My Week In Books (w/e 24th May) #bookupdates #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Usually I post this on a Monday, but as I have a Blog Tour review tomorrow I thought I would bring it forward a day. In doing this I am going to confuse myself and possibly one or two others ๐Ÿ˜‚

This week has been very random as far as the weather goes, from shorts and t-shirts to leggings and woolly jumpers in the matter of a couple of days, but then I guess it is a Bank Holiday this weekend (UK) so I shouldn’t really be surprised.

So down to what I have read this week…

This is the first time I have read anything by Kerry Kaya and I have to say I will be reading more of her books as I do have some on my kindle. The Price is a gangland thriller that focused more on brothers Fletch and Spence, well actually more Fletch but as he does look out for his brother he is also a large part of the story. A brilliantly addictive read.


I absolutely adored Rainy Days for the Harpers Girls by Rosie Clarke, this is the third book in the series and I wish I had read the the previous books, but it does work very well as a stand alone. Set in the run up to WWII, this is a story of family, friendship and loyalty and it is a gorgeous read.


I loved That Holiday In France by Rhoda Baxter, a light read that see’s Ellie standing up for herself and not being a doormat to her boyfriend. I loved how Ellie changed from so-and-so’s girlfriend to being her own person and how she was challenged to find her self. Another fabulous read and one that you can easily read in an afternoon.


How amazing is this book, well take it from me it is amazing. The Little Teashop in Tokyo by Julie Caplin is gorgeous. The author combined an addictive storyline with a cultural emersion into Japanese life, showing the contrasts between the modern and the traditional and I loved it. It is a romance that is very addictive and then there is so much more as well with references to food, tradition, art, tourism and food and a Tea Ceremony and food and well I think you get that I may have liked this one a lot.


I am a big fan of Mary Wood and this is The Brave Daughters and it is the 4th book in The Girls Who Went to War series, I am loving it and will probably finish it later on in the afternoon.


What I listened to…

I have finished The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy narrated by Stephen Fry. I read the book several years ago and loved the quirky humour to this bizarre sci-fi classic. The narration added a whole other dimension to the book and he really brought it to life for me. It is well worth the Audible Credit if you are a member, if not I think it is around ยฃ10 and so still worth it.


Before I go I am leaving you with some photographs of some of my foxgloves because… well just because ๐Ÿ˜

Well that is it for me for another week. So I wish you all the best in the coming week.

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 17th May) #bookupdates #BooksRead #MeAndMyBooks

Well what a nice week this week has been. I’ve finally managed to get my runner beans and peas planted out in the garden. The flower side of the garden is starting to come into its own with Lupins, rose, irises, granny’s bonnet and crab apple blossom making a pretty sight to see. My garden is a tranquil place and I take regular breaks to sit and read a chapter or more and having a coffee.

So let me show you what I have read this week…

I am a big fan of Jane Corry and her latest book I Made a Mistake is one hell of a read. This is the story of one mistake that had very dangerous consequences, it is a brilliant read and has a few really good twists that completely caught me out. Excellent read for fans of thrillers that have a domestic and psychological angles.


Rachel Rhys took me to 1950’s Cuba in her new book Island of Secrets and it was a fabulous read. It is a historical fiction read that I adored and everything felt so right as I read it. The back drop of Cuba and the unrest was a really good contrast to the celebrity world that is the main focus of the story. A wonderful story for historical fiction readers.


Emma Murray created a wonderful story about being a first time Mum in todays fast paced world and the pitfalls of social media in Time Out. Saoirse (pronounced Seersha) is struggling to come to terms with the demands of motherhood and how her relationship has changed. This is a bit of a no holds barred story that I found amusing at times but also that I could sympathise with as she found that other mums use social media like a competition, adding extra pressure to be the perfect mum of a perfect child! A very enjoyable read that has a message behind it.


I enjoyed this murder mystery and it is the first book I have read by Leighann Dobbs. Murder on a Mississippi Steamboat is set in the 1920’s and is a very enjoyable read and has a feel of Agatha Christie mixed with Jessica Fletcher (Murder She Wrote) feel to it. Flamboyant guests, intriguing storyline and a Murder writer and her niece make this a good book for fans of cosy mystery reads. I definitely enjoyed it and I look forward to reading more by this author as she has loads of books already published.


I am still currently listening to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy read by Stephen Fry, to be honest I have spent more time outside in the garden so have not really listened to much of it but I am about 1/3 of the way through.

Well that’s it for me this week. I wish you all the very best for the week ahead

Yvonne xx

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