My Week In Books (w/e 26th June 2022) #booklove #bookupdates

Welcome to another weekly round-up of books I have read this week. Just a quick one from me this time as I only read three books. Busy doing other stuff and not so much reading.

The Memories in Blood by Guy Cross – this was a fab read, more psychological than horror, but had some pretty creepy moments and was very mysterious. Full review next Monday.

The Cottage on Winter Moss by Allie Cresswell – is a gorgeous story between the past and the present. I adore this author’s books and writing style. Full review also next Monday.

The Discarded by Louise van Schalkwyk – is a tense and mysterious read and one that I found quite captivating. Full review next week.

There we go, I did say it was a quick one this week.

Have a great week ahead,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 19th June 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #inthegarden #MeAndMyBooks

I have just realised I didn’t do a book update post last week!!! To be honest I didn’t actually read that much so I will update on what I have read this week.

It has been a good time for the garden flowers and veg. We have a week that had some of the highest temps on Thursday and Friday, followed by rain, wind and a thunderstorm. Not a major storm, just a few rumbles and that was it, quite disappointing really as I do love a good bit of thunder and lightning.

I cautiously went down the garden this morning (Sunday) and was surprised to see that there wasn’t any damage to the flowers. Plenty of loose petals and a few leaves and that was it. Suprised, becuase the foxgloves that are getting towards 6 feet tall and not supported are still upright! Also, from what I can see, the apples are still on the tree 🙂 The veg is looking good, nice and clean looking now the rain has given them a good dousing.

Here are the books I have read…

The New Doctor at Peony Practice by Christie Barlow – this is another Love Heart Lane book and I adore this series. Full review tomorrow.

The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings – a weirdly, quirky and brilliant read about magic, and demons, set in New Orleans. Full review on Thursday.

On The Scent by Paolo Totaro – Interesting book that is quite topical given the number of people, me included, that had or still have lost the fifth sense due to Covid. Also a more in-depth look at the sense of smell and the impact or effect it can have on your life. Full review on Friday.

They Called Him Marvin by Roger Stark – I have read this book as part of the month-long read-along with #lovebookstours over on Instagram. I have been answering set questions and I will post my full review here on my blog at the end of this month. Historical account based on letters between Dean and Connie Sherman during WWII.

There we go, another week bites the dust.

And, here is a thing… do you know it’s the summer solstice tomorrow! Yes, 21st June is the longest day! How on earth did we get here so quick?

Here are a few facts

  1. This year it falls on Tuesday, June 21 – when the UK will enjoy 16 hours and 43 minutes of daylight. The sun will rise at 4.43am and set at 9.22pm. This year, it will fall at exactly 10:13am in the United Kingdom.
  2. Also known as midsummer or the estival solstice.
  3. There are two solstices each year – one in the winter and one in the summer. The summer solstice occurs when the tilt of Earth’s axis is most inclined towards the sun and is directly above the Tropic of Cancer.
  4. Under the meteorological definition, which splits the year into four seasons of three full months each based on the Gregorian calendar, winter starts on 1 December every year, and summer starts on 1 June.
  5. Earth isn’t the only planet with solstices and equinoxes, any other planet with a rotational axis would see them, too.

All information was gathered from the internet 🙂

Have a great week, enjoy the longer day, I was going to say enjoy the sun! But, as we all know the weather does its own thing 🙂

Happy Reading,

All the best

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 5th June 2022) #mygarden #booklove #MeAndMyBooks

What another lovely week it has been. The weather has been hit and miss, a mix of gorgeous and (almost too) hot days with the occasional wet one. I don’t mind the odd wet day this time of year as it means it waters the garden for me and fills up the water butts.

For some, it has been the chance of a long weekend, but for most of us, we still have to work. Luckily I did have Thursday off and that was a day that I literally spent outside all day. I could hear the family fun day in the park near us with music being played and an entertaining DJ, he is a local chap and so he knows he can have a laugh with. It made an entertaining day as we weeded, tidied and caught up with various random jobs.

As you can see from this photo, the park is not far from us. The bottom of our garden had to be fenced off years ago to stop the dogs from munching their way through our vegetables! This was taken from my bedroom/ office window and I like this view a lot.

I did buy a few new plants the other day. One was a gorgeous red coloured cordyline that I got for the front garden, it was to replace a rather leggy rhododendron. I think it looks great now it is planted.

Here is what I have read this week…

The Siege by John Sutherland – this is a tense thriller, it felt like a slower-paced story but wasn’t slow! Detailed, addictive and brilliant to read. Full review later this month.

Daisy’s French Farmhouse by Lorraine Wilson – fun and entertaining, a lighthearted read with dogs and romance. Full review soon.

Reputation by Sarah Vaughan – a fabulous psychological thriller set in the halls of power. Totally gripped while I was reading this book. Full review soon. This is also the first book on my #20booksofsummer challenge.

The Forgotten Beach by Amanda James – gorgeous reading, brilliant storyline and I loved this. A different cover style than her usual books and I really like this. Full review soon, and number 2 on my #20booksofsummer challenge.

All done for another week,

I wish everyone a fabulous week ahead

Take Care

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 29th May 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #dayout #MeAndMyBooks

I have had a really good week this past week. The weather has been great and I decided it was time to re-start my National Trust Membership. One of my favourite NT places to visit is Godolphin House and Garden. The house itself isn’t always open, but it is the gardens I go there for. I haven’t been for well over 2 years so it was great to return and see how things had changed. It isn’t one of the larger properties and this is why I love it so much. A great place to stop and unwind. listen to the birds, have a picnic and read a book, which is exactly what I did. A lot of the more formal grass areas have been rewilded and it has made such a difference to the insects I was able to see, many moths and butterflies were flittering and tumbling around. I was also quite engrossed in watching a hole in part of the old stone wall where a blue tit was flitting in and out feeding its chicks. I did try to get photos but it was so fast!

Here are a few pics and then I’ll get onto the books I have read…

Each of this week’s books was an amazing one to read. Similar and yet very different, secrets, lies and dilemmas. The final book I had been looking at for over a couple of weeks, it is a non-fiction book. All the books are for upcoming blog tours over the next few weeks.

Airside by James Swallow – crime, suspense and thriller based in an airport. An addictive and mysterious story and one that puts the main protagonist in a dilemma. Definitely recommended.

The Mirror Man by Lars Kepler – is a brilliant book, brutal and shocking at times but completely addictive. A one-sitting read.

Chemical Cocktail by Fiona Erskine – a brilliant and addictive mystery story, secrets, time is of the element and fast-paced. Loved it.

The Gin Sisters’ Promise by Faith Hogan – I love this author’s books and this one is a gorgeous read. Family secrets, anger, but with the hope to maybe start again. Definitely recommended.

Faces We Love – Shanghai by Derek Muhs & Marisa Tarin – is a gorgeous book of portrait photos taken in the city of Shanghai, amazing to look through and each one tells its own story. Definitely recommended.

There we have it, another week done and dusted and also another month has gone by.

Have a fabulous week ahead,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 22nd May 2022) #booklove #inthegarden #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly book wrap-up. It’s been a lovely week out in the garden. Loads of flowers are opening and my roses have so many buds on them that are starting to open and they smell amazing!

Here are a few other flowers that have opened, check out the very odd-shaped lupins 🙂

Now the weather is nicer which means I am spending a little more time outside. I do take my book with me but I do get a bit sidetracked!

The Orphanage Girls by Mary Wood. I love this author’s books and this one was a tough read as it does deal with some awful events in a 1920s orphanage. One for fans of historical fiction and sagas, a fabulous book and also a heartwarming story.

Sweet Love & Country Roads by Camilla Isley. This is a fabulous read and was a lighter story, fun and entertaining. I do like this author’s books and this one was fabulous.

Fallout by Edie Bayliss. Another brilliant story in the series continues from where the first book Takeover finished. Gangland, crime, thriller and fabulous read.

Marriage Unarranged by Ritu Bhathal. I really liked this book, and it was great to read about a different culture. This was a story that showed family, tradition and how things are changing. I need to read more by this author.

There we have it.

Another week done and dusted,

Have a fabulous week ahead,

All the best

Yvonne xx

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My (last two) Week in Books (w/e 15th May 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

First things first, I want to say a huge and massive thank you for all the shares over the last couple of weeks. I was on annual leave, the first week I went up to see Mum and Dad, and the second week was some me time and a chance to step away from Social Media for a while.

As well as catching up with Mum and Dad I was able to read the odd book or two!

I have already published a couple of the reviews on my blog, so I have included a quick link. I have also managed to catch up with a few NetGalley titles as well 🙂

Outcast by Chris Ryan – brilliant action, adventure, conspiracy read. Full review HERE

A Most Private Bank by Andreas F. Clenow – intense, crime and suspense set in finance. Full review in a couple of weeks.

The Reckoning by Kerry Kaya – gangland, crime thriller and fab read. Full review HERE

Retreat to the Spanish Sun by Jo Thomas – it is a Jo Thomas book so need I say more! Gorgeous romance, review to follow.

We All Have Our Secrets by Jane Corry – family, secrets, contemporary fiction, fab read. Review to follow.

The Island by Adrian McKinty – tense mystery, family, secrets, crime, thriller. Full review to follow.

Codename Edelweiss by Justin Kerr-Smith – historical fiction, conspiracy, action, adventure. Brilliant book. Full review tomorrow.

Have a fabulous week ahead,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 1st May 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #inthegarden #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly round-up of books I have read. I am on annual leave for the next couple of weeks, I will be taking a break from Social Media and the Blog from tomorrow, I do have a post scheduled for Thursday as part of a Blog Tour so any shares would be very much appreciated xx

It seems that spring is here and the apple trees are blossoming like mad, I am hoping that we don’t get too much wind and we lose the blossom like we did last year.

Also, the Aquilegias are starting to open, I have various ones but these are the longer stemmed ones.

While I was sitting reading I noticed a movement and saw this tiny little grasshopper. I have enlarged it so it is easier to see, but when you look at the clover leaves next to it you can see how small it actually is.

Here are the books I read last week…

The Game by Scott Kershaw – A psychological thriller with some good twists.

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting by Sophie Irwin – period, historical fiction, fun read.

May God Forgive by Alan Parks – police procedural, 1970s Glasgow and an amazing book to read!

Kiss of Death by Adam Croft – police procedural, part of a series, fast-paced.

Well there you go, another great reading week

Have a fabulous week ahead,

All the best

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e Sunday 24th April 2022) #booklove #MeAndMyBooks

I am a day late this week with my weekly book updates. It has been another great week as far as the reading goes. I should say that 2 were Quick Reads books and the non-fiction I had been reading for around 10days 🙂

The Birdcage by Eve Chase – publication on Thursday (28th April) as well as my review. Contemporary fiction, gorgeous cover, intriguing and mysterious story.

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barhill – another gorgeous cover and fabulous title. Historical fantasy, feminism, empowerment, LGBT. Review to follow soon.

The Cutting Season by M.W. Craven – quick and snappy Poe and Bradshaw read. Review to follow.

Nature Is A Human Right edited by Ellen Mills – a collection of essays, poems, interviews, and ideas. Interesting book – review to follow.

The Black Mountain by Kate Mosse – interesting historical fiction set in Tenerife 1706. Feels like a Young Adult story – review to follow.

Victory Bells for the Harper Girls by Rosie Clark – I’m a fan of this series, historical fiction and saga. Set during WWI. Review next week.

There we have it, 6 books this week and lots of reviews that I need to get caught up on and posted!

Have a great week,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 17th April 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to my weekly update for books I have read. This week has been another great week for books and I have received some wonderful books in the post for upcoming Blog Tours and I cannot wait to read them, as well as the ones on my kindle as well.

It has been a good week and me and He have been able to get on well with sorting out the veg garden. Potatoes, runner beans, peas, onions and carrots were sowed as well as a random row. This random row is all the odds and ends of seeds that have accumulated over the past couple of years. I don’t know why I had a pack of cabbage seeds with only half a dozen left in them, or why the kale only had two seeds in or why on earth I have 8 different packets of lettuce and that 4 packs are unopened! Please, fellow gardeners, let me know I am not the only one who has this issue 🙂

Now to the books…

How To Spot a Psychopath by M Q Webb –

We’ve all wondered about someone… are they… how do I know?

How to Spot a Psychopath is a thoughtful, intelligent, psychological thriller full of conflicting accounts and sharp turns. How to Spot a Psychopath will keep you questioning who is hiding what, and why.

When four-year-old Mia Edwards goes missing on a play date, everyone suspects that Jessica Green knows what happened to her, especially Mia’s mother, Holly, but Jessica isn’t talking.

Psychiatrist, Dr Oscar de la Nuit, is determined to save Jess from the same mistakes he’s living with.

Will Jess lead to his redemption, or will she be his downfall?

Is Mia safe, and will Jess be able to return to the life she had before?

The Weekend Getaway by Hannah Ellis

A weekend break changes everything…

The chemistry between Keira and Noah is instant. It only takes one date for Keira to realise there’s something special between them.

When Noah invites her to a family party in his hometown, she eagerly agrees, and by the end of their weekend away she’s absolutely head over heels. Not only for Noah but for his close-knit family and the stunning Isles of Scilly.

There’s just one problem: Noah’s about to move back home and his plans can’t be altered.

It’s too early in their relationship to make life-changing plans, but if they stand a chance of being together, one of them is going to have to take a leap of faith.

Can love triumph over location? And when following your heart, how far should you go? 

The Caretakers by Amanda Bestor – Scott

Set in a wealthy Parisian suburb, an emotionally riveting debut told from the point of view of six women, and centred around a group of au pairs, one of whom is arrested after a sudden and suspicious tragedy strikes her host family–a dramatic exploration of identity, class, and caregiving from a profoundly talented new writer.

Paris, 2015. A crowd gathers outside the Chauvet home in the affluent suburban community of Maisons-Larue, watching as the family’s American au pair is led away in handcuffs after the sudden death of her young charge. The grieving mother believes the caretaker is to blame, and the neighbourhood is thrown into chaos, unsure who is at fault–the enigmatic, young foreigner or the mother herself, who has never seemed an active participant in the lives of her children.

The truth lies with six women: Geraldine, a heartbroken French teacher struggling to support her vulnerable young students; Lou, an incompetent au pair who was recently fired by the family next door; Charlotte, a chilly socialite and reluctant mother; Nathalie, an isolated French teenager desperate for her mother’s attention; Holly, a socially anxious au pair yearning to belong in her adopted country; and finally, Alena, the one accused of the crime, who has gone to great lengths to avoid emotional connection, and now finds herself caught in the turbulent power dynamics of her host family’s household.

Set during the weeks leading up to the event, The Caretakers is a poignant and suspenseful drama featuring complicated women. It’s a sensitive exploration of the weight of secrets, the pressures of country, community, and family–and miscommunications and misunderstandings that can have fatal consequences.

Theatre of Marvels by Lianne Dillsworth

Crowds gather at Crillick’s Variety Theatre, where curiosity is satisfied with displays of intrigue and fear. They’re here for the star of the show – the Great Amazonia warrior. They needn’t know this warrior is in fact Zillah, a mixed-race actress from the East End fooling them each night with her thrilling performance.

But something is amiss, and when Crillick’s new act goes missing Zillah feels compelled to investigate, knowing the fates that can befall women in Victorian London.

From the bustle of the West India Docks to the coffee houses of Fleet Street to the parlours of Mayfair, Zillah’s journey for answers will find her caught between both sides of her own identity, and between two men: her wealthy white admirer, and an African merchant appalled by her act.

Will Zillah be forced to confront the price of her own performance? And in risking everything can she also save herself?

Featuring a defiant heroine for our times and a theatrical world of fragile dreams and ruthless ambition, THEATRE OF MARVELS shines a light on the experience of being Black and British in Victorian London through one woman’s journey to live her life on her own terms.

There we have it, four books this week and my total currently stands at 60 read so far this year.

Have a fabulous week ahead and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 10th April 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly update of books I have read. This week has been more productive on the reading front. I think that I am starting to feel a bit better after having Covid, but I am still suffering from some of the symptoms. The constant headache has finally subsided, but I still have a cold, my sense of taste and smell have shown no signs of returning as yet and I am still finding I get tired.

I have been pottering around in the garden and started to set some of the flower seeds I have managed to accumulate and the garden is definitely showing signs of waking up. All the trees and shrubs now have either leaf buds or are in leaf and I have noticed quite a few other plants are putting a good growth spurt on.

I am also delighted to see one of my carnivorous plants has a flower on it. THe venus fly traps I have regularly throw up flower stems, but I have been watching the flower on my Purple Pitcher Plant grow and it is much bigger than I thought it would be, I am not sure how much further this will open. It is an interesting and unusual flower though.

Right, let’s get onto the books I have read. I have to say all the books have been brilliant reads 🙂

Welcome to Your Life by Bethany Rutter is a wonderful contemporary fiction and romance novel. Full review as part of the Blog Tour next week.

The Mersey Mothers by Sheila Riley is a brilliant historical fiction and family saga novel set in the 1950s. Full review next week.

A Scottish Highland Surprise by Julie Shackman is a wonderful contemporary romance and fiction story. Full review next week.

A Kinder City by Peter Taylor-Gooby is an addictive dystopian style thriller. Again full review next week.

Black is the Colour by Seamus Connolly is a brilliant crime mystery novel that I adored. Full review in a couple of weeks.

A Taste of Greek Summer by Mandy Baggot should come with a warning about not reading this on an empty stomach! Gorgeous contemporary fiction, romance, holiday and food. Review to follow soon.

Six books this week and I am delighted about that.

All there is for me to say now…

Have a fabulous week ahead and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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