My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 10th February 2019

Hello! Happy Sunday!!  Time for me to share how my bookish week has looked – more for my benefit than anything else as I’m always losing track of what I’ve read, what’s new on my shelves and what I’m currently reading! Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels like that?!  If I can find an excuse to make a list – and buy another notebook! – then I will!

So it’s been a very good reading book and I have the crappy weather to thank for that, and reading multiple books at a time helps!  Managed to finish 7 books this week – astonishing! If only every week could be like that… it still wouldn’t make dent on the TBR pile I’m sure! 

And I’ve been fairly restrained on the NetGalley front with just 2 new additions, 2 new additions from the library and 2 books from publishers for review! That’s a lot of 2’s!!

BOOKS FINISHED

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – 5 stars

Excellent twisty and dark thriller

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella  – 3 stars

A fun, if a little infuriating, read!

The Potter’s Daughter by Jackie Ladbury – 4 stars

A lovely historical/romance read!

Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan – 4 stars

Another fabulous story from one of my favourite authors

Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce – 4 stars

Shocking and twisty thriller!

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle – 4 stars

Fab YA adventure with the next in the series out later this year!

Just For The Holidays by Sue Moorcroft  – 3 stars

A nice easy read! Perfect to escape the wintry weather!

BOOKHAUL

The Honey Bus by Meredith May via Netgalley

The Honey Bus: A Girl Raised by Bees is a memoir about a girl’s journey into the heart of a beehive to find herself.

When Meredith May is abandoned by both parents, she ends up learning life lessons about family, generosity and resilience from a rather unexpected source: the honeybees her grandfather keeps in Big Sur.

In a converted WWII military bus marooned in the backyard, Grandpa shows her the nuances of harvesting honey while the bees become a guiding force in her life, bonding her to the natural world and modeling a successful community that thrives on industry, democratic decision-making and loyalty.

The exquisite relationship between insect and girl becomes a sanctuary from her lonely childhood, but when her increasingly despondent mother turns violent, she must leave her grandfather’s side and strike out alone with only his hive lessons to help her.

THE LIGHT KEEPER by COLE MORETON via Netgalley

Sarah stands on the brink, arms open wide as if to let the wind carry her away.

Her husband Jack is desperate to find her before it is too late. But Sarah does not want to be found. She’s run away to be alone, to face a moment of truth that will mean life or death.

And there’s someone else seeking answers up here on the high cliffs where the seabirds soar . . . A man known only as the Keeper, living in an old lighthouse right on the cusp of a four hundred foot drop, who is discovering that sometimes love takes you to the edge.

‘Cole writes with human warmth and bittersweet emotion. I loved this.’ – Matt Haig, number one best-selling author of The Humans, Reasons To Stay Alive and Notes On A Nervous Plane

ENDLESS BEACH by JENNY COLGAN – from the library

Dreams start here… 

On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Summer Seaside Kitchen. It’s a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the cafe, feels safe and content – unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel, her gorgeous but emotionally (and physically) distant boyfriend.

While Flora is in turmoil about her relationship. her best friend Lorna is pining after the local doctor. Saif came to the island as a refugee, having lost all of his family. But he’s about to get some shocking news which will change everything for him.

As cold winter nights shift to long summer days, can Flora find her happy-ever-after with Joel?

THE HAUNTING OF HENRY TWIST by REBECCA F.JOHN – from the library

London, 1926: Henry Twist’s heavily pregnant wife leaves home to meet a friend. On the way, she is hit by a bus and killed, though miraculously, the baby survives. Henry is left with nothing but his new daughter – a single father in a world without single fathers. He hurries the baby home, terrified that she’ll be taken from him. Racked with guilt and fear, he stays away from prying eyes; walking her through the streets at night, under cover of darkness.

But one evening, a strange man materialises from the shadows and addresses Henry by name. The man says that he has lost his memory, but that his name is Jack. Henry is both afraid of and drawn to Jack, and the more time they spend together, the more Henry sees that this man has echoes of his dead wife. His mannerisms, some things he says … And so Henry wonders, has his wife returned to him? Has he conjured Jack himself from thin air? Or is he in the grip of a sophisticated con man? Who really sent him?

Set in a London recovering from the First World War, where life is enjoying a vibrancy again, The Haunting of Henry Twist is a novel about the limits and potential of love and of grief. It is about the lengths we will go to to hold on to what is precious to us, what we will forgive of those we love, and what we will sacrifice for the sake of our own happiness.

MR ONE NIGHT STAND by RACHAEL STEWART – from Mills & Boon. Out 21st February

One night only.

Just think of the possibilities…

The second she sees Mr. Oh-So-Delicious, Jennifer Hayes knows she needs one night of crazy. No names, no strings, no rules. Except that Jennifer’s naughty one-nighter is actually Marcus Wright—her new business partner! Now they’re mixing business with all kinds of pleasure. But when it comes to falling in love, her sexy Mr. Wright is either Mr. Wrong or the best mistake of her life…

THE FRIENDSHIP CURE by KATE LEAVER – from Duckworth . Out March 7th 2019

Our best friends, Twitter followers, gal-pals, bromances, Facebook friends, and long distance buddies define us in ways we rarely openly acknowledge. But as a society, we are simultaneously terrified of being alone and already desperately lonely. We move through life in packs and friendship circles and yet, in the most interconnected age, we are stuck in the greatest loneliness epidemic of our time. It’s killing us, making us miserable and causing a public health crisis. Increasingly, we don’t just die alone; we die because we are alone. What if meaningful friendships are the solution?

Journalist Kate Leaver believes that friendship is the essential cure for the modern malaise of solitude, ill health, and anxiety and that, if we only treated camaraderie as a social priority, it could affect everything from our physical health and emotional well being. Her much-anticipated manifesto, The Friendship Cure, looks at what friendship means, how it can survive, why we need it, and what we can do to get the most from it. Why do some friendships last a lifetime, while others are only temporary? How do you “break up” with a toxic friend? How do you make friends as an adult? Can men and women really be platonic? What are the curative qualities of friendship, and how we can deploy friendship to actually live longer, better lives?

From behavioral scientists to besties, Kate draws upon the extraordinary research from academics, scientists, and psychotherapists, and stories from friends of friends, strangers from the Internet, and her “squad” to get to the bottom of these and other facets of friendship. For readers of Susan Cain’s Quietand Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, The Friendship Cure is a fascinating blend of accessible “smart thinking,” investigative journalism, pop culture, and memoir for anyone trying to navigate this lonely world, written with the wit, charm, and bite of a fresh voice. 

CURRENTLY READING

Finding Joy by Morven-May MacCallum

Angel by Elizabeth Taylor

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And relax……so now it’s time to get back to the books!  Hope your week has been a good one and hope the week ahead is even better!

HAPPY READING

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – January 26th 2019

Hello bookish friends!!  Hope all is well in your world!  Feeling very sluggish here this past week and even the appearance of snow – well a few flakes fell but not enough to build a snowball let alone a snowman! – perked me up! Maybe the January blues are to blame – hurry up February if that is the case!

On to the books!  A slower pace of reading this week but still managed to get 3 books finished! And the ‘no buy’ January is still going extremely well with no new purchases of any kind all month!  Do I dare continue this into February?! Decisions Decisions!!

There have been new additions thanks to review copies and a visit or two to NetGalley! Ooh and a library haul for me this week too – hoping to try a few different kind of books out this way!

So here’s a look back at my week! Click on the titles for a link back to the GoodReads pages!

BOOKS READ

The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave – 5 stars

Loved this beautiful story

Something To Tell You by Lucy Diamond  – 3 stars

Another enjoyable story from one of my favourite authors – a bit more serious than some of her previous books though!

Magnolia House by Angela Barton  – 4 stars

Publication Date – 29th January 2019

Another absorbing story from Angela – full review to come on Tuesday!

NETGALLEY HAUL

Just the four (oops!)  new additions this week! I really should stop visiting the site for a while!

One Minute Later by Susan Lewis

Publication Date – 21st February 2019

It’s takes one minute to change everything…

Vivienne Shager has it all. A highflying job. A beautiful apartment. Friends whose lives are as perfect as her own. But on the afternoon of her 27th birthday, Vivi has a heart attack.

Now Vivi’s life shrinks back to how it begun, as she moves back to the small seaside town she grew up in. With her time running out, there is one thing she wants to know the truth about.

Some secrets are best left in the past…

Thirty years earlier, Shelley’s family home, Deerwood farm, bursts full of love and happiness. But one family member has hidden a secret for all these years. Until Vivi comes home demanding answers, and it takes just a moment to unravel the lie at their heart of their lives…

The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

Publication Date – 4th April 2019

What if you had a second chance at first love?Annika Rose likes being alone. She feels lost in social situations, saying the wrong thing or acting the wrong way. She just can’t read people. She prefers the quiet solitude of books or playing chess to being around others. Apart from Jonathan. She liked being around him, but she hasn’t seen him for ten years. Until now that is. And she’s not sure he’ll want to see her again after what happened all those years ago.Annika Rose likes being alone. Except that, actually, she doesn’t like being alone at all.

The Girl He Used to Know is an uplifting novel full of surprising revelations that keep you turning the page. Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Gail Honeyman, Jill Santopolo and Sliding Doors.

The Tragic Daughters of Charles I by Sarah-Beth Watkins

Publication Date – 26th April 2019

Mary, Elizabeth and Henrietta Anne, the daughters of King Charles I and his queen, Henrietta Maria, would be brought up against the background of the English Civil War. Mary would marry William, Prince of Orange, and be sent to live in the Netherlands. Elizabeth would remain in England under Parliamentary control. Henrietta Anne would escape to France and be the darling of the French Court. Yet none of the Stuart princesses would live to reach thirty. The Tragic Daughters of Charles I is their story.

Reasons to be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe

Publication Date – 28th March 2019

It is 1980. Lizzie Vogel is eighteen and about to learn some vital lessons about adult life:1. How to deal with your boss(when he is a racist, sexist, slightly incompetent dentist who is obsessed with joining the freemasons)2. How to live alone(when your first flat comes with the job but the boss insists on using your toilet)3. How to seduce your first boyfriend(when he might prefer birdwatching and you must wear socks and sandals due to a case of recurring athlete’s foot)Will Lizzie become an independent woman or will she be forced to return home to her alcoholic,novel-writing mother (which might actually be the better option after all)?


REVIEW COPIES

Finding Joy by Morven-May MacCallum

I would like to introduce myself, I feel it’s only fair. Only I know you so well now, you might get a scare. I know you know I’m in there, though I crept with greatest stealth: I am the hidden monster buried within yourself. Joyce is only sixteen when she’s torn from the life she loves. Two years pass, but Joyce, her family, and her best friend Logan, are no closer to learning what’s causing her dizzying array of symptoms. As Joyce tried to come to terms with her increasing limitations those around her struggle to understand what she is going through. Baffled and unsure, the doctors eventually diagnose Joyce with ME and CFS. But when Joyce and her family refuse to accept this diagnosis, her mental stability is called into question. Desperate for the truth and scared for Joyce’s life, their only hope lies in a private hospital where she is finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease. Can Joyce survive a treatment as brutal as her illness? Can she find her way in a world she no longer recognises?

Stalker by Lars Kepler – ahead of blog tour in February

The internationally bestselling authors of The Sandman and The Hypnotist return with a terrifying new thriller: Detective Joona Linna–recently returned from compassionate leave–reunites with hypnotist Erik Maria Bark in a search for a seemingly unassailable sadistic killer.

The Swedish National Crime Unit receives a video of a young woman in her home, clearly unaware that she’s being watched. Soon after the tape is received, the woman’s body is found horrifically mutilated. With the arrival of the next, similar video, the police understand that the killer is toying with them, warning of a new victim, knowing there’s nothing they can do. Detective Margot Silverman is put in charge of the investigation, and soon asks Detective Joona Linna for help. Linna, in turn, recruits Erik Maria Bark, the hypnotist and expert in trauma, with whom Linna’s worked before. Bark is leery of forcing people to give up their secrets. But this time, Bark is the one hiding things. 
Years before, he had put a man away for an eerily similar crime, and now he’s beginning to think that an innocent man may be behind bars–and a serial killer still on the loose. . .

LIBRARY HAUL

The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish

Welcome to Lime Park Road. A picture-perfect street with a secret at its heart.

When Joe and Christy Davenport step behind the Oxford Blue painted door of their ‘for ever’ home, they believe their dreams have come true.

Yet the boxes aren’t even unpacked before a series of events leads Christy to become obsessed with the previous occupant, the glamorous, enigmatic Amber Fraser, whose departure from Lime Park Road is shrouded in mystery.

What happened to her? And why are Joe and Christy’s attempts at friendship with neighbours met with an unnerving silence?

As Christy unravels the shocking truth about the Frasers and the place she now calls home, she discovers that behind the closed doors of even the most desirable postcodes, terrible secrets lurk.

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island, it begins to stir beneath his feet …

Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for Fionn’s grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new Keeper will rise.

But, deep underground, someone has been waiting for Fionn. As the battle to become the island’s next champion rages, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling an ancient war.

CURRENTLY READING

Mr Doubler Begins Again by Seni Glaister

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A productive week!  And hopefully an even more productive weekend ahead on the reading front as I think rain is forecast!

HAPPY READING!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – Week 34 2018

Hello!! Happy September!! How has that happened?! Spotted any Christmas decorations out and about yet?! A local garden centre has already opened their Christmas department…. so scary!!Been a lovely week which included a Bank Holiday here in the UK, and thankfully the weather was rather lovely so that meant I got to visit one of my favourite gardens at Ulting Wick, which was open for the NGS Open Garden scheme. Gorgeous gardens, tea and yummy cake (lemon & lavender!) …. that’s all I need for a happy day out!!

And on the book front things have picked up a little too after a slight dip last week! Managed to finish 3 books, had a little NetGalley clicking spree (oops!) and currently have 4 books on the go! Never a dull moment when there are books to be read!  So here’s a quick look back at my bookish week! Slightly behind on reviews so click on the titles for a link to the GoodReads blurbs!

BOOKS FINISHED 

The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech  – 5 stars

File this under books that made me cry! Beautiful!! Full review to follow on Blog Tour at the end of September!

Street Cat Blues by Alison O’Leary  – 4 stars

A crime solving cat with attitude! Such a fun read!

The Map Of Us by Jules Preston  – 4 stars

A quirky, original novel that I really enjoyed!

BOOKHAUL

Netgalley is evil and can never be ‘browsed’ unless you are under close supervision! Will I ever learn?! Nope!!

The Warning by Kathryn Croft

Publication Date – 12th October 2018

St Paul’s Labyrinth by Jeroem Windmeijer

Bird, Bath and Beyond by E.J Copperman

And I kept the postie happy (!) by only having 2 books delivered by snail mail this week

Killing Hapless Ally by Anna Vaught

This is the September choice for the Ninja BookBox Book Club

None So Blind by Alis Hawkins

publisher – The Dome Press

out 15th November 2018 

Received this from the publisher ahead of a Blog Tour

CURRENTLY READING

Baxter’s Requiem by Matthew Crow

Palladian by Elizabeth Taylor

 Folk by Zoe Gilbert  – audiobook

Daisy Belle by Caitlin Davies

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How has your bookish week looked?! Hope it has been a good one!

HAPPY READING!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – Week 25 2018

Hello!! Hope you are fine and dandy!!  Another week of hot and sunny weather here in the UK and it still feels very odd!! Where’s the rain?! The storms?!! Weather here isn’t supposed to be like this is it?! And there’s no sign of it coming to an end either so I’m looking forward to spotting more butterflies in the garden as they’ve been very few and far between so far!

And as it’s been too hot to do much, which means MORE READING time!! So another successful week with 6 books off the TBR pile  – but books have been making their way onto the shelves too so 7 new additions are now part of my book family!  Let’s see how I can get on in July as I try and buy less books…. wish me luck!!

So here’s a look back at my week! Click on the book titles for links to the GoodReads page for more info!

BOOKS FINISHED

Pretend I’m Dead by Jen Beagin  –  4 stars

This has been described as ‘Eleanor Oliphant on Acid’ – and I can see why! Enjoyed this funny, quirky tale!

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson  –  5 stars

 

I loved this magical story! Highly recommended!!

The Cafe at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke   –  5 stars 

 

Another fabulous read! Found myself laughing from page one at the antics and it was just a treat to read!

The Cottage on Sunshine Beach by Holly Martin  –  5 stars

This is book 2 in the series, but I’ve not read book 1 but loved this so will be going back to enjoy more! Such a summery treat full of wonderful characters!

The Windmill Cafe:Autumn Leaves by Poppy Blake

Enjoyed this although it wasn’t what I expected it to be! I have’t read book one in the series (this is number two!), but it was a good mix of romance and cosy crime!

The Cosy Seaside Chocolate Shop by Caroline Roberts  –  4 stars

Another book I’d not read the first in the series of, this made no difference to my enjoyment of this cosy story full of lovely characters and chocolate!! A great combination!

BOOK POST

A few books arrived this week for review ahead of Blog Tours I’m on in the coming weeks and then I found myself in The Works today just browsing…. and we all know how that ends! 

The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club by Katie May – the cute cover caught my eye!

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase – heard so many good things about this one!

The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George – I loved The Little Paris Bookshop so hope this is as good!

The Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain

I’m on the blog tour for this in July and as a Madonna fan myself I knew it was a book that might bring back some great memories for me!

Old Baggage by Lissa Evans

Have heard so many good things about this and I’ve been lucky enough to have been sent a copy for review so hoping to get reading this very soon!

What Was Lost by Jean Levy

Received this in the post from The Dome Press and the cover alone has me intrigued!!

Pretend I’m Dead by Jen Beagin

Received from OneWorld Publications

 

CURRENTLY READING

 

The Sing of the Shore by Lucy Wood

A short story collection.

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And we’re done for another week!! How has your reading week been? Good? Bad? Ugly?!   And if you have read any of the books that have come my way this week I’d love to hear your thoughts on which ones I should pick up first! I can sense another weekend of lots of reading time ahead by the looks of the weather forecast!!

HAPPY READING!!

My bookish weekly wrap up – week 15 2018

Hey! It’s hot!!!  The past couple of days here in south east england have been unseasonably warm so after weeks and months of being too cold, too wet, too grey – it’s now too blooming hot!!  But the garden has loved it and it just puts a smile on my face everytime I go out there!!

And if it’s too hot to do much, that means it is best to conserve energy and just READ!! So my reading  slump from last week is now over and I’m back up to having finished 5 books this week!  Way behind on reviews though now – oops – so need to focus on those over the weekend!!

And the postie has been busy again delivering lovely book shaped parcels my way and I may(!) have taken a sneaky peek at NetGalley – despite telling myself not to go there! – and added 2 more reads to my Kindle!

So here’s a quick little look at my bookish week….

BOOKS FINISHED

The Man on the Middle Floor by Elizabeth S.Moore     

This was a fascinating read that I raced through! Will post more thoughts here on the 29th April when I’m on the Blog Tour!

BLACK VIOLET by Alex Hyland

fun fast paced thriller and the start of an exciting new series!

THE MILLION DOLLAR DUCHESSES by JULIE FERRY

A really interesting look at how American society bought their way into the English aristocracy. Full review on the 4th May for the Blog Tour!

THE MAGIC OF RAMBLINGS by KATE FIELD

Loved this story of a woman finding happiness and herself at a crumbling mansion.  If you love Kate Morton books then you will love this!

THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS by JULIE NEWMAN

Don’t let the sweet cover fool you! I loved this!  Just when the story was going one way, BOOM, big twists that I didn’t see coming! Loved it!!

BOOKPOST

Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone

In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, in which a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery. On a clandestine trip to The Inch – the new volcanic island – to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body. Surtsey’s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done…

Kill The Angel by Sandrone Dazieri

When a high-speed train from Milan draws into the station in Rome with a carriage full of dead bodies, Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli, a fierce detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe of her own, is called to lead the investigation. After receiving a message claiming responsibility for the killings and announcing more murders to come, officers turn their attention to a small group of Islamic extremists.

But Dante Torre believes authorities are being misdirected. For him the Islamic link is a smokescreen concealing the actions of a killer who has been committing murders all over the world for years: a woman who calls herself Gilitinè, after the mythological Lithuanian goddess of death. After further carnage, Gilitinè’s murderous plans escalate to macabre heights, and only Dante and Colomba can stop her.

The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings   due out 17th May 2018

Cornwall, summer of 1986.

The Davenports, with their fast cars and glamorous clothes, living the dream in a breathtaking house overlooking the sea.
If only… thinks sixteen-year-old Tamsyn, her binoculars trained on the perfect family in their perfect home.
If only her life was as perfect as theirs.
If only Edie Davenport would be her friend.
If only she lived at The Cliff House…

Amanda Jennings weaves a haunting tale of obsession, loss and longing, set against the brooding North Cornish coastline, destined to stay with readers long after the final page is turned.

My Favourite People by Rob Keeley  due out 28th April 2018

IBooks

Amazon UK 

Rob Keeley’s first picture book!
A book for young children all about the importance of relationships.
Comes complete with suggested activities for bringing the book to life.

Illustrated by Simon Goodway.

My favourite people are…

all in this book. And I’m going to tell you all about them. You can meet my Auntie Meg and Uncle Steve, my best friend Alice, my favourite footballer and the band that’s going to save the world. Then I’ll tell you about a brilliant idea I’ve had…

Following his success as a writer of novels and short stories for older children – including the ongoing Spirits series, listed for the Bath Children’s Novel and Independent Author Book Awards – Rob Keeley makes his picture book debut with My Favourite People, a fun illustrated journey through childhood and the friends and family who make it possible. It’s an amusing and insightful look at the world around its central character, an excellent read-aloud or read-alone. It encourages young people to look at relationships and recognise their importance. It will appeal to girls and boys of lower primary age – and to parents and teachers reading the book aloud.

The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anna-Marie Crowhurst  due out 3rd May 2018

Born on the night of an ill-auguring comet just before Charles II’s Restoration, Ursula Flight has a difficult future written in the stars.

Against the custom of the age she begins an education with her father, who fosters in her a love of reading, writing and astrology.

Following a surprise meeting with an actress, Ursula yearns for the theatre and thus begins her quest to become a playwright despite scoundrels, bounders, bad luck and heartbreak.

The Old You by Louise Moss  – due out 15th May 2018

Nail-bitingly modern domestic noir
A tense, Hitchcockian psychological thriller
Louise Voss returns with her darkest, most chilling, novel yet…

Lynn Naismith gave up the job she loved when she married Ed, the love of her life, but it was worth it for the happy years they enjoyed together. Now, ten years on, Ed has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and things start to happen; things more sinister than missing keys and lost words. As some memories are forgotten, others, long buried, begin to surface… and Lynn’s perfect world begins to crumble.
But is it Ed s mind playing tricks, or hers…?

NETGALLEY HAUL!

Girl with Dove by Sally Bayley   due out 17th May 2018

Growing up in a dilapidated house by the sea where men were forbidden, Sally’s childhood world was filled with mystery and intrigue. Hippies trailed through the kitchen looking for God – their leader was Aunt Di, who ruled the house with charismatic force. When Sally’s baby brother vanishes from his pram, she becomes suspicious of the activities going on around her. What happened to Baby David and the woman called Poor Sue? And where did all the people singing and wailing prayers in the front room suddenly go?

Disappearing into a world of books and reading, Sally adopts the tried and tested methods of Miss Marple. Taking books for hints and clues, she turns herself into a reading detective. Her discovery of Jane Eyre marks the beginning of a vivid journey through Victorian literature where she also finds the kind, eccentric figure of Charles Dickens’ Betsey Trotwood. These characters soon become her heroines, acting as a part of an alternative family, offering humour and guidance during many difficult moments in Sally’s life.

Combining the voices of literary characters with those of her real-life counterparts, Girl With Dove reads as a magical series of strange encounters, climaxing with a comic performance of Shakespeare in the children’s home where Sally is eventually sent.

Weaving literary classics with a young girl’s coming of age story, this is a book that testifies to the transformative power of reading and the literary imagination. Mixing fairy tale, literary classics, nursery rhymes and folklore, it is the story of a child’s adventure in wonderland and search for truth in an adult world often cast in deep shadow.

The Poison Bed by E.C.Fremantle  due out 14th June 2018

Elizabeth Fremantle’s THE POISON BED is a chilling, noirish thriller ripped straight from the headlines.

A king, his lover and his lover’s wife. One is a killer.

In the autumn of 1615 scandal rocks the Jacobean court when a celebrated couple are imprisoned on suspicion of murder. She is young, captivating and from a notorious family. He is one of the richest and most powerful men in the kingdom.

Some believe she is innocent; others think her wicked or insane. He claims no knowledge of the murder. The king suspects them both, though it is his secret at stake.

Who is telling the truth? Who has the most to lose? And who is willing to commit murder?

CURRENTLY READING

click on the book title for the GoodReads page for more info!

The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness by Laura Kemp

Scoop of the Year by Tom Claver

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Not a bad little week then!  Got a pretty busy weekend ahead so not sure if next week will be as impressive!  

Enjoy the weather and enjoy your reading!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – Week 13 2018

Hello and Happy Easter from Archie the bunny and I!  I hope you are enjoying the holidays, eating lots of chocolate, hiding from the rain and reading lots of books!  Sounds like my plan for the next few days at least!

A pretty productive week on the book reading front – 4 books finished, one of which was an audiobook – so another little space has cleared on the bookshelves! And the postman has been much happier this week with very little bookpost – just the 2 added this week and I’ve avoided NetGalley and all those other wonderful/evil sites that normally tempt me! Wonder if I’ll weaken over the Easter holidays?!

BOOKS FINISHED

Too Close To Breathe by Olivia Kiernan –  4 stars

stunning crime thriller, publication date 5th April 2018

THE VICTORIAN CHAISE-LONGUE by Marghanita Laski –  4 stars

an intriguing little – just 99 pages – book about a woman who finds herself waking up in the body of someone else 90 years previous!

The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young  –  3 stars

listened to this on audiobook and it was a sweet listen, all about life on  a farm and the characters of the animals

Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart – 5 stars

Publication Date 7th June 2018

A wonderful tale from the author of  A Boy Made of Blocks, about the bond between a father and daughter facing an uncertain future.

BOOK POST

Just the two newbies this week from lovely publishers, ahead of a blog tour and publication date!

PAPER GHOSTS by Julia Heaberlin

publication date May 15th 2018

Carl Louis Feldman is an old man who was once a celebrated photographer.

That was before he was tried for the murder of a young woman and acquitted.

Before his admission to a care home for dementia

Now his daughter has come to see him, to take him on a trip.

Only she’s not his daughter and, if she has her way, he’s not coming back . . .

Because Carl’s past has finally caught up with him. The young woman driving the car is convinced her passenger is guilty, and that he’s killed other young women. Including her sister Rachel.

Now they’re following the trail of his photographs, his clues, his alleged crimes. To see if he remembers any of it. Confesses to any of it. To discover what really happened to Rachel.

Has Carl truly forgotten what he did or is he just pretending? Perhaps he’s guilty of nothing and she’s the liar.

Either way in driving him into the Texan wilderness she’s taking a terrible risk.

For if Carl really is a serial killer, she’s alone in the most dangerous place of all . . .

SCOOP OF THE YEAR by Tom Claver

 

Martin, a hapless journalist on a weekly financial magazine, sees his life take a nosedive with the arrival of Tom de Lacy, a well-heeled reporter who grabs the limelight, not to mention the well-paid industrial correspondent’s job that he has his eye on.

He does his level best to sabotage Tom’s career, only to see his rival land a plum job in television.

But watching his rival’s success while his life disintegrates makes Martin a desperate fellow. Falling on hard times can be murder, and in certain circumstances could even give rise to it.

So when Martin gets a scoop on a major corporate scandal, he just has to grab the opportunity with both hands. He sees it as not only his turn to shine, but his duty

 

CURRENTLY READING

Just one on the go at this moment as I’m in the process of ‘sorting’ the pile of books scattered around the house, and on the Kindle, to try and make it a little more organised!

The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans

Publication Date 5th April 2018

Tony and Althea Wilde. Glamorous, argumentative … adulterous to the core.

They were my parents, actors known by everyone. They gave our lives love and colour in a house by the sea – the house that sheltered my orphaned father when he was a boy.

But the summer Mads arrived changed everything. She too had been abandoned and my father understood why. We Wildflowers took her in.

My father was my hero, he gave us a golden childhood, but the past was always going to catch up with him … it comes for us all, sooner or later.

This is my story. I am Cordelia Wilde. A singer without a voice. A daughter without a father. Let me take you inside.

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Hope you have had a lovely reading week!

HAPPY READING!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up Week 9 March 2018

Hello all!! This has been the week of SNOWMAGGEDON!! The Beast From The East hit us here on the east coast of the UK quite bad so we’ve not ventured far at all this week!  Thankfully the local shops have kept us supplied with essentials so we’ve made it through ok! Archie the bunny had great fun playing in it though!

And what’s a girl to do when you’re stuck at home snowed in?! Yep, that’s right – read!!  I actually found my productivity levels decreased during the week – the snow made me sluggish!! That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!  Still managed to finish/read 4 books so very chuffed with that! Bookpost wise it was very slow as the posties didn’t make it here for a few days – even though the paperboy made it through everyday! – so there have just been a couple of additions to the bookshelves and the NetGalley shelf – oops!

BOOKS FINISHED

Operation Heartbreak by Duff Cooper  –  5 stars

Stunning little story from Persephone Books that had me shedding a tear or two!

THE THINGS WE LEARN WHEN WE’RE DEAD by CHARLIE LAIDLAW –  5 stars

Fabulous read that really had me thinking and gave me a new perspective on things

 

TWIN TRUTHS by SHELAN RODGER  –  5 stars

Another 5 star read this week! I have been spoilt!  Blog Tour coming up later this month! This was a stunning book about twins and some shocking revelations.

 

NO FOURTH RIVER by CHRISTINE CLAYFIELD  –  4 stars

A novel based on the real life story of the author – this was a shocking read of the life she suffered and how she overcame her awful treatment.

BOOKPOST/NETGALLEY HAUL

Two stunners through the letterbox this week and a couple of NetGalley adds to the already overstocked shelf!

CRAZY IN LOVE AT THE LONELY HEARTS BOOKSHOP by ANNIE DARLING

You can go crazy searching for the one…

Tattooed, pink-haired, Bettie Page lookalike Nina is addicted to bad boys. Like Heathcliff and Cathy, Nina firmly believes that true love only takes one form: wild, mad love, full of passion and fire and tempestuous arguments, and she won’t settle for anything less.

But years of swiping right has uncovered nothing but losers and flings, and Nina is no closer to finding her One True Love than she ever was. And when a man from her past walks into the shop Nina knows she has nothing to fear. The geekiest boy in her school has become a boring business analyst who’s welded to his iPad and with his navy blue suits and ginger hair, Noah has no chance of making her heart go pitter patter.

Which just shows how little Nina knows about bad boys, business analysts and her heart…

THE ALADDIN TRIAL by ABI SILVER

Published by Eye Books

Publication Date June 2018

A new Burton and Lamb legal thriller

When an elderly artist plunges one hundred feet to her death at an overstretched London hospital, the police immediately sense foul play.

The hospital cleaner, a Syrian refugee, is arrested for her murder after stolen jewellery is found at his home. He protests his innocence, but why has he given her the story of Aladdin to read and why does he shake uncontrollably in times of stress?

Judith Burton and Constance Lamb reunite to defend a man the media has already convicted. Together they uncover not only the cleaner’s secrets, but also those of the artist’s family, her lawyer and the hospital.

A new Burton and Lamb legal thriller from the author of the acclaimed The Pinocchio Brief.

DAYS OF WONDER by KEITH STUART

Published by Sphere

Publication Date 7th June 2018

A story about family, love and finding magic in everyday life, Days of Wonder is the most moving novel you’ll read all year.

Tom, single father to Hannah, is the manager of a tiny local theatre. On the same day each year, he and its colourful cast of part-time actors have staged a fantastical production just for his little girl, a moment of magic to make her childhood unforgettable.

But there is another reason behind these annual shows: the very first production followed Hannah’s diagnosis with a heart condition that will end her life early. And now, with Hannah a funny, tough girl of fifteen, that time is coming.

Hannah’s heart is literally broken – and she can’t bear the idea of her dad’s breaking too. So she resolves to find a partner for Tom, someone else to love, to fill the space beside him.

While all the time Tom plans a final day of magic that might just save them both.

LETTERS TO IRIS by ELIZABETH NOBLE

Published by Michael Joseph

Publication Date 5th April 2018

A deeply emotional story about love in all its forms from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of The Reading Group and Things I Want My Daughters to Know – available to pre-order now

Gigi and Tess aren’t the most obvious of friends. Gigi is a grandmother, Tess is pregnant for the first time. But when they meet, each one is coping with their own secret sadness. Tess is writing letters to her unborn baby with no one else to turn to, and Gigi has reached breaking point in her marriage. Little do they know how much they will come to mean to one another as both of their lives are turned upside-down.

Their story is about love in all its forms: the love between a mother and her unborn child, between a grandmother and her granddaughter, between spouses and between friends. Tess and Gigi will find what they need most in the place they least expect, and learn to understand the future by unlocking the past . . .

CURRENTLY READING

P1180290  Crazy In Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling

 

 

 

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

 

diary  The Wedding Diary by Margaret James

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All wrapped up – just like me throughout this very cold week! Hope your week has been a good one!

HAPPY READING!!