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Monday, 6 September 2021

Book Review: Whisper Cottage by Anne Wyn Clark

 
AD* | How well do you know the woman next door?

When Stina and Jack move to an old rural cottage, they’re hoping for a fresh start. Their new home is run-down compared to their neighbour’s, but generous Mrs Barley quickly becomes a friend.

Until Stina sees a mysterious figure in the widow’s garden, and her happy new life begins to unravel. And when she hears strange noises in the night, she is forced to question if Mrs Barley is what she seems.

Why do the other villagers whisper about her? Why is she so eager to help the couple? And what is she hiding in her picture-perfect home?

Saturday, 4 September 2021

Book Review: Green Rising by Lauren James

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AD* | Gabrielle is a climate-change activist who shoots to fame when she becomes the first teenager to display a supernatural ability to grow plants from her skin. Hester is the millionaire daughter of an oil tycoon and the face of the family business. Theo comes from a long line of fishermen, but his parents are struggling to make ends meet.

On the face of it, the three have very little in common. Yet when Hester and Theo join Gabrielle and legions of other teenagers around the world in developing the strange new “Greenfingers” power, it becomes clear that to use their ability for good, they’ll need to learn to work together. But in a time of widespread corruption and greed, there are plenty of profit-hungry organizations who want to use the Greenfingers for their own ends. And not everyone would like to see the Earth saved...

As they navigate first love and family expectations, can the three teenagers pull off the ultimate heist and bring about a green rising?

Friday, 3 September 2021

Book Review: Freckles by Cecelia Ahern

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AD* | You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

When a stranger utters these words to Allegra Bird, nicknamed Freckles, it turns her highly ordered life upside down. In her current life as a parking warden, she has left her eccentric father and unconventional childhood behind for a bold new life in the city.

But a single encounter leads her to ask the question she’s been avoiding for so long: who are the people who made her the way she is? And who are the five people who can shape and determine her future? Just as she once joined the freckles on her skin to mirror the constellations in the night sky, she must once again look for connections.

Told in Allegra’s vivid, original voice, moving from Dublin to the fierce Atlantic coast, this is an unforgettable story of human connection, of friendship, and growing into your own skin.

Five people. Five stars. Freckle to freckle. Star to star.

Thursday, 2 September 2021

Book Review: The Wedding Party by Tammy Cohen

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AD* | Till death do us part...

Lucy has dreamt of her wedding day for as long as she can remember.

And now the day is almost here. Her nearest and dearest are gathered on an idyllic Greek island and she just knows it's going to be perfect. It has to be.

But even the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong. Why are her parents behaving so strangely? Why won't the rather odd lady from the airport stop hanging around? Who is the silent stranger her sister brought as a plus-1?

And then they find the body.

It's going to be a day to remember.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Reading Round-Up: July/August 2021

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Ready for another reading round-up? I can't believe how quickly the last two months have gone - it seems like only yesterday that I was sitting here writing up my May/June reading round-up

What is Reading Round-Up?

Reading Round-Up is a simple way for me to keep track of everything book-related, and a fun way to show you what I've been reading over the last few months!

Out are the books I've read in July and August.

In are the books I've acquired during that time.

And wishlist are the books I've found out about and want to buy but haven't managed to get my hands on yet!

In
  • Take a Chance on Me by Beth Moran
  • The Gathering Storm by Alan Jones
  • The Unravelling by Polly Crosby
  • The Lucky Eight by Sheila Bugler
  • The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Beloved Girls by Harriet Evans
  • The Black Dress by Deborah Moggach
  • Kind Words for Unkind Days by Jayne Hardy 
  • The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble 
  • A Home in the Sun by Sue Moorcroft
  • The Spanish Girl by Jules Hayes
  • The New Beginnings Bridal Boutique by Kellie Hailes
  • The Love Note by Kate G. Smith
  • Sleepless in Sicily by Emma Jackson
  • Blue Skies at the Birdie and Bramble by Alison Craig
  • Summer at the Vineyard by Fliss Chester
  • Black Drop by Leonora Nattrass
  • Queen of Thieves by Beezy Marsh 
  • The Forgotten Maid by Jane Cable 
  • Not Here to Be Liked by Michelle Quach 
  • The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare 
  • Bookshop Tours of Britain by Louise Boland
  • The Killer in the Snow (DI James Walker #2) by Alex Pine
  • Her Heart for a Compass by Sarah Ferguson 
  • The Turnout by Megan Abbott
  • A Special Cornish Christmas by Phillipa Ashley 
  • The Art of Loving You by Amelia Henley
  • The Collector's Daughter by Gill Paul
  • Her Little Secret by Julia Stone 
  • Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult
  • The Kinship of Djinns (Undying #1) by Ambreen Hameed & Uzma Hameed 
  • My Uncle's Son (Undying #2) by Ambreen Hameed & Uzma Hameed 
  • Twin Crowns by Katherine Webber & Catherine Doyle 
  • The Heron's Cry (Two Rivers #2) by Ann Cleeves
  • Her Nanny's Secret by Jan Baynham 
  • Rachel Ryan's Resolutions by Laura Starkey
  • The Woods are Always Watching by Stephanie Perkins 
  • Castle of Refuge (The Dericott Tales #2) by Melanie Dickerson 
  • The Spirit of a Rising Sun by K.R. Galindez 
  • The Liar of Red Valley by Walter Goodwater
  • Sunrise Over Pebble Bay by Della Galton
  • Starting Over at Sunset Cottage by Lisa Hobman
  • The Perfect Daughter by Alex Stone 
  • Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano 
  • Blue Moon (Jack Reacher #24) by Lee Child 
  • The Flight by Julie Clark 
  • Her Secret War by Pam Lecky 

Out

Wishlist
  • The Quickening by Rhiannon Ward
  • The Lucky Eight by Sheila Bugler
  • Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar
  • This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron
  • The Four Symbols by Eric Giacometti & Jacques Ravenne
  • Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk & Nicola Yoon
  • The Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander 
  • Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins 
  • Tunnel 29 by Helena Merriman 
  • Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney 
  • Court of Swans by Melanie Dickerson 
  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  • The Long Call (Two Rivers #1) by Ann Cleeves 
  • Amy Snow by Tracy Rees 

What have you been reading recently? Have you read a book I should know about? Let me know in the comments below!