Hello and Happy Saturday! It’s been a soggy old week here for us so my garden is now resembling a bog garden – now if it looked like this scene I stumbled on on a walk locally recently I’d be ok with that! Was a lovely secluded flooded woodland!
Book wise things are going well! Another 5 books finished so I rewarded myself with a little look at Netgalley where 3 newbies took my eye! And I’m keeping up with my ‘no buy January’ so sorry to all the booksellers for not visiting your websites recently! I’m sure I’ll make it up to you later in the year!!
Here’s my look back..
HINTON HOLLOW DEATH TRIP by WILL CARVER (AUDIOBOOK) – 5 STARS
DAISY JONES & THE SIX by TAYLOR JENKINS REID (AUDIOBOOK) – 5 STARS
CROW COURT by ANDY CHARMAN – 5 STARS
SAD JANET by LUCIE BRITSCH – 5 STARS
ONE SECRET SUMMER by LESLEY LOKKO – 4 STARS
COMING HOME TO BRIGHTWATER BAY by HOLLY HEPBURN out January 21st
On paper, Merina Wilde has it all: a successful career writing the kind of romantic novels that make even the hardest hearts swoon, a perfect carousel of book launches and parties to keep her social life buzzing, and a childhood sweetheart who thinks she’s a goddess. But Merry has a secret: the magic has stopped flowing from her fingers. Try as she might, she can’t summon up the sparkle that makes her stories shine. And as her deadline whooshes by, her personal life falls apart too. Alex tells her he wants something other than the future she’d always imagined for them and Merry finds herself single for the first time since – well, ever.
Desperate to get her life back on track, Merry leaves London and escapes to the windswept Orkney Islands, locking herself away in a secluded clifftop cottage to try to heal her heart and rediscover her passion for writing. But can the beauty of the islands and the kindness of strangers help Merry to fool herself into believing in love again, if only long enough to finish her book? Or is it time for her to give up the career she’s always adored and find something new to set her soul alight?
THE END OF MEN by CHRISTINA SWEENEY-BAIRD
out February 23rd
Set in a world where a virus stalks our male population, The End of Men is an electrifying and unforgettable debut from a remarkable new talent that asks: what would our world truly look like without men?
Only men are affected by the virus; only women have the power to save us all.
The year is 2025, and a mysterious virus has broken out in Scotland–a lethal illness that seems to affect only men. When Dr. Amanda MacLean reports this phenomenon, she is dismissed as hysterical. By the time her warning is heeded, it is too late. The virus becomes a global pandemic–and a political one. The victims are all men. The world becomes alien–a women’s world.
What follows is the immersive account of the women who have been left to deal with the virus’s consequences, told through first-person narratives. Dr. MacLean; Catherine, a social historian determined to document the human stories behind the “male plague;” intelligence analyst Dawn, tasked with helping the government forge a new society; and Elizabeth, one of many scientists desperately working to develop a vaccine. Through these women and others, we see the uncountable ways the absence of men has changed society, from the personal–the loss of husbands and sons–to the political–the changes in the workforce, fertility and the meaning of family.
In The End of Men, Christina Sweeney-Baird creates an unforgettable tale of loss, resilience and hope.
PERIMENOPAUSE POWER by MAISIE HILL
out May 2021
From the author of Period Power comes the empowering guide to menopause that all women need, packed with advice on dealing with symptoms and understanding the most effective treatment options.
Three-quarters of women reaching menopause experience symptoms such as mood changes, insomnia, hot flushes, and night sweats, but there is little in the way of evidence-based information out there to help them presented in a way that’s engaging and helpful.
Perimenopause Power is here to change that: finally, this is a book for women experiencing perimenopause and menopause who want to understand what’s going on with their bodies and how to deal with troublesome symptoms, but also gain valuable insights into making menopause a positive and powerful experience–yes, it’s possible!
Perimenopause Power is a handbook that exudes calm positivity and makes sense of complex physiological processes in an easy-to-understand manner, helping women to understand what the hell’s going on with them and provide instruction on what can be done to improve their experience of the dreaded “change.”
Maisie Hill, the celebrated author of Period Power, delves into the science of menopause in an accessible way and provides a whole slew of tips to see women through the challenge of wildly fluctuating hormones. There is a glaring gap in the market for a well-researched, evidence-based book on menopause that empowers women to address their issues and have conversations with loved ones and their doctors.
WE BEGIN AT THE END by CHRIS WHITAKER – audiobook