My Week In Books ( two week update) w/e 12th Sept) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

A double update this week for the books that I have read. I don’t seem to have had as much time for reading as I normally do. I have also noticed my concentration levels have taken a bit of a dip, I think this is due to feeling more tired recently. But, I am still reading so I am not too bothered ๐Ÿ™‚

w/e Sunday 5th September…

Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb was a stunning read. You can read my full review HERE.

I read Lethal Ties by Helen Christmas for the Blog Tour, a addictive and powerful story. Full review HERE.

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian was a mystery with a great psychological edge to it. A great read and my full review is HERE.

w/e Sunday 12th September…

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Armchair Explorer by Lonely Planet

My Review…

his is a fabulous book that will appeal to lovers of music, film and literature. This book is broken down into continents, and then each country is listed alphabetically.

This book is brilliant for me. As a book reader, I often look for books from around the world. Listing 5 bokos from the classics to more modern titles gives me a good introduction to the literature of each country. Along with this I can then explore further and look for films and also check out the playlists for music.

There is also a photo for each country, not necessarily a photo of a capital city or a scenic view either. There are a few countries that do have an “In-Depth” page, where there is a little more information about a person or group that has been influential in some way.

This is a great book for either flicking through or sitting and reading through. It is a very well laid out reference book that is also very interesting.

I do think this is a really good book and the hardback version is really nice. It is a book I would definitely recommend.ย 

The Lion and The Unicorn by Tom Ward is a story set in the 2054 in England. A dystopian mystery that I really enjoyed. This is a mix of political big brother style themes, undercover, police procedural and murder. Full review tomorrow as part of the Blog Tour.

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I have only just finished reading the Seamstress of Warsaw by Rebecca Mascull and it is a fabulous story. This is the story of two people who seemingly have nothing in common, WWII has revealed a connection. This connection will lead a young man on a dangerous journey. The other other person is trying to survive amidst the the persecution. This is a strong story that I absolutely adored. Full review next week as part of the blog tour .

There we are, all done.

Have a wonderful week ahead,

All the best

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 22nd August 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Here we are yet again, another week and another weekly update of books I have read. I know I mention quite often that the weeks are flying by… but seriously… it won’t be long before we are changing the clocks once again! The evenings are getting darker earlier and it is getting cooler.

When I had a look back over the weeks books I had quite a shock as to how many I had read.

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My Wife Jodie by V. A. Rudys is a very twisted psychological thriller. The full review is on my blog tomorrow so I am not going into this one too much now, but i will say it was very good!

#20booksofsummer 14/20


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As the cover for A Winter Baby for Gin Barrell Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson isn’t up on Goodreads yet, I have stuck with this generic image. This is a historical fiction and family saga story and it was an absolute pleasure to read. Set in Birmingham in the 1860’s, Dolly is running her own gin palace and possibly looking to expand. This is a story that I adored and is full of local and community support for a female business owner. Keep an eye out for my full review later this week as part of the blog tour.

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I adored this YA story, The Mapmakers Daughter by Caroline Dunford is a fantasy read and one that I got on really well with. It is more light fantasy and I did enjoy the world the author built up. I did feel it finished a bit quick, or maybe I just didn’t want it to end! Full review later this week as part of the Blog Tour.

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The Ticklemore Tavern by Liz Davies is brilliant story. It involves gin, it is a rom-com and it does have a wonderful storyline to it. This doesn’t have its full cover on Goodreads yet, so again I am going with a generic one. This story has the the mother from hell, a hunky landlord and is a cracking read. Off the top of my head this book is due for a one blitz so keep you eye out next week for many reviews from Bloggers.

#20booksofsummer 17/20


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I have been listening to A History of Britain Vol II by Simon Schama. I do have the hardback set of these books and I have read them and when I saw the audio on my local library site I decided to give it a go. I did think this was very good, but I have to say I prefer the actual books rather than the audio.


I am nearly getting towards the end of the #20booksofsummer reading challenge. I have 2 and a bit books to go so I should complete it. I have changed my list considerably as I have taken on books rather than sticking to my list, but you now what it’s like lol!

All wrapped up for another week,

Wishing you all a great week ahead

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (15 Aug 2021) #booklove #bookupdate #MeAndMyBooks

I have had a great week with the book reading, there have been some fabulous ones. The weather here has been a bit hit and miss, a mix of wind, rain, sunshine and mizzle. This has meant the garden has been kept on top off in short bursts, I did manage to get the grass mowed before we had a down pour which was rather good.

The veggies are coming on nicely and it is great that we can pick fresh and eat within a couple of hours of them being picked. Cucumbers are doing well as are the courgettes, just a few a week which is all we need. Runner beans and peas are really doing well, although the first sowing of peas are coming to the end, and the second sowing are now coming in. Raspberries are growing well and not quite getting to the peak but not far off. Rhubarb, well that just keeps going and going and going, almost fed up with the sight of it. It is a good job there are plenty of others that like it and we are giving it away.

Enough for tea ๐Ÿ™‚

I work night shifts, and at this time of year it means I get to see some amazing views across Falmouth Bay. Some of the sunrises are amazing, this one from Tuesday morning was quite eerie, but incredibly stunning to witness. Some wonderful sea mist laying across the bay and in the valleys.

Right, lets get on with the books…

Last week I did mention that I was reading a wonderful book, it was this one. The Gathering Storm by Alan Jones. This is an amazing book and one that would definitely appeal to you if you are a fan of history and especially of WWII. This is told from the perspective of a German family and a German Jewish family who are employed as housekeepers. This is an amazing book, I was hooked and gutted that I got to the end of the 800 pages. Thank goodness it is the first in a trilogy. It is definitely a book that is going to stay with me, in fact it took me two days to process this read and for me to feel ready to pick up my next read. I don’t often suffer with book hangovers but this one is just amazing. The research, the writing, the story is just awesome. Full review to follow, publication day for this is 19th August.

Have you met The Skelf Family yet? If not then you really do want to give this series a go. The Great Silence by Doug Johnstone is the third book in this series and follows three generations of the Skelf family. They are a family of women who run the family’s funeral directors and also side line in private investigations. This is a brilliant book that had so much going on. A dismembered foot, a missing person, astrophysics, a wild animal on the loose! Yes you read that right!!! An amazing read and I am going to say you really should read this series in order to get a full grip of the dynamics in this dynamic family. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour, it has already started. My review will be later this week.

I was delighted to be able to share my review for Bella’s Big Caribbean Adventure by Annabelle and Anne John-Ligali this week. This is such a wonderful story aimed at 7-11 year olds and it was a delight to read. You can read my full review HERE. This is the story of Bella, who impatience gets the better of her and also leads her and her friends into danger. A really wonderful read and it was a pleasure to help take part in the spotlight tour.

Do you like twisted psychological thrillers? Watch For Me by Martin Bodenham is one you want to look out for. This is about a family man who is stalked. Not only is it incredibly twisted, it also becomes dark. The author has done such a brilliant job with this addictive book and I adored it. That finish… Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour, my review is later this week.

Well that is me done for aniother week.

Wishing you al the very best in the coming week,

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 8th August 2021) #booklove #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly round up of books I have read. It will be a quick round-up this week as I have only read two books, but I am getting towards the end of an 800 page book at the moment, that I am loving.

So, here we go…


I have read most of Amanda James books when she was with Bloodhound Books, I have kept up to date with all her releases but not read her early ones. A Stitch in Time is a brilliant read and one that is a historical fiction/ romance and contemporary fiction read with a time travel element in it. I really enjoyed this story, it is essentially a romance with a twist. One I have read as part of my 20booksofsummer reading challenge.


I do like historical fiction and I was delighted to read The Mersey Angels by Sheila Riley. I read the first I this series last year ย (I think!) and I enjoyed catching back up with the characters. It can be read as a stand-alone but then you would be missing out on the first book! Keep an eye for this. One as part of the upcoming Blog Tour.ย 
As I mentioned I a currently reading a book, this is also a historical fiction one and if you follow me on Goodreads then you will be able to have a sneaky peak to see what it is. I have to say it is a brilliant book ๐Ÿ™‚

There we go then, all done for another week

Have a great week ahead and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books ( w/e 1st August 2021) #booklove #booksupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to my weekly round up of books I have read this week. It has been a busy week and not quite as much reading as usual. I thought I would have a look at my stats for the Goodreads Reading Challenge and I am nearly three quarters of the way through. So far I have read 141 books out of a planned 200. I am 25 ahead of schedule si I am delighted with that.

The #20booksofsummer reading challenge is taking a little longer as I keep reading books that I had not added to it. Currently I have read 11 out of the 2o that I hope to read by the end of the month.

What did I read this week…

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I listened to The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan, I do own a copy of this in book format and I am wanting to read it but just haven’t quite settled down to it as yet. When I saw the audio version available on NetGalley I immediately requested it. It is a fabulous audio to listen to. It is simplified for 11+ years and is as such classed as a chidlrens audio, but I loved it.

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I do adore Kathryn Freeman and her books are a joy to read. The Beach Reads Book Club is just brilliant. Yes, it is about a book club and it is one I would love to be a member of. They do discuss books, consume cake and gin and chat about their lives generally. A gorgeous read and one that I loved. Full review to follow as part of the blog tour.

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How can motherhood be The Best Most Awful Job. Well, 20 authors from a range of backgrounds and countries have each written an essay describing their experiences in an honest and very open way. Explaining various things about changes to not only the body but also on their perspectives. What ever route is taken, and there are several, this book explores motherhood. This was a great book that looks at prejudices, stereotypes, stigmas and feels very personal. My full review for this book will be later this week.


There we have it, three books this week.

Wishing you all the very best int he week ahead,

All the best,

Yvonne xx

Many thanks for reading my post, a like or share would be amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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

Many thanks for reading my post, a like or share would be amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

My Week In Books, or to be more accurate, My Last Two Weeks in Books (w/e 18th July 2021) #booklove

I have been on annual leave for the past two weeks, and yes it has been excellent. I spent a week with my parents who I had not seen for 21 months due to COVID, they were classed as vulnerable, my husband as highly vulnerable and I work in a residential home with vulnerable people. The risk of travelling over 300 miles and potentially pass on the virus was never worth the risk. Now as we are all have had the double vaccine, the odds have reduced, even though the rates are rising again in England.

Weather, well it has been amazing for us, but my goodness there has been some absolutely awful weather in other places around the world. I do hope that if you are dealing with extreme weather at the moment, that you and your loved ones are safe.

As regular visitors are aware, I do love my garden. Having a week at my parents meant I came back to a jungle, I cannot believe how quick the weeds grew while I was away! No photos until I get the weeding back under control, it is getting there and there are some lovely flowers. The veg has been a bit hit and miss this year, but with the weather being so erratic it isn’t really a wonder.

I suppose I ought to mention the books I have read over the past couple of weeks. I do need to do blog posts for almost all of these books, hopefully I can get caught up over the next few weeks. I seem to have changed a few of my #20booksofsummer picks as well, good job this challenge is flexible! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I read and reviewed Crossfire by R.D. Nixon for the Blog Tour, you can read my full review HERE. This was a grittier mystery and one that was full of intrigue. Set with different timelines it was an addictive and intriguing story. It is a procedural to a point and it does involve the police, this is however, a PI type of mystery that has the Investigating team of Clifford &Mackenzie. I do look forward to reading more in this series.

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Primrose Park by Christie Barlow is the latest in the Love Heart Lane series. If you already now of this series then you already know you are going to love this book. If you have not yet read any of the book then… takes deep breath and composes oneself… you really should especially if you love contemporary fiction and romance. A fabulous story with, once again a wonderful sense of community, family and friendship.

I adore the Choices series, Ties Bind, Love Finds by Nia Lucas is the third book in the series. This is a series that is an urban fiction, contemporary fiction read. It does have some colourful language and imagery. The series is about Lorna, from her life as a teen, into her 20’s and now as a mother. Life has been challenging and while things seem to be holding steady, the author has other plans for Lorna. Told from Lorna’s perspective, well mainly from her. this is a no hold barred glimpse into her mindset, thoughts, dreams wishes and her life. A fabulous next book in the series.

I am so glad I have The Doll by Yrsa Sigurรฐardรณttir on my kindle because that cover really creeps me out! This is a slower paced procedural set in Iceland. I wasn’t sure why the doll was so significant until later in the story. By then there is a rising body count, more questions than answers and it made for an addictive read. It one that does in it the noir niche and it is a niche I do enjoy.

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This was a fun and lighter read, no such thing as perfect by Emma Hughes was a good book to just chill out and relax to. Laura gets an invite to trial a dating service called Cupid, as she is a journalist she hopes that she can combine her experience with a feature and hopefully save her job. This service is supposed to find your perfect match, but as the title suggest there is “no such thing as perfect”.

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Oh if there was ever a book for me then this is one of them. The Fair Botanist by Sara Sheridan is definitely right up my street. It is a historical fiction, with some romance, and gardens, and intrigue and mystery and I adored everything about it. Oh and it is also based on fact. It has been getting some excellent reviews so do keep your eye for it.

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Staying with a gardening theme with Janey Trelwnaey’s Year of Surprising Triumphs by Georgia Hill is set in Devon. Janey is a hardworking and socially awkward woman, comfier in dungarees and DM’s than dresses or heels. She works at Cheney House Garden Centre, loves her job and the people until a new manager takes over. Straight away there is an awkwardness between the two. Janey’s problems are only just beginning as she fids herself in the firing line. I adored this book because as much as there is heartache for Janey the author does bring a good balance. Definitely one for those who like a contemporary fiction and rom-com.

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I read The Face at the Window by Ruby Speechley for the upcoming blog tour and it was the cover that caught my eye. Gemma is married to Nick, they have Thomas a 5 day old son. When a colleague offers to mind Thomas while Gemma is in the supermarket she doesn’t think anything will happen. Then it does! Told in different timelines you gradually start to understand the life of Gemma and Nick, that saying “you don’t know what goes on behind closed doors” is one that applies. This is a dark story that has consequences. One for those whi like fiction set in a family and relationship setting.

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I got the chance to read an early copy of HOB by Amy Shepherd. There are some fabulous, quick, simple and tasty recipes that can all be cooked on the cooker, I mean, no one wants to be cooking up a massive meal in this heat. From breakfasts, snacks, drinks, menu planning, budgeting, desserts and more main meals this book has loads of ideas. I really enjoyed it and I do think I will buy a physical copy of this at some point.

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I didn’t read the title of the next boo I was planning to read, I only glanced at my diary and saw the word “I Lie”, typed that into my kindle and Would I Lie to You by Aliya Ali-Afzal popped up. It wasn’t until I went to mark it off as being read that I realised it wasn’t a blog tour copy but an advance copy from NetGalley. The books do have similar titles ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, what a brilliant book it was and I am so glad that I requested to review this debut book. Faizal is a Pakistani Muslim in an interracial marriage, three children and has just discovered her husband is facing redundancy. Nick thinks there is a good amount in the savings account, but keeping up with the elite mothers and all the activities, parties, fundraisers and such takes funds. Yes, the account is now empty and Faizal has to find a way to get the money before Nick finds out! Brilliant, story, addictive, and covered many different problems in relationships, friendships and trying to fit in. Definitely glad I read this earlier that I planned to.

There we go then. Ten books over two weeks, I think that’s pretty god going.

I would like to say big “Thank You” for the post sharing over the last couple of weeks while I have been taking a break.

Wishing you all a positive, happy and safe week ahead.

All the best

Yvonne xx

Many thanks for reading my post, a like or share would be amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

My Week In Books (w/e 4th July 2021) #booknews #lovebooks #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

A flying visit this week as I am trying to get my blog up to date and organised for the next couple of weeks coming. I am doing this because I am off to see my parents for a week. We haven’t seen each other since before the fist long down and it has been far too long. We still message and talk on a regular basis. I am very excited about seeing them, a little nervous about driving up there but it will be so worth it.

I will say a “Thank You” in advance now for any shares from Wednesday onwards, I only have blog tour posts scheduled for this period.

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This is 4th book in #20booksofsummer challenge, A Secret Scottish Escape by Julie Shackman was a wonderful escapism read and I adored the threads and storyline that the author brought to this story. A mix of mystery, romance, family drama and wonderful scenery made this a fabulous read.

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If you like dark, twisted crime, thriller read then look no further than Sharon J Bolton and her book The Pact. I really must pick up more of her other books! The Pact is something that a group of teens agree to, years later that pact is called out. What happens, who is involved and the outcome was so addictive reading. I adored the intrigue, suspense and twisted route the author chose to take. Brilliant book.

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A non-fiction that I had planned on reading over several day was Unofficial Britain by Gareth E Rees. I say was planning… I started this book and was totally hooked to it. The author brilliantly old me of obscure, long forgotten or not noticed things from around Britain. The book is about everyday things such as electricity pylons, yeah you read that right lol! Also motorways, roundabouts, housing estates, while this does not sound immediately attractive what the author does is take you on a journey into and around areas like this. Pointing out not noticed things, imparting local knowledge and tales. A brilliant book and I loved it.

That’s it for me this week, I do have an audio and a crime book on the go at the moment. You will have to wait for my next update in a couple of weeks before you get to know what they were. Unless you sneak a peak on Goodreads of course lol xx

Many thanks for reading my post, a like or share would be amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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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