My Week In Books (w/e 17th October 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly round up of books I have read along with some more garden updates as well. As the weather has been pretty good down here in Cornwall, Me and He have been getting on with more tidying up in the garden. For a while now we have both hated the bottom corner of the garden, an old metal shed that used to be the goose house had become a general dumping site. You know when you get stuff and not sure if you want it or not, so you hang onto it just in case! We decided enough was enough and, well you can see for yourself in the next couple of photos.

Before…

After – not only did the rubbish from the shed go, but also the shed as well. This means I have more space for planting ๐Ÿ™‚

The ground still needs digging over properly, but I have put a couple of plants in already, new Victoria Plum tree as well as a few other plants that were being lost in the main flower bed. A slightly better photo from a different angle below…

Now, for the books I have read…

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When I am looking for something that is more light-hearted, but still has a great story line then Sue Moorcroft is one of the authors I go for. A Home in the Sun was a book I had on my list for reading in the summer, but it kind of got away from me. This was a gorgeous read as well as being very addictive. I am not saying too much about this one as my review will be out later this week.

I am on the blog tour for Fool’s Gold by Gillian Godden today, so you can read my full review on my Blog.

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I do love a dystopian thriller and No Child Of Mine by Olga Gibbs was a fabulous read. It has a strong Orwellian feel to it, it is a political thriller and a book that I enjoyed everything about. Full review at the end of the week as part of the Blog Tour.

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I do like non-fiction books about nature, the natural world and beyond. The Northern Lights – A definitive guide to Auroras by Tom Kerss was a wonderful softback book that I received through Amazon Vine. This book is a very informative and useful guide for all things Aurora. A history based on theories in centuries gone all the way through to modern science and thoughts. Every page has at least one photo of a person from history, a shot of auroras or of a chart or diagram. This is a fabulous little book for those like me who have an interest in the natural phenomenon. You can read my full review on Goodreads HERE

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At the beginning of September this year I virtually attended an online event held by HQ to showcase their #NewVoices. One of the authors was M A Kuzniar and she was talking about her book Midnight In Everwood. As I listened to her talk about her book I just knew it was one I wanted to read. One day a proof copy dropped through the letter box, my husband looked on rather bemused as I hugged the book, gave a few strangled squeals and danced with the book! (He isn’t a book reader, dear of him, so he doesn’t get it ๐Ÿ™‚ ) This week I got a break in my reading schedule to pick it up and read it. I LOVED IT! This is a gorgeous retelling of the Nutcracker, Now, I love this story and I also adore the story of the Nutcracker. This is a magical and gorgeous book that loosely follows the original story and I could see the influences in Kuzniar’s retelling. Of course, as soon as I had finished it I went straight onto YouTube to watch The Nutcracker Ballet. Today I wondered if our newly refurbished theatre in Truro would be showing any ballets. Well, would you believe they have the St Petersburg Ballet performing the Nutcracker!!!! I can’t book tickets for this yet, but I do believe I may be going to watch this one in January ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s me done for another week,

Once again another mixed bag of genres and styles.

Have a great week ahead,

Stay safe, Happy reading

Love Yvonne xx

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My Last Two Weeks In Books (w/e 10th Oct 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to my weekly update, or as it is this a time, my last two weeks of books. I have been on annual leave this past week and it was quite a busy week. I had my COVID Booster, other half had his Flu jab, I had X-rays on my hands for suspected arthritis and filled the car with stuff to go to the recycling centre, had a good clear through the house, its amazing what I have managed to accumulate over the past few months!

The last two weeks has seen me out in the garden having a proper tidy up, cutting back and pruning as well as clearing the bamboo back to the hedge again.

The small leaf lime tree was looking rather lost in front of the buddleia and the bamboo had covered all the stone work in the hedge.
From this angle, you can see how much had to be cut back and I can now see my lime again ๐Ÿ™‚
I have also found more plants growing, these are ones that have set themselves. I do love freebie plants ๐Ÿ™‚

Now then, I supposed I had better get to the books…

It has been a while since I have read any horror books, so where better to start than with a new series. Camp Death by Jim Ody is the first book in the Question Mark Horror series. A series where different authors write a story. Camp Death is a YA horror story and quite a quick read, it does have an eeries, sinister atmosphere to it and while it is not a hardcore horror I really enjoyed it. Keep and eye out fo rmy review soon.

After reading the first book in the Question Mark Horror series, then obviously I wanted to read the 2nd one. Ouija by Zoe-Lee O’Farrell really ticked the spooky boxes for me. This was a cracking read and definitely gave me the chills as I read it. Another quick read but one that had several twists in it. Again, review to follow.

A couple of months ago I read The Gathering Storm (full review HERE), the first book in The Sturmtaucher Trilogy by Alan Jones. I was blown away by this book and it was an absolute privilege and delight to get the chance to read the second book – Flight of the Shearwater. This is a brilliant book and once again the author has blown me away. If you love reading books about WWII, with amazing research and fabulous storytelling then, you really must, yes MUST pick up these books. My review of this second book is HERE.

I have always been a fan of Wilbur Smith, I read the first book of his when I was 15 or 16 years old and have loved his books. The New Kingdom by Smith with Mark Chadbourn is the 6th book in the Ancient Egypt series, somewhere along the way I have missed a couple of the books so I can say that this latest one does work well as a stand-alone. My full review will be on Wednesday this week.

This book was one of my picks for ~20booksofsummer reading challenge, it was one that I swapped out but I did finally get to read it this past week. Murder the Biography by Kate Morgan is a really interesting read that documents murder as it is seen in law back to its earliest days. When murder was first established as being a crime and documenting its path to what we know in the courts of law today. This is ideal for readers who like history, law, crime and non-fiction books. Full review to follow.

Well, there we go for another week.

I did try to get a photo of my boys, Billy & Buster while it was nice and sunny outside…

Whenever the camera comes out, one looks away while the other plays the fool!!!!

But persistence did pay off in the end…

There go, another week done and dusted,

I hope you are all keeping well

Love Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 29th Aug 2021) #bookupdates #booklove #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

And another month bites the dust… apologies but I was listening to Queen and this seemed appropriate when I typed it. But, August is all but over, where did you go?

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Had a chance to finally get back out in the garden again as we have some nice weather. The potatoes are now all dug up and stored in the shed. I am gathering some seeds from flowers that are coming to an end, picking runner beans and sweet peas on a daily basis and the tomatoes are finally starting to change colour. I do grow tomatoes outside so they do take a bit longer.

Here’s a few garden pics for you…

Now onto the books I have read this week…

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I was only planning on reading a couple of chapters of Starlight Cottage by K.T. Dady before going to bed, 1am saw me putting the books down! This is a gorgeous read that led me to the wonderful sounding Pepper Bay. I adored everything about this book and I cant wait to see where the author goes with this series. Full review soon as part of the blog tour.

#20booksofsummer – 18/20


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Lonely Planet publish many books and this one caught my eye. Best Day Walks Great Britain – Easy Escapes Into Nature. This is a reference book that gives plenty of ideas for walks around Great Britain, they are long or shorter, easier or harder. This book will give you some ideas for a day out, but I will mention that you will probably need a more comprehensive map such as an OS.


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Having recently helped out with the launch of the new digital publisher Embla, I decided to pick up one of their two new publications. Rachel Ryan’s Resolutions by Laura Starkey is the story of, Rachel and how she is trying to make changes and uses constantly tweaked new years resolutions list. This is contemporary fiction story that I enjoyed, light-hearted and I will post a full review closer to publication date.

#20booksofsummer – 19/20


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I own several books by Caroline Mitchell and The Midnight Man is the first one I have read… I know, I know! This is the second book that is due to be published by Embla and I adored the spooky, creepy eeriness of the story. This is a story that starts 25 years ago and then jumps to the present day when one of five teens go missing. A mix of urban legend, rumour and something more sinister are at play in this crime, thriller, mystery. I really enjoyed it, not too frightening but the suspense was definitely there.

As I finished The Midnight Man I also finished my #20booksofsummer reading challenge ๐Ÿ˜

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All done for another week and another month.

Have a wonderful week ahead,

Take Care,

All the very best

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 25th July 2021) #booklove #booknews #mygarden and a couple of #bookreviews #MeAndMyBooks

How is this the final week of July already? It has flown by.

How can I not mention the weather! I was so looking forward to the thunder, lightning and rain. I didn’t hear any thunder, didn’t see any lightning and only got a sprinkling of rain. We did have some respite from the heat as there has been a bit of a breeze.

The garden is starting to come under control again as I get caught up with the weeding. Some plants have been cut back, some thinned out and suddenly I have a riot of colour as my summer plants come into their own.

Now to the books I have read this week…

There are a couple of non-fiction books that I am posting my reviews for here today. It is because I am trying to get caught up with some!

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My Review…

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?: Discover a Life Filled with Purpose and Joy Through the Secrets of Jewish Wisdom by ย Michal Oshman

I don’t tend to read self-help books, but this one caught my eye as did the author bio. I think that the author being a female made it much easier for me to identify with. I don’t have any Jewish family so this is a book I went into with no real idea as to what to expect.

This isn’t a book that will help you overnight, it is a book that you can use to reassess life, goals, challenges and deal with things that you have not fully dealt with. We live in a fast-paced world that sometimes we just cannot keep up with. That’s fine!

Overcoming fear is something that you will need to work at, taking small steps, making small changes, altering your view or repeating a phrase. I do think that everyone will take something different from this book depending on what they are looking to achieve.

It is a book that makes good reading as well as one that can definitely help. It isn’t at all preachy, it doesn’t call for expensive purchases, you don’t need to live a certain lifestyle. Instead, it is a book that will help to add purpose to your day and your thinking.

A book that I found to be useful and one I would definitely recommend.

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The Lies I Tell by Joel Hames is one I read for the upcoming Blog Tour. This was a book that I did slow my reading down for and I am so glad I did as it helped to cement the different names and understand the timelines. This is a fabulous book, clever, complex at times and definitely has twists.

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This is the 4th book in the Return to Cornwall series. Cornish Gold at Summer’s End by Laura Briggs is the first book I have read in the series and it does work well as a stand alone. Set in a community that is caught up with a phenomenon, or it could be vandals? This is a lovely read and one that had me intrigued as I followed the main character Julie. Full review as part of the upcoming Blog Tour.

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My Review…

A Promised Land byย Barack Obama

After listening to Michelle Obama narrating her book Becoming, I decided it was long overdue that I listened to one by her husband. I chose The Promised Land to listen to as it covered a good part of Barack Obama’s life prior to The White House and also during.

This was a great book to listen to, listening to the brief journey that leads this man to sit in the highest office of his country. Throughout this narration, I found a guy who genuinely felt that he was doing all he was for the benefit of others. Democracy is something he fervently believes in and this really does come across.

Mentions of his wife, children, family members, friends and colleagues are littered throughout this memoir. There are meetings, glimpses into top-secret operations of the time, news events, mistakes and also victories.

While I did prefer Michelle’s book just fractionally more, I did still love Barack’s. His is more political, obviously, whereas Michelle’s felt more personal.

A wonderful book to listen to, emotional, addictive and one I would definitely recommend.


Four books for me this week, I have had a much slower reading week. But, the garden is looking much tidier ๐Ÿ˜‚

All that is left is for me to wish you all a fabulous week ahead.

Stay safe

Take Care

Best wishes, Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 27th June 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #garden #MeAndMyBooks

How is this going to be the last post of June already! Where has the time gone! I know we have had some warm and sunny days but as I sit typing this up it is looking more autumnal. Its grey, misty, overcast and wet. Good job I went out in the garden yesterday and took some photos ๐Ÿ™‚

Now for the books I read last week…

I loved Dear Mrs Bird and Yours Cheerfully is the second book in the Emmy Lake Chronicles by A.J.Pearce. A historical fiction set during WWII and is a fabulous read. I published my full review last week and you can read it HERE.

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I have read a few books over the past few weeks and months about nature, environment and the natural world. Outlandish by Nick Hunt is a book that falls into these categories. This is a book that allowed me to travel around Europe vicariously, following the author as he described his travels and what he experienced and witnessed. The author has a very easy style as he comments on interesting snippets of history, geography and how the climate is changing the landscape. A fabulous book that is also tinged with sadness as climate will change some areas of the world forever. It is one I would definitely recommend.

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Oh my goodness Owen you do get better and better with series! Insider by Owen Mullen is a brilliantly gritty second book in the Family series. The Glass family are business people that may not exactly work on the right side of legal. Well, they do have a legit business, but the rest are shady to say the least. This is a mis of gangland crime, family, loyalty and is absolutely brilliant. Keep an eye out for my full review next week as part of the blog tour.

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A lie is never a good thing and Her White Lie by Jackie Walsh is a fabulous story about a lie, a secret or two, a mystery and is an addictive read. This is a first for me by this author and I will be looking to read more of the previous books. While I wasn’t a fan of either of the two main characters I really enjoyed the storyline. It had some great twists, intrigue and kept me guessing. The full review will be out in a couple of weeks as part of the blog tour.

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Bella Osbourne has a new series out and The Promise of Summer is the first book. I adored this story as Ruby meets the rather grumpy Curtis. These two are so different, Ruby is outgoing and energetic while Curtis is a planner, he literally plans everything. I loved how the author brought these two together and allowed a wonderful friendship to form. I cannot wait to read more in this series. Full review later this week.

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I do love a good historical fiction and saga read and this one is the latest in the fabulous Harper’s Emporium series. Wartime Blues for the Harpers Girls by Rosie Clarke is just a gorgeous read. It is set during 1917 and continues the story of the four main girls, well women as they are now. I would recommend reading the series, but the books can be read as standalones. The war is making its presence felt not just in peoples homes but also in the shops. Everything is going into the war effort but people still need to work to earn a wage. Once again the author does such a wonderful job and had me with my heart in my mouth on so many occasions.

Well, here we are again. Another week done. Longest day has been and gone, it rained here. The strawberry moon was up in the sky and yeah you guessed it, it rained here! At least the water butts are filled, the garden has been watered and I can catch up with the boring stuff like housework (I believe I may have forgotten what that word means!)

Have a fabulous week ahead and keep safe.

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 6th June 2021) #booksnews #booklove #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

A glorious week of weather, well apart from on Saturday when it was more mizzle than rain, but it did the garden good so I can’t complain. Talking of the garden, my 50th birthday rose has decided to flower and is it a beauty or what? It also smells amazing. It is a David Austen rose and it’s called Emily Bronte. The yellow rose smells just as gorgeous, but I can’t find the label to see which one it is.

Well on to the books this week…

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When I got an email from Alison Menzies about The Heeding by Rob Cowen, illustrated by Nick Hayes, I knew it was one I wanted to read. A book of poetry and illustration about our relationship with the natural world and each other through four unprecedented seasons & a global pandemic. It is a gorgeous book with such a wonderful mix. I am sure there is a poem for everyone in this book, or one that could be related to. Keep an eye out for my full review as part of the blog tour later this month for this one.

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I have been listening to The Chain by Adrian McKinty, narrated by January Lavoy over the past week. I do have this on my kindle, but while browsing through Borrowbox I came across this and downloaded it straight away. When a child is kidnapped, it is up to the mother to try her best to get her child back. The only way to do this though, is to kidnap another child, and thereby keep the chain going! This was a really good book to listen to. I did feel the tension and understand the full implication of the chain. It also went further and I learnt more about the chain and the reasons behind it. A good one to listen to, and one I woudl recommend.

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From one kidnapping to another. This time very different in Falling by T.J. Newman. A pilots family is kidnapped, for them to be released an airline pilot has to crash his plane full of passengers. This book opened very dramatically before the chapters began and it was the first line of the book that had me hooked! This is a great paced book that had so many twists and adrenalin fuelled moments. Addictive from start to finish, another that is part of a Blog Tour, and my full review will be out next week.

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Oh Wow! Jane Corry had me hooked to The Lies We Tell. A book that has a dramatic start and then goes back to when parents, Sarah and Tom met and then through their lives until their son, Freddie tells them he has killed someone! I have always enjoyed Jane’s books, but this one is my favourite so far. Intriguing, addictive, emotional, twisted, surprising and amazing. My full review will be out next week.

There we go, another week done.

Have a great week ahead

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 27th Sept) #books #garden #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to the last post of this month, I swear to god that this month has flown by so quick I am sure it skipped a week somewhere!

There is definitely an autumnal chill and I have had to get my fluffy socks out and put a radiator on to take the chill off in the evening. The garden still has colour, though not as much as a few weeks ago. Time for a sort out, seeds saved, a tidy up, some things moved some things chopped right back, or my Mum says “given the Chelsea chop”. Still got a little more tidying to do in the flower bed.


As for the reading this week, well it has been a little slower but the two books I have read have been savoured, both 400+ pages and both were absolutely wonderful books. Both are for Blog Tours and both are definitely recommended.

Fist up is…

The Second Marriage by Gill Paul... I loved this book so much. Main characters are Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas and Jackie Kennedy. This is such a wonderful book about three people whose lives become intertwined. The focus is on the two women as I was taken through some historical events such as the assassination of JFK. Keep an eye out for my full review as part of the Tour, but if you love hist/fic then you really need to get this one.


The Trials of Koli by M.R. Carey is the second book in the Rampart Trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and even though I have had this 2nd book for a while now I have managed to keep it in the right reading order. It is a book that I have anticipated enjoying but I didn’t just enjoy it, I loved it! It is set in the future and continues Koli’s journey with Ursula and Cup. A wonderful descriptive books full of thrills and adventure. I finished this book last night and I am in “book hangover mode” I am still trying to get my head around how to write a review for this fabulous book.


I also got some wonderful #bookpost this week. This is a book that is part of the Blog Tour and it is a beautiful book and another that I am really excited about..

I am in love with the cover of The Nesting by C.J Cooke


Another week done and dusted, just think this time next week it will be next month!!!!

Have a wonderful week ahead and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 13th Sept) #lovebooks #booksread #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

Yet another week has passed and we are now mid September already. Last week I had an unscheduled break, nothing to worry about. It was just that forgot to write a post up for the Wednesday and then was busy in the garden and decided to take the rest of the week off.

The garden has definitely changed since a few weeks ago, things chopped back, things dug up and veg has been picked. It does look quite bare out there again, but also rather more tidy looking!

I also decided to make some candles, its been so long since I have done this and I had forgotten how relaxing it can be. I took some lavender flowers and some of the roses that are growing in the garden and added them to the wax. Just a couple of photos before the wax set to white.


So what have I read this week?

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If there was a book that you could read that could entice you on a road trip in a converted fish van, the Some Like it Greek by Sue Roberts is the book you really want to pick up. I absolutely adored this book as I journeyed with Anna and her older friend Demi across Europe and onto the Greek island of Kefalonia. This was such a wonderful heartwarming book that I absolutely adored, a story of friendship, of family and meeting new people. Brilliant read and you can get it on KindlePaperback


Cathy Mansell is a new to me author and after reading A Place to Belong I know I am going to be returning to her earlier books. This is a historical fiction set in Ireland in 1943, the war in ongoing and rationing is felt in Ireland. This is the story of an orphan who finds herself battling stereotypes of convent girls. But is also one about finding herself and having amazing friends to help her. I loved this book and I didn’t realise how quickly I was drawn into it. A wonderful book and you can buy a copy on KindlePaperbackAudio


I recieved this book last week and I have been waiting for this one for so long. I was patient and read it in the order it should be in, that is I read it according to the Blog Tours I have scheduled. The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. It is a fantasy and the first book in a series that I am really excited about. Magic, foreign lands, strange beasts and some fabulous characters. Quick chapters keep this book moving at a wonderful pace, with an oriental feel and wonderful descriptions. Yeah, I loved this one and cannot wait to see where the series goes next. Get a copy on KindleHardbackAudio – or pre-order in Paperback


Well that is me done for another week. Three fabulous books for me. Wishing you all a good week ahead and Happy Reading ๐Ÿ™‚

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 19th July) #bookupdates #booksread #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly round up of books ‘n’ stuff. It is a glorious day today (9:30 am Sunday morning) I’ve been down the garden already and picked peas, runner beans, potatoes and rhubarb for our Sunday roast, I think I have also eaten my breakfast as well, the odd radish, hand full of peas, a few raspberries and the last few gooseberries and I feel quite full ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

So what have I read this week? I was quite surprised when I had a look back…

This is a brilliant book for those, like me who are menopausal or are at the early stages or are peri -menopausal. Older and Wider by Jenny Eclair is an absolute howl of a read and had me laughing and sniggering as I recognised a whole lot of signs and symptoms. It has her comedic style and is so accessible and it is also packed full of tips, advice and very useful information. I think this book worked so well because it is not full of jargon, but good to honest experiences.


OMG! OMG! this is fluffing brilliant and it is the third in the series and it just gets better and better. The Curator by M.W. Craven is fictional deviousness at its very best. Dark disturbing, devious and damned good reading. If you are a crime, thriller reader and you haven’t yet started this series… well shame on you! Yeah I liked this a huge amount and can’t wait for the next one.


This is another series I am thoroughly enjoying and The Moscow Whisper by Michael Jenkins is the third in the Sean Richardson series. A brilliant mix of espionage, deception, lies, secrets and a whole lot more. It is a brilliant fast-paced read and full of action. Brilliant read and keep your eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour.


I borrowed this from my library via the Borrow box app and it was such a brilliant book to listen to. Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay is a book I have had on my kindle for ages but not quite got to so when I was browsing the library app I thought I would give it a listen. Adam narrates this and this means he adds more to it as it his experiences he is discussing. Do be warned that there is quite a few swear words so you may wnat to listen through headphones or well away from little ears! An excellent listen and one that had me chuckling, at others not so much due to the nature of the the tale being told. I will mention that there is a warning for one of the stories as it is very sad, and it advises skipping if necessary, ( I started to listen to it and decided to then did skip it). Well worth a listen and one I would recommend.


I really enjoyed the idea behind Wife Support System by Kathleen Whyman and I am so glad I signed up to the Blog Tour for it. Three women who move into one house together so they can share the load of childcare, cleaning and cooking sounds amazing and initially it is. The story is a wonderful one of women who have different roles, jobs, partners and expectations, I really liked the interaction and dynamics between them. Keep an eye out for my review.


Why oh why didn’t I read The City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty when I first bought it! It is a fabulous fantasy, action and adventure read. I devoured its 544 pages in two sittings and absolutely loved this first book in The Daevbad Trilogy and now have the next two books sitting in my basket ready to check out. A brilliantly captivating read that has a Middle Eastern magical feel to it. Completely transporting me across desserts with ancient warriors, healers, and a mass of other things as well. Brilliant read and one I would definitely recommend.


Well that’s me done for another week and I am back to work (Monday night-shift), I’ve loved being off and home for two weeks and would have liked it if I could stay off longer… roll on retirement or a winning lottery ticket with lots of 000,000’s ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜

Wishing you all a great week ahead, Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 5th July) #booknews #bookupdates #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly reading round up, and also the first post of July. It has been another week where the weather has been dictating what I can do, showers have been frequent and so has the humidity. The good thing about this is that the garden has been growing away madly, the downside is that so have the weeds!!!

Back in May we cleared part of the garden for a grass area where I geese used to live. Along with a few shrubs and trees it didn’t look inviting, but I could imagine what it would eventually look like. I am pleased to see the grass growing and all the transplanting seems to have taken.

What a difference a few weeks make, the first picture was taken on 29th May, the second today 5th July. The grass has had its first proper cut a couple of days ago and will need over-seeding in places, especially where the sparrows had their dust baths!

The veg garden and flower border are in full flow at the moment and it seems that every day there is more growth and therefore more to eat or look at!

Now for the books I have read this week…

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What a gorgeous read The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts by Alison Sherlock was. Amber was just supposed to be stopping over in the village of Cranbridge, she wasn’t supposed to be staying long, helping out as long as she did or the various other things that happened along the way. A wonderful read with a touch of drama, a smattering of romance and a tractor. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog tour.

Pre-order your copy HERE.


A crime thriller read was next with The One Who Got Away by L. A. Detwiler that was quite dark as I followed the worries of an elderly lady who recently moved into a home. The worries and concerns are brushed off as part of her dementia, or the mutterings of an old lady, but Adeline knows she is not wrong about some things. I did enjoy this book though at times I did feel it was a little slow or maybe that I was too impatient to discover more. This is another book 7 in the #20booksofsummer reading challenge.

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Sunshine and Second Chances by Kim Nash is another wonderfully brilliant read by this author. If you have read her two previous books then you will already love her writing and you won’t be disappointed with this one. Four women catching up on holiday after many years of not seeing each other sees a few home truths and realisations come to the forefront of conversations. A superb read that I read in one sitting and loved as did my Mum, we are both agreed that Kim is an author we both love and will both immediately buy any of her books.

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I am loving the Alex Cohen series and Midtown Huckster by Leopold Bortinski is the 3rd book in the series. Set in the US at the time of gangsters, prohibition, racketeering and corruption it focuses on Alex. He is the leader of Murder Corporation, a small group who work for the various crime bosses eliminating problem people. With prohibition coming to an end and Hoovers Federal Bureau investigating the bosses things are looking bad for Alex. A brilliant read and keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour soon.

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Well that is me done for another week. I was checking out some of the numbers this week and I have the following –

Goodreads Challenge = 132 books read so far out of 200 for the year, 31 ahead of schedule.

NetGalley = reached my 200 reviews and earned another badge, and also 96% feedback ratio

Amazon = I am in the Top 50 of reviewers which I am still in shock about.

Blog = has just over 800 followers and since I started in feb 2017 I have published 825 posts.

Twitter = still amazes me and I have just over 5,400 followers.


Billy & Buster had a new toy this week, needless to say, they loved it ๐Ÿ™‚

So that leaves me to wish you all a wonderful week ahead,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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