Safe by SK Barnett #RandomThingsTours #blogtour #KeepItSafe

I reached the end of this novel and realised I’d been holding my breath. My whole body was tense. This is a dark, thrilling, journey to the centre of that place we all imagine to be the safest: our home. Twelve years ago, six year old Jenny Kristal left home to play with a friendContinue reading “Safe by SK Barnett #RandomThingsTours #blogtour #KeepItSafe”

A Theatre for Dreamers by Polly Samson #RandomThingsTours #blogtour #ATheatreForDreamers

I am fascinated by places where artists gain inspiration such as the Lake District, Newlyn and Venice, but particularly where colonies of artists have grown and lived together. Charleston would be a place of pilgrimage for me, the home created by Vanessa Bell on the south coast. This was where the Bloomsbury group of artistsContinue reading “A Theatre for Dreamers by Polly Samson #RandomThingsTours #blogtour #ATheatreForDreamers”

Heatstroke by Hazel Barkworth. #NetGalley #Heatstroke #HeadlineReview

Do I really see what’s in her mind, Each time i think I’m close to knowing She keeps on growing, Slipping through my fingers all the time. ABBA Years ago, when Mamma Mia first came out at the cinema, I went to see it with my Mum. When it came to the wedding day andContinue reading “Heatstroke by Hazel Barkworth. #NetGalley #Heatstroke #HeadlineReview”

The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell #NetGalley #The Caretakers #LakeUnionPublishing

In the aftermath of a destroyed reputation, and the death of her mother, Tessa takes refuge at an isolated estate, which is cared for by two elderly sisters. Fallbrook has been left to Tessa in her mother’s will and she hopes to get away from the publicity surrounding a huge lapse of judgement. As aContinue reading “The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell #NetGalley #The Caretakers #LakeUnionPublishing”

Novels by BAME Authors – Reading About Black Lives #BlackLivesMatter #BAME

Since the weekend I have seen many posts following the protests across the world after the murder of George Floyd by US police officers. This is where someone like me can feel powerless – I’m disabled, largely at home and without any real power. Like many others I’m sure, I’ve wondered what I can actuallyContinue reading “Novels by BAME Authors – Reading About Black Lives #BlackLivesMatter #BAME”

The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn #NetGalley #TheHopesAndDreamsOfLibbyQuinn #BoldwoodBooks

I’m going to admit to a certain amount of snobbery when it comes to the genre of novels called ‘ChickLit’. I think three years of English Literature at university and lots of talk about ‘the literary canon’ meant that reading this genre became a guilty pleasure for many people. I would now like to announceContinue reading “The Hopes and Dreams of Libby Quinn #NetGalley #TheHopesAndDreamsOfLibbyQuinn #BoldwoodBooks”

The House Guest by Mark Edwards. #NetGalley #TheHouseGuest

There’s a whiff of Scientology in the latest thriller from one of my go to writers, Mark Edwards. Ruth and Adam are a couple on the cusp of becoming the next big thing. Over the summer Ruth will be rehearsing for a new play opening on Broadway, since finding success in a low budget horrorContinue reading “The House Guest by Mark Edwards. #NetGalley #TheHouseGuest”

Why I Love Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Long before the film made this novel universally known, it had become one of my lifelong favourites. There are so many reasons why people love this book and why it was optioned for a film. It’s a transformative tale for a start. These two characters, Louisa and Will, change each other’s lives during the courseContinue reading “Why I Love Me Before You by Jojo Moyes”

The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Bjorg Aegisdottir. #RandomThingsTours #OrendaBooks #blogtours #TheCreakOnTheStairs

Investigating Officer Elma has only recently returned to her home town of Arkanes, after working in the city of Reykjavik. She has to hit the ground running when the body of a woman is discovered by two teenagers, hanging out in the old lighthouse. The dead woman is beautiful, with long dark hair and inscrutableContinue reading “The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Bjorg Aegisdottir. #RandomThingsTours #OrendaBooks #blogtours #TheCreakOnTheStairs”

The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman #TheSecretsofStrangers #blogtour #RandomThingsTours #NetGalley

I discovered Charity Norman’s writing a few years ago and devoured her back catalogue over a couple of weeks that summer. I jumped at the chance to review her latest novel and I read it in a day, because it was impossible to stay away from the characters and the incredible sense of tension createdContinue reading “The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman #TheSecretsofStrangers #blogtour #RandomThingsTours #NetGalley”