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”

The Butchers by Ruth Gilligan. #TheButchers #blogtour #RandomThingsTours #AtlanticBooks

‘Even now; twenty-two years since he took the photograph, he still cannot quite believe the lack of blood’. From the first line of this unusual novel I was ‘hooked’. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. It is true though. When I received the book I opened it and read the first paragraph. I wanted to drop everythingContinue reading “The Butchers by Ruth Gilligan. #TheButchers #blogtour #RandomThingsTours #AtlanticBooks”

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

‘I bet you didn’t know that bleach masks the smell of blood’. What an explosive opening to a novel. My partner had picked this up when we were in a bookshop collecting an order. ‘You have to buy this’ he said ‘it’s right up your street’. That man knows me so well! This is aContinue reading “My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite”

The Museum of Broken Promises by Elizabeth Buchan. #RandomThingsTours #blogtour #TheMuseumOfBrokenPromises #CorvusBooks

Imagine walking into a museum. A quiet murmur as people move between the glass display cases. A woman next to you gasps and clutches her hand to her heart. A friend puts an arm round her. It’s hard to tell which of the exhibits has moved her. The old passport? The pearl ring? The children’sContinue reading “The Museum of Broken Promises by Elizabeth Buchan. #RandomThingsTours #blogtour #TheMuseumOfBrokenPromises #CorvusBooks”