My Week In Books (w/e 5th July) #booknews #bookupdates #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly reading round up, and also the first post of July. It has been another week where the weather has been dictating what I can do, showers have been frequent and so has the humidity. The good thing about this is that the garden has been growing away madly, the downside is that so have the weeds!!!

Back in May we cleared part of the garden for a grass area where I geese used to live. Along with a few shrubs and trees it didn’t look inviting, but I could imagine what it would eventually look like. I am pleased to see the grass growing and all the transplanting seems to have taken.

What a difference a few weeks make, the first picture was taken on 29th May, the second today 5th July. The grass has had its first proper cut a couple of days ago and will need over-seeding in places, especially where the sparrows had their dust baths!

The veg garden and flower border are in full flow at the moment and it seems that every day there is more growth and therefore more to eat or look at!

Now for the books I have read this week…

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What a gorgeous read The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts by Alison Sherlock was. Amber was just supposed to be stopping over in the village of Cranbridge, she wasn’t supposed to be staying long, helping out as long as she did or the various other things that happened along the way. A wonderful read with a touch of drama, a smattering of romance and a tractor. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog tour.

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A crime thriller read was next with The One Who Got Away by L. A. Detwiler that was quite dark as I followed the worries of an elderly lady who recently moved into a home. The worries and concerns are brushed off as part of her dementia, or the mutterings of an old lady, but Adeline knows she is not wrong about some things. I did enjoy this book though at times I did feel it was a little slow or maybe that I was too impatient to discover more. This is another book 7 in the #20booksofsummer reading challenge.

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Sunshine and Second Chances by Kim Nash is another wonderfully brilliant read by this author. If you have read her two previous books then you will already love her writing and you won’t be disappointed with this one. Four women catching up on holiday after many years of not seeing each other sees a few home truths and realisations come to the forefront of conversations. A superb read that I read in one sitting and loved as did my Mum, we are both agreed that Kim is an author we both love and will both immediately buy any of her books.

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I am loving the Alex Cohen series and Midtown Huckster by Leopold Bortinski is the 3rd book in the series. Set in the US at the time of gangsters, prohibition, racketeering and corruption it focuses on Alex. He is the leader of Murder Corporation, a small group who work for the various crime bosses eliminating problem people. With prohibition coming to an end and Hoovers Federal Bureau investigating the bosses things are looking bad for Alex. A brilliant read and keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour soon.

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Well that is me done for another week. I was checking out some of the numbers this week and I have the following –

Goodreads Challenge = 132 books read so far out of 200 for the year, 31 ahead of schedule.

NetGalley = reached my 200 reviews and earned another badge, and also 96% feedback ratio

Amazon = I am in the Top 50 of reviewers which I am still in shock about.

Blog = has just over 800 followers and since I started in feb 2017 I have published 825 posts.

Twitter = still amazes me and I have just over 5,400 followers.


Billy & Buster had a new toy this week, needless to say, they loved it 🙂

So that leaves me to wish you all a wonderful week ahead,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds : Still Living the Dream in Rural Ireland by Nick Albert @Nickalbertautho @rararesources #rararesources #bookreview

I am absolutely delighted to share my review for the second book Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds by Nick Albert. Yes they are still living the dream! My huge thanks to Rachel for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my copy of this brilliant book.

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Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds 2 – Still living the dream in rural Ireland

Nick and Lesley’s desire for a better life in the countryside was a long-held dream. Unforeseen events and a leap of faith forced that dream into reality, but moving to rural Ireland was only the beginning of their story.
Foreigners in a foreign land, they set about making new friends, learning the culture and expanding their collection of chickens and unruly dogs. But their dream home was in desperate need of renovation, a mammoth task they attacked with the aid of a DIY manual, dwindling funds and incompetent enthusiasm. With defunct diggers, collapsing ladders, and shocking electrics, what could possibly go wrong?
Will their new life live up to expectations, or will the Irish weather, dangerous roads, and a cruel twist of fate turn this dream into a nightmare?

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Having read and throughly enjoyed the first book I was eager to see how Nick and Lesley were getting on and how the renovations and repairs to their house in Ireland were going. Due to stress Nick was advised to find a slower pace of life and so he and Lesley moved to a property in need of repair. This was a mish-mash of a house that had been added on over the years and in need of a lot of TLC. It is also in the middle of nowhere on a mountain.

Well I cant think of anything more stressful than renovating your own home when you only have a DIY manual for guidance. But from a readers point of view it does make very entertaining reading and Nick has a fabulous way of injecting a sense of humour into the various mishaps that have happened along the way.

Not only are they dealing with the different way of life, the remoteness and the task ahead of them they are also battling the weather. This brings many challenges and again humour. Building work at the best of times is weather dependant but when you are up a mountain the challenges are made more difficult.

As well as the increase in their animal family, which adds some hilarious moments, Lesley has back problems requiring hospital trips. A very scary time is also included as she is admitted to hospital.

It is such an enjoyable read as I get a glimpse into this couples life. It is a book that has its ups and downs and there are so many moments when I found myself chuckling. The dog antics and the various anecdotes are just brilliant reading and I take my hat off to the pair for the challenges they are facing to build their dream home.

A brilliant read of a couple starting over in a new country and the various things that happen along the way. It is a book I would definitely recommend.

Nick Albert was born in England and raised in a Royal Air Force family. After leaving College he worked in retail management for several years before moving into financial services where he quickly progressed through the ranks to become a training consultant. As a very passionate and reasonably talented sportsman, Nick had always wanted to use his training skills towards creating a parallel career, so in the mid 1980’s he qualified and began coaching sport professionally. After a health scare in 2003 and in search of a simpler life, he and his wife Lesley, cashed in their investments, sold their home and bought a rundown farmhouse in the rural west of Ireland – a country they had never before even visited. With little money or experience and armed only with a do-it-yourself manual, they set about renovating their new home, where they now live happily alongside a flock of chickens, two ducks and several unruly, but delightful dogs.
In 2017 Nick was signed to Ant Press to write a series of humorous memoirs about his life in rural Ireland. Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds (book one) was published in September 2017 and soon became an Amazon bestseller. Book two in the series was published on 1st June 2018 and book 3 in August 2019. Book four is due out in 2020.

Nick is also the author of the twisty thriller, Wrecking Crew, the first in a series of books featuring reluctant hero Eric Stone.

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The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary @OLearyBeth @QuercusBooks #20booksofsummer #fiction #bookreview

I am absolutely delighted to share my review for The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. I have had this on my TBR since it came out last year and it is one of the books I am reading for #20Booksofsummer reading challange and it was blooming brilliant.

Let me show you what this book is all about…

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…
 

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time. 

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

I am kicking myself for not reading The Flatshare sooner, it has been languishing on my TBR ever since it came out and it is such a brilliant read.

Tiffy has been living in her ex’s flat and finally decides to move out when he parades his girlfriend through his property. I have to say I took an immediate dislike to him and wondered why on earth Tiffy still lived there.

Her new place is a flat where she will rent the bed when the other occupant is not there!!!!! Yeah you read that right! He works nightshifts Monday to Friday and stays with his girlfriend at weekends. Tiffy works Monday to Friday in the day so actually it makes sense… sort of!

Now once I had got my head around the flatshare, and so had Tiffy and her friends it does actually seem to work. It gives Tiffy a chance to get her head straight after her long overdue split from her ex, much to the delight of her friends. This is where the real story comes out about her relationship and it is much darker than I had realised as I had not really read the synopsis properly! So everything was a revelation and a shock.

As flat mates, Tiffy and Leon, he is the other person in the flat, by the way, never meet, they are the proverbial ships that pass in the night. They instead communicate by post-it notes, leaving messages and gradually they get to know each other. This relationship works really well, several months go by before an unexpectedly embarrassing and hilarious bumping into each other finally happens.

The author has created such an addictive one sitting read that I was loath to put down for even a second. The way she created and worked this storyline is just brilliant, there is a nervous start as you would expect when two people live together, but this is where it gets interesting. They are strangers and therefore they find it easier to communicate with each other through the notes they leave. So as I read I got to know them and about their individual lives as they also got to know each other.

Woven into this getting to know each other storyline, there is also other plots that emerge. For Tiffy it is a darker thread, one that makes her realise about her past and gives her the chance to deal with how she will shape her future. For Leon it is about getting justice for his brother and again about how he wants his life to pan out.

This was a brilliant read and I adored everything about it, the pacing the characters the story just completely worked for me. There is a balance between the darker moments with funny occurrences and mishaps. There is a sense of friendship and of finding things that are right for each individual. It is a book that readers who are after a human interest storyline that has moments of humour injected into, it shows how an obsessive personality can change a person and how friends are there when needed.

Yeah, I loved The Flatshare and I would Highly Recommend it.

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Beth studied English at university before going into children’s publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being within reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work.
You’ll usually find her curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).

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The Place We Call Home by Faith Hogan @GerHogan @Aria_Fiction @BOTBSPublicity #BOTBSPublicity #bookreview

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of reading The Place We Call Home by Faith Hogan and I am delighted to reshare my review of this wonderful book as part of the Blog Tour for the publication of the digital version.

Let me show you what the book is all about…

Welcome to Ballycove, the home of Corrigan Mills…

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Irish countryside the famed mills have created the finest wool in all of Ireland. Run by the seemingly perfect Corrigan family, but every family has its secrets, and how the mills came to be the Corrigan’s is one of them…

Miranda and her husband were never meant to own the mills, until one fateful day catapults them into a life they never thought they’d lead.

Ada has forever lived her life in her sister’s shadow. Wanting only to please her mother and take her place as the new leader of the mill, Ada might just have to take a look at what her heart really wants.

Callie has a flourishing international career as a top designer and a man who loves her dearly, she appears to have it all. When a secret is revealed and she’s unceremoniously turfed out of the design world, Callie might just get what’s she’s been yearning for. The chance to go home.

Simon has always wanted more. More money, more fame, more notoriety. The problem child. Simon has made more enemies than friends over the years, and when one of his latest schemes falls foul he’ll have to return to the people who always believe in him.

Ballycove isn’t just a town in the Irish countryside. It isn’t just the base of the famous mills. It’s a place to call home.

Best-selling author, Faith Hogan returns with a family tale of love, loss, secrets and finding yourself.

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Well I have to say that the imagery that this author has created in this book is exceptional, I loved reading the sections about the mills, the countryside and life that Miranda experienced as a child.

Then add the present-day settings as Miranda, the owner of Corrigan’s Mill, is starting to feel her years, her health is not as it once was. In the wings her three children try to work out what their mum is going to do with a lucrative business and also worry about her remaining years and their futures.

These timelines have been brilliantly woven to create such a wonderful stroll through the Irish countryside and community as I was transported into the Corrigan family through the years.

This is such a gentle read and it was an absolute pleasure to disappear between the pages and discover a life that has had it’s up’s and downs over the years. Miranda was a lovely character and I soon warmed to her in her childhood and admired her resilience in her adult years. She brought up three children who are very individual and very different characters.

Ada is the more serious one, Simon is always looking for the next big deal and Callie a big name in the fashion world. Each child has a good life and in theory, they should be happy, but each one seems to have a crisis and this is what finally brings them home and together again. It is only Ada who has remained at home over the years.

This is a family that should be strong together but are actually fractured. They have had opportunity and chances and yet can’t seem to see what they have. As hard as it is for Miranda to try and keep them all happy, and even with her health, they seem as distant with each other as ever.

This is such a wonderful story that opens old wounds and confronts new ones that are still raw, resentment and anger are as rife as frustrations and honesty start to make themselves shown. It is an emotional book and I did have the odd watery eye moment, but this is not what I would call a heartrendingly sad book. There are heartbreaking moments, but the story is also heartwarming as realisations are finally acknowledged.

This was a terrific read and one that I sat and read in one sitting. It was a story that drew me in and had me totally captivated with the gentle pacing and also the compelling storyline. This is a really good read and one I would definitely recommend.

13/04/2018 Author Faith Hogan with her dog Penny at her home in Ballina, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan

Faith Hogan is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of five contemporary fiction novels. Her books have featured as Book Club Favorites, Net Galley Hot Reads and Summer Must Reads. She writes grown up women’s fiction which is unashamedly uplifting, feel good and inspiring.

Faith’s latest book, The Place We Call Home is published in January 2020.

She writes crime fiction as Geraldine Hogan – Her Sisters Bones is available now!

Faith gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway.

She is currently working on her next novel. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and a very busy Labrador named Penny. She’s a writer, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger – except of course when it is raining!

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My Week in Books (w/e 28th June) #bookudates #booknews #mygarden #MeAdMyBooks

Hello and welcome to the final “My Week In Books” post for June. A couple of weeks ago I posted about how I was struggling to remember that is was June and not May, well last week I got the month wrong and still put May!!! I wonder how July will turn out, will I be stuck in a time-loop or will I finally have moved on!!! 🙂

It has been a mixed week as far as the weather goes, wind, rain, sunshine and showers but I have still managed to get out in the garden. I love the fact that everything is growing away and I am seeing the benefits of the hard work that goes into growing my own veg. We have been digging new potatoes for a while now and eating homegrown lettuce, spring onions and radishes, the garden peas are coming on nicely and if I can stop taste-testing them as I walk past then I should have a good crop. Gooseberries, whitecurrants and raspberries are being picked and frozen as well.


So what have I read this week…

The Deathless by Peter Newman is one of the books from my #20booksofsummer reading challenge, it is also the first book in a trilogy. I really enjoyed this one, it is set in the floating crystal palaces and also in the wilds of the ground below. A story that sees various high ranking pitting their wits against each other trying their best to outdo one another. They are known as The Deathless, they are immortal. This is a fantasy that I really enjoyed and I will be buying the next book to see what happens as there were questions left unanswered.


Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland can be summed up in two words “simply gorgeous” and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Sam is such a nice character and it annoyed me how people took advantage of her, but she is also very strong-minded and when she decides to help Thomas her tenacity and loving nature break down barriers. In helping Thomas she also helps herself. If you are a fan of contemporary fiction, romance and gorgeously written stories then you really need to get this one. My full review will be part of the Blog Tour soon.


I haven’t read many Sue Moorcroft books but when I have I have adored them, I really should find the time to read more of this author. A Summer To Remember is a wonderful book and as the tagline on the cover suggests, it really does have it all. A fabulous story, gorgeous setting, brilliant characters and a few surprises along the way. This is perfect summer escapism read and I adored it so much. It is another of my #20booksofsummer picks.


Then She Vanishes by Clare Douglas is one for crime, thriller and mystery readers. A story that focuses on three girls when they were teens and then flits to the present day. Two of the girls are sisters, the third is a friend, one of the sisters disappeared 18 years ago, the other sister is in hospital with a gunshot wound and the friend is a reporter. There is lots going on in this story but I was hooked and it made this a one-sitting read. Another book ticked off my #20books of summer list as well.


I have also listened to another audiobook this week…

I am a huge fan of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett and I have read all the books apart from the last one, I still can#’t bring myself to read his final book! The Colour of Magic is the first in this absolutely brilliant fantasy series and this is an Audible version and is narrated by Nigel Planner. He does a really good job with this book and I was sniggering and laughing so many times. But, I have to say I do prefer the books.


Well that is me done for the week, and I wish you all a good week ahead.

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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The Little Bookshop at Herring Cove by Kellie Hailes #summerfiction #romcom #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for The Little Bookshop at Herring Cove by Kellie Hailes. I read this book back in April and for some reason I have missed posting my review on here… still, better late than never!

Here is what it is all about…

The start of something wonderful…

Sophie Jones loves her little bookshop at Herring Cove. She’ll never give it up to big property developer, Alexander Fletcher – no matter how handsome he might be…

Yet beneath Alex’s sharp suit and persuasive manner, there’s something about him that makes Sophie want to trust him.

So when he offers to help make her little shop a success again, she wonders whether this could be the start of something wonderful for both Sophie and Alex – together?

Perfect for fans of Caroline Roberts, Cathy Bramley and Heidi Swain.

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Alexander Fletcher is the son of a property developer, you know those that come into rundown seaside areas and revamp it into a modern resort. While Herring Cove is a little on the rundown side, it is nothing if it’s not a community. At it’s heart there are still a few shops and a pub, but it is hard for those businesses to keep going.

One of the businesses is the bookshop run by Sophie, while she does like the look of the man that stands before her, she does not fall for his charms and the generous offer he has to buy her business… well she doesn’t fall for him straight away.

Now I have never read anything by this author before and I have to say that my first outing was wonderful. I loved the sound of Herring Cove and I loved the characters in the story. This is a story that oozes heartwarming and feelgood as well as having quite a few sniggery moments, especially as the slight flirty but not supposed to be flirty comment litter this lovely story.

There is a story behind the bookshop and it has ramefications for Sophie and her on the “don’t need a man in my life” outlook. Alexander, well isn’t he a dark horse, and rather handy as well!

This is a lovely one sitting read, it was captivating and light to read but also had a nice feel to it, full of warmth, friends and laughs. Having not read this author before I cannot wait to read the other already published books, The Little Bookshop at Herring Cove is a book I would definitely recommend.

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The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor #20booksosummer #crimethriller #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review for The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor. I have had this book since it was released and this is why it made it onto my #20booksofsummer reading challenge. This is the 2nd book I’ve read in this years challenge.

Here is what the book is all about…

NB – there are various covers for this book, this is the one I have.

What if the people we trust are the ones we should fear? The breakout thriller of 2019 that will make you second-guess everyone you meet.

We all know them. Those who exist just on the fringes of society. Who send prickles up the back of our neck. The charmers. The liars. The manipulators. Those who have the potential to go that one step too far. And then take another step.

Jessamine Gooch makes a living from these people. Each week she broadcasts a radio show looking into the past lives of convicted killers; asking if there was more that could have been done to prevent their terrible crimes.

Then one day she is approached by a woman desperate to find her missing friend, Cassie, fearing her abusive husband may have taken that final deadly step. But as Jessamine delves into the months prior to Cassie’s disappearance she fails to realise there is a dark figure closer to home, one that threatens the safety of her own family . . .

Set over a long, dark winter in London and perfect for fans of HE SAID/SHE SAID, THE DANGEROUS KIND is at once a gripping thriller and a stunning portrayal of the monsters that live among us.

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Well this was such a dark book to read. I found it quite addictive and given the nature of some of the subjects I thought the author tackled it very well without going into too much detail.

The story flits back and forth between characters and time, gradually building up intrigue and suspicion along the way. as the synopsis for this book suggests, there is a darkness to some people, they are dangerous and appear to the outside world to be safe, respectable and “normal”. But what if these people are given an avenue to vent this dangerous side to their personalities. What if they are the ultimate manipulators and know how to control, coerce and compel vulnerable others into doing horrible and dangerous things. What if these manipulators go one step too far!

The book deals with domestic abuse and I saw one side of manipulation, abuse and bullying. This was not glamorised at all, the basic of details indicating the abuse was given. Then another type of abuse was brought into the story, that of children being used in horrific ways, again into details were gone into. What I read was the effect of how these people were treated, the fear, guilt and shame were apparent as well as the need to please their tormentors.

The story went down some dark paths and the work of one woman who is trying to find the whereabouts of a missing person. Jessamine is a radio presenter who focuses on this mystery and it takes her well outside her comfort zone. What she doesn’t realise is that while she is focused on the missing person, there is a shadow looming on her horizon.

This is a good read and even though it feels so wrong to say it I did enjoy it. I enjoyed the suspicion, the lies, the manipulation is used, the suspense and intrigue. It was well-paced and I found it very difficult to put down as I needed the answers and I wanted to know who was responsible. I did feel the ending felt a little rushed, I would have liked to have a bit more suspense. Maybe though I just wasn’t quite ready for it to finish.

This is a book that would appeal to readers who like their crime thrillers a bit more on the darker side and I would recommend it.

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Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay by Katie Ginger @KatieGAuthor @rararesources #summerfiction #romance #romcom #bookreview

I am absolutely delighted to be one of the opening Book Bloggers to share my review today for Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Cove by Katie Ginger. My huge thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my e-copy of this gorgeous book.

Let me show you what it is all about…

Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay

Grab your strawberries and cream and get ready to return to the beautiful Swallowtail Bay!


Summer is in full swing and the locals are getting excited for the launch of the Swallowtail Bay strawberry food festival. But will all run smoothly when festival organiser Hetty’s heart is torn between lord of the manor John Thornhill and successful bakery owner Ben?


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I do enjoy books by this author and Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Cove is the second book in this series, it can be read as a standalone.

The thing I really enjoy about Katie’s books are the wonderful descriptions of the setting and the scenery. She builds such a good vivid image that I can almost see the area from her words. The next thing I adore are the characters and the way they are woven in to create a wonderful sense of friendship and community.

The main character is Hetty, a local events organiser and she attends a business forum, a chance for local business owners to get together and discuss upcoming things. The mention of the Strawberry Festival, that has over time diminished and is a mere shadow of its former self gives Hetty the idea of bringing it back but on a much larger scale. The only place large enough is Thornhill Hall, and more specifically John Thornhill himself. The family are not particularly popular as they have become reclusive over the years.

I have to say I really liked Hetty, she is a go-getter who has a natural way about her and especially with people. After some needling she convinces John to let her use some of the fields for her festival. Somehow her ends up helping out more and she gets to see that there is more to this man than the stand-offish person she thought he was.

There is obviously a romantic theme with this story and it is not as straight-forward as it would first appear. So begins the will they won’t they scenario and it could have gone either way or not at all, and I wasn’t sure who with but I did hope!

The storyline of the Festival and the organisation along with family hiccups and the romance made for a fabulous read. It all felt nicely balanced and I was definitely hooked as things gradually played out. It had a very realistic feel to it especially the Festival that had gone into decline over the years. As well as the financial struggles associated with the upkeep of a large house.

I sat and read this book in one sitting and it was an ideal book for sitting out in the garden in the glorious sunshine to read. If you are a fan of romance, rom-com, heartwarming stories and having a right good read then I would definitely recommend this one, it was fabulous.

KATIE GINGER lives in the South East of England, by the sea, and she really wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay is her fifth novel. The first, Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay is available now. Her debut novel The Little Theatre on the Seafront was shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award, and her stand- alone Christmas novel Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage was a US Amazon bestseller.
When she’s not writing, Katie spends her time drinking gin, or with her husband, trying to keep alive their two children, Ellie and Sam. And there’s also their adorable King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit (yes, he is named after the crisps!).


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One Day in Summer by Shari Low @sharilow @rararesources #contemporaryfiction #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for One Day in Summer by Shari Low. My huge thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my e-copy of this brilliant book.

Let me show you what it’s all about…

One Day In Summer


Coming soon from #1 bestseller Shari Low, an emotional roller-coaster, that keeps you guessing…

One day in summer, three lives are about to change forever.

After two decades of looking after others, this is the day that Agnetha McMaster is reclaiming her life. It’s her turn, her time but will she have the courage to start again?

Ten years ago, Mitchell McMaster divorced Agnetha and married her best friend, Celeste. Now he suspects his second wife is having an affair. This is the day he’ll discover if karma has come back to bite him.

Thanks to a DNA test, this is the day that Hope McTeer will finally meet her biological father. But will the reunion bring Hope the answers that she’s looking for?

Three people. Twenty-four hours. A lifetime of secrets to unravel.

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How gorgeous is that cover? 😍

This is the first time I have read a book by this author and I absolutely loved it. The story is set on one day though that particular day has several threads that are wonderfully woven to create such a compelling story.

The synopsis give a very good idea of the basic story line to this book, and within a few paragraphs I was already hooked and curious. The story flits between characters and also time and this gradually gives a fuller picture. There is a lot more to the story than meets the eye and the author has allowed the story to flow and felt like effortless reading.

Understanding events of the past helps to realise how things stand in the present, but even when you think you know everything do you? A betrayal, a twisted version of events, things coming full circle and having the support of family and loyal friends will help.

I found this was such a well paced story that kept my attention from start to finish. I has warmth, hope, dreams and definitely a few surprises. The author was crafty in the way she laid things out and it kept me on my toes and this again is another way of keeping my attention.

Once I began to see the threads being pulled together I could start to make connections, I started to understand the why’s of tensions and how the fear of missing out and wanting more can be twisted.

There are several characters I loved and I could definitively see myself getting on with if they were real, they added a dynamic and mixed set of traits and personalities. Though not everyone was likeable!

This is a fabulous story that I had a couple of teary eyed moments with, it was wonderful to sit and read this book literally in the course of One day and in the sunshine it definitely felt like summer. A fabulous read and one I would definitely recommend.

Shari Low is the #1 bestselling author of over 20 novels, including One Day In Winter and My One Month Marriage and a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. She lives near Glasgow.

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My Week in Books (w/e 21st June) #booknews #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly wrap up of books I have read. This week has been quieter, one of those “not much really happened” weeks. So let’s get straight into what I have read…

When I received and email from Alison at Elliott & Thompson entitled “A Funny Nature book” I was intrigued and after reading the synopsis I knew this would be for me. Into the Tangled Bank by Lev Parikian is a delightful and humorous account of Lev’s observations on how people interact with nature, or how nature interacts with us. I really enjoyed the author’s style, witty and humorous pointing out the obvious. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour.


Next I read All We LEft Behind by Danielle R. Graham, this is set in Vancover in 1941 and is the story of a couple who have been friends since childhood and then realise as they get older that they have a deeper connection. Hayden is Canadian, Chidori is Japanese Canadian and when Japan bombs Pearl Harbour Chidori and her family are moved by the government. This is a beautiful story and one I really enjoyed and I think readers of historical fiction and romance would really enjoy it as well.


“Deadly Secrets by Ann Girdharry”

As there is no cover or synopsis on Goodreads or Amazon at the time I write this I have no cover to share, you will see it when the Blog Tour starts. Deadly Secrets by Ann Girdharry is a suspense filled thriller and it was a fabulous read. The death of an elderly man in hospital followed by the death of the nurse who cared for him is just the start for this brilliant story. It is a story that has far reaching implications for some and for other it brings the past well and truly back to the present. This was an addictive read and one for suspense, crime and thriller readers.


I have also finished listening to the Audible version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets narrated by Stephen Fry. How is it that I have not really got into reading this series but instead prefer the audio-book? I think a lot of it has to do with the narration. This is the second in the series and I think most people of aware of this series. I enjoyed this and would recommend it.


Well that is it for me this week. As there was a break in the weather I was able to get caught up with weeding rather than reading. As I sit here, it’s Sunday morning and the roast is in the oven, I think how ironic it is that we are officially in Summertime and I am wearing a jumper, it looks more like autumn…

Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading

Yvonne xx

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