My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 28th March 2020

Hello lovely bookish folk! How are we doing?! All ok i hope! Very scary and surreal times we’re living in, so I hope we’re all doing as we’re told and STAYING AT HOME and WASHING YOUR HANDS!!  I’ve been extremely thankful for the sunshine this week as it has meant that I’ve been able to escape out into the garden – a great place to go and forget what is going on in the world!  

So how is your reading going?! I’ve been using books to escape and so my afternoons have been spent reading in the sunshine when I can – so good for the soul! So I’ve managed to finish 6 books this week which has been fabulous! I’ve been very restrained on the book buying front with no new purchases arriving, BUT there’s always Netgalley and that may have lured me back to add 3 newbies to my shelf!

Here’s my look back!

BOOKS FINISHED

THE SONG OF THE TREE by CORALIE BICKFORD-SMITH – 5 STARS

THE GARDEN JUNGLE by DAVE GOULSON – 5 STARS

NEW YEAR, NEW GUY by ANGELA BRITNELL – 5 STARS

WILD DOG by SERGE JONCOUR – 4 STARS

THE POOR RELATION by SUSANNA BAVIN – 5 STARS

THE GIFT OF COCKLEBERRY BAY by NICOLA MAY – 5 STARS

BOOKHAUL

Netgalley got me again….

DAUGHTERS OF NIGHT by LAURA SHEPHERD-ROBINSON

Out June 25th 2020

From the brothels and gin-shops of Covent Garden to the elegant townhouses of Mayfair, Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s Daughters of Night follows Caroline Corsham, as she seeks justice for a murdered woman whom London society would rather forget . . .

Lucia’s fingers found her own. She gazed at Caro as if from a distance. Her lips parted, her words a whisper: ‘He knows.’

London, 1782. Desperate for her politician husband to return home from France, Caroline ‘Caro’ Corsham is already in a state of anxiety when she finds a well-dressed woman mortally wounded in the bowers of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. The Bow Street constables are swift to act, until they discover that the deceased woman was a highly-paid prostitute, at which point they cease to care entirely. But Caro has motives of her own for wanting to see justice done, and so sets out to solve the crime herself. Enlisting the help of thieftaker, Peregrine Child, their inquiry delves into the hidden corners of Georgian society, a world of artifice, deception and secret lives.

But with many gentlemen refusing to speak about their dealings with the dead woman, and Caro’s own reputation under threat, finding the killer will be harder, and more treacherous than she can know . . .

TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS by CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI

out September 2020

A brand new space opera on an epic scale from the New York Times bestselling author of a beloved YA fantasy series.

It was supposed to be a routine research mission on an uncolonized planet. But when xenobiologist Kira Navárez finds an alien relic beneath the surface of the world, the outcome transforms her forever and will alter the course of human history.

Her journey to discover the truth about the alien civilization will thrust her into the wonders and nightmares of first contact, epic space battles for the fate of humankind, and the farthest reaches of the galaxy.

MISS BENSON’S BEETLE by RACHEL JOYCE

out June 2020

It is 1950. In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist.

Enid Pretty, in her unlikely pink travel suit, is not the companion Margery had in mind. And yet together they will be drawn into an adventure that will exceed every expectation. They will risk everything, break all the rules, and at the top of a red mountain, discover their best selves.

This is a story that is less about what can be found than the belief it might be found; it is an intoxicating adventure story but it is also about what it means to be a woman and a tender exploration of a friendship that defies all boundaries

CURRENTLY READING

WHEN HE FINDS YOU by SADIE RYAN

THE PARASITES by DAPHNE DU MAURIER

HAPPY READING AND STAY SAFE!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 14th March 2020

Hello! It’s currently very good weather for ducks so I’m indoors catching up on all things bookish! Hope you’re well and keeping safe from the C word?!   I’ve been bulk buying some books…. just in case! We have our perfect excuse now so I think it’s right that we take advantage!!

And on the book front I’ve been good this week and, despite still reading Mirror and Light, I’ve managed to finish 3 other books BUT I may have added 5 newbies from Netgalley and had 2 books in the post – 1 I bought, 1 I won!

Here’s my look back!

BOOKS FINISHED

THE GARDEN OF LOST MEMORIES by RUBY HUMMINGBIRD – 5 Stars

full review to follow on blog tour soon!

THE LODGER by LOUISA TREGER – 4 Stars

fascinating historical fact/fiction story

STAUNCH by ELEANOR WOOD – 4 Stars

enjoyable memoir

BOOKHAUL

Starting over at Netgalley…

MARY TOFT; OR THE RABBIT QUEEN by DEXTER PALMER

out 7th May 2020

A stunning, powerfully evocative new novel based on a true story – in 1726 in the small town of Godalming, England, a young woman confounds the medical community by giving birth to dead rabbits.

Surgeon John Howard is a rational man. His apprentice Zachary knows John is reluctant to believe anything that purports to exist outside the realm of logic. But even John cannot explain how or why Mary Toft, the wife of a local farmer, manages to give birth to a dead rabbit. When this singular event becomes a regular occurrence, John realizes that nothing in his experience as a village physician has prepared him to deal with a situation as disturbing as this. He writes to several preeminent surgeons in London, three of whom quickly arrive in the small town of Godalming ready to observe and opine.

When Mary’s plight reaches the attention of King George, Mary and her doctors are summoned to London, where Zachary experiences for the first time a world apart from his small-town existence, and is exposed to some of the darkest corners of the human soul. All the while, Mary lies in bed, waiting for another birth, as doubts begin to blossom among the surgeons and a growing group of onlookers grow impatient for another miracle . 

THE SMALLEST MAN by FRANCIS QUINN

out October 2020

The smallest man. The biggest heart. The mightiest story.


A compelling story perfect for fans of The Doll Factory and The Familiars.


Nat Davy longs to grow tall and strong and be like other boys, but at the age of ten, he’s confronted with the truth; he’s different, and the day when the stares and whispers stop is never going to come.
 
Narrowly escaping life in a freak show, he’s plucked from his family and presented as a gift to the new young queen of England – a human pet to add to her menagerie of dogs and monkeys. But when Nat realises she’s as lost and lonely as he is, the two misfits begin an unlikely friendship – one that takes him on an unforgettable journey, as England slides into the civil war that will tear it apart and ultimately lead the people to kill their king.

Inspired by a true story, and spanning two decades that changed England for ever, The Smallest Man is narrated by an irrepressible hero with his own unique perspective on life. His story is about being different, but not letting it hold you back. About being brave enough to take a chance, even if the odds aren’t good. And about how, when everything else is falling apart, true friendship holds people together. 

THE PRISONER’S WIFE by MAGGIE BROOKES

out April 2020

1944, Czechoslovakia. In the dead of night a farm girl and a British soldier creep through abandoned villages.

They were never meant to meet, let alone fall in love. But when Prisoner of War Bill is brought to work on Izabela’s family farm, their chemistry is inescapable. Before they can be torn apart forever, they marry in secret and go on the run. Their only hope for safety is to reach Izabela’s father and brother who are fighting deep in the countryside as partisans. But when their luck runs out, they are delivered straight into the hands of the enemy: the Nazis. 

Still refusing to separate, they have prepared for this moment. Izabela’s hair has been shorn and she wears men’s clothing, posing as an escaped and mute British soldier.

The secret lovers are transported to a Nazi POW camp deep in German territory, and if Izabela is discovered, a fate far worse than death awaits both her and Bill. It will require the help of their fellow POWs to maintain their deception, and all their love, devotion and strength to withstand the trials to come. Because should they fail, Izabela and Bill will have put far more than just themselves in danger…

Based on a true story, and researched extensively by the author on location in Eastern Europe, this is a story that takes the reader deep into a rarely-explored side of the Second World War

THE BLACK AND THE WHITE by ALIS HAWKINS

out March 2020

Not every corpse put in a pit has died of the plague…

England, 1349

The Black Death is tearing through the country and those not yet afflicted are living in fear.

Martin Collyer wakes up in his family’s charcoaling hut in the Forest of Dean to find his father dead on the bed beside him, half-sewn into his shroud. As Martin’s most recent memory is of being given the last rites, he cannot account for why he is alive and why his father – whose body bears not a trace of the plague – is dead.

With no home to go to and set free from the life of virtual servitude that his father had planned for him, Martin sets off on a journey across England to seek salvation for his father’s unconfessed soul.

He befriends another traveller on the way. But the man – Hob Cleve – seems to be harbouring dark secrets of his own.

As more suspicious deaths occur, Martin is left wondering whether Hob can be trusted.

What is Hob hiding? Is Martin travelling with a killer?

And what really led to Martin’s miraculous recovery?

HERE AND NOW by SANTA MONTEFIORE

out July 2020

Faced with losing everything, all that matters is Here and Now . . .

Marigold has spent her life taking care of those around her, juggling family life with the running of the local shop, and being an all-round leader in her quiet yet welcoming community. When she finds herself forgetting things, everyone quickly puts it down to her age. But something about Marigold isn’t quite right, and it’s becoming harder for people to ignore.

As Marigold’s condition worsens, for the first time in their lives her family must find ways to care for the woman who has always cared for them. Desperate to show their support, the local community come together to celebrate Marigold, and to show her that losing your memories doesn’t matter, when there are people who will remember them for you 

A SECRET SISTERHOOD

won this on a Twitter giveaway by the lovely Beverley over at BeverleyReads so go check her out!

A Secret Sisterhood uncovers the hidden literary friendships of the world’s most respected female authors.

Drawing on letters and diaries, some of which have never been published before, this book will reveal Jane Austen’s bond with a family servant, the amateur playwright Anne Sharp; how Charlotte Brontë was inspired by the daring feminist Mary Taylor; the transatlantic relationship between George Eliot and the author
of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe; and the underlying erotic charge that lit the friendship of Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield – a pair too often dismissed as bitter foes.

In their first book together, Midorikawa and Sweeney resurrect these literary collaborations, which were sometimes illicit, scandalous and volatile; sometimes supportive, radical or inspiring; but always, until now, tantalisingly consigned to the shadows.

THE ILLNESS LESSON by CLARE BEAMS

seen so many good reviews of this on other blogs/twitter feeds I just had to treat myself!

A mysterious flock of red birds has descended over Birch Hill. Recently reinvented, it is now home to an elite and progressive school designed to shape the minds of young women. But Eliza Bell – the most inscrutable and defiant of the students – has been overwhelmed by an inexplicable illness.

One by one, the other girls begin to experience the same peculiar symptoms: rashes, fits, headaches, verbal tics, night wanderings. Soon Caroline – the only woman teaching – begins to suffer too. She tries desperately to hide her symptoms but, with the birds behaving strangely and the girls’ condition worsening, the powers-that-be turn to a sinister physician with grave and dubious methods.

Caroline alone can speak on behalf of the students, but only if she summons the confidence to question everything she’s ever learnt. Does she have the strength to confront the all-male, all-knowing authorities of her world and protect the young women in her care?

Distinctive, haunting, irresistible, The Illness Lesson is an intensely vivid debut about women’s minds and bodies, and the time-honoured tradition of doubting both.

CURRENTLY READING

THE GARDEN JUNGLE by DAVE GOULSON

THE MIRROR AND THE LIGHT by HILARY MANTEL

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And as I finish typing the sun has returned! Stay safe people and enjoy those books!!

HAPPY READING!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 7th March 2020

Hello! Happy Saturday!! I hope there’s plenty of reading planned for your weekend ahead! Where’s a storm when you need one?! Been nice to have some sunshine return but that means that things will be needing my attention in the garden….. not good for my reading time!!

So this week reading wise has been another goodie!  And 3 has been the magic number! 3 books finished, 3 books arriving in the post, and 3 Netgalley additions to the bookshelves!!

Here’s my look back!!

BOOKS FINISHED

LEMON DRIZZLE MONDAYS AT THE LITTLE DUCK POND CAFE by ROSIE GREEN  – 5 STARS

I love this series so much and it just keeps getting better!

THE WALLS WE BUILD by JULES HAYES – 5 STARS

This is historical fiction that is out later in the month and I loved it! Full review to follow on Blog Tour.

BRING UP THE BODIES by HILARY MANTEL – 5 STARS

Loved it!!

BOOKHAUL

Over to Netgalley we go…..

GROWING UP FOR BEGINNERS by CLAIRE CALMAN

out June 2020

It’s not easy being a grown-up, but at 47, Eleanor hoped she’d be better at it by now…

But when Eleanor waves her daughter off for a gap-year trip, she finds herself stuck as a satellite wife, spinning in faithful orbit around domineering husband Roger, with only a stash of hidden books and her brilliant but judgmental father Conrad for comfort.

Andrew isn’t mastering the art of growing up either. When he finds his belongings dumped on the drive, although he may not understand women very well, even he can see that this looks like some kind of hint… and so moves back in with his parents.

Backing onto Andrew’s parents lives artist Cecilia, always ready to recount tales of her innumerable ex-lovers, whilst her daughters feel she’s like a misbehaving teenager.

But now four lives are drawn together by long-buried secrets of the past, and it is time for them all to grow up, before it’s too late.

A desperate decision … A lost letter … A powerful secret hidden for thirty years…

THE SHADOW FRIEND by ALEX NORTH

out JULY 2020

If it had happened to you, you would have run away too.

Twenty-five years ago, Paul’s friend Charlie Crabtree brutally killed their classmate – and then vanished without a trace.

Paul’s never forgiven himself for his part in what happened. He’s never gone back home.

Until his elderly mother has a fall. It’s finally time to stop running.

It’s not long before things start to go wrong. His mother claims there’s someone in the house. Paul realises someone is following him. And, in a town many miles away, a copycat killer has struck.

Which makes him wonder – what really happened to Charlie the day of the murder?

And can anyone stop it happening again?

THE GARDEN OF LOST MEMORIES by RUBY HUMMINGBIRD

out April 2020

Just because you feel ordinary doesn’t mean you aren’t extraordinary to someone else.

Sixty-two-year-old Elsie knows what she likes. Custard creams at four o’clock, jigsaw puzzles with a thousand pieces, her ivy-covered, lavender-scented garden.

Ten-year-old Billy would rather spend his Saturdays kicking a ball, or watching TV, or anything really, other than being babysat by his grumpy neighbour Elsie and being force fed custard creams.

If it was up to them, they’d have nothing to do with each other. Unfortunately, you can’t choose who you live next door to.

But there is always more to people than meets the eye…

Elsie doesn’t know that Billy’s afraid to go to school now, or why his mother woke him up in the middle of the night with an urgent shake, bags already packed, ready to flee their home.

Billy doesn’t know that the rusting red tin he finds buried in Elsie’s treasured garden is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode her carefully organised life. And that when he digs it up, he is unearthing a secret that has lain dormant for twenty-eight years…

This moving tale is for anyone who has ever felt the pang of loneliness, or worried that their broken heart might never be the same again. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Keeper of Lost Things and The Library of Lost and Found will fall head over heels for this life-affirming novel that shows us that if you’re willing to take a risk, happiness is only ever a heartbeat away. 

THE MURDER GAME by RACHEL ABBOT

copy sent for review – out APRIL 2020

A year ago today, we all gathered for Lucas’s wedding at his glorious Cornish home overlooking the sea.

But no one was married that day.

Now Lucas has invited us back to celebrate the anniversary. But the anniversary of what? The wedding that never happened, or the tragedy that occurred just hours before the ceremony was due to begin?

He’s told us that tonight he has planned a game. We have our costumes, we have our parts, and everyone must play. The game, he tells us, is about to begin.

What does Lucas want from us? What are we not being told? And what’s going to happen when this terrible game is over?

THE SARACEN’S MARK by S.W.PERRY

copy won via Readers First

1593. Five years on from the Armada and England is taking its first faltering steps towards a future as a global power. On an undercover mission to find out the fate of one of the queen’s informers, physician and reluctant spy, Nicholas Shelby, travels from the dark alleys of London to the dazzling Moor city of Marrakech. Meanwhile in London, Shelby’s companion, Bianca Merton, must fight against the ravaging plague that is stalking the city. Can their budding relationship weather the threats of pestilence and conspiracy? And will Nicholas survive his mission and the unpredictability of Marrakesh to return home? A brilliantly realized, utterly compelling historical mystery that will take you to far-flung destinations and into the very heart of a deadly conspiracy.

THE MIRROR AND THE LIGHT by HILARY MANTEL

‘If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?’

England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith’s son from Putney emerges from the spring’s bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves.

Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry’s regime to breaking point, Cromwell’s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him?

With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage. 

CURRENTLY READING

I think my focus has been lost to Hilary Mantel so that’s what will be my main read for the next few days/week…. however long it takes to read the 900 pages!  What are you reading at the moment?! Would love to hear!!

HAPPY READING!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 29th February 2020 #bookblogger

Farewell to February! And hopefully farewell to the awful weather!! Another weekend, another storm!! What fun!!

On the reading front this week it’s been another productive one – I’m enjoying the reading part way too much at the moment, if only I could feel that way about writing the reviews! 6 books finished again this week – and still making no impact on the TBR mountain!  But at least I stayed away from Netgalley this week!

Here’s my look back…..

BOOKS FINISHED

DEAR EDWARD by ANN NAPOLITANO – 5 STARS

MIRACLE ON CHERRY HILL by SUN-MI HWANG – 4 STARS

WILD SPINNING GIRLS by CAROL LOVEKIN – 5 STARS

THE ANIMALS AT LOCKWOOD MANOR by JANE HEALEY – 4 STARS

THE GUEST LIST by LUCY FOLEY – 5 STARS

THE TEN LOVES OF MR NISHINO by HIROMI KAWAKAMI – 2 STARS

BOOKHAUL

From ALMA CLASSICS  as part of my yearly subscription

THE WATER THEATRE by LINDSAY CLARKE

As war reporter Martin Crowther arrives in Umbria, still raw from a recent assignment in Africa, and from a failing love affair back home, a storm hits and the sky opens. Things are powerfully on the move inside him too as he comes to the small village of Fontanalba, on a mission to track down two friends from a lifetime ago.

CURRENTLY READING

THE LODGER by LOUISE TREGER

BRING UP THE BODIES by HILARY MANTEL

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HAPPY READING!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 22nd February 2020

Hello!! Disaster has struck me at the end of the week! My faithful and long serving laptop – missing keyboard letters/numbers, cracked screen and all – seems to have finally died on me! Thankfully I had just finished uploading some reviews before it decided to switch itself off, but I’m now left facing one of my most hated tasks and that’s shopping for new technology! Why does it have to be so complicated?! I just want a simple life!! Something I am not looking forward to!!

BUT it has been a good bookish week so let’s focus on that!  Managed to finish 6 books this week – 2 via the Pigeonhole app – and only 1 to tempt me via Netgalley! So progress!!

BOOKS READ

Won’t You Save Me by Wendy Dranfield – 5 stars

The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue – 3 stars

The Memory Wood by Sam Lloyd – 5 stars

If All The World and Love Were Young by Stephen Sexton – 5 stars

Stubborn Archivist by Yara Rodrigues Fowler – 4 stars

BOOKHAUL

Starting at Netgalley…

THE ISLAND GIRLS by NOELLE HARRISON

OUT 23rd April 2020

I guess our life on the island was one which never fit you right. I like to imagine you some days when I look out the window across the harbour, all those miles of sea and land between us. But, sister, we are always connected.

When young nurse Emer loses her beloved sister, she is haunted by grief and desperate to escape her memories. Taking a job in Vinalhaven, a rocky outpost in the wild Atlantic, feels like the refuge she so badly needs.

Her patient, Susannah, has lived in isolation for many years, since the tragic death of her sister Kate caused her to withdraw from island life. However, when Emer discovers a bundle of letters in a rainbow quilt in her bedroom and shares the story of her own loss, Susannah opens up. She begins to tell the story of Kate’s brutal and secret past, and her marriage to a man with a heart as cold as the ocean.

But when Emer starts asking locals about Kate, the island air sizzles with hostility. There are people who would rather that Susannah kept quiet, who have no qualms about threatening Emer. But despite the warnings to stay away, Emer is determined to find out what really happened the night Kate died – and the final secret that is keeping Susannah a prisoner to the past.

WILD SPINNING GIRLS by CAROL LOVEKIN

out now – treated myself!

If it wasn’t haunted before she came to live there, after she died, Ty’r Cwmwl made room for her ghost. She brought magic with her.

And the house, having held its breath for years, knew it. Ida Llewellyn loses her job and her parents in the space of a few weeks and, thrown completely off course, she sets out for the Welsh house her father has left her. Ty’r Cwmwl is not at all welcoming despite the fact it looks inhabited, as if someone just left..

It is being cared for as a shrine by the daughter of the last tenant. Determined to scare off her old home’s new landlord, Heather Esyllt Morgan sides with the birds who terrify Ida and plots to evict her. The two girls battle with suspicion and fear before discovering that the secrets harboured by their thoughtless parents have grown rotten with time. Their broken hearts will only mend once they cast off the house and its history, and let go of the keepsakes that they treasure like childhood dreams.

CURRENTLY READING

THE ANIMALS AT LOCKWOOD MANOR by JANE HEALEY

MIRACLE ON CHERRY HILL by SUN-MI HWANG

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My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 8th February 2020 #bookblogger

Hello! Happy Weekend!! Stormy weather forecast here for the next couple of days so perfect for staying indoors and reading again – see how I turn every weather forecast into a good thing for reading! Sun, Rain, Snow – just read!!

Been a pretty good bookish week for me although I don’t feel like I’m reading enough again as the TBR pile isn’t going down enough! No change there then! I have managed to finish 4 books, bought one book (and got sent a freebie with it!), and also won an e-book from the author! And NO NETGALLEY visits!! Yay!!

BOOKS FINISHED

The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag – 4 stars

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne – 4 stars

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri – 5 stars

Tangerine by Christine Mangan –  3 stars

BOOKHAUL

Treated myself to a signed book from Eye Lightning Books and they kindly sent me another book too!

THE MATING HABITS OF STAGS by Ray Robinson

Midwinter. As former farmhand Jake, a widower in his seventies, wanders the beautiful, austere moors of North Yorkshire trying to evade capture, we learn of the events of his past: the wife he loved and lost, their child he knows cannot be his, and the deep-seated need for revenge that manifests itself in a moment of violence. On the coast, Jake’s friend, Sheila, receives the devastating news. The aftermath of Jake’s actions, and what it brings to the surface, will change her life forever. But how will she react when he turns up at her door? As beauty and tenderness blend with violence, this story transports us to a different world, subtly exploring love and loss in a language that both bruises and heals.

THE OSHUN DIARIES by Diane Esquerra

High priestesses are few and far between, white ones in Africa even more so.

When Diane Esguerra hears of a mysterious Austrian woman worshipping the Ifa river goddess Oshun in Nigeria her curiosity is aroused. It is the start of an extraordinary friendship that sustains Diane through the death of her son and leads to a quest to take part in Oshun rituals. Prevented by Boko Haram from returning to Nigeria, she finds herself at Ifa shrines in Florida amid vultures, snakes, goats’ heads, machetes, torrential rain and a cigar-smoking god. Her quest steps up a gear when Beyonce channels Oshun at the Grammys and the goddess goes global.

THE COTTAGE ON WILDFLOWER LANE by LIZ DAVIES

e-book win!

Esther’s life isn’t perfect (whose is?) – but she’s happy enough living in her little flat with her boyfriend, Josh. But that’s about to change. Bored out of her mind in work, she wishes that something, anything, would happen to liven her life up. Unfortunately, her wish comes true when Josh calls her from the airport to tell her he’s going to work in a bar in Spain, and she’s not invited, Esther is devastated, and her unhappiness is compounded when she discovers she can actually view the bar via a webcam link and watch him chatting up other girls. But when she inadvertently clicks on a link to another webcam which shows a pretty cottage and the rather hunky man who lives in it, her interest is piqued and she wishes she could get to know him. Wishes don’t really come true, though – do they…?

CURRENTLY READING

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by DELIA OWENS

BRING UP THE BODIES by HILARY MANTEL

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HAPPY READING

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 1st February 2020

Happy February to you all!  January seemed to go on forever didn’t it?! A short month ahead of us now, and the appearance of snowdrops, daffodils and hellebores in the garden are beginning to lift my spirits for Spring!

On the reading front, and it’s been another fairly quiet week! My reading pace seems to have slowed a little and procrastination is keeping me from picking up more books! And I still seem unable to keep away from Netgalley with another 2 approvals this week…..oops!

So here’s my look back.

BOOKS FINISHED

The 24 Hour Cafe by Libby Page – 5 stars

Tea With Mr Rochester by Frances Towers – 3 stars

Real Life by Adeline Dieudonne – 4 stars

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell  – 6 stars!!

BOOKHAUL

Netgalley made me do it…..

THE HONOURS by TIM CLARE

out 6th February 2020

TRUE HONOUR IS ENDLESS. 1935. Norfolk. War is looming in Great Britain and the sprawling country estate of Alderberen Hall is shadowed by suspicion and paranoia. Alderberen’s newest resident, Delphine Venner, is determined to uncover the secrets of the Hall’s elite society, which has taken in her gullible mother and unstable father. As she explores the house and discovers the secret network of hidden passages that thread through the estate, Delphine unearths a world more dark and threatening than she ever imagined. With the help of head gamekeeper Mr Garforth, Delphine must learn the bloody lessons of war and find the soldier within herself in time to battle the deadly forces amassing in the woods . . .

WINTERING by KATHERINE MAY

                                         out 6th February 2020

How do you survive the ‘wintering’ phase of your life?

Wintering, the dormant periods in our lives, the dark moments we endure – which can be brought about through myriad of ways; from the death of a loved one to a sudden change in circumstances or mental health issues – can be lonely, damaging and catch us off guard.

Katherine May recounts her own year-long journey through winter, and how she found strength and inspiration when life felt frozen. Part memoir, part exploration of a human condition, Wintering explores the healing nature of the great outdoors to help us overcome and embrace our own wintering experiences, and how, much like nature, we can learn to appreciate these low periods, and what they have to teach us, before the ushering in of a new season

CURRENTLY READING

THE SISTERS GRIMM by MENNA VAN PRAAG

reading this via Pigeonhole and really enjoying it!

A LADDER TO THE SKY by JOHN BOYNE

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HAPPY READING!!