My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 12th October 2019 #bookblogger

Hello!! Happy Weekend to you all!  I hope your week has been a good one – I had to turn to a cream scone or two to get me through this past week! Always helps lift my mood, despite the pounds it adds to my weight!!

And it’s been a pretty good bookish week! Only finished 2 books this week as currently reading a chunkster of a book(!), added one newbie to my netgalley shelves and there may have been an ebook purchase and a few physical books too! Here’s my look back…

BOOKS FINISHED

 Reach For A Star by Kathryn Freeman – 5 stars

Fabulous fun! Full review to follow on the blog tour!

The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey – 5 stars

Loved this one too! Really engaging! review to follow on blog tour!

BOOKHAUL

Netgalley made me do it….

LOOK AT ME NOW by SIMONE GOODMAN

out November 2019

Gracie Porter’s life is in a tangle. Her television cookery show is flailing and her boyfriend’s affections are waning. It’s time for a change…

Best friend Faith rescues her place on the small screen when she unwittingly lands them both starring roles in a steamy spin-off that becomes an instant hit. The new show is more about relationships, sex and stonking big vegetables than cooking.

Throw in a fluctuating crush on her surprisingly irresistible agent, Harry Hipgrave, an unlikely friendship with a pair of D-list models and a gossip journalist intent on making her life miserable, Grace wonders if becoming famous is all it’s cracked up to be?

Romantic, utterly uplifting and poignant, perfect for the fans of Sophie Kinsella and Lucy Diamond.

Two newbies from the fabulous GALLEY BEGGAR PRESS

PATIENCE by TOBY LITT

MEET ELLIOTT.

Elliott is something of a genius. He is hugely intelligent. He’s an incredible observer. He is able to memorise and categorise in astonishing detail. He has a beautiful and unusual imagination.

More than that, Elliott is an ideal friend. He is overflowing with compassion and warmth and fun. To know him is to adore him.

But few people do know Elliott, properly. Because Elliott is also stuck. He lives in a wheelchair in an orphanage. It’s 1979. Elliott is forced to spend his days in an empty corridor, either gazing out of the window at the birds in a tree or staring into a white wall – wherever the Catholic Sisters who run the ward have decided to park him.

So when Jim, blind and mute but also headstrong, arrives on the ward and begins to defy the Sisters’ restrictive rules, Elliott finally sees a chance for escape. Individually, the unloved, unvalued orphans will stay just where they are; together, they could achieve a magnificent freedom – if only for a few hours.

But how can Elliott, unable to move or speak clearly, communicate all this to Jim? How can he even get Jim to know he exists?

Patience is a remarkable story of love and friendship, courage and adventure – and finding joy in the most unlikely of settings. Elliott and Jim are going to have some fun

FEEDING TIME by ADAM BILES

Feeding Time, the debut novel by Paris-based writer Adam Biles, is a story about a rebellion in an old people’s home – or perhaps, more pertinently, about a rebellion of people who just happen to be old. The characters in Feeding Time are as funny, annoying, sharp, deranged, loving, and infinitely various as everyone else. They deserve dignity, and they know it – which makes it all the more imperative that something is done about the appalling conditions in Green Oaks. A story about the triumph of the human spirit told with verve and originality, to simply outline the plot of Feeding Time is to miss out on the strangeness, zest, and vigor of a deeply impressive debut. It is a triumph of the spirit – and a blast of rage against the dying of the light.

RING THE HILL by TOM COX

Got my pledge copy from Unbound so my name is in the back as a supporter!

Ring the Hill is a book written around, and about, hills: it includes a northern hill, a European hill, some hills from East Anglia that can barely be called hills at all. Each chapter takes a type of hill – whether it be knoll, cap, cliff, tor, bump or even mere hillock – as a starting point.

These hills can leads to an exploration of an intimate relationship with a beach, a journey into Cox’s past or a lesson from an expert in what goes into the mapping of hills themselves. Because a good walk in the hills is never just about the hills; it will take your mind to many other places

THE GREAT LEVEL by STELLA TILLYARD

Nudge books October pick for my subscription!

‘I am an engineer and a measured man of the world. I prefer to weigh everything in the balance, to calculate and to plan. Yet my own heart is going faster than I can now count.’

In 1649, Jan Brunt, a Dutchman, arrives in England to work on draining and developing the Great Level, an expanse of marsh in the heart of the fen country. It is here he meets Eliza, whose love overturns his ordered vision and whose act of resistance forces him to see the world differently. Jan flees to the New World, where the spirit of avarice is raging and his skills as an engineer are prized. Then one spring morning a boy delivers a note that prompts him to remember the Fens, and confront all that was lost there.

The Great Level is a dramatic and elemental story about two people whose differences draw them together then drive them apart. Jan and Eliza’s journeys, like the century they inhabit, are filled with conflict, hard graft and adventure – and see them searching for their own piece of solid ground.

THE WHISPER MAN by ALEX NORTH – ebook borrowed from library

If you leave a door half-open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken…

Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a fresh start.

But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys. Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as ‘The Whisper Man’.

Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle in to their new home. Except that now another boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely.

He says he hears a whispering at his window…

THE BROKEN GIRLS by SIMONE ST JAMES – 99p Kindle purchase

October pick for the facebook Elsie’s Attic Book Club!

1950 – At the crumbling Idlewild Hall school for unwanted girls, four room-mates begin to bond over dark secrets and whispered fears – until one of them mysteriously disappears . . .

2014 – Journalist Fiona Sheridan can’t get over the murder of her sister twenty years ago, near the ruins of Idlewild. And when another body is found during renovations of the school, she begins to uncover horrors that were meant to remain hidden – and a voice that won’t be silenced.

For fans of Lisa Jewell and S.K. Tremayne, The Broken Girls is a chilling story of murder, revenge, and secrets that refuse to stay buried . . .

CURRENTLY READING

THE SECRET COMMONWEALTH by PHILIP PULLMAN

DARK TALES by SHIRLEY JACKSON

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Happy with that little lot! And currently loving The Secret Commonwealth so hoping to finish that this weekend! Anyone else a fan of Philip Pullman?!

HAPPY READING!!

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My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 5th October 2019 #bookblogger

Hello! And Happy Bookshop Day to you all! Unfortunately we don’t have any independant bookshops near to us anymore so I won’t be out hitting any bookshops today, but I hope you are! Buy one on my behalf please!!

Got a blinding headache today as I type this so apologies for mistakes or any rambling rubbish I spew!  It has been a good bookish week though so that always puts a smile on my face! 6 books finished, 4 newbies from netgalley (oops!) and a few new books of the physical variety that I’ve won or treated myself to!

Here’s a look back…

BOOKS FINISHED

Three Days In Florence by Chrissie Manby  – 4 stars

Lots of fun and frolics in Florence! Enjoyed this!

Make It Up To You by Lucy Keeling – 5 stars

Sizzing hot gardener alert!! No wonder I loved it!! Full review on blog tour soon!

The House That Alice Built by Chris Penhall – 5 stars

Makes you want to run away to Portugal!! Full review on blog tour soon!

Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior – 3 stars

Started so well for me but just fell a little flat.

The Recovery of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel – 5 stars

Out 2020 – deliciously dark and very twisted!! Loved it!

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella – 5 stars

Becky is back!! And shopping for Xmas is proving stressful!!

BOOKHAUL

Netgalley lured me in again……

The Wish List of Albie Young by Ruby Hummingbird

Out November 2019

Sometimes you have to hit the bottom before you can float to the top.

Maria Birch is seventy years old and, for her, every week is the same.

On Monday, she does her weekly shop. On Tuesday, she goes for a blow-dry. On Wednesday, she visits the laundrette. But Thursday is her favourite day of all – everything hurts less on a Thursday.

Every Thursday Maria walks to her local café. Waiting for her at one of the red gingham-topped tables is Albie Young, a charming man with a twinkle in his eye and an impressive collection of tweed flat caps. Every week, the pair share a slice of marble cake and a pot of tea.

Except, one week, Albie doesn’t turn up.

When Maria finds out what has happened, her perfectly ordered life is ripped apart at the seams. Suddenly, she is very lonely. Without her Thursday friend – her only friend – she no longer has the energy to circle the weekly TV listings, she has no reason to leave her apartment, no reason to laugh.

Then she discovers that Albie isn’t who she thought he was, and she’s left wondering if she knew her friend at all. But Albie has left behind a legacy – a handwritten list of wishes he never got the chance to complete.

Maria is resigned to facing the rest of her days heartbroken and alone. But fulfilling Albie’s wishes could hold the key to her happiness – if only she’s able to look past his secret…

This life-affirming and heartfelt tale is for anyone who has ever looked at their life and wanted more. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things will love this poignant story, which shows us that for the truest loves, the end is never really the end…

MISS AUSTEN by GILL HORNBY

out January 2020

A wonderfully original, emotionally complex ‘reading-group’ novel that delves into why Cassandra burned a treasure trove of letters written by her sister, Jane Austen – an act of destruction that has troubled academics for centuries.

It’s 1840, twenty-three years after the death of her famous sister Jane, and Cassandra Austen – alone and unwed – returns to the vicarage in the village of Kintbury.

There, in a dusty corner of the sprawling vicarage, she discovers a treasure trove of family letters – and within them secrets that she feels certain must not be revealed.

She resolves to burn the letters, even those written by Jane herself.

But why destroy so much of her sister’s legacy?

As Cassandra casts an eye back on her youth and the life of her brilliant yet complex sister, she pieces together long-buried truths from both her and Jane’s pasts, and knows she must make a terrible choice: let the contents of the letters colour Jane’s memory for ever – or protect her reputation no matter the cost.

THE GLASS HOTEL

out April 2020

The Glass Hotel begins at the end, with a fall: a woman plummeting from the deck of a cargo ship, her body quickly swallowed by the sea. It is a death that happens between continents, outside of jurisdictions: a death that will likely go unremarked and unsolved.

Years earlier a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, taking with it the finances, hopes, and lives, of hundreds of people.

The Glass Hotel is a novel about the interconnected lives tangled up in two very different tragedies. It is a book about love and guilt, greed and the need to survive, and it is a book populated by ghosts – these people are haunted by the different lives they might have lived, and by those they wish they’d never lost.

THE CHILD OF AUSCHWITZ by LILY GRAHAM

out November 2019

‘She touched the photograph in its gilt frame that was always on her desk, of a young, thin woman with very short hair and a baby in her arms. She had one last story to tell. Theirs. And it began in hell on earth.’

It is 1942 and Eva Adami has boarded a train to Auschwitz. Barely able to breathe due to the press of bodies and exhausted from standing up for two days, she can think only of her longed-for reunion with her husband Michal, who was sent there six months earlier.

But when Eva arrives at Auschwitz, there is no sign of Michal and the stark reality of the camp comes crashing down upon her. As she lies heartbroken and shivering on a thin mattress, her head shaved by rough hands, she hears a whisper. Her bunkmate, Sofie, is reaching out her hand…

As the days pass, the two women learn each other’s hopes and dreams – Eva’s is that she will find Michal alive in this terrible place, and Sofie’s is that she will be reunited with her son Tomas, over the border in an orphanage in Austria. Sofie sees the chance to engineer one last meeting between Eva and Michal and knows she must take it even if means befriending the enemy…

But when Eva realises she is pregnant she fears she has endangered both their lives. The women promise to protect each other’s children, should the worst occur. For they are determined to hold on to the last flower of hope in the shadows and degradation: their precious children, who they pray will live to tell their story when they no longer can.

A SHADOW ON THE LENS by SAM HURCOM

won a copy via a Twitter giveaway

The Postmaster looked over my shoulder. As I turned to look I saw a flicker of movement from across the street. I felt unseen eyes peer at me.
He walked away without another word. I watched as he climbed onto his bicycle and sped away down the street. I turned back and looked over my shoulder.
Someone had been watching us.

1904. Thomas Bexley, one of the first forensic photographers, is called to the sleepy and remote Welsh village of Dinas Powys, several miles down the coast from the thriving port of Cardiff. A young girl by the name of Betsan Tilny has been found murdered in the woodland – her body bound and horribly burnt. But the crime scene appears to have been staged, and worse still: the locals are reluctant to help.

As the strange case unfolds, Thomas senses a growing presence watching him, and try as he may, the villagers seem intent on keeping their secret. Then one night, in the grip of a fever, he develops the photographic plates from the crime scene in a makeshift darkroom in the cellar of his lodgings. There, he finds a face dimly visible in the photographs; a face hovering around the body of the dead girl – the face of Betsan Tilny

THE ICE PALACE by TARJEI VESAAS

The schoolchildren call it the Ice Palace: a frozen waterfall in the Norwegian fjords transformed into a fantastic structure of translucent walls, sparkling towers and secret chambers. It fascinates two young girls, lonely Unn and lively Siss, who strike up an intense friendship. When Unn decides to explore the Ice Palace alone and doesn’t return, Siss must try to cope with the loss of her friend without succumbing to a frozen world of her own making.

BROOKLYN by COLM TOIBIN

Colm Tóibín’s sixth novel, Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself.

Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America — to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood “just like Ireland” — she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.

Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love with Tony, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.

CURRENTLY READING

REACH FOR A STAR by KATHRYN FREEMAN

THE GLITTERING HOUR by IONA GREY

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HAPPY READING!!

My October TBR list! #bookblogger #TBR

It’s October!! Bring on those longer evenings,  get those scented candles lit and hide under a comfy blanket as we’ve all got a ton of books to read!!  And this is my tiny attempt to construct some kind of reading plan for the month ahead! That is before I get seduced by new releases or old classics that invariably end up being read instead!!

A few Blog Tour reads are a must and the plan to crack down on the Netgalley shelf continues – still haven’t stopped adding new ones though which is a big downfall! – and also get back into non-fiction books ahead of non-fiction November!

Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson

I’ve never read anything by Shirley Jackson so was glad to see this as the choice over at GoodReads on the Readalongs With Karen group!

Make It Up To You by Lucy Keeling – blog tour read

The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey – blog tour read

The House That Alice Built by Chris Penhall – blog tour read

Reach For A Star by Kathryn Freeman – blog tour read

So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter – netgalley read

Wild About Weeds by Jack Wallington – netgalley

The Deserter’s Daughter by Susanna Bavin 

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So what are you planning in the month ahead?! Hope you have better luck sticking to a list than I do!!

HAPPY READING!!

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 28th September 2019

Hello all!  And farewell to September…aarrggghhh!!  It doesn’t feel like it’s less than 3 months to Christmas but I’m already feeling under prepared! And so many more books I hope to read before the year is through! I need to crack on!!!

Not been a bad week for me –  managed to finish 2 books, may have visited NetGalley a few times  plus added a library book to the never ending TBR mountain! 

BOOKS FINISHED

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession – 5 stars

Just wonderful!

Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories by Sharon Blackie – 4 stars

Wonderful collection of short stories

BOOKHAUL

To Netgalley we go……

Three Hours by Rosamund Lipton

out January 2020

Three hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds.

It is a morning’s lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods.

It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible.

It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for.

In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, from the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the parents gathering desperate for news, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the students taking refuge in the school theatre, all experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption

Saving Missy by Beth Morrey

out February 2020

Prickly. Stubborn. Terribly lonely.
But everyone deserves a second chance…

A dazzling debut for 2020 – are you ready to meet Missy Carmichael?

Missy Carmichael’s life has become small.

Grieving for a family she has lost or lost touch with, she’s haunted by the echoes of her footsteps in her empty home; the sound of the radio in the dark; the tick-tick-tick of the watching clock.

Spiky and defensive, Missy knows that her loneliness is all her own fault. She deserves no more than this; not after what she’s done. But a chance encounter in the park with two very different women opens the door to something different.

A new life beckons for Missy, if only she can be brave enough to grasp the opportunity. But seventy-nine is too late for a second chance. Isn’t it?

WILD ABOUT WEEDS by JACK WALLINGTON

Wild About Weeds by RHS-qualified garden designer Jack Wallington is the first gardening book that looks again at garden design’s most ignored group of plants: weeds.

Not all weeds are ugly uncontrollable brutes. Yes, they can be difficult and intimidating, but weeds can bring a wild, rebellious element to a garden.

In his new book, Jack Wallington profiles over 50 weeds and demonstrates surprising ways to grow them. He explains every element of growing weeds in our own gardens, from weed hunting to collecting and storing weeds, and letting these wild plants flourish without taking control.

Wild About Weeds makes a compelling case for leaving weeds in gardens as part of planting schemes to help bring gardens to life and make them more sustainable and wildlife-friendly. Including a brief history of garden weeds, as well as exclusive interviews with top gardeners, designers and botanists,

Wild About Weeds is the must-have guide for anyone looking to tame and nurture the most challenging of plants.

ELLIE AND THE HARP MAKER by HAZEL PRIOR – library copy

In the rolling hills of beautiful Exmoor, there’s a barn. And in that barn, you’ll find Dan. He’s a maker of exquisite harps – but not a great maker of conversation. He’s content in his own company, quietly working and away from social situations that he doesn’t always get right.

But one day, a cherry-socked woman stumbles across his barn and the conversation flows a little more easily than usual. She says her name’s Ellie, a housewife, alone, out on her daily walk and, though she doesn’t say this, she looks sad. He wants to make her feel better, so he gives her one of his harps, made of cherry wood.

And before they know it, this simple act of kindness puts them on the path to friendship, big secrets, pet pheasants and, most importantly, true love.

CURRENTLY READING

The Brothers York by Thomas Penn  from Netgalley

Three Days In Florence by Chrissie Manby

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HAPPY READING

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 21st September 2019 #bookblogger

Smile it’s the weekend!!  And if this sunny weather we are enjoying here in the south of the country continues then  I’ll be extremely happy!  Best to enjoy it while we have it – the housework can wait another day or two!! There’s books to be read!

And it’s been a pretty good week reading wise! Another 6 books finished, just 1 downloaded from Netgalley and 2 lovely books in the post for review!  Here’s a quick look back!

BOOKS FINISHED

The Bumblebee Flies Anyway by Kate Bradbury  – 5 stars

Before the coffee gets cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi  – 3 stars

After The End by Clare Mackintosh  – 4 stars

Jessie’s Little Bookshop by the Sea by Kirsty Ferry  – 5 stars

The Secret to Happiness by Jessica Redland  – 4 stars

Fuck Yeah Video Games by Daniel Hardcastle  – 5 stars

BOOKHAUL

Starting at Netgalley

RABBITS FOR FOOD by BINNIE KIRSHENBAUM

published by Serpent’s Tail

Publication Date – 14th November 2019

It’s New Year’s Eve, the holiday of forced fellowship, mandatory fun, and paper hats. While dining out with her husband and their friends, Bunny -an acerbic, mordantly witty, and clinically depressed writer-fully unravels. Her breakdown lands her in the psych ward of a prestigious New York hospital, where she refuses all modes of recommended treatment.
Instead, she passes the time chronicling the lives of her fellow “lunatics” and writing a novel about what brought her there. Her story is a brilliant and brutally funny dive into the disordered mind of a woman who sees the world all too clearly.
Propelled by razor-sharp comic timing and rife with pinpoint insights, Kirshenbaum examines what it means to be unloved and loved, to succeed and fail, to be at once impervious and raw. Rabbits for Food shows how art can lead us out of-or into-the depths of disconsolate loneliness and piercing grief. A bravura literary performance from one of America’s finest writers.

THE RECOVERY OF ROSE GOLD by STEPHANIE WROBEL – copy for review

publication date – March 2020

Emerson MFA graduate now living in the UK Stephanie Wrobel’s THE RECOVERY OF ROSE GOLD, the story of a young woman being slowly poisoned by her mother for 18 years who makes a calculated decision to take her in after her prison sentence, an exploration of the aftermath of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, to Amanda Bergeron at Berkley, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2020.

THE GLITTERING HOUR by IONA GREY

copy ahead of Blog Tour

The epic and long-awaited new romance from the author of Letters to the Lost, winner of the RNA Award.
Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing. Her life is a whirl of parties and drinking, pursued by the press and staying just the right side of scandal.
Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter who stumbles into Selina’s orbit one night and can never let her go.
Spanning two decades and a seismic shift in British history as World War II approaches, this is an epic novel of passion, heartache and loss.

CURRENTLY READING

LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL by RONAN HESSION

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HAPPY READING!!

#BookReview The Secret To Happiness by Jessica Redland

ABOUT THE BOOK

Danniella is running from her past, so when she arrives at the beautiful seaside resort of Whitsborough Bay, the last thing on her mind is making friends. After all, they might find out her secrets… Alison is fun, caring and doesn’t take herself too seriously. But beneath the front, she is a lost soul, stuck in a terrible relationship, with body confidence issues and no family to support her. All she really needs is a friend. Karen’s romance has taken a back seat to her fitness business. But she doesn’t want to give up on love quite yet. If only those mysterious texts would stop coming through… When the women meet at their local bootcamp, a deep friendship blossoms. And soon they realise that the secret to happiness is where they least expected to find it…

published by BOLDWOOD BOOKS

PURCHASE LINK

Amazon UK

MY REVIEW

How have I let this author pass me by?! My first Jessica Redland book but definitely not my last and I’m already looking forward to catching up with the others she has written if this one is anything to go by! I found myself totally swept up in the lives of these women – cheering on their achievements, despairing with them at the down moments in their lives, and just wanting to meet up with them all and sharing a drink or two!

This is a book about 3 women – Karen, Alison and Daniella – who live very different lives but are brought together as only fate can determine and soon find themselves supporting one another in more ways they can ever imagine.

Alison is feeling trapped in her life with Dave – he was there for her at the beginning when she needed him, but now he’s constantly on at her about her weight (I have to admit to wanting her to thump him on more than one occasion!!) and taking her for granted. So she comfort eats to stop feeling so bad – and so the cycle of hate and pity continues. But one day she finds herself helping a jogger who has fallen over, and this new friendship spurs her on to make changes in her life.

The jogger she helps is Daniella – a very guarded woman who is hiding something but she’s not opening up to anyone – when she does eventually find the strength to talk about her past your heart just breaks for her.

And then there’s Karen – running a PT business with her other half, Ryan – she seemingly has it all, but there are cracks beginning to show and she’s another woman with a tragic past and the support of her new friends Alison and Daniella is a great comfort to her when she seems to attract a stalker and the walls start tumbling down around her.

I loved the support network on show in this story! The way the women were all there for one another – there was no judging, they were just there to cheer one another on and to lean on when needed. I did find myself getting a little infuriated by some of the decisions the women were making , but the more you found out about their pasts then the more it became clear why they were so willing to make certain moves.

None of the women were perfect and it was good to see them in real life situations and dealing with things in ways the reader could relate to and I found myself outraged and delighted in equal measures as certain situations played out! A proper uplifting read!!

★★★★

My thanks to Boldwood Books/Netgalley for the ecopy in return for a fair and honest review.

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 14th September 2019

Hello!!  Managed to tear myself away from the sunshine for a while so I can can catch up with what’s been going on in my bookish world this week – and there’s been a lot so make yourselves comfy!!

I’ve finished reading 5 books this week which would be good, but a total of 9 new books ( 5 physical books, 4 Netgalley!) have made their way into my world so I’m failing miserably on keeping some balance!!  Maybe next week….

BOOKS FINISHED

This Census-Taker by China Mieville  – 3 stars

Quirky and unsettling!

Mr Godley’s Phantom by Mal Peet – 4 stars

Enjoyable and ghostly goings on, with dark undertones!

Escape to Giddywell Grange by Kim Nash  – 5 stars

Loved this one! all the feels!!

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck  – 4 stars

Such a powerful little novel!

Bone China by Laura Purcell  – 5 stars

Just wonderful! Dark, atmospheric, gothic – all I love in a book!

BOOKHAUL

Shall we start at Netgalley….

Ten Things My Cat Hates About You by Lottie Lucas

publication date – November 2019

This funny, warm-hearted rom com is perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk and Mhairi McFarlane!

Not everyone gets nine lives…
So he better be the love of a lifetime!

When Clara’s ginger cat Casper chases yet another romantic prospect out the door she’s ready to give up on love altogether. But then the fussy feline causes two meet cutes in the space of a day and suddenly Clara has two gorgeous men driving her to distraction.

But who is in control of happy ever after? Clara, fate…or the cat who started it all?

Finding Henry Applebee by Celia Reynolds

publication date – October 2019

Harold Fry meets Brief Encounters in this charming and poignant debut.

‘She’s why you’re going to Edinburgh, isn’t she? I knew there must be a reason why you had to be on this train!’
Henry blinked. He hoped he hadn’t come across from the outset as some sort of eccentric old fool.
He took a breath. Felt the words gathering inside him. ‘Yes,’ he replied, ‘it’s all part of the story. A small story, perhaps, but it’s my story. One that’s shaped my world for the last sixty-five years.’

Henry Applebee isn’t as young as he used to be. He’s also alone, and in love. After decades of searching, he boards a train from London to Edinburgh to find the woman he can’t forget, the woman he spent a fleeting weekend with sixty-five years before.

His objective is simple: to make amends for a terrible mistake…

But when Henry crosses paths with Ariel, a teenager from Wales, also bound to Edinburgh to fulfil her mother’s dying wish, his well-meaning quest takes an unexpected turn.

So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter

Publication Date – October 2019

I’M A MOTHERI feel like I’m failing every day I HAVE A CAREERI have to shout to make myself heard I’VE GOT THE BEST FRIENDS Sometimes I feel so alone I LOVE MY BODY I don’t know who I am beyond it Sometimes it looks like everyone is living their best life.Everyone, except you. But no life is perfect, everyone is fighting a private battle of their own – it’s just a struggle to say it out loud.Fearless, frank and for every woman who’s ever doubted herself, So Lucky is the straight-talking new novel from the Sunday Times bestseller.

Actually, you’re pretty f****** lucky to be you.

The Women at Hitler’s Table by Rosella Postorino

Publication Date – November 2019

Inspired by the powerful true story of Margot Wölk, this is a heartbreaking and gripping historical novel for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Beekeeper of AleppoEast Prussia, 1943. Hitler hides away in the Wolfsshanze – his hidden headquarters. The tide is turning in the war and his enemies circle ever closer.Ten women are chosen.Ten women to taste his food and protect him from poison.Twenty-six-year-old Rosa has lost everything to this war. Her parents are dead. Her husband is fighting on the front line. Alone and scared, she faces the SS with nothing but the knowledge every bite might be her last.Caught on the wrong side of history, how far is Rosa willing to go to survive?

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Foxfire, Wolfskin and other stories of shapeshifting women by Sharon Blackie

ahead of Blog Tour

Drawing on myth and fairy tales found across Europe – from Croatia to Sweden, Ireland to Russia – Sharon Blackie brings to life women’s remarkable ability to transform themselves in the face of seemingly impossible circumstances. These stories are about coming to terms with our animal natures, exploring the ways in which we might renegotiate our fractured relationship with the natural world, and uncovering the wildness – and wilderness – within. Beautifully illustrated by Helen Nicholson, Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women is her first collection of short stories. All are either reimaginings of older tales, or contain characters, beings and motifs which appear in older tales.

The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves

due out 2020

A lifetime together. Six months of silence. One last chance.

Frank hasn’t spoken to his wife Maggie for six months.

For weeks they have lived under the same roof, slept in the same bed and eaten at the same table – all without words.

Maggie has plenty of ideas as to why her husband has gone quiet.

But it will take another heartbreaking turn of events before Frank finally starts to unravel the secrets that have silenced him.

Is this where their story ends?
Or is it where it begins?

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

copy for review

In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will alter her destiny…and it’s a lie that will remain buried until the next century.

Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat, and dreams instead of the day Tomasz returns from college in Warsaw so they can be married. But little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina’s tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate. Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents’ farm. But for now, even deafening silence is preferable to grief.

Slipping between Nazi-occupied Poland and the frenetic pace of modern life, Kelly Rimmer creates an emotional and finely wrought narrative that weaves together two women’s stories into a tapestry of perseverance, loyalty, love and honor. The Things We Cannot Say is an unshakable reminder of the devastation when truth is silenced…and how it can take a lifetime to find our voice before we learn to trust it.

Fuck Yeah Video Games by Daniel Hardcastle

copy for review ahead of blog tour

As Daniel Hardcastle careers towards thirty, he looks back on what has really made him happy in life: the friends, the romances… the video games. Told through encounters with the most remarkable – and the most mind-boggling – games of the last thirty-odd years, Fuck Yeah, Video Games is also a love letter to the greatest hobby in the world.

From God of War to Tomb Raider, Pokémon to The Sims, Daniel relives each game with countless in-jokes, obscure references and his signature wit, as well as intricate, original illustrations by Rebecca Maughan. Alongside this march of merriment are chapters dedicated to the hardware behind the games: a veritable history of Sony, Nintendo, Sega and Atari consoles.

Joyous, absurd, personal and at times sweary, Daniel’s memoir is a celebration of the sheer brilliance of video games.

 The Anomaly by Michael Rutger

This was picked for me by Nudge Magazine as part of my year long subscription package

Not all secrets are meant to be found.

If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore — a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the “real” experts, but beloved of conspiracy theorists.

Nolan sets out to retrace the steps of an explorer from 1909 who claimed to have discovered a mysterious cavern high up in the ancient rock of the Grand Canyon. And, for once, he may have actually found what he seeks. Then the trip takes a nasty turn, and the cave begins turning against them in mysterious ways.



Nolan’s story becomes one of survival against seemingly impossible odds. The only way out is to answer a series of intriguing questions: What is this strange cave? How has it remained hidden for so long? And what secret does it conceal that made its last visitors attempt to seal it forever? 

CURRENTLY READING


After The End by Clare Mackintosh


This is the September pick for the facebook reading group Elsie’s Attic Book Club and I managed to find a perfect hardback copy in a local charity shop for £1!

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How has your week been bookwise?!  Any books to recommend!?! Always happy to hear your thoughts!!

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