Lucy Makes A Wish by Anne Booth #booksforchildren #Bookreview

I am delighted to share my thoughts on Lucy Makes A Wish by Anne Booth. This is a fabulous read for children aged 6 and up and would make a lovely Christmas present. I loved it โค

Here is what it is all about…

When Boots the puppy bounces into Lucy’s life, fun and friendship are never far behind. He’s waiting for his forever home, and until he finds one Lucy is determined to give him the best Christmas ever, taking him out and about and giving him all the love he’s missed. 

But they’re going to need the help of all the friends they have made when Boots slips his lead and gets lost. Will Boots find a way home? Lucy needs to make a wish. . . 

This warm and festive story is an ideal present for a child to read during the festive season. Animal-lovers everywhere will delight in Sophy WIlliams’s gorgeous illustrations and the simple language and short chapters are perfect for developing readers or to be read aloud. Fans of Anne Booth’s previous titles in this series, Lucy’s Secret Reindeer, Lucy’s Magic Snow Globe, Lucy’s Winter Rescue, Lucy’s Magical Surprise, and Lucy’s Search for Little Star won’t be able to resist this latest Lucy story!

Lucy Makes a Wish is the latest in a series of stories about a young girl called Lucy.

This is such an adorable little story that readers of 6 years and above are going to get on really well with. The story focuses on Lucy and a young girl who has a huge love of animals.

Lucy’s Gran is looking after a young boisterous puppy called Boots. Boots needs a forever home and as much as Lucy would love to keep him it is not a good idea with her parents working and she is at school. During Lucy’s walks with Boots, she askes various people if they would like him, but like Lucy, they don’t have the time. Lucy makes a new friend called Alfie, and it is through Boots and all the other animals in the story, that a friendship is formed.

There are lots of animals mentioned in this story that are being looked after by Gran and another family. This is where the book is so good. The author uses the animals to show how rescue centres and sanctuaries care for the animals and how they are not pets like boots. There are mentions of how they can react, such as a shy donkey may kick, or a wounded squirrel could bite. These mentions are done in such a way that they have become part of the story.

The author obviously knows how a puppy behaves and has bundled various fun and mischievous antics that make up Boots the playful puppy. This had me smiling knowingly as I remember my dog as a puppy. Here again, the author adds various little tips for raising a puppy and successfully incorporated it into her story.

This is a fabulous book that also has a special little bit of magic in it. The cover is gorgeous with Boots the puppy taking the centre and some very nice little glittery snowflakes add a really nice touch. Throughout the book there are some wonderful illustrations by Sophy Williams, they fit wonderfully in with the story of Lucy and Boots.

This is a wonderful story that has magic, sparkle and friendship. It will be a fabulous stocking filler for any young animal lover and this older animal lover thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a book I would definitely recommend.

Here is a sample of the inside illustrations, I love this cross-hatch style and they fit wonderfully with the story.

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My Week In Books (w/e 8th December) #Booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome back to another weekly round up of books I have read. It has been quite a good week for reading and I have finally hit my Goodreads target so I am over the moon with that. I did mention a couple of weeks ago that I was missing a few books off my Goodreads shelf for this year, so once I had hit my target I then added them.

Now to the books…

Unlocked – A Short Story by Soulla Christodoulou

It was an absolute pleasure to read Unlocked by Soulla, it is a beautiful story about Helen who has isolated herself. She makes a sudden decision to make a trip which is a journey of discovery and gives her a chance to heal her mind and body. It is a great story and given it’s length, it has a lot of detail. A beautiful cover and a beautiful story.


In Plain Sight by Adam Croft

I have quite a few books by Adam on my kindle that I have bought over the past couple of years, and not quite got to them. I have wanted to read this series for a while and I have finally started… with book #9! About right for me. This is a really good read and yes it works well as a stand -alone, but also it has introduced me to well established characters and made me curious about mentions of past incidents. I love the combination of Knight and Culverhouse as they investigate escalating crimes that start with the robberies of petrol stations. Keep an eye out for my review soon.


The Places I’ve Cried In Public by Holly Bourne

This is a fabulous book and I love my copy with it’s purple sprayed edges! The story is about Amelie, a young girl who is broken after the breakup with her boyfriend Reese. She retraces all the places she cried in an effort to come to terms where things went wrong. This is such a heartbreaking book and also it has a very important message. Young love is real, it has all the emotions that an adult relationship has and is a book that not only it’s teen target audience should read, but also one that adults should pick up as well. Keep an eye out for my review soon, it is a stunning read.


Johanna Spri’s story of Heidi – Retold by Jeanne Willis & Illustrated by Briony May Smith

Last week I mentioned that I would be reading and featuring a few books for younger readers, this is a book that would make a wonderful Christmas present.

I love the story of Heidi, I still have my copy that I had and read many times as a child. I also adored watching the TV series and so this is a story that is a childhood favourite. First off the book is stunning, and the inside cover is beautiful. The story itself is a simplified version of the original, with superb illustrations that compliment the story. It still has the essence of the story and it brought back some wonderful memories for me. Here is a look at the cover with the dust-jacket off…


Woman On The Edge by Samantha M. Bailey

“She gave you her baby… and then she jumped” is a tag line that is powerful and it made me very curious about this book. The opening chapter is the end of the story with the suicide. The story then back tracks through alternating chapters, I got to know Nicole and what led her to her action. The other chapters about Morgan, the woman who was given the baby. This is a heartbreaking read at times as I read about the downward spiral of Nicole. The author did a fabulous job of showing two sides of a story and creating a read that was literally one I didn’t want to put down.


Gone by Leona Deakin

This is my next read, it is Sunday morning as I type this, so I will be snuggling down in front of the fire this afternoon to read this. Here is what it is about…

Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read:

YOUR GIFT IS THE GAME.
DARE TO PLAY?

The police arenโ€™t worried โ€“ itโ€™s just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.

And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.

As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people.

But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear?ย 


Well another weekly round up done and time to get Sunday roast on ๐Ÿ˜

Many thanks for reading my post, have a great week everyone

Love Yvonne xx

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow #Bookreview

I am delighted to share my thoughts on The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. This is a fabulous and fantastical read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I have a paperback copy of this book and it is gorgeous, my photo really doesn’t do this book justice, it has gold embossing on the keys and it is just a stunning cover!

Let me show you what it is all about…

EVERY STORY OPENS A DOOR

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artefacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored and utterly out of place.

But her quiet existence is shattered when she stumbles across a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page reveals more impossible truths about the world, and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

I really enjoyed this book so much, it was fabulous to delve into the worlds that the author has created for her main protagonist January.

January is a girl who doesn’t quite fit in, she is an in-between person who lives with the very wealthy Mr Locke. Locke is her guardian and looks after her while her father is off travelling and collecting artefacts. As January starts to feel where she fits in society she becomes more aware of her differences and also of the restrictions that Locke imposes on her. Living in a large house surrounded by artefacts, curios and all manner of different things, she becomes aware that she may actually be part of his collection.

This is such a good read that I within the first saw few chapters I felt the addiction. It has a whimsical fantasy feel that also had a historical and literary fiction vibe to it. It is a story of stories or a story within a story as I followed January on her journey through life. Along the way, I learnt of her parents and of their travels and meetings.

The journeys the author takes January on are ones that force this young girl to grow up quick. They put her in danger as she tries to discover the truth of her life and also of her parents. These journeys are wonderfully written and describe with some fabulous imagery.

This is a slower-paced story and gave me a chance to enjoy the writing and the story. It covers various emotions such as loneliness, isolation and abandonment but equally it is about hope, determination and stubbornness to continue. So has a nice balance to it.

This is a really well-written book that I thoroughly enjoyed and I would recommend it to readers who like fantasy stories.

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The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson #ChildrensFiction #Bookreview

I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts today on a wonderful children’s book that would make an ideal Christmas present for younger readers. The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson and is illustrated by Kathrin Honesta.

Let me show you what it is all about…

They call me Yanka the Bear. Not because of where I was found – only a few people know about that. They call me Yanka the Bear because I am so big and strong.

Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, Yanka has always wondered about where she is from. She tries to ignore the strange whispers and looks from the villagers, wishing she was as strong on the inside as she is on the outside. But, when she has to flee her house, looking for answers about who she really is, a journey far beyond one that she ever imagined begins: from icy rivers to smouldering mountains meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way.

Interwoven with traditional stories of bears, princesses and dragons, Yanka’s journey is a gorgeously lyrical adventure from the best-selling author ofย The House With Chicken Legs.

Oh my goodness what an absolutely beautiful read this book was. It is the story of Yanka, she is known as Yanka the Bear as she is bigger and stronger than others of her age. Even though she lives happily in her village with her Grandmother, there has always been a question she has wanted answers to. Where did she come from and who were her parents. The story is one of Yanka discovering her roots and finding out who she is and where she feels she belongs.

This is an absolutely brilliant read that is full of adventure and magical folklore tales that have a feel of Eastern European folklore to them. Dark mysterious forests full of wonderful creatures and things that you would find in fairy tales. A tale of bears, a dragon, a lone wolf, a weasel, an elk and a walking house with chicken legs have all been wonderfully woven into a totally captivating story.

The descriptions of the animals, creatures and surroundings are wonderful and it was so easy for me to see what was described. This was enhanced by some very simple but wonderful illustrations by Kathrin Honesta, these complimented the story so well and in such a subtle but suitable way. Just look at the cover can you see the bear?

The story itself is actually a book of stories that have been interwoven to create a bigger story and I loved how each of these little stories started in the classic “Once upon a time” way. This for me adds a touch of magic and took me back to wonderful stories I read as a child. Talking of children’s stories, this is actually who this book is aimed at and I am so glad I read it because I loved it so much.

The story is a journey of discovery for Yanka and how she is trying to find her place, by this I mean where she feels she belongs. She is a girl who is conflicted and feels that because of her strength and size she could be a danger to others around her. It makes her wary of joining in or accepting help. In her own journey, she discovers so much about herself as well as realising things she was not aware of before.

This is a beautifully written book that has its roots in the fairy tales of old, it has a wonderful flow and fabulous descriptions. This is the second book the author has written and I have not yet read the first one, I will be soon though as I have just ordered a copy of her first book “The House with Chicken Legs”.

The Girl Who Speaks Bear is a book that I would definitely recommend.

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Fighting Back by Rachel Churcher @Rachel_Churcher @rararesources #Bookreview

I am so delighted to share my thoughts on the next installment of Rachel Churchers Battleground series. Fighting Back is the fourth in this YA dystopian series and I am loving it so much.

Let me show you what it is all about…

Bex Ellman and her friends are in hiding, sheltered by the resistance. With her family threatened and her friendships challenged, she’s looking for a way to fight back. Ketty Smith is in London, supporting a government she no longer trusts. With her support network crumbling, Ketty must decide who she is fighting for โ€“ and what she is willing risk to uncover the truth.

The Battle Ground series is set in a dystopian near-future UK, after Brexit and Scottish independence.

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This is such a good series and I have loved every book I have read. I will say that to get the full benefit of the characters and the story-lines, you really should read in order.

Fighting Back continues the story of Bex and her friends as they are now refugees. While they are safe, there are those that are not. Her mum and friends who were left behind are now being used in a propaganda crusade by the Government.

Ketty is still in the thick of things in London as she helps work the propaganda machine. She is discovering that life in the machine is not quite as she expects. Propaganda is something that is lies and deceit and it has a knock on effect and so she finds she is having to watch her back.

I really enjoyed this book as the author delves into various aspects of corruption, deceit, lies, conspiracy. Once again she pulls on the emotions of the reader as I got to see another side of Ketty. This character I keep changing my mind about so much and this is all credit to the authors writing, if you are up to date with the series then you will know what I mean about Ketty.

Bex is a character I have always liked, but the author again has worked her magic with this character. While Bex wants to do more and help in the fight against the government, she is starting to become more aware of her limitations. When she decides to do something about it I was so pleased for her, but there is a big downside for her. There is a subtle shift in Bex and I do worry that she is loosing a little piece of herself to do what is right! Oh my goodness Rachel, you are really putting your characters and me through the mill!!!!

This is such a well written series that I know is aimed at a Young Adult but works so well for an older reader. Anyway, who says you have to be a certain age to be young! The series is one that has a relevance to a possible future and it is so well timed with Brexit and all the political shenanigans at the moment.

It is balanced so well and at times questions the readers loyalty to the characters and the situations they find themselves in. This series would be absolutely brilliant for classroom/ group discussion as it explores dilemmas and problems.

This is a fabulous series and Fighting Back is another step up in the intensity of the ongoing story. I think I may have mentioned how much I like this series a time or two already, so it may come as know surprise when I say that I Absolutely Recommend this book.

Rachel Churcher was born between the last manned moon landing, and the first orbital Space Shuttle mission. She remembers watching the launch of STS-1, and falling in love with space flight, at the age of five. She fell in love with science fiction shortly after that, and in her teens she discovered dystopian fiction. In an effort to find out what she wanted to do with her life, she collected degrees and other qualifications in Geography, Science Fiction Studies, Architectural Technology, Childminding, and Writing for Radio.

She has worked as an editor on national and in-house magazines; as an IT trainer; and as a freelance writer and artist. She has renovated several properties, and has plenty of horror stories to tell about dangerous electrics and nightmare plumbers. She enjoys reading, travelling, stargazing, and eating good food with good friends โ€“ but nothing makes her as happy as writing fiction.

Her first published short story appeared in an anthology in 2014, and the Battle Ground series is her first long-form work. Rachel lives in East Anglia, in a house with a large library and a conservatory full of house plants. She would love to live on Mars, but only if sheโ€™s allowed to bring her books.

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Unlocked by Soulla Christodoulou @schristodoulou2 @Bookreview

I am delighted to share my thoughts on Unlocked by Soulla Christodoulou, this is a beautiful short story that given it’s short length has so much to it.

I would like to thank Soulla for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy of Unlocked and to also like to add…

Happy Publication Day Soulla ๐Ÿ’ž

Let me show you what it is all about…

Helen, wallowing in pain and shunning the world and everyone around her, happens across an inspirational quote in her local store after leaving the house for the first time in weeks. Instantly, its message awakens something within her and she books a flight to a country she has always wanted to go.

In India the sounds, sights and colours of this spiritual place, evoke a new awareness within her and the promise of release from the agony of her husbandโ€™s infidelity. An impromptu encounter and an invitation to a local wedding open up an unexpected path and a flood of long-forgotten feelings.

Purchase link – Amazon UK

Helen has isolated herself after the breakdown of her marriage. Let herself go and become a recluse. A simple quote awakens something inside of her and she books a ticket to India.

Helenโ€™s journey to India is a chance to be free of her self imposed confines. Her journey is not just a physical one, but one the heart, soul and mind.

The author has created such a captivating short story that is beautifully written. Within this short format there is a sense of hope and of starting to imagine a life being lived.

The author uses a few cultural references and at the end of the story these are explained in a little more detail. There is some wonderful vivid imagery that the author has carefully and superbly incorporated.

After I had finished Unlocked I had a wonderful sense of Helen being at peace. Also a little sad that it had finished, this is a story that I could have happily read in a longer format. The story is a tranquil and heartwarming read and I adored it and would definitely recommend it.

This is a beautiful story that has a perfectly matching and beautiful cover.

Born in London to Greek Cypriot parents Soulla Christodoulou spent much of her childhood living carefree days full of family, school and friends. She was the first in her family to go to university and studied BA Hotel & Catering Management at Portsmouth University. Years later, after having a family of her own she studied again at Middlesex University and has a PGCE in Business Studies and an MA in Education.

Soulla is a Women’s Fiction author and wrote her first novel Broken Pieces of Tomorrow over a few months while working full time in secondary education and is a mother of three boys.

She is a compassionate and empathetic supporter of young people. Her passion for teaching continues through private tuition of English Language and Children’s Creative Writing Classes.

Her writing has also connected her with a charity in California which she is very much involved in as a contributor of handwritten letters every month to support and give hope to women diagnosed with breast cancer. One of her letters will be featured in a book ‘Dear Friend’ out in September 2017.

When asked, she will tell you she has always, somewhere on a subconscious level, wanted to write and her life’s experiences both personal and professional have played a huge part in bringing her to where she was always meant to be; writing books and drinking lots of cinnamon and clove tea!

She also has a poetry collection, Sunshine after Rain, published on Amazon and is releasing her second novel, The Summer Will Come in Autumn/Winter 2017.

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The Poker Game Mystery by Peter Bartram @PeterFBartram @annecater #Bookreview

I am so delighted to share my thoughts on The Poker Game Mystery by Peter Bartram. I have read a few books by this author before and I have always enjoyed them. My huge thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my copy of this brilliant book.

Let’s have a look at what it is all about…

Poker is a game for the dead luckyโ€ฆ

Crime reporter Colin Crampton discovers nightclub bouncer Steve Telford murdered. Colin canโ€™t understand why five cards of a poker hand are laid out next to the body.As Colin investigates, he becomes entangled with three former special forces soldiers from the Second World War. All have motives to kill Telford. But Colinโ€™s probe is derailed when a shock change at the Evening Chronicle puts the paperโ€™s โ€“ and Colinโ€™s – future in peril.The tension ratchets higher when the life of a young girl is on the line. Colin is forced to go head-to-head in a poker game with sinister newspaper owner Quentin Pell to save her.There are laughs alongside the action as Colin and his feisty girlfriend Shirley shuffle the cards and play the most dangerous game of all โ€“ with their own lives at stake.

Purchase LinkAmazon UK

Right from the off I am going to say that I am a big fan of this author’s main protagonist Colin Crampton and his side kick Shirley. Together they are brilliant and the author manages to create a very humorous dynamic between the two.

Colin is the Investigating reported for The Chronicle, a Brighton newspaper. Colin is in the front for getting the scoop when a body is discovered. The more Colin digs for more information the more he discovers. His girlfriend, Aussie model, Shirley is a brilliant wing man woman and, together they find themselves in the thick of things.

The thing I really like about these books is how even though there is a serious nature to the crimes that Colin investigates, the author injects a very dry old style sense of humour. This humour is very appropriate for the mid 1960’s setting of the book. There are many witty one liners that are the sort of jokes that make you roll your eyes at there cheesiness, but at the same time have you smirking.

As the crime is investigated it deepens, it takes various routes before the finale is finally reached. There are various leads that the dogged reporter has to follow, and let’s just say some of them are a little shady. But for Colin, the ends justifies the means and it could be a life changer for a young girl.

The author uses his experience as a journalist into his story so well. There are little things that have found there way naturally into the story that I found so interesting. Mentions of printing, paper and war time newspapers make an appearance. There were things that I was completely unaware of, but the experience and knowledge the author brings really does show.

This is a cosy mystery that I loved. I have read several of these books in the past and really enjoyed this old style sleuthing of the story. The stories are wonderfully worked out and have a good pace to them. There are some characters that make regular appearances and I have some definite favourites. Each book can be read as a stand-alone because each case Colin works on is followed from start to finish.

I think this series works really well as they are not entirely serious and because they have a reporter as the investigator it gives them a credible edge. It is also a really good way of getting a glimpse into the way newspapers and reporting was done in the 60’s.

This is a fabulous series with an inventive reporter who is prepared to take a risk. Who, along with his girlfriend, find themselves in the midst of danger and of bodies on a regular basis. How poor Shirley puts up with Colin I will never know, but I am so glad she does as they are fabulous.

If you are after a well written cosy mystery that will leave you with a grin on your face from the humour, that has a serious crime to be solved and is really well written then pick up the latest edition of one of Peter’s books. The Poker Game Mystery was brilliant and I highly recommend it.

Peter Bartram brings years of experience as a journalist to his Crampton of the Chronicle crime mystery series. His novels are fast-paced and humorous – the action is matched by the laughs. The books feature a host of colourful characters as befits stories set in Brighton, one of Britain’s most trend-setting towns.

You can download Murder in Capital Letters, a free book in the series, for your Kindle from www.colincrampton.com.

Peter began his career as a reporter on a local weekly newspaper before editing newspapers and magazines in London, England and, finally, becoming freelance. He has done most things in journalism from door-stepping for quotes to writing serious editorials. Heโ€™s pursued stories in locations as diverse as 700-feet down a coal mine and a courtierโ€™s chambers at Buckingham Palace. Peter is a member of the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers’ Association.

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My Week In Books (w/e 1st Dec) #Booknews #MeAndMyBooks

How did it become December so quickly! That means it closer to the New Year and I have to remember to write 2020 instead of 2019… I’m sure I am not the only one who struggles remembering not only a month change but also a year change as well ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜‚

I have also updated my banners this โ‡Š week, hopefully this will be the only snow we see down here in Cornwall this winter!

November was NaNoWriMo month, and it started off so well for me, but after missing a couple of days with being ill, I completely lost my mojo for writing and only managed a few days on a hit and miss basis for the rest of the month!

November has been an odd month indeed, I have been very lax in sharing my Blog Posts to various Facebook groups. Time just seems to run away from me, maybe this is why the month passed in what felt like 2 weeks! I will try harder in December to get up to speed again and try to get some posts on Instagram as well!

Well, now to the books I have read this week…

Six Steps to Happiness by Suzie Tullett

I had only just started this book last week and what a great book it was! While the story is one about the break-up of a 25 year marriage, it also has some humorous antics. There is an underlying sadness to it but the author has tackled it so that it is not the main theme of the story. A wonderful read that I will be reviewing as part of the blog Tour.


When Stars Will Shine – Helping Our Heroes One Page at a Time – Compiled by Emma Mitchell.

Oh what a week Emma has had! She has worked so hard on battling with Amazon after the book was removed from the site. I am delighted to say that the book is now back up and can be pre-ordered again. If you had the book on pre-order please check your account as you may have to re-order it ๐Ÿ˜

This is such a fabulous read and is a collection of short stories that authors have written to help raise funds for our troops. Every story and all the behind the scenes work has been done for the benefit of fundraising. The stories cover a great range of themes and are wonderful reading. I enjoyed every single story and I will say now, I do have a few favourites.

Keep you eye out for my stop on the Blog Tour for this fabulous book, I warn you now it will be a long post as I have written a brief line or two about each story.


The Vagabond King by Jodie Bond

I have just finished this book and I loved it. A fabulous fantasy story that has so many things I like in a fantasy book. This has battles, interfering gods, witches, different races of people and power struggles. A brilliant read that I was reluctant to put down for a moment. Keep an eye out for my post on the Blog Tour.


Now as we are in December, I like to include some books that would make wonderful presents for younger readers. I will be posting these reviews over the next couple of weeks ๐Ÿ™‚


Well that is me done for yet another week, so take care and Happy Reading folks ๐Ÿ™‚

Yvonne xx