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”

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”

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”