My Week In Books (w/e 30th Aug) #booksread #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

How on earth did we get to August Bank Holiday already?!!! Well as I sit here typing this up (its Sunday morning) it is actually quite a nice day, sun is shining, birds are singing the roast is in the oven cooking away and I am wearing fluffy socks because it feels more like autumn than august!

I did a spot of baking this week, nothing unusual for me as I do bake one to two times a week. This particular day was a bit different as my chocolate sponge cake didn’t quite turn out as I expected. I think I may have put baking powder in twice!!!!!

This was what met me as I opened the oven door to put in my fruit cake…

I must admit it was one of those hysterically hilarious moments, me and the dogs did enjoy the cake dribbles. So what to do with a sponge cake… well there is only one thing to do. Raid the cupboard to find a tin of fruit, this turned out to be apricots, go down the garden and pick some raspberries and make a trifle…

So, from could have been a culinary disaster we ended up with a delicious, if somewhat unplanned pudding 🙂


I suppose I should show you what I have read this week. It has been another 3 book week and all three were brilliant reads…

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I read Strictly Come Dating by Kathryn Freeman for the upcoming Blog Tour. It’s Kathryn so what is not to love, if you have read any of her books you will know exactly where I am coming from. A fabulous read that I absolutely loved.

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I thoroughly enjoyed Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming. I met Graeme at the Stoke Blogger meet up and then bought this book as I was intrigued. Yes it has taken me almost a year to get to it!!! This is a mystery that took so many different turns and also crossed genres. An atmospheric, dark, creepy and one that had an eeriness lurking in the background. Excellent book and you can get a copy on Kindle or Paperback


Another book that has been on my bookcase for far too long is IQ by Joe Ide. This is the first book in the series and I thought it was a brilliant read. There is a tag line on the front of the book comparing this writer to Arthur Conan Doyle with a twist of Martin Scorcese – it is not wrong. A definite sleuth style mystery that uses the intelligent character of IQ to work though a mystery. Addictive and and excellent and I will be reading more in this series.

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Well that’s me done for another week. I hope everyone has a good week ahead. Happy reading. Yvonne xx

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My Week in Books (w/e 2nd Aug) #booknews #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly round-up of books I have read this week. It has been a great week for being out in the garden and not too hot in my corner of Cornwall. We had lovely weather on Thursday and while everyone was sweltering on Friday we had a cooler day.

Any regular visitors to my blog will know, as well as books I also enjoy being out in my garden. While I was going through some photos to hang up I came across one of me as a nipper and even then I liked my plants…

This is me smelling the flowers in the early 1970s 😁


So what have I read this week…

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WOWSERS!!!!!!! I bought a copy of The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup when it was first published as I had seen some amazing reviews, it gradually slipped down the old TBR! I am so glad I popped it on my #20booksofsummer reading cahllenge list as it is a flaming brilliant read. It is a police procedural, it is a thriller, it is a murder mystery, it is dark and twisted, and has an amazing plot that I had absolutely no idea “whodunnit” until the author was ready. Brilliant book and you can order this in various formats – HardcoverPaperbackKindleAudible

I was approved for an advanced copy of We Are Family by Nicola Gill. This is the story of two sisters who don’t really get on but have to as they sort through things after their mums death. Laura and Jess are two very different people, one is cool calm and collected always organised, the other run ragged juggling home, work and relationship. This was a book that I read in a day and really enjoyed. My thanks to Avon for my copy, it is due to be published on 3rd Sept 2020 and you can pre-order it HERE


Choices Shape, Losses Break by Nia Lucas is an amazing book. This is an author who tackles some very tough issues and does it in a way that make it so readable. I will warn you that there is a sexual thread, sometimes quite explicit, in this story, and while this is not something I normally would read but I have to say the author tackled in such a way as it became part of the overall story. The book deals with relationships, bullying, love, life and sacrifice. It is as I said earlier and amazing book to read. Ideal for those who like a grittier urban contemporary fiction read. My full review is part of the Blog Tour later this month. Buy a copy HERE.


Historical fiction readers are going to love The Bird in the Bamboo Cage by Hazel Gaynor. This is a story that is based on true events and the author has done such a wonderful job in creating a story that is based in China 1942 in a missionary school. Japan has just attacked Pearl Harbour. I am going to share a snippet of the synopsis as this paragraph puts it much better than I am able to “Inspired by true events, this is an unforgettable read about a remarkable community faced with unimaginable hardship, and the life-changing bonds formed in a distant corner of a terrible war.” This is such an amazing read and it is one that I would recommend so much. My full review will be part of the Blog Tour on 10th Aug. Due to be published on 20th August, you can pre-order a copy HERE.


Well that was me for last week, I wish you all a wonderful week ahead.

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 26th July) #Booknews #Books #booksread

Welcome once again to my weekly round-up of the books I have read or listened to this week. Another literary mixed bag for me again and some absolute cracking reads. A mix of new and favourite authors made for an interesting reading week.

So here we go…

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What a beautifully haunting read I am Dust by Louise Beech was. I was very fortunate to win a copy of this book a few weeks ago and it is one of my #20booksofsummer reading challenge books. This author is brilliant at writing stories that cross genres and I am Dust is such an amazing read. A mix of mystery, murder, suspense, love and loss. It is gorgeously written from start to finish. I have not read all of Louise’s books yet! and the ones I have read have been absolutely superb, if you have not yet picked up one her her books then I urge you to do so. I loved everything about this book.

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The next book does not have a listing on Goodreads yet and I am not sharing the cover as this is a self published book. I suppose I ought to tell you what it is lol! Well it is the second book in The Cornish Connection – Nancy Cornish PI series by Amanda James. I loved the first book and this second one is just as good, it is a mix of cosy mystery with a supernatural theme that works so well. A brilliant read and one that I adored and I think readers who like mysteries will thoroughly enjoy this series.

Here is the link for the first book in the series – kindle paperback


Oh my goodness did Tony Forder go dark with Slow Slicing! This is the 7th book in the DI Bliss series and is an absolute belter of a read. A police procedural that sees Bliss and his team definitely challenged when body parts start turning up, I don’t mean an arm or a leg but slices of human flesh!!!!! I did say he went dark with this book!. I have followed this series from the very start and this latest shows another side to Bliss as he puts himself in the firing line to look after his team. Amazing read and my review will be part of the up coming blog tour.

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I listened to the Audio book of Maleficent by Elizabeth Rudnick and narrated by Lucy Raynor. This is the “deluxe novelization of the Walt Disney Studios film Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie.” I have watched the film and when I saw this available for download from my Library via Borrowbox I decided to give it a go. The narrator was brilliant and really brought the story and characters to life. I am going to be honest here and say that I think I actually preferred listening to this rather than the film which I really did enjoy by the way.

Purchase Links – Audible Paperback – or do as I did and borrowed online from my library.


This is a new to me author and this is the 5th book in the series… I know typical of me to start midway through a series!!! Hunter’s Secret by Val Penny was a brilliant read and I wish I had started this series from the beginning. It can be a stand-alone read but I think I would have connected better with the team if I had read the previous books. It goes to show that reading in order helps the reader know the traits and dynamics of a team. Anyway, this is a story that spans 30 years, it is dark and so well written and had me addicted as I tried to work out the connections. This was a brilliant read and you can see my full review as part of the upcoming Blog Tour.

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What a fabulous read Starcross Manor by Christie Barlow was and this is a series I have read in order 🙂 I love the way the author creates a sense of community and belonging in the village of Heartcross, but the arrival of Flynn Carter sends a few shockwaves for Julia Coleman. She doesn’t trust Flynn for good reason and fears for the future of not only her B&B but also the other businesses in the village. A brilliant read and another cracking read in the Love Heart Lane series. Keep and eye out for my review for the Blog Tour.

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I usually have a few photos and this week I had a wander round the garden and discovered one of the plants I planted earlier in the year a Calla Lily. I love how the leaves are also coloured.

And now for the dogs… Buster looking on as Billy has his favouritist crow feather… 🙄😂


Well that’s me done for another week and I will wish you all a wonderful week ahead.

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 😋😋

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 😉😁

Wishing you all a great week ahead, Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 12th July) #bookupdates #booknews

Welcome to my weekly round-up of bookish-ness. It is a day early as I have a Blog Tour review tomorrow. I have had this week off work, and also have next week, and it has been great to sleep in my own bed every night at night! I know this sounds so bad, but I do work night shifts 😂😂

I’ve had a chance to get a few things sorted around the house, a bit of re-organising so I will now not be able to find anything. It also seems like we have some nice sunny weather so we’ll see how long it lasts.

Right so let me show you what I read and also listened to this week…

A Cornish Summer by Catherine Alliott had a very nice slower pace to it and the main character Flora has been commissioned her ex-father-in-law portrait. There is a lot more to this story than meets the eye as family secrets gradually emerge. I enjoyed this story and it was nice to read a more sedate book.


Three Perfect Liars by Heidi Perks is an intriguing crime read that is told in a past and present format. I did like this but at times I was too impatient to discover how it was going to pan out. I liked the way the author gradually brought out each of the three women’s stories, and I wasn’t sure how things would link. A good read but one that didn’t quite hit all the spots for me but I would still recommend it.


What Lies Beneath is Adam Crofts latest book due out later this month. This is the first book in the Rutland Crime series and I really enjoyed it. There was a bit of history about Rutland that I can vaguely remember, and I have also been to Rutland Water, though many years ago. So reading this was interesting from a personal point of view, but also for the actual story itself. I liked the smaller police presence in this crime mystery read. Keep your eye out for my review on Publication Day.


As I write this post, its Saturday afternoon btw, I have not yet decided what I am going to rad next. I may choose another of my #20booksofsummer or a Blog Tour book.

I also finished listening to…

Grimm Tales for Young and Old narrated by Samuel West. This is a collection of 50 Tales chosen by Phillip Pulman from the Brothers Grimm. I loved reading these tales when I was younger and was a big fan, listening to them added an extra sinister edge to some of the stories and i loved it. Not all the stories worked for me, but most did. There were several I had not come across and some that I had forgotten about. A good selection of stories that have a mix of moral based stories as well as those of love, evil and of course the occasional Happy Ever After. I good version that I do think will appeal to young and old alike.


Well another week over and all that is left is for me to wish you a good week ahead and also 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.

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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.

Pre-order HERE


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 🙂

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

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week in Books (w/e 28th June) #bookudates #booknews #mygarden #MeAdMyBooks

Hello and welcome to the final “My Week In Books” post for June. A couple of weeks ago I posted about how I was struggling to remember that is was June and not May, well last week I got the month wrong and still put May!!! I wonder how July will turn out, will I be stuck in a time-loop or will I finally have moved on!!! 🙂

It has been a mixed week as far as the weather goes, wind, rain, sunshine and showers but I have still managed to get out in the garden. I love the fact that everything is growing away and I am seeing the benefits of the hard work that goes into growing my own veg. We have been digging new potatoes for a while now and eating homegrown lettuce, spring onions and radishes, the garden peas are coming on nicely and if I can stop taste-testing them as I walk past then I should have a good crop. Gooseberries, whitecurrants and raspberries are being picked and frozen as well.


So what have I read this week…

The Deathless by Peter Newman is one of the books from my #20booksofsummer reading challenge, it is also the first book in a trilogy. I really enjoyed this one, it is set in the floating crystal palaces and also in the wilds of the ground below. A story that sees various high ranking pitting their wits against each other trying their best to outdo one another. They are known as The Deathless, they are immortal. This is a fantasy that I really enjoyed and I will be buying the next book to see what happens as there were questions left unanswered.


Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland can be summed up in two words “simply gorgeous” and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Sam is such a nice character and it annoyed me how people took advantage of her, but she is also very strong-minded and when she decides to help Thomas her tenacity and loving nature break down barriers. In helping Thomas she also helps herself. If you are a fan of contemporary fiction, romance and gorgeously written stories then you really need to get this one. My full review will be part of the Blog Tour soon.


I haven’t read many Sue Moorcroft books but when I have I have adored them, I really should find the time to read more of this author. A Summer To Remember is a wonderful book and as the tagline on the cover suggests, it really does have it all. A fabulous story, gorgeous setting, brilliant characters and a few surprises along the way. This is perfect summer escapism read and I adored it so much. It is another of my #20booksofsummer picks.


Then She Vanishes by Clare Douglas is one for crime, thriller and mystery readers. A story that focuses on three girls when they were teens and then flits to the present day. Two of the girls are sisters, the third is a friend, one of the sisters disappeared 18 years ago, the other sister is in hospital with a gunshot wound and the friend is a reporter. There is lots going on in this story but I was hooked and it made this a one-sitting read. Another book ticked off my #20books of summer list as well.


I have also listened to another audiobook this week…

I am a huge fan of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett and I have read all the books apart from the last one, I still can#’t bring myself to read his final book! The Colour of Magic is the first in this absolutely brilliant fantasy series and this is an Audible version and is narrated by Nigel Planner. He does a really good job with this book and I was sniggering and laughing so many times. But, I have to say I do prefer the books.


Well that is me done for the week, and I wish you all a good week ahead.

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week in Books (w/e 21st June) #booknews #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly wrap up of books I have read. This week has been quieter, one of those “not much really happened” weeks. So let’s get straight into what I have read…

When I received and email from Alison at Elliott & Thompson entitled “A Funny Nature book” I was intrigued and after reading the synopsis I knew this would be for me. Into the Tangled Bank by Lev Parikian is a delightful and humorous account of Lev’s observations on how people interact with nature, or how nature interacts with us. I really enjoyed the author’s style, witty and humorous pointing out the obvious. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour.


Next I read All We LEft Behind by Danielle R. Graham, this is set in Vancover in 1941 and is the story of a couple who have been friends since childhood and then realise as they get older that they have a deeper connection. Hayden is Canadian, Chidori is Japanese Canadian and when Japan bombs Pearl Harbour Chidori and her family are moved by the government. This is a beautiful story and one I really enjoyed and I think readers of historical fiction and romance would really enjoy it as well.


“Deadly Secrets by Ann Girdharry”

As there is no cover or synopsis on Goodreads or Amazon at the time I write this I have no cover to share, you will see it when the Blog Tour starts. Deadly Secrets by Ann Girdharry is a suspense filled thriller and it was a fabulous read. The death of an elderly man in hospital followed by the death of the nurse who cared for him is just the start for this brilliant story. It is a story that has far reaching implications for some and for other it brings the past well and truly back to the present. This was an addictive read and one for suspense, crime and thriller readers.


I have also finished listening to the Audible version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets narrated by Stephen Fry. How is it that I have not really got into reading this series but instead prefer the audio-book? I think a lot of it has to do with the narration. This is the second in the series and I think most people of aware of this series. I enjoyed this and would recommend it.


Well that is it for me this week. As there was a break in the weather I was able to get caught up with weeding rather than reading. As I sit here, it’s Sunday morning and the roast is in the oven, I think how ironic it is that we are officially in Summertime and I am wearing a jumper, it looks more like autumn…

Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 14th June) #booknews #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Well, what to say about this week… Well… Woohoo it rained 😁I know I am not the only who is delighted to see the rain, it means my veg and flower beds have had a much-needed soaking. It also meant that my rhubarb has gone absolutely mad and I spent some time out in the drizzle picking loads and giving it away to neighbours. We do have a lot of rhubarb crowns, I think there is just over 20 of them 😂

So let me share with you the books I have read this week…

This was such a lovely read and it is the first time I have read anything by this author. Sunshine Over Bluebell Cliff by Della Galton sees Clara looking after the clifftop hotel while the owner has to fly off to a family emergency. While Clara is in charge there seems to be someone who is out to cause problems. Is it the neighbouring hotel, or is there someone else. I loved this story and it had me hooked as I read it from start to finish in one afternoon.


I cannot believe I missed my Blog Tour spot for this book. Thankfully Rachel messaged me and I soon rectified my oversight. Helen is a favourite author if mine which is why it was even more mortifying. So I picked up Coming Home to Heritage Cove by Helen Rolfe and read it in one sitting, this is quite normal when I pick up one her books. Melissa makes a trip back to her home, it is a nervy return as there are things that she needs to deal with, things that had been left unsaid and things left undone. A fabulous read and I love this start to a new series.


This is a book that caught my eye when I saw the Blog Tour for it. Before I Die by Jackie Morrissey is a book set within an elderly community. Though Maureen is getting on in years, she is not stupid and is completely aware that something is not right. However, making her daughter believe her is extremely difficult when carer Delores has got people believing Maureen is losing the plot. This is style of story is one that has a believable feel to it especially when you listen to news reports. Keep an eye out for my review on the Blog Tour.


Wow! What an absolutely gorgeous read The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly is. A story of broken things that refers not just to objects but people, two people in particular. Luke and Orla do not know each other but they have a link to each other that is gradually explained through this story. A story of survival and finding the will to live life rather than hide from it. I loved this so much and keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour, in fact scratch that just go and buy a copy!


I really enjoyed The Wedding Favour by Lily Bartlett as I saw Nellie and Rafael meet and organise their marriage of convenience. The convenience that Rafael will be able to stay in this country and that Nellie won’t have to pay back the money a magazine has paid for the wedding. The wedding was originally for Nellie and Matt, but he decided he needed time out to think!!!! Ideal for readers who like fake date and rom-com reads.


I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and I am delighted to say I enjoyed the second book just as much. Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds 2 by Nick Albert continues the story of his and his wife Lesley’s new life in Ireland as they repair, renovate and make their home more liveable. Being stuck in the middle of nowhere on a mountain brings its own challenges. Yet again the humour is noticeable from the start as Nick armed with his DIY book does a lot of the work while Lesley undergoes hospital treatment for back pain and from a reaction from tablets. This is a wonderful read and once again I loved it.


Well, that is me done for the week as far as reading goes. Just going to leave you with a couple of loaves of bread I made…

Fruity Bread and a Chocolate Banana Bread and they taste great toasted with lashings of butter!

The recipe, well it is just a basic white bread recipe that I then add extras too, yep that’s it

Have a good week ahead and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 31st May) #Booknews #booksread #gardenupdate #MeAndMyBooks

Well another scorcher of a week and what an ideal time to get out in my garden. I love my weed and read routine, I weed for a bit then go and sit and read for a bit it works for me 😁

We have had a change to out garden setup, unfortunately something got in the goose pen and attacked our 3 geese. Unfortunately it was quite bad and they had to be put down. What we have decided is rather than get more birds and possibly go through the heartache again is to completely change the area. It has been dug over and we have planted several trees and shrubs. So we have apple and pear trees, cherry blossom, chestnut, beech and ash trees and shrubs are camellia, azalea, choisya, rock rose and a few other bits. We have also grass seeded it over, although it does look a little bit bare at the moment we can both see how it will look when things start establishing themselves.

The above photo was taken at the beginning of May with the Goose run along the left side and across the bottom.

The fork marks where the bottom of the goose run, the second is from the bottom of my garden looking back up to my house. And this is the reason I have a camping stove and kettle in my shed at this end of the garden so I can keep hydrated with many mugs of black coffee 😁

OK, so let me show you what I have read this week… it has been a summery reading week as you will soon discover…

I do enjoy reading books by Kathryn Freeman and her latest one Up Close & Personal is another fabulous read. A bodyguard and a film-star are thrown together in this story, trying to keep a professional relationship is difficult as there are sparks of interest between the two main characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it to rom com readers.


This is the first book I have read by Shari Low and I absolutely adored it. One Day in Summer is such a wonderful read and I was hooked the entire way through. Secrets, lies and so much more in this brilliant read. A mix of family, friendship, romance and my review will out later in the month.


Katie Ginger is another fabulous author who creates amazing settings to go with a totally captivating story. Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay is a gorgeous escapism read that had me hooked as I followed Hetty as she tries to get a festival organised on a local landowners land. A storyline that is a mix of romance, friends and family drama. This is the second book in the series but works really well as a stand alone. Another excellent read and again my review will be later this month.


Well three books this week for me. I am listening to the second Harry Potter Audiobook from Audible.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is narrated by the fabulous Stephen Fry, I know I do go on a bit about him and his narration, but he is brilliant.


Well. that’s me done for another week.

Happy Reading Folks, and Stay Safe

Yvonne xx

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