When We Fall by Carolyn Kirby #WhenWeFall #blogtour #RandomThingsTours #noexit

At the heart of this moving novel is the tragedy of the Katyn Massacre of 1940, in which over 22,000 Polish military officers were murdered under orders of the Soviet Union. April 2020 marked the 80th anniversary of this horrific WWII crime and is also the 10th anniversary of the Smolensk Air Disaster, where PolishContinue reading “When We Fall by Carolyn Kirby #WhenWeFall #blogtour #RandomThingsTours #noexit”

Where We Belong by Anstey Harris #NetGalley #WhereWeBelong #SimonandSchuster

Amazingly, this is the first Anstey Harris novel I have read. I am now rushing back to read the others. This novel is magical, emotional and written with such sophistication and class. Cate and her son Leo are in a difficult situation. In the aftermath of her husband’s death, they are having to leave theContinue reading “Where We Belong by Anstey Harris #NetGalley #WhereWeBelong #SimonandSchuster”

I Made a Mistake by Jane Corry

This was a book of two halves for me, until the very end when I became totally engaged in both stories. Poppy is our first narrator and she has an incredibly busy life. Once an aspiring actress, Poppy now runs an agency for extras while managing a busy home. Her husband Stuart has a timeContinue reading “I Made a Mistake by Jane Corry”

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora #Fourth Estate #ConjureWomen #NetGalley

This wonderful debut novel was an unexpected, but very welcome, surprise. Set in a tumultuous period of history, before and after the American Civil War, this book is different because it focuses on the female perspective of these events. Miss May Belle and her daughter Rue live at Manse Charles’s plantation in the Deep South.Continue reading “Conjure Women by Afia Atakora #Fourth Estate #ConjureWomen #NetGalley”

The Carer by Deborah Moggach #TheCarer #BlogTour #TinderPress #RandomThingsTours

In this novel, Deborah Moggach brings a unique perspective to the experience of being in the ‘middle’ of life. Robert and Phoebe are juggling work, relationships, children and an ailing father who needs full time care since the death of their mother, Anna. Thankfully, Mandy the carer, comes into their lives and seems like theContinue reading “The Carer by Deborah Moggach #TheCarer #BlogTour #TinderPress #RandomThingsTours”

Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau. #Dreamland

This book was an absolute joy to read and exactly my sort of novel. In 1922, Peggy Battenburg is a member of one of the wealthiest families in America. However, alongside money and status comes scrutiny and Peggy doesn’t always behave the way a young lady, of her social standing, should. She bucks against theContinue reading “Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau. #Dreamland”

The Tainted by Cauvery Madhavan #The Tainted #blogtour #RandomThingsTours #HopeRoad

When I agreed to read Cauvery Madhavan’s book for this blog tour it was a bit of a gamble. I’d never read the author before and although I read some historical fiction, I recognised I might be reading outside my comfort zone. This novel proves it’s good to do that once in a while. ThisContinue reading “The Tainted by Cauvery Madhavan #The Tainted #blogtour #RandomThingsTours #HopeRoad”

The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner #TheYellowBirdSings #Picador #PanMacmillan #NetGalley

Jennifer Rosner’s novel is focused on Roza and her daughter Shira, who are hiding from the Germans in a confined space, in the loft of an old barn. This is Poland 1941 and stories have spread about what happens to any Jews found in town. Roza has already lost her husband and her parents wereContinue reading “The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner #TheYellowBirdSings #Picador #PanMacmillan #NetGalley”

The Wrong Move by Jennifer Savin #TheWrongMove #BlogTour #RandomThingsTours #EburyPublishing

Jessie has made a very bold move in deciding to move to the city of Brighton. Since fleeing an abusive relationship she’s been living with her parents. Now, she feels it’s time to move forward with her life and she always enjoyed the vibrancy of the city. Her best friend Priya would also be nearbyContinue reading “The Wrong Move by Jennifer Savin #TheWrongMove #BlogTour #RandomThingsTours #EburyPublishing”