Hello!! Another week has flown by and the sun is out and it’s feeling like Summertime in Springtime today! Glorious! Even the butterflies are back out in the garden and enjoying life! I hope you are too!
Been a much quieter bookish week for me and I’m not entirely sure why! Everytime I’ve gone to sit and read this week I’ve felt fidgety and so haven’t read as much as normal, hence why only 2 books have been finished this week! They were both 5 star reads though to be fair so maybe I’m suffering a little book hangover from those! Need to snap out of it though as the books to review are still piling up on the shelves – just 2 from Netgalley this week (I’ve been quite good!) and 3 books in for review, alongside a signed edition I treated myself to!
So here’s a quick look back at my week!
Things In Jars by Jess Kidd – 5 stars
Out 4th April 2019
Loved it! So dark and beautifully written!
One of those WOW books!! Adored it from start to finish!
Starting with those from Netgalley
RACHEL’S PUDDING PANTRY by CAROLINE ROBERTS
publication date – 18th April 2019
Primrose Farm is Rachel’s very own slice of heaven. Come rain or shine there’s always a pot of tea brewing by the Aga, the delicious aroma of freshly baked puddings, and a chorus of happy memories drifting through the kitchen.
But the farm is in a spot of trouble. As the daffodils spring, Rachel must plant the seeds of change if she wants to keep the farm afloat, and it’s all resting on a crazy plan. She’ll need one family cook book, her Mum Jill’s baking magic – and a reason to avoid her distractingly gorgeous neighbour, Tom . . .
Swapping their wellies for aprons, can Rachel and Jill bake their way into a brighter future? The proof will be in the pudding!
THE BOOKSHOP OF THE BROKEN HEARTED by ROBERT HILLMAN
Publication Date – 11th July 2019
Tom Hope doesn’t chase rainbows. He does his best on the farm – he milks the cows, harvests the apples, looks after the sheep – but Tom’s been lonely since Trudy left, taking little Peter with her to go join the holy rollers.
Enter Hannah Babel, quixotic smalltown bookseller: the second Jew – and the most vivid person – Tom has ever met. When she asks him to help her build Australia’s most beautiful bookshop, Tom dares to believe they could make each other happy.
But it is 1968: twenty-four years since Hannah and her own little boy arrived at Auschwitz. Tom Hope is taking on a battle with heartbreak he can barely even begin to imagine.
CAPE MAY by CHIP CHEEK – copy for review
Out 30th April 2019
A mesmerizing debut novel by Chip Cheek, Cape May explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites.
Late September 1957. Henry and Effie, very young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey, for their honeymoon only to find the town is deserted. Feeling shy of each other and isolated, they decide to cut the trip short. But before they leave, they meet a glamorous set of people who sweep them up into their drama. Clara, a beautiful socialite who feels her youth slipping away; Max, a wealthy playboy and Clara’s lover; and Alma, Max’s aloof and mysterious half-sister, to whom Henry is irresistibly drawn.
The empty beach town becomes their playground, and as they sneak into abandoned summer homes, go sailing, walk naked under the stars, make love, and drink a great deal of gin, Henry and Effie slip from innocence into betrayal, with irrevocable consequences.
Erotic and moving, this is a novel about marriage, love and sexuality, and the lifelong repercussions that meeting a group of debauched cosmopolitans has on a new marriage
THE TRUE QUEEN by ZEN CHO – signed first edition from Goldsboro Books
IN TWO MINDS by ALIS HAWKINS – copy for review
Publication Date – 30th May 2019 from Dome Press
Harry Probert-Lloyd, a young barrister forced home from London by encroaching blindness, has begun work as the acting coroner of Teifi Valley with solicitor’s clerk John Davies as his assistant.
When a faceless body is found on an isolated beach, Harry must lead the inquest. But his dogged pursuit of the truth begins to ruffle feathers. Especially when he decided to work alongside a local doctor with a dubious reputation and experimental theories considered radical and dangerous. Refusing to accept easy answers might not only jeopardise Harry’s chance to be elected coroner permnantly but could, it seems implicate his own family in a crime.
A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD by C.A.FLETCHER – copy for Blog Tour
Publication Date – 25th April 2019
When a beloved family dog is stolen, her owner sets out on a life-changing journey through the ruins of our world to bring her back in this fiercely compelling tale of survival, courage, and hope. Perfect for readers of Station Eleven and The Girl With All the Gifts.
My name’s Griz. My childhood wasn’t like yours. I’ve never had friends, and in my whole life I’ve not met enough people to play a game of football.
My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.
Then the thief came.
There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you.
Because if we aren’t loyal to the things we love, what’s the point?
The Poison Bed by E.C.Fremantle – audio version from library/Borrowbox
How has your bookish week been? Any new books you’ve treated yourself to?! And how do you snap out of a book hangover?! All tips welcomed as it’s driving me nuts!