Weekly Bookish Wrap Up!

The sun has got its’ hat on… hip hip hip hooray!!!  Anyone else moaning that it is too hot already?! Never happy are we!!   Still, the sunshine is doing wonders for my garden and also making me conserve energy by sitting down and reading more! And that is NEVER a bad thing!  So it has been a pretty successful reading week again and according to my GoodReads challenge I have now completed 79 books already this year – now ask me to tell you about them all and I can’t LOL!! Memory recall is not my strongest point so I am very grateful for this blog and GoodReads for at least trying to help jog my memory at times when I need to recall a book! How did we ever cope without it?!


A good total of 4 books fnished this week so click on the title if you would like to read my GoodReads review!

This Last Kiss by Madeleine Reiss

As original as One Day and as heartbreaking as Me Before You, This Last Kiss is the perfect emotional and romantic read.

Rora Raine is finally coming home to Hastings, twelve years after she left her grief-stricken father, and fled the love of her life, Carl.

Struggling to support her bright but troubled daughter, Rora has convinced herself she’ll never love again.

When she meets a bumblingly charming stranger, Rora’s heart begins to thaw.

But, try as she might, she can’t run from true love forever.

Funny, warm-hearted and soaringly romantic, This Last Kiss is the redemptive story of two star-crossed lovers, told through each and every kiss they share

The Cafe in Fir Tree Park by Katey Lovell

Maggie’s café is at the very heart of Fir Tree Park. Business is booming, her lemon drizzle is the stuff of legend, her children are happy and life is good. But she hasn’t had it easy. When her husband Clint was sent to prison, she had to raise Josh and Kelly alone. But Clint can’t hurt them now, and there’s no denying that Paolo, the Italian football coach she spies every weekend out on the green, is more than easy on the eye.

It may be summer outside, but a new arrival in Fir Tree Park sends an icy chill through the café…

Summer at the Little Wedding Shop by Jane Linfoot


The third book in the bestselling series, ‘The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea’.

When the owner of Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s cutest little wedding shop, offers Lily a job as their new wedding stylist, her first thought is – can she possibly pull it off?

Before she’s even sourced a fairy light or tasted a cupcake, Kip Penryn hires her services – but he’s opened an exclusive wedding venue in direct competition to her friend Poppy!

Lily feels like a traitor working for Kip, only everyone knows Penryn men are gorgeous but unreliable. All she has to do is sit back and watch him mess it up…doesn’t she?

Love is in the Cornish sea breeze this summer as the girls tackle their busiest wedding season yet. There’s plenty of bunting, bubbly and baking – but who is going to catch the bouquet?

My Summer of Magic Moments by Caroline Roberts


When a seaside escape spells a little romance . . .

A heartwarming tale that will sweep you away for the summer from the bestselling author of The Cosy Teashop in the Castle.

When Claire arrives for her cosy cottage retreat on the beautiful Northumberland coast, she prays that three weeks of blissful peace and summer sunshine will wash away the pain of the last year.

Claire’s a survivor – she’s proud of the scars that prove it – and she’s determined to make the most of each and every day, to seize those little magic moments that give life its colour.

Her plan for peaceful solitude goes awry when handsome, brooding Ed turns up in the cottage next door. The last thing Claire needs is the risk of getting hurt, but she soon discovers that Ed has emotional battle scars of his own.

Will he prove the worst distraction? Or might he be just the perfect remedy?

The sunshine may have made my brain a little romantic with my reading choices this week!! And still I’m waiting for Brad Pitt to swoop in and save me from all of this….. a girl can dream i guess!!


For the most part of the week I behaved myself!!  Hard to believe that I was being so controlled and thoughtful in my purchases of books – well that was until Thursday when I ventured in to a couple of charity shops that I’d not been in for a while – big mistake!!


But how could I resist?! Especially with the gorgeous orange penguin covers calling my name as I’ve recently started to see how many I can amass! This pile of 4 cost me £3 so i HAD to have them!!  And only 99p for His Bloody Project of which I have heard many good things – anyone read it? – so that was adopted by my good self too!

And then there was the bookpost which is always a wonderous thing!  I received The Mayfly by James Hazel from the fabulous Readers First people and this sounds super creepy and dark so right up my street!

It’s happening again.

A mutilated body discovered in the woods.
A murderous plan conceived in the past.
A reckoning seventy years in the making . . .

Charlie Priest, ex-detective inspector turned London lawyer, is hired by influential entrepreneur Kenneth Ellinder to investigate the murder of his son. But Priest is no ordinary lawyer. Brilliant, yet flawed, this case will push him, and those closest to him, to the edge.

Priest traces the evidence back to the desperate last days of the Second World War. Buried in the ashes of the Holocaust is a secret so deadly its poison threatens to destroy the very heart of the establishment.
With more victims going missing, Priest realises that not everyone should be trusted. As he races to uncover the truth, can he prevent history from repeating itself?

And then there is Broken Branches by M Jonathan Lee which I received today from the equally lovely Hideaway Fall folk, which is all about a family curse and sounds wonderfully intriguing! 


Family curses don’t exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don’t think so.’

A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.


Miss Jane by Brad Watson

The Running Hare by John-Lewis Stempel

The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

am listening to this via audiobook that I borrowed via the Borrowbox app from my library!

And another week is all nicely wrapped up! Any books amongst these that you’ve read? Or has grabbed your interest?!  Always interested to hear what is on your current reading pile so please share!!



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