My Week In Books (w/e 23rd Feb) #BookUpdates #BookNews #BookBlogger #MeAndMyBooks

Hello to another update of books I have read this week and also a bit about what has been going on.

I did mention a few weeks ago that my short story had been accepted to be part of the next H4H Book Two, Anthology that is due to be released on 16th June. Emma Mitchell has just started to put the word out in various Facebook Book Groups looking for Bloggers to take part in the Blog Tour. For me this is getting so exciting and is also quite nerve wracking. I have just set up my Author Page on Amazon, nothing on there yet though as I have to write a Bio, I swear this is harder than writing my story was 😂

Right then, down to what I have read this week. I was quite surprised at how many books I read when I was writing up this post -6 books read and listened to 1 Audio book… I didn’t realise I had my nose stuck in books for this amount of time! I think the Other Half must have had a very peaceful week without me wittering away at him, it may explain why he not only cooked the Sunday roast but also washed up and cleaned the cooker… note to self – must try this more often 😉😊

Last week I was due to start, and have finished…

Bridge of Lies by Misha Herwin, this is the 2nd in the Letty Parker series and I loved it. I did share my full review in the week so if you want to read that HERE IS THE LINK This book follows Letty and her Associates as they start their new business of solving mysteries and finding missing persons. Its a Young Adult series and you don’t have to a younger reader to enjoy it .😁


Last week I was also listening to, and have now finished…

I love Treasure Island and it is a book I read several times over the years. This version is from Amazon Audible, a dramatisation that was brilliant, the cast and the performance were great and really helped to bring the story to life.


I was delighted when I received and Advance copy of Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins. When I started this book I was not expecting to read it so quick, I really struggled to put it down. It is a slow-burner of a story and completely captivated me. This is a book that is told from the perspective of Dee, a Nanny who is being interviewed about the disappearance of the girl she is looking after. The questions she is asked are leads that take the reader back into Dee’s memories and so a bigger picture is gradually filled in. Brilliant book!


This next book does not have a cover listed on Goodreads as yet. I read The Widow’s Mite by Allie Cresswell for the Blog Tour in mid March. This was a fabulous read that I again did not want to put down. It is the story of Minnie, married later in life and also recently widowed. It tells of how living in a fine house doesn’t mean you have the money to run it. Such a wonderful story even though it is quite sad at times. If I was to put this book into just a few words I would say it, friendship, trust, pride, heartwarming, heartbreaking and wonderful.


From Thailand With Love by Camilla Isley was a wonderful rom-com read that not only had a good dollop of will they/ won’t they tension but had a good story line as well. Winter is a photographer who is on assignment with an archaeological team trying to find a lost city. There is drama from the outset as Winter and team leader Logan clash, but underneath the animosity is a certain amount of attraction. A cracking read and one I really enjoyed. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour when I will share my full review.


I was offered the chance to read Closer To You by Adam Croft. This is a domestic thriller that I enjoyed, it is quite a short read at 229 pages and is about Grace and the new man in her life, Tom. He is a charming man, a gentleman and Grace is loving life. But as her relationship is blooming her work life, family and friends appear to be failing. She struggles to work out what she has done wrong! A story of manipulation that is a quick and pacy read. Keep and eye out for my review very soon.


Well this had quite a beginning to it, The New Guy by Kathryn Freeman in a sultry, steamy read that is full of sexual tension between two of it’s characters. Sam meets a guy in a bar, they have a one-night-stand, the next day Sam goes to work only to find out that this guy is her new employee. The story that follows had me smirking as the banter between the various characters flowed. This is a rom-com that has a lot more to it than just a quickie, it is a story of trust, friendship, shame, and of course how a relationship between a boss and her new employee is not on the cards. I loved this book.


I have only just read the first couple of chapters of American Dirt by Jeannie Cummins.

Here’s the Synopsis….

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?


Well another week done and dusted, so this ony leaves me to say…

Have a great week ahead and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

8 thoughts on “My Week In Books (w/e 23rd Feb) #BookUpdates #BookNews #BookBlogger #MeAndMyBooks

  1. Magpie Lane was on my list of most anticipated books of the year and you’ve just made me even more excited for it!

    Congrats on the short story! That’s fantastic! Don’t forget the little people when you’re a famous published author! 😂

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