Halloween Reads – The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

I loved Alix E. Harrow’s Ten Thousand Doors of January so much that it was in my top ten books of last year, so I approached her new novel with excitement, but some trepidation too. Could it possibly live up to her last work? Yet with promises of suffragettes, spells, anarchy and sister witches howContinue reading “Halloween Reads – The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow”

Halloween Reads: Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

This month I took some time off from blog tours and other commitments to spend a couple of weeks reading my own choices. Not only did this give me a lot of freedom, it allowed me to read one of my all time favourite authors followed by one of my most recent loves; Alice HoffmanContinue reading “Halloween Reads: Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman”

The Safe Place by Anna Downes.

#TheSafePlace #HodderandStoughton #NetGalley Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks Date: 20th August 2020 ISBN: 1529375096 Emily Proudman’s life is imploding. She’s lost her acting agent, job and home all in one day. Scott Denny also has a problem, one he doesn’t think he can fix. He is a wealthy and successful CEO but neither of these things canContinue reading “The Safe Place by Anna Downes.”

If I Could Say Goodbye by Emma Cooper.

#NetGalley #HeadlineReview #IfICouldSayGoodbye Published: 17th September 2020 Publisher: Headline Review ISBN: 1472265041 What an incredibly emotional read this was for me. I found myself having a good old cry at 4am over Jen and her family’s story. It begins when Jennifer is adopted by a childless couple and four years later gets an unexpected littleContinue reading “If I Could Say Goodbye by Emma Cooper.”

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

#NetGalley #TheBookOfTwoWays #HodderandStoughton A few years ago I was lucky enough to meet Jodi Picoult, and ask her some questions. She was promoting her novel Sing You Home and the question I asked was about the ideas she has for her novels; do the characters or the issue come to her first? Most of herContinue reading “The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult”

The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish

#TheOtherPassenger #NetGalley #SimonandSchuster I’ve started to think of Louise Candlish as one of my ‘go to’ authors for classy thrillers with unexpected twists. As always she drew me in with the characters, but at first I wasn’t quite feeling it. I was curious, but I found myself waiting for something to happen. Then there wasContinue reading “The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish”

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue.

#Picador #NetGalley #bookbloggers Before the novelist Emma Donoghue gained worldwide renown for her incredible novel Room, I was already a fan of her historical fiction such as Slammerkin and The Sealed Letter. Her brand new novel, The Pull of the Stars, is another well researched and immersive historical novel that concentrates on 3 days inContinue reading “The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue.”

The Phone Box at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina

#ThePhoneboxAtTheEdgeOfTheWorld #NetGalley I fell in love with this absolutely beautiful book and have immediately gone out to buy a copy for my collection. I’m a widow, so a book that addresses love and loss so eloquently speaks to me emotionally. It is devastating, but also uplifting and life enhancing at the same time. The JapaneseContinue reading “The Phone Box at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina”

Attraction by Ruby Porter.

#NetGalley #Attraction #bookblogger Three women make their way across New Zealand’s North Island in this debut novel. During this time they will explore their relationship with each other, and the island’s colonial history. Our unnamed narrator has a complicated relationship with Llana her on/off girlfriend, Ashi her best friend and even with herself. She’s battlingContinue reading “Attraction by Ruby Porter.”

The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde #NetGalley #Hodder&Stoughton #TheConstant Rabbit

I love reading Jasper Fforde because you find yourself catapulted into a parallel universe that’s often completely absurd. When that universe involves the neighbours being 6ft talking rabbits and the reader has a five foot white rabbit greeting guests at the front door it’s a match made in heaven. I have been fascinated with theseContinue reading “The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde #NetGalley #Hodder&Stoughton #TheConstant Rabbit”