terrible mistake, or the start of something wonderful?

Feel-good, funny and an absolute must-read from the queen of romance Carole Matthews, Molly’s story will make your heart sing. New starts and second chances abound in Happiness for Beginners.

Dear Rosie Huges by  Melanie Hudson

published by HarperImpulse  Publication Date – February 2019

Jojo Moyes meets The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Societyin this powerfully moving novel!

The best friendships are worth fighting for…

It’s been fifteen years since Aggie’s friendship with Rosie Hughes ended abruptly. But now she’s heard from the village rumour mill that Rosie is off to war, she knows her best friend needs her more than ever – despite what’s happened between them in the past.

As Rosie faces a desert full of danger and Aggie falls further from the path to love she’ so wants, the two friends write each other letters.

The comfort in their shared words is an anchor to the life they knew before…and the only constant in a world as increasingly unpredictable as the wind.

CURRENTLY READING 

Flames by Robbie Arnott

The Lonely City by Olivia Laing

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All wrapped up! I hope your week has been as entertaining book wise as mine! Any recommendations happily received!

HAPPY READING!

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#BookReview Domini Mortum by Paul Holbrook

About the book

Paddington, London 1883

Samuel Weaver is a tabloid illustrator and reporter for The Illustrated Police News, whose sensationalist style makes him both popular with the public and hated by the authorities. Obsessed with an infamous murderer, Sibelius Darke, he will let nothing get in the way of finding the truth behind the stories.

Meanwhile another set of ghastly murders has begun, linked to Darke’s reign of terror six years earlier.

Perhaps Darke was not the terrifying killer that he was made out to be? Perhaps the real murderers are still at large in London society? And perhaps, in order to prove this, Samuel Weaver will pay the ultimate price for his obsession

Published by Unbound

Purchase Links

hive.co.uk

waterstones

unbound – ebook edition

MY REVIEW

I read this via The Pigeonhole app which made the reading experience even more interesting as you got to share your immediate thoughts daily with other readers and the author himself – and he seemed to enjoy the range of responses – mostly shock and horror! -that Domini Mortum brought out in us all!

I haven’t read Memento Mori – but will be rectifying that as soon as I can! – but I found the darkness of this story so instantly entrancing! There were many times I found myself not knowing where the story was going to lead to, a cast of characters who one minute you’re on their side, the next they betray you, and full of darkness in a grizzly murderous kind of way!

Sam Weaver is at the centre of the story. His talent is for drawing and he uses it to portray crime scenes for the local press. And the scenes he gets to witness never seem to turn his stomach, although they turned mine as a reader when described in this book! He becomes obsessed by these crimes that all seem to be linked, but is constantly met with people at the top trying to hush things up.

He meets some very interesting characters along the way – some help, many hinder his investigations – and you also get to find out more about Sam and his past proving that darkness can be found everywhere!!

I loved the ride that this book too me on and the shocking ending has left things nicely poised for more!

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#BookReview Rhapsody In Green by Charlotte Mendelson #nonfictionnovember

About the book

Gardening can be viewed as a largely pointless hobby, but the evangelical zeal and camaraderie it generates is unique. Charlotte Mendelson is perhaps unusually passionate about it. For despite her superficially normal existence, despite the fact that she has only six square metres of grotty urban soil and a few pots, she has a secret life. She is an extreme gardener, an obsessive, an addict. And like all addicts, she wants to spread the joy. Her garden may look like a nasty drunk old man’s mini-allotment, chaotic, virtually flowerless, with weird recycling and nowhere to sit. When honoured friends are shown it, they tend to laugh. However, it is actually a tiny jungle, a minuscule farm, a wildly uneconomical experiment in intensive edible cultivation, on which she grows a taste of perhaps a hundred kinds of delicious fruits and odd vegetables. It is a source of infinite happiness and deep peace. It looks completely bonkers. Arguably, it’s the most expensive, time-consuming, undecorative and self-indulgent way to grow a salad ever invented, but when tired or sad or cross it never fails to delight.

Published by Kyle Books

Purchase Links

hive.co.uk

waterstones

book depository

MY REVIEW

As a keen gardener myself, I adored this book!! I found myself on way too many occasions recognising my own irrational behaviours when it comes to the world of gardening and how a simple hobby transforms you into a raving maniac at times!

This is a real book for real gardeners! It understands the struggles and realities of gardening with restrictions of plot size, but never in your ambitions of just what you ‘think’ you can grow! And you really get the passion that the author feels for the subject as it takes you through so many topics – gardening catalogues, seed buying addiction, the hatred towards garden pests, the thrill of germination, gardening clothes – just to name a few! I think it’s one of those books I’ll be going back to over the years to feel that I’m not alone in my thoughts about gardening! How it can drive you to despair one minute, and then bring you so much joy the next!

Charlotte is a gardener who prefers to grow things to eat so it’s also fun to hear her thoughts on how she tries to plan ways of expanding her garden menu, and it’s also written with humour! It takes you through a year so points out the highs and lows of each season, the dreams and realities that each month brings and the never ending list of things to do!

And it was also nice to know that I’m not the only gardening who thinks certain ways about other gardens! As the author writes ‘ despite the chaos of my own garden, i feel entirely justified criticising everyone elses’!!! Yes to this!!!

So if you’re a gardener, or you know a gardener, then I’d highly recommend this book as you or they will ‘get it’!! The obsession, the erratic behaviour caring for your plants creates, the joy of compost and the art of plant watering!! It’s all there and I loved every page!

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#BookReview Christmas at Borteen Bay by Morton S Gray #PublicationDay

About the book

Christmas has a way of bringing family secrets to the surface …


Christmas is a bittersweet time for Pippa Freeman. There are good memories, of course – but some painful ones too.
Then her mother is implicated in a mysterious occurrence in their home town of Borteen, and Pippa wonders if she’ll ever experience a happy Christmas again – especially when a family secret is revealed.
But when police officer and old school friend Ethan Gibson offers his support, Pippa begins to realise that even though her life has been turned upside down, a happy and hopeful Christmas isn’t impossible …

Published by Choc Lit

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Apple Books

Kobo

Google Play

MY REVIEW

At only 171 pages long this sure does pack a lot in and will keep you gripped and entertained throughout.  Pippa Freeman has bad memories of Christmas and isn’t too excited by the upcoming festivities.  She helps run a guesthouse with her mum and when a tragedy strikes the community, it uncovers some family secrets that some hoped wouldn’t see the light of day.

Ethan is the local police officer and was at school with Pippa, and has harboured a crush on her for a number of years.  As he helps her deal with things she has seen and is dealing with, she begins to see him in a whole new light and their time spent together is very sweet and endearing.

When the truth comes out about the identity of the man on the beach, there’s a whole lot of emotion for Pippa to deal with and the support network she has is much needed!  There’s also time for old grudges to come back into focus and thankfully shows how the healing power of time can help people forgive and forget!

I found this to be a really enthralling read as there is so much going on.  It’s not your normal Christmas read – light and fluffy it is not! – but it features an idyllic seaside setting and shows the power of friends and family when times get tough.

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#CoverReveal The Final Reckoning by Margaret James @RubyFiction @majanovelist

COVER REVEAL

Hello! Extremely delighted today to be able to share this stunning new cover with you, courtesy of the team at Ruby Fiction and Margaret James herself.

Here’s a little blurb about the book to set the scene…..

What if you had to return to the place that made you fall apart?

When Lindsay Ellis was a teenager she witnessed the aftermath of a violent murder involving her lover’s father. The killer was never found.

Traumatised by what she saw, Lindsay had no choice but to leave her home village of Hartley Cross and its close-knit community behind.

Now, years later, she must face up to the terrible memories that still haunt her. But will confronting the past finally allow Lindsay to heal, or will her return to Hartley Cross unearth dangerous secrets and put the people she has come to care about most at risk?

The Final Reckoning is published by Ruby Fiction on 22nd January 2019 and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms.

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                       And so here it is!! The first look at The Final Reckoning cover! 😍

 

 

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What do we think then?! I know I love it and am already counting down the days until release date!!

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#CoverReveal The Rigel Affair by L M Hedrick #RachelsRandomResources

You know how much I love a Cover Reveal! Well I’m delighted to be able to share another one with you today! My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me be part of it all!!

The Rigel Affair

Abandoned by his part-Cherokee Ma, Charlie Kincaid escapes servitude with his uncle. He jumps a boxcar, accompanied by his schoolmate Roxy, who is escaping troubles of her own. Charlie becomes a US Navy Diver.

Mattie Blanc is from a genteel New Zealand family. But when her brother’s friend persuades her to take a ride, it all goes horribly wrong. Desperate, she flees her family’s stifling expectations for a new life in Auckland.

After the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Charlie sets sail for Auckland aboard the USS Rigel. And there she is, the girl of his dreams. Mattie is everything that Roxy isn’t—sophisticated, tender, and patient. But the war intervenes… Rigel embarks for the Pacific war zones.

Charlie’s letters are sporadic. Mattie is tormented by doubts; did he truly love her, or was it only a dream?

If readers purchase The Rigel Affair prior to the publication date of December 27, 2018, through the BRW Link below, they may use the promo code: PREORDER2018 to receive a 15% discount.

http://www.blackrosewriting.com/historical-fiction/therigelaffair

Or available at full price for pre-order at:

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

About the Author

Lynette grew up listening to her mother Mattie’s stories about her WW2 love for US Navy Diver Charlie. She used Mattie’s 30 letters from Charlie, and together with her insightful editor/advisor husband, Bud, they completed extensive research to give reality to The Rigel Affair. Lynette has published multiple short stories for NZ magazines. Both Lynette and Bud have completed numerous Creative Writing courses at Auckland University. Lynette is an accomplished expressionist Artist, with works sold internationally.

Social Media Links

Website: https://lmhedrick.com/

Website Blog: https://lmhedrick.com/category/blog/

 Twitter page: https://twitter.com/lmhedrick

Author Blog: https://lmhedrick.com/category/blog/

 Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lmhedrick/

 Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/lmhedrick/

 Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.nz/lynette5567/pins/

 Google Plus Page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101171457191732133324?tab=wX

And now to the reveal!

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#Unboxing Reading In Heels Subscription Box – November

Time to look away if you’re subscribed to the fabulous Reading In Heels as I just received their November box full of more treats!

So here’s a look at what I’ve got to enjoy this month!

Nemi Chai Tea

 A London based company @nemiteas

Honeyrose Bakery Brownie – @HoneyroseBakery

Yum, Yum and Yum again! This may have already been scoffed!!

Korres Bergamot and Jasmine Body Milk – @KORRESuk

This smells amazing and I can’t wait to use it!

Bespoke Postcards

 These are fabulous with literary quotes on them!

 

And the book for this month is

States of Passion by Nihad Sirees

‘Captivating’ – Observer

The world is so strange, The strangest things are the stories you overhear.

When a hapless bureaucrat finds himself stranded in the countryside during a raging storm, he seeks refuge in a grand yet isolated mansion, inhabited by only an elderly gentleman and his unwelcoming servant.

The tale of family secrets he encounters while sheltering there begins with a faded photograph in yellowed newspaper, of a beautiful woman stepping off a train at Aleppo station many years ago. It transports him to Syria’s golden age, to the heart of the mysterious, unconventional banat al-ishreh – the infamous women who live, dance and play music together – and into a tangled web of forbidden love.

States of Passion is a beautifully spun, playful novel about what it means to live within a memory of the past – and about the many faces of a city that might have been.

Sounds just like my kind of book! Have you read it? Interested to hear from people who have!

HAPPY READING!