My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 4th December 2021



Hello all and Happy December!  How the heck are we here already??!!! I’ve lost all track of time and it juts feels like only yesterday that I was back making new year resolutions – of which I think I stuck to zero!!
Not been a good week for me health wise, but book wise it’s been ok!  Another 4 books finished and I stayed away from Netgalley!  Go me!!  And 1 lovely book in the post for review!
Here’s my look back!


BOOKS FINISHED


THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by AMOR TOWLES – 5 STARS




YOU LET ME IN by CAMILLA BRUCE – 4 STARS


THE SPIRIT ENGINEER by C.J.WEST – 4 STARS


THE PAPER PALACE by MIRANDA COWLEY HELLER (audiobook) – 2 STARS


BOOKHAUL


Just one lovely addition to my bookshelves this week courtesy of the fabulous Gallic Press for review.



B: A Year in Plagues and Pencils by Edward Carey


‘I blame the pencil. I hadn’t meant to do it. I wasn’t thinking. It just happened that way.’

In March 2020, as lockdowns were imposed around the world, author and illustrator Edward Carey published a sketch on social media with a plan to keep posting a drawing a day from his family home in Austin, Texas, until life returned to normal. One hundred and fifty pencil stubs later, he was still drawing.

Carey’s hand moved with world events, chronicling pandemic and politics. It reached into the past, taking inspiration from history, and escaped grim reality through flights of vivid imagination and studies of the natural world. The drawings became a way of charting time, of moving forward, and maintaining connection at a time of isolation.

This remarkable collection of words and drawings from the acclaimed author of Little and The Swallowed Man charts a tumultuous year in pencil, finding beauty amid the horror of extraordinary times.



CURRENTLY READING

THE LOST PROMISE OF IRELAND by SUSANNE O’LEARY

A completely gorgeous story about lost loves and small-town secrets that will sweep you away to the Irish coast.Maggie remembers her summers in the village of Sandy Cove in Ireland like they were yesterday. She and her family would swim in the crystal-clear waters, collect beautiful seashells and relax on the sand. So when she sees that her family’s old coastguard cottage is available, she wonders if renting it for the summer will finally help her move on from the man who just broke her heart.As soon as Maggie arrives she is delighted to find her childhood best-friend Sorcha and Sorcha’s cousin Brian still living in town. They enjoy cosy nights in the local harbour pub, with its stunning views across the ocean, as if no time has passed. And when Brian reveals he had a fierce teenage crush on Maggie, she can’t help but notice just how handsome he has become.But then Maggie finds a worn metal box hidden in the attic of the house, full of love letters she exchanged with a sweet American boy she met one summer. During their last night together, star-gazing on the beach, they promised to find each other again. Soon it becomes clear that Maggie is not the only one returning to Sandy Cove.Torn between her growing feelings for Brian and the romance she’s held in her heart for many years, Maggie realises that her summer may be more complicated than she’d expected. Will Maggie finally find a true love who can sweep her off her feet or will this holiday in Sandy Cove be her last?


HAPPY READING!

#BookReview THE KEY IN THE LOCK by BETH UNDERDOWN



ABOUT THE BOOK


I still dream, every night, of Polneath on fire. Smoke unfurling out of an upper window and a hectic orange light cascading across the terrace.

By day, Ivy Boscawen mourns the loss of her son Tim in the Great War. But by night she mourns another boy – one whose death decades ago haunts her still.

For Ivy is sure that there is more to what happened all those years ago: the fire at the Great House, and the terrible events that came after. A truth she must uncover, if she is ever to be free.

Brimming with secrets, this lyrical haunting historical thriller is perfect for fans of Elizabeth Macneal, Sarah Waters and Diane Setterfield


PUBLISHED BY VIKING

PUBLICATION DATE – 13TH JANUARY 2022

PRE-ORDER LINK
Amazon

MY REVIEW


If you are looking for an atmospheric gothic mystery, then look no further! I found this to be one of those stories that keeps you guessing, and gets you emotionally involved with the characters as secrets begin to reveal a shocking past!

Told over 2 time periods – 1918 and 1888 – we are following the story of Ivy who is struggling to come to terms with the loss of her son Tim 10 months earlier. She’s going through the motions and trying to make sense of it all and hearing stories back from the war makes her want to know more of what exactly led to his death.

But it also triggers memories of 30 years ago when another boy died in traumatic circumstances, and she’s been left haunted by his death ever since. The story flits between the 2 timelines seamlessly and both are full of mystery, deception and tragedy.

As both storylines play out, the mysteries hanging over the deaths start to reveal themselves and I loved the way it’s all revealed and the emotions of the main characters are explored. There’s mysteries for Ivy to uncover, all while trying to balance her emotions and find comfort or distraction in her quest to uncover the truth. A really absorbing story.


★★★★★

#BookReview THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS by RUTH OZEKI


ABOUT THE BOOK

A brilliantly inventive new novel about loss, growing up, and our relationship with things, by the Booker Prize-finalist author of A Tale for the Time Being

After the tragic death of his beloved musician father, fourteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear voices. The voices belong to the things in his house–a sneaker, a broken Christmas ornament, a piece of wilted lettuce. Although Benny doesn’t understand what these things are saying, he can sense their emotional tone; some are pleasant, a gentle hum or coo, but others are snide, angry and full of pain. When his mother, Annabelle, develops a hoarding problem, the voices grow more clamorous.

At first, Benny tries to ignore them, but soon the voices follow him outside the house, onto the street and at school, driving him at last to seek refuge in the silence of a large public library, where objects are well-behaved and know to speak in whispers. There, Benny discovers a strange new world, where “things happen.” He falls in love with a mesmerizing street artist with a smug pet ferret, who uses the library as her performance space. He meets a homeless philosopher-poet, who encourages him to ask important questions and find his own voice amongst the many.

And he meets his very own Book–a talking thing–who narrates Benny’s life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter.

With its blend of sympathetic characters, riveting plot, and vibrant engagement with everything from jazz, to climate change, to our attachment to material possessions, The Book of Form and Emptiness is classic Ruth Ozeki–bold, wise, poignant, playful, humane and heartbreaking.


PUBLISHED BY CANONGATE BOOKS

PURCHASE LINK
Amazon

MY REVIEW


Poignant, emotional, inventive – I think those words best sum up this reading experience! It has one of the most novel ways of telling the story via 2 narrators! Young Benny who is at the heart of the story, alongside the voice of ‘the book’! And Benny hears the book telling his story too which leads to some brilliant exchanges between the two of them and it just makes reading their story even more captivating.

Young Benny is dealing with the sudden death of his father and this trauma leads to him starting to hear voices. And not just any voices, but the thoughts and feelings of everyday items that crowd his mind leading to those around him worry as to what is wrong with him. His mother tries her best to be there for her son, but she’s dealing with her own grief and her hoarding starts to spiral out of control. There’s a lot of exploration of mental health in this story and the author has approached the subjects with compassion and care.

It is a very difficult book to review as there’s so many threads to it, but it all boils down to humans and their fragility. Their strength. Their quirks. And the ways that people find comfort, be that in the pages of a book or through connecting with others.

Your heart just breaks for Benny at times as there’s nobody around who understands what he’s going through. But he finds a strength somewhere deep down to try and make sense of it on his own, while watching his mother go through her issues. There’s a clear message throughout about decluttering/letting go of the past to help clear your mind and this comes across loud and clear in a very creative way.

It’s heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measures and is one of those books where the characters stay with you long after the final page. Wonderful!


★★★★★

#BookReview THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by AMOR TOWLES



ABOUT THE BOOK


The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America

In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the work farm where he has just served a year for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett’s intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother and head west where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden’s car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett’s future.


PUBLISHED BY HUTCHINSON


PURCHASE LINK


Amazon

Blackwell’s – signed edition

MY REVIEW

Amor Towles does it again! Another spectacular and engrossing story that captures your heart and imagination from the get go! Another one of those books where I didn’t want it to end and feel bereft without these characters in my imagination anymore!!

The story picks up with Emmett being driven home by the warden, back to his younger brother who has been with neighbours since Emmett was taken away a year ago. He is regretful over his choice of action in the past and vows to make up for it, especially where his family is concerned. With his house being foreclosed on, it’s time for he and Billy (his wonderful brother!) to make a new life elsewhere and that was their plan – until Duchess and Wooly show up! They’ve hitched a ride with the warden too, albeit without his knowledge, and now they have scores of their own to settle.

What follows is a road trip with a difference! They all set out together , get parted, reunited, and you’re constantly on edge as you watch their new paths unfold. The detail in the characters and their personalities are beautifully written, especially the brothers, and it’s just a masterclass of the connection between humans. The disappointments, regrets, hopes and fears and I just totally lost myself in their world.

Their paths collide again in New York as Emmett tries to get his plans back on track but things don’t always work out as he envisaged. Billy is just a wonder of a character – a wise old soul in a very young body, and I just found his outlook on life so amazing and innocent. I was smitten!! It’s emotional and captivating in equal measures. Told from various viewpoints, it’s seamless in flow and never dips in pace or drama!

This has been one of my favourite reads of 2021 and I’m already itching to pick it up again and start the journey with them all over again! Brilliant!!


★★★★★

BINGO!!!!!!! NetGalley November 2021 – Challenge Complete!! @NetGalleyNov #NetGalleyNovember

BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I don’t know how I’ve done it after a very slow start, but I managed to complete my Bingo card with a day to spare!! Yay me!! Thanks again to @emandherbooks and @totandtales for running such a brilliant November challenge!! I need them to host it every month so I can get the rest of my Netgalley shelf under control!!!


Now to write the reviews…. aarrgghh!!


Here’s my completed reading list!


A BOOK PUBLISHED THIS YEAR

THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS by RUTH OZEKI

OLDEST APPROVAL…. 2015!! Shame on me!


HOW I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE by JANE LOVERING

BOOK BEGINNING WITH N

NATURAL MAGICK by LINDSEY SQUIRE

YOUR LATEST APPROVAL

THE WOMAN IN THE WOODS by LISA HALL

BOOK WITH A GREEN COVER

BIRD, BATH AND BEYOND by E.J.COPPERMAN


A BOOK YET TO BE RELEASED


THE KEY IN THE LOCK by BETH UNDERDOWN

A BOOK BEGINNING ‘THE’..


THE LIGHTHOUSE WITCHES by C.J.COOKE

A DEBUT AUTHOR


THE SPIRIT ENGINEER by A.J.WEST

MOST EXCITED FOR


THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by AMOR TOWLES

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My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 27th November 2021



Hello and Happy Saturday – once again! Not many Saturdays left in 2021!!! So scary! And the festive spirit still hasn’t got me! Full Grinch mode continues!!
On to books!! It’s been a fairly quiet bookish week for me – things on Youtube keep distracting me and taking me away from reading time!! But I did manage to finish 3 books, including 1 audiobook.  Just 1 newbie on the NetGalley shelf and 1 lovely book in the post to review!

Here’s my look back!

BOOKS FINISHED

BIRD, BATH AND BEYOND by E.J.COPPERMAN – 3 STARS

BAGGAGE by ALAN CUMMING – (AUDIOBOOK) – 4 STARS

THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS by RUTH OZEKI – 4 STARS

BOOKHAUL


Just the one to tempt me at Netgalley this week

THE WINTER GUEST by W.C.RYAN

publication date – January 2022

Winter 1920. Though the war has been over for two years, many are still struggling to pick up their lives again when so much has been lost. In Ireland too, other terrible troubles are taking hold.

Then Tom Harkin, a former officer, arrives in the dead of night at a deserted railway platform. He has been summoned to Kilcolgan House, a grand old estate, to work as a tutor.

When Tom reaches the house it gradually becomes clear that this is not the imposing residence it once was. Half abandoned and filled with ghosts – both real and imagined – the noble family within co-exist only as the balance of their secrets is kept.

For there are mysteries at the heart of this family. And Tom’s arrival will set into motion a series of events that may become deadly . . .

A gripping mystery packed with twists and turns, The Winter Guest is the perfect chilling read this winter. 


And in the post I was lucky to receive this lovely parcel from the author..


CHRISTMAS WITH THE RAILWAY GIRLS by MAISIE THOMAS


Manchester, 1941

Christmas is the season for family and friends, and this year the railway girls will need each other more than ever.

Cordelia appears to have the perfect life. When her daughter Emily arrives home unexpectedly, she can’t wait to introduce her to her friends. But when things don’t go to plan, Cordelia must decide where her loyalty lies.

Things aren’t going too smoothly for Alison either. Her beloved boyfriend has yet to propose, but there’s a charity fundraiser dance and she’s dressed up specially. Surely, tonight must be the night.

Colette’s friends are envious of her devoted husband; he meets her after every shift on the railway, and accompanies her around town. But Colette has a secret, one that will change her life—if only she knew who to confide in.

With the festive season fast approaching, the railway girls are hoping for some Christmas magic…



CURRENTY READING

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by AMOR TOWLES


HAPPY READING

My Bookish Weekly wrap up – 20th November 2021



Hello and Happy Saturday!  No sign of snow yet but the shops are looking more festive… I’m still in Grinch mode though!  Bah humbug!!
On to books!  A much calmer reading week for me with 3 finishes, and then I may have popped over to Netgalley to celebrate by adding 2 more to the shelves! Treated myself to 2 physical books too so I’m very glad I had a book clear out the other week! 
here’s my look back


BOOKS FINISHED


FEMLANDIA by CHRISTINA DALCHER – 4 STARS




THE LIGHTHOUSE WITCHES by C.J.COOKE – 4 STARS


THE VISITORS by CAROLINE SCOTT – 5 STARS


BOOKHAUL


Starting at Netgalley…


THE RAPTURES by JAN CARSON

publication – January 2022

When several children from the same village start succumbing to a mysterious illness, the quest to discover the cause has devastating and extraordinary consequences.

It is late June in Ballylack. Hannah Adger anticipates eight long weeks’ reprieve from school, but when her classmate Ross succumbs to a violent and mysterious illness, it marks the beginning of a summer like no other.

As others fall ill, questions about what – or who – is responsible pitch the village into conflict and fearful disarray. Hannah, ever the outsider, is haunted by guilt as she remains healthy while her friends are struck down. Isolated and afraid, she prays for help. What happens next will force her to question everything she believes.

Bursting with Carson’s trademark wit, profound empathy and soaring imagination, The Raptures explores how tragedy can unite a small community – and tear it apart. At its heart is the extraordinary resilience of one young girl. As the world crumbles around her, she must find the courage to be different in a place where conforming feels like the only option available.


THE PARIS APARTMENT by LUCY FOLEY

publication – March 2022

Jess needs a fresh start. She’s broke and alone, and she’s just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn’t sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn’t say no, and surely everything will look better from Paris. Only when she shows up – to find a very nice apartment, could Ben really have afforded this? – he’s not there.

The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother’s situation, and the more questions she has. Ben’s neighbors are an eclectic bunch, and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it’s starting to look like it’s Ben’s future that’s in question.

The socialite – The nice guy – The alcoholic – The girl on the verge – The concierge

Everyone’s a neighbor. Everyone’s a suspect. And everyone knows something they’re not telling. 


And then I treated myself over at Pushkin Press to these two…

THE EIGHTH GIRL by MAXINE MEI-FUNG CHUNG

One woman, many personas. But which one is telling the truth?

Alexa Wú is a brilliant yet darkly self-aware young woman whose chaotic life is manipulated and controlled by a series of alternate personalities. Only three people know about their existence: her therapist Daniel; her stepmother Anna; and her enigmatic best friend Ella.

When Ella gets a job at a high-end gentleman’s club, she is gradually drawn into London’s cruel underbelly. With lives at stake, Alexa follows her friend on a daring rescue mission. Threatened and vulnerable, she will discover whether her multiple personalities are her greatest asset, or her biggest obstacle.


BIRD COTTAGE by EVA MEIJER

I want to find out how they behave when they’re free

Len Howard was forty years old when she decided to leave her London life and loves behind, retire to the English countryside and devote the rest of her days to her one true passion: birds.

Moving to a small cottage in Sussex, she wrote two bestselling books, astonishing the world with her observations on the tits, robins, sparrows and other birds that lived nearby, flew freely in and out of her windows, and would even perch on her shoulder as she typed.

This moving novel imagines the story of this remarkable woman’s decision to defy society’s expectations, and the joy she drew from her extraordinary relationship with the natural world.



CURRENTLY READING


THE BOOK OF FORM AND EMPTINESS by RUTH OZEKI




HAPPY READING!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 13th November 2021

Hello and Happy Saturday! The days are flying by way too quickly and the fact it’s only 6 weeks to the C word is bringing me out in a sweat!!  I’d best get my list of bookish wants off to Santa pronto… because I NEED more books obviously!!
Speaking of books, it’s been a rather wonderful reading week for me! The multiple book reading has resulted in me finishing 8 books (including 2 audiobooks) this week!! Nope, I’m not sure how I managed it either but I want it to be like that every week haha!! I stayed away from Netgalley too and just got 2 lovely books in the post – 1 I bought, 1 for review!
Here’s my look back..


BOOKS FINISHED

HOW I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE by JANE LOVERING – 5 STARS


NATURAL MAGICK by LINDSAY SQUIRE – 4 STARS



THE WOMAN IN THE WOODS by LISA HALL –  4 STARS


STILL LIFE by SARAH WINMAN (audiobook) – 5 STARS


THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by MATT HAIG (audiobook) – 4 STARS

The Times Queen Elizabeth II – 5 stars

CHRISTMAS ON THE ISLE OF SKYE by KIRSTY FERRY – 5 STARS

THE GIFT:BOOK ONE by R A WILLIAMS  – 4 STARS

BOOKHAUL


From my Renard Press subscription I received this 


FRENZIED FICTION by STEPHEN LEACOCK

Stephen Leacock is an unjustly neglected master of the short-story genre, once considered the best-known humorist in the world. Although he was a prolific writer, producing about fifty novels, biographies and histories, he was best known for his humorous articles and short stories in magazines.

One of his later collections, Frenzied Fiction shows a master of a genre at the height of his game, and contains all the hallmarks of his earlier work and the trademark wit which he had refined over the previous decades. By turns laugh-aloud hilarious and poignant, and containing such gems as ‘My Recollections as a Spy’ and ‘Simple Stories of Success, or How to Succeed in Life’, this collection builds a strong case against prohibition, paints a moving picture of a war-torn world, caricatures and lampoons novelists, actors and princes, and demonstrates why he met with such success and stacked a fan base with figures as varied John Lane, A.P. Herbert and Groucho Marx.

And for review I received this from Emma at The Book Publicist.

THE FAIRY TELLERS by NICHOLAS JUBBER

published by John Murray Press

publication date – January 2022

Fairy-Tales are not just fairy-tales: they are records of historical phenomena, telling us something about how Western civilisation was formed. In The Fairy-Tellers’ Trail, award-winning travel-writer Nick Jubber explores their secret history of fairy-tales: the people who told them, the landscapes that forged them, and the cultures that formed them.

While there are certain names inextricably entwined with the concept of a fairy-tale, such as the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, the most significant tellers are long buried under the more celebrated figures who have taken the credit for their stories – people like the Syrian storyteller Youhenna Diab and the Wild Sisters of Cassel. Without them we would never have heard of Aladdin, his Magic Lamp or the adventures of Hansel and Gretel.

Tracking these stories to their sources carries us through the steaming cities of Southern Italy and across the Mediterranean to the dust-clogged alleys of the Maghreb, under the fretting leaves of the Black Forest, deep into the tundra of Siberia and across the snowy hills of Lapland.

From North Africa and Siberia, this book illuminates the complicated relationship between Western civilization and the ‘Eastern’ cultures it borrowed from, and the strange lives of our long lost fairy-tellers. 

CURRENTLY READING

YOU LET ME IN by CAMILLA BRUCE


HAPPY READING!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 6th November 2021



Hello and Happy Saturday! Yay for weekends!!  I find I’m doing most of my reading now at the weekend! Any excuse to avoid the housework and reality!!
So it’s been another productive reading week with 5 books finished, including an audiobook!  And I restricted myself to one new NG addition! Also had some lovely bookpost too so that always brings a smile to my face!
Here’s my look back!


BOOKS FINISHED

THE ROYAL GAME by ANNE O’BRIEN (audiobook) – 5 STARS



WINTER GARDENS by CEDRIC POLLET – 5 STARS


UNDER THE WHISPERING DOOR by TJ KLUNE – 5 STARS



THE MANNINGTREE WITCHES by A.K.BLAKEMORE – 4 STARS




THE HAUNTING SEASON by various  – 4 STARS

BOOKHAUL


From Netgalley…


THE BETRAYALS by BRIDGET COLLINS


If everything in your life was based on a lie
Would you risk it all to tell the truth?


At Montverre, an exclusive academy tucked away in the mountains, the best and brightest are trained for excellence in the grand jeu: an arcane and mysterious contest. Léo Martin was once a student there, but lost his passion for the grand jeu following a violent tragedy. Now he returns in disgrace, exiled to his old place of learning with his political career in tatters.

Montverre has changed since he studied there, even allowing a woman, Claire Dryden, to serve in the grand jeu’s highest office of Magister Ludi. When Léo first sees Claire he senses an odd connection with her, though he’s sure they have never met before.

Both Léo and Claire have built their lives on lies. And as the legendary Midsummer Game, the climax of the year, draws closer, secrets are whispering in the walls…

And in the post for review…..

CARROTS DON’T GROW ON TREES by ROB KEELEY

Lily loves eating fruit and vegetables – but is tricked by Jordan, who tells her that carrots grow on trees.

With the help of her Mum, some healthy eating and a box of elastic bands, Lily sets out to teach Jordan a lesson…

Carrots Don’t Grow On Trees! is a bright, colourful and funny story, told entirely in dialogue and pictures, and takes a fun and compassionate approach to dealing with teasing at school, as well as promoting healthy eating.

Rob Keeley’s second picture book sees him reunited with illustrator Simon Goodway, following their previous successes with My Favourite People and The Treasure in the Tower



THE GIFT: Book One by RA WILLIAMS

A lush historical adventure that’s equal parts Gothic horror as it is tale of lost love, this first book in THE GIFT trilogy follows an optimistic yet cautious American ethnologist on her journey from St Dunstan’s Prep in Michigan, to the warm tropical shallows off the coast of Honduras, and the tors of Germany’s Externsteine, uncovering clues to the identity of the man who saved her from the Crimen one fateful night. All clues lead to Folkestone, England where she is reunited with the man she has sought for nearly three decades. But, is their reunion the end, or merely the end of the beginning?

The North Atlantic, 14 April 1912. A night most hope to forget. But the grisly things a young Elle Annenberg witnesses, she will always remember. Among the chaos as Titanic’s bow sinks deeper and deeper underwater, Elle zeroes in on a raffish individual, among the panicked passengers, shotgun muzzle protruding from under his long duffel coat. In the bottomless twilight of his eyes she discovers an intriguing ruthlessness. As he moves away, Elle follows, ever curious.
Descending into the bowel of the ship she happens upon a slaughterhouse of gored bodies. But by whom or what she cannot say. From somewhere in the endless companionways comes a Banshee howl, followed by the distant call of a name: Balthasar.
In No. 2 Hold – awash with mutilated bodies – she finds Balthasar leaning over an open sarcophagus. Elle scarcely has a moment to glimpse what lays within before Titanic’s starboard hull buckles, and she is sucked into a maelstrom of freezing brine and half-devoured corpses.
Saved from certain drowning, she unintentionally receives a gift from Balthasar. A gift so captivating, it changes her path in life irrevocably. Her new course will not only lead her to learn the true identity of the man who saved her life but of the savage Crimen she glimpsed that fateful night.
From her teaching position at a prep school in 1929 Michigan, to a British shipwreck in the tropical shallows off the Honduran coast, Dr Eleanor Annenberg finds traces of Balthasar’s identity. A man who purposefully exists on the fringe of humanity. From the fighting at Cape Helles in 1915 to the last station on the River Ituri in the Belgian Congo and a lost Lichtmetal mine beneath the towering Tor Externsteine in 1939 Germany, Elle follows the clues, undeterred by the years getting behind her.
All clues lead to just one location. An Edwardian seaside town on the English Channel – Folkestone. Their paths rejoined, Elle gets closer to the truth she has sought for twenty-eight years.
But at what cost?
What she learns – much to her own horror – is gifts are seldom free, and she herself has become guilty of the same ferocious rage as the Crimen.



CURRENTLY READING


HOW I WONDER WHAT YOU ARE by JANE LOVERING

HAPPY READING!!


My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 30th October 2021



Hello all! Happy Halloween Weekend! Spotted this spooky yarnbomb on a postbox locally this week – hats off to all the people who make these! I love seeing them and they brighten up the humble postbox perfectly!
On to books, and it’s been another good bookish week! Managed to finish 4 books, added 2 to the netgalley shelf and received 1 book in the post for reviewing! And I didn’t buy any! Wahoo!  So here is my look back..

BOOKS FINISHED


THE BERESFORD by WILL CARVER (audiobook) – 4 STARS



PSYCHOPATHS ANONYMOUS by WILL CARVER – 4 STARS


THE ARCANE by ANDREW S FRENCH – 4 STARS


STARRY SKIES IN FERRY LANE MARKET by NICOLA MAY – 5 STARS


BOOKHAUL

Starting over at Netgalley…


A TIDY ENDING by JOANNA CANNON

publication date – April 2022

A NICE, NORMAL HOUSE

Linda has lived around here ever since she fled the dark events of her childhood in Wales. Now she sits in her kitchen, wondering if this is all there is – pushing the Hoover round and cooking fish fingers for tea is a far cry from the glamorous lifestyle she sees in the glossy catalogues coming through the door for the house’s previous occupant.

A NICE, NORMAL HUSBAND

Terry isn’t perfect – he picks his teeth, tracks dirt through the house and spends most of his time in front of the TV. But that seems fairly standard – until he starts keeping odd hours at work, at around the same time young women start to go missing in the neighbourhood.

A NICE, NORMAL LIFE…

If Linda could just track down Rebecca, who lived in the house before them, maybe some of that perfection would rub off on her. But the grass isn’t always greener: you can’t change who you really are, and there’s something nasty lurking behind the net curtains on Cavendish Avenue.


WINTER GARDENS by CEDRIC POLLET

publication – December 2021

In this stunning reimagination of an entire season, acclaimed and award-winning author and photographer Cedric Pollet presents 20 of the most beautiful winter gardens accross France and the UK.

Winner of the Garden Media Guild – Garden Book of the Year award, Pollet showcases these breathtaking winter gardens which are at their best when most gardens are at their barest.

Rich with blazes of colour and light, these gardens use creative structural planning and subtle textures to greate masterful visual and sensory ensembles.

From berries and barks to vibrant shrubs and evergreens, these gardens will delight and inspire in equal measure, all captured in extroardinary photographs by Pollet, one of today’s masters of garden photography and accompanied by insightful text which picks out the reasons these gardens are so special.

The second half of the book is an illustrated directory of over 300 plants which encourage you to achieve these effects in their own gardens.

From the author of bestselling Bark: An Intimate Look at the World’s Trees, this beautiful guide is a unique and unmissable book on some of the most creative and inspiring gardens around today.

And I received a copy of this to review…

WAHALA by NIKKI MAY

publication date – January 2022

SEX AND THE CITY with a killer edge for fans of QUEENIE, EXPECTATION and MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER

GRAZIA INSTAGRAM ‘IT’ BOOK

‘Funny, shocking, unputdownable. I loved it’ PAULA HAWKINS, author of The Girl on the Train and A Slow Fire Burning

‘Terrific. I just raced through Wahala. Nikki May writes so well about friendship, food, fashion and the many ways modern women can stumble in their careers and personal lives’ CLARE CHAMBERS, author of Small Pleasures
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Ronke, Simi, Boo are three mixed-race friends living in London. They have the gift of two cultures, Nigerian and English, though not all of them choose to see it that way.

Everyday racism has never held them back, but now in their thirties, they question their future. Ronke wants a husband (he must be Nigerian); Boo enjoys (correction: endures) stay-at-home motherhood; while Simi, full of fashion career dreams, rolls her eyes as her boss refers to her urban vibe yet again.

When Isobel, a lethally glamorous friend from their past arrives in town, she is determined to fix their futures for them.

Cracks in their friendship begin to appear, and it is soon obvious Isobel is not sorting but wrecking. When she is driven to a terrible act, the women are forced to reckon with a crime in their past that may just have repeated itself.

Explosive, hilarious and wildly entertaining, this razor-sharp tale of love, race and family will have you laughing, crying and gasping in horror. Fearlessly political about class, colourism and clothes, the spellbinding Wahala is for anyone who has ever cherished friendship, in all its forms.



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THE ROYAL GAME by ANNE O’BRIEN (audiobook)




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