My Week in Books (w/e 2nd Aug) #booknews #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly round-up of books I have read this week. It has been a great week for being out in the garden and not too hot in my corner of Cornwall. We had lovely weather on Thursday and while everyone was sweltering on Friday we had a cooler day.

Any regular visitors to my blog will know, as well as books I also enjoy being out in my garden. While I was going through some photos to hang up I came across one of me as a nipper and even then I liked my plants…

This is me smelling the flowers in the early 1970s 😁


So what have I read this week…

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WOWSERS!!!!!!! I bought a copy of The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup when it was first published as I had seen some amazing reviews, it gradually slipped down the old TBR! I am so glad I popped it on my #20booksofsummer reading cahllenge list as it is a flaming brilliant read. It is a police procedural, it is a thriller, it is a murder mystery, it is dark and twisted, and has an amazing plot that I had absolutely no idea “whodunnit” until the author was ready. Brilliant book and you can order this in various formats – HardcoverPaperbackKindleAudible

I was approved for an advanced copy of We Are Family by Nicola Gill. This is the story of two sisters who don’t really get on but have to as they sort through things after their mums death. Laura and Jess are two very different people, one is cool calm and collected always organised, the other run ragged juggling home, work and relationship. This was a book that I read in a day and really enjoyed. My thanks to Avon for my copy, it is due to be published on 3rd Sept 2020 and you can pre-order it HERE


Choices Shape, Losses Break by Nia Lucas is an amazing book. This is an author who tackles some very tough issues and does it in a way that make it so readable. I will warn you that there is a sexual thread, sometimes quite explicit, in this story, and while this is not something I normally would read but I have to say the author tackled in such a way as it became part of the overall story. The book deals with relationships, bullying, love, life and sacrifice. It is as I said earlier and amazing book to read. Ideal for those who like a grittier urban contemporary fiction read. My full review is part of the Blog Tour later this month. Buy a copy HERE.


Historical fiction readers are going to love The Bird in the Bamboo Cage by Hazel Gaynor. This is a story that is based on true events and the author has done such a wonderful job in creating a story that is based in China 1942 in a missionary school. Japan has just attacked Pearl Harbour. I am going to share a snippet of the synopsis as this paragraph puts it much better than I am able to “Inspired by true events, this is an unforgettable read about a remarkable community faced with unimaginable hardship, and the life-changing bonds formed in a distant corner of a terrible war.” This is such an amazing read and it is one that I would recommend so much. My full review will be part of the Blog Tour on 10th Aug. Due to be published on 20th August, you can pre-order a copy HERE.


Well that was me for last week, I wish you all a wonderful week ahead.

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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