Hello and welcome to the New Year, today I am rounding up the final books I read in 2021. I read a total of 229 books last year and there were some amazing books. I did a round-up and Best Books Post if you want to check it out – HERE
I did take a break from the Blog and also Social Media over Christmas and New Year. Like many, I still work over the festive and New Year period as I am a care worker in a Residential Home. It does make it quite busy with getting things organised as well as working so it’s always easier to have a break.
So I will take this time to say that I hope you all had a safe and good Christmas. Also to wish you all the very best in 2022.
Here are the final two weeks of books that I read to finish the year off, most are Blogg Tour books for January, yeah check me out getting organised!
This is the 4th book in this series and A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland is another fabulous book in the series. A wedding that isn’t as straightforward as it was meant to be, memories of loved ones and a few tears are just the tip of the iceberg.
If you are looking for a hard, gritty gangland thriller then have a look at Sapphire by Heather Burnside. Heather is a new author to me but based on Sapphire I will definitely be looking at her previous books. This is quite hard reading at times due to some of the topics. Drugs, homelessness, surviving, making the best of what you have. Tough, addictive and more hardcore.
If you love the Love Heart Lane series then you are going to love Heartcross Castle by Christie Barlow. This is the 7th book and it is brilliant. A crumbling castle, a famous chef, some home truths and a supportive community. It has all this and so much more as Grace and her three sons make a new start.
Another fabulous series in The Glass Family and the latest book Hustle by Owen Mullen is soooo good. I adore this series and this one is addictive. Nina is definitely in the wrong place when a robbery takes place, not the normal robbery as such but one that has the rest of the family just a little stressed. If you have been following this series then you will know the characters and what they do. This is gritty, hardcore, brutal at times and fabulous.
What a gorgeous and also idyllic story Wishing Under a Starlit Skye by Lisa Hobman was. Single parent Caitlin and her daughter Grace have lived on Skye since before Grace was born. They have some wonderful friends and are an important part of the community. This is a story about not seeing what is in front of you, but also of taking a chance. Adorable characters, fab storyline and a brilliant read.
If she’d turned off her phone, instead of listening in, perhaps no one would have died… is such a great tag line for Remember My Name by Sam Blake. Intriguing, twisted, unexpected and a wonderful psychological thriller. It needed a bit of concentration from me at the beginning as there is quite a few things going on, but when things settled it was an exciting read.
How many of us know what it’s like for our partners, how hard they do/ do not work. Bernie Maycock tackles this in Anything You Can Do. A humorous look at how one parent thinks the other doesn’t do as much as they should. Roles are reversed and suddenly things begin to make sense. A fab read and one that had me chuckling several times.
This is a brilliant read and the first in a series, Resistance by Eilidh McGuiness is set during WWII from the perspective of some of those involved in the French Resistance. The author has woven fact with fiction to create such a powerful story and one that I look forward to continuing.
What a fabulous book to finish the year off with. That Certain Spark by Isobel Hart is one that I think many readers will be able to connect with, I certainly did. Claire is wallowing, she is alone, she has panic attacks that leave her out cold and her cat is constantly getting stuck up a tree. This is quite a humorous book but one that conveys such a positive message with a nod to wellbeing and mindfulness. As I finished I felt very positive and it was such a brilliant read.
So there we have it, the final books I have read for 2021. You will see the full reviews of these and some others over the next few weeks.
Have a wonderful week ahead, and also I wish you all the very best for the coming year.
Love to you all
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