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 13th March 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly update of books I have read over the past 7 days. I have had this past week off so have managed to get caught up with some reading. The weather took a blustery turn again this weekend and we did have rattling roof tiles but no damage.

The usual “after the storm survey” of the garden to see what plants had been knocked about was on the books. It was a gorgeous morning, sun shining, birds singing and it was also quite warm. It was almost like a proper spring day. My rosemary shrub is busy flowering away, daffs are opening as are the primroses.

This week I have managed to read quite a few books, and if you are a regular visitor you will know that I hop genres like grasshopper…

Fair Game by R.D. Nixon is the second book in this series. Full review later this week – recommended reading for mystery, crime and thriller readers.

Life’s a Catastrophe by Kirstie Pelling is a cheeky rom-com that also has some serious sides to it. Great for rom-com, contemporary fiction and readers who like a chuckle. Review later this week.

The Vanished Collection by Pauline Baer de Perignon is a non fiction book wher ehte auhtor looks for her families missing artwork. Brilliant book and one for readers of history, WWII, art and real life mysteries. Full review next week.

Bad Penny by Michelle Gorman is a wonderul and amusing at times rom-com and contemporary fiction story. Full review next week.

Run Rose Run by Dolly Parton & James Patterson is a tense and edgy story and one I loved. Brilliant story and one I woudl defintiely recommend. Full review next week.

Finding Love in Positano by Lucy Coleman, is a fabulous story to read in these colder months. Another stunning story about love, family, duty and commitment. Full review this week.

There we go, a 6 booker week 🙂

Have a great week ahead,

All the best

Yvonne xx

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My Week IN Books (w/e 19th December 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly wrap-up of books I have read over the past week. I have also finalised my Top Reads of 2021 and wow has it been a tough one. As much as I love sharing the books I love I also find it extremely difficult to whittle down the 200+ books that I have read, down to a handful that I have really loved and want to highlight. Keep an eye out on Wednesday for my list 🙂

What I’ve read this past week…

Even though I am not a huge fan of overly political books I was intrigued by The Whistle Blower by Robert Peston. This is a fictional debut for this author and it is set in the corridors of Parliament, has many dodgy characters, shady dealing and quite a few mysterious happenings going on. I really enjoyed this book and it was one that I think fans of political thrillers would also enjoy.

The Book of Sand by Theo Clare is penned by the late Mo Hayder. This is a fabulous story that is quite devious in the respect that the two seemingly disconnected storylines don’t actually come together until after the halfway point. Part dystopian, fantasy, mixed with present-day contemporary, loads of mystery and gradually one that darkens the further you get. It is a brilliant book that had me hooked. Ideal for those who are looking for a different, but it is dividing opinion!

Publication Date – 6th January 2022

Whether this author writes under Jules Wake or Julie Caplin, I know I am in for a treat. The Cosy Cottage in Ireland by Julie Caplin is the 8th in the Romantic Escapes series and was a lovely, gorgeous and mouthwatering delight. Each of the books in this series can be read as stand-alone. This is one for the romantics, foodies, those that like heartwarming tales and setting descriptions. Gorgeously told and definitely recommended.

For something different, I decided to read Put A Wet Paper Towel On It by Lee Parkinson and Adam Parkinson. Brothers who work in Education in their own right and have brought together their experiences of teaching. Hilarious at times and also quite an eye-opener at others as they tell their own story of joining the system and why. This is a fab non-fiction book and it was one I really enjoyed.

Well, that’s me done for another week.

Keep an eye out for my Top Reads List

Happy Reading, Stay Safe

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 12th December 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to my weekly round-up of books that I have read. It has been a pretty busy week for me with work and courses so I haven’t been able to share peoples posts as I normally would. I would like to say a big thank you to those of you that have kindly shared my posts xx

I would like to think this week coming will be slightly quieter, but with Christmas being close I still have a few bits left to do. Still got the tree to put up, cards to write, things to post. All the wrapping is done, so that’s one thing out of the way!

So here is what I have read…

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The Secrets of Latimer House by Jules Wake was a stunning book. Set during WWII is the story of three women who are stationed at Latimer House, a place where German prisoners of war are taken prior to being taken to camps around the UK. This is a gorgeous book to read and one that also led me on a search about the house and its role in WWII. A mix of fact and fiction that I adored. I will post a review soon.
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Her Previous Self by Anne Allen is a mix of historical fiction and romance with a fantasy edge to it. This is a story that I really enjoyed as I joined the main character of Lucy as she discovers more about the history of the house she is living in, her ancestors and I liked the back and forth timeslip style of this story. Another that I will share my full review of soon.

I do love Helen Rolfe‘s books, so it was much embarrassment to discover I had completely missed the publication day blog Tour for A Winter Wedding at Mistletoe Gate Farm. I read this in one sitting, and to be honest this is something I do with most of this author’s books. Once again the author brought this close-knit coastal community spirit to life. My full review is HERE

I am hoping to get reviews that I have not shared yet done soon, as well as trying to sort out my Top Reads of the Year. Such a hard job every year as there are so many great books that I have read.

Have a great week ahead,

Stay Safe and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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Awesome Books UK @awesomebooksuk #AwesomeBooks #PrelovedBooks #BuyOneGiveOne #SustainableReading @midaspr #promo

I am delighted to share something a little bit different today. The lovely Hayley at Midas PR got in touch about Awesome Books UK, they promote sustainable reading by selling pre-loved books. As well as this they also promote literacy and so for each book you purchase one is donated to the National Literacy Trust.

I received a surprise book from Awesome books as well as some more info about them and their goals. I do have a special code for anyone who wants to order a book. You can either follow the link HERE or just type in Awesome Books UK. The code allows 20% off used books until 31st December 2021. At the checkout just enter the code MeAndMyBooks.

( 20% off Used Books at awesomebooks.com Terms and Conditions: Offer valid online only from 15 November until 23:59 Friday 31st December 2021 BST. To qualify for this offer, add eligible products to your basket and enter promotion code MeAndMyBooks 20% discount will show in the basket on qualifying products. Only valid once per transaction. Offer valid on Used books. Offer subject to availability. No cash alternative. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other online promotion codes. Offer excludes delivery costs.)

Here is more about Awesome Books…

AwesomeBooks was born from a love for books: to not see books thrown away when they can still be read and their stories shared.

In 2003 co-founders Mubin and Taskeen found charity shops throwing away books they could not sell. Bin after bin was getting filled with books in perfectly good condition. Books represented empowerment and education, full of wonderful stories fuelling the imagination. Bookworms themselves, the 2 co-founders set about finding a solution.

After trying various ideas, AwesomeBooks started selling books online. This model proved successful, allowing more and more books to be diverted from landfills. Today, we are a global retailer, processing over 250,000 books every day, with nothing going to waste. Books are either resold, donated via our literacy programs or pulped and turned into something new.

AwesomeBooks continues to invest in more ways to collect books, so they don’t go to waste and get re-read. We have set up collection banks with many councils around the country for books that people no longer want. And we have also launched ‘Sellitback.com’, our website and app, which enables members of the public to send us books directly and get paid for them.

Of course, not every book is available in a used condition. And we know our customers love books! Since 2011 we have offered new books on AwesomeBooks too. In addition to the 5m used books we stock, customers can choose from over 20m new books!

We know that books have the power to educate and improve life outcomes. From an early stage, AwesomeBooks has supported education and literacy projects. Since 2005 we have funded reading programs in schools. In 2011 we started work with a foundation in Ghana that donates books to schools in the Ashante region. And in 2019 we formalised our program under our ‘Buy One-Give One’ scheme: for every book, a reader buys from AwesomeBooks.com, we will donate a book to someone who needs it.

Our journey has only just begun. AwesomeBooks is helping to drive a new model of retailing –selling books, creating ways to recover books and continuing to pass them on. We combine this environmental good with social good. So be part of the movement: buy different and join us as we keep looking for new ways to drive our circular model. Be Awesome.

AwesomeBooks works to stop books from being thrown away. We create ways to collect books that people no longer want, selling them to our customers around the world and donating them to literacy programs we work with.

It is our mission to champion a different model of retailing – circular economy retailing – positively contributing to sustainability and literacy, driven by a passion for books. So when you buy from AwesomeBooks.com , we help you make an impact with every book.

Our world is awesome. We are committed to preserving the environment for current and future generations and operate in a way that treats our planet with respect.

When businesses are formed, they should be inherently sustainable, not only financially but also environmentally. For every business, this takes a different form but for us, it means allowing people to enjoy books and other products as many times as possible without having to create new ones. Not only does this save resources, but it also means hundreds of thousands of items get a second chance instead of ending up in landfills. We don’t stop there.

We are aiming to be carbon neutral by the end of 2022.
We have introduced carbon reporting to actively monitor our consumption of energy and water, as well as our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and waste. We have met our original pledge of reducing our own carbon footprint by 30% per book sold by 2020, but we want to do more. We have pledged to be carbon neutral by the end of 2022.

Everything is recycled. Nothing goes to landfills.
We will find every book a home, but sometimes a book has been loved a bit too much and needs to retire from the bookshelf. So far, we have recycled over 132 million books – the equivalent to a million trees – to be made into new products, working with specialist recycling partners.

I RECEIVED…

I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.

I do actually have a copy of this book and I still have it on my TBR so I am planning on popping a copy in our local Telephone Book Swap Book in the village.

The book is in good condition, the pages aren’t ripped, there is some creasing on the spine, but this was something I expected.

To buy this book new would cost me anywhere from £4-£9 depending on where I ordered it.

A preloved copy from Awesome books, with the 20% discount applied is £2.44, free delivery and you can pay by a card or use PayPal.

The Benefits of a preloved copy…

My preloved copy allowed me to save Tree0.0274 Tree(s)Carbon Dioxide3.65Kg of CO2Water456 litre(s) of Water

I do think this is a great way of looking after the environment, reusing or recycling books and many of the books I own have come by way of the local Book Swap Telephone Box, charity shops and jumble sales.

I have had a good browse around the site and there are many genres in fiction and non-fiction. Some of the more recent titles are only available as New copies, but there are many, many others that are used.

Don’t forget the code – MeAndMyBooks 🙂

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My Week In Books (w/e 5th December 2021) #booknews #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly round-up of books I have read. A quietish week last week, but a hectic one coming up!

This last week I have read 4 books. One of which is a little bit special and I am going to start with that one first. I think it is an excellent book and it is for a very good cause.

And, it just so happens it contains a story that I wrote 😳😁

The Stars Will Shine Again: Helping Our Heroes One Page at A Time by [Emma Mitchell, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Tony Forder, Andrew Barrett, Sharon Bairden, Audrey Davis, Anna Franklin-Osborne, Bob Stone, Alistair Birch, Val Portelli]

The Stars Will Shine Again is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.

With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty crimes that will shake you to your core, magic and mystery, and heart-warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time.

From authors such as Malcolm Hollingdrake, Tony Forder, Val Portelli, and Andrew Barrett, and several debut authors, including Sarah Hardy and Yvonne Bastian, you are in for one heck of a ride.

The Stars Will Shine Again is the perfect Christmas gift for the bookworms in your life.

A Note from Emma Mitchell:

As the blurb tells us, The Stars Will Shine Again is a multi-genre collection of short stories compiled to raise money for our armed forces and every penny made from the sales of both the digital and paperback copies will be donated to the charity Help for Heroes. Covid has made fundraising a difficult job for everyone, so it’s an honour to be able to do something like this and I’m thankful to everyone involved. With huge thanks going once again to Amanda Horan for her support and fabulous cover design. You can find her at Let’s Get Booked.

I’ve picked the best of the submissions to bring you a thrilling book which is perfect for dipping into at lunchtime or snuggling up with on a cold winter’s night. I have been completely blown away by the support from the writing and blogging community, especially the authors who submitted stories and bloggers who have been so generous with their time to help advertise and spread the word.

There isn’t a person in the country who hasn’t benefited from the sacrifices our troops, past and present, have made for us and they all deserve our thanks.

It has been an honour working on these stories, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.

Publication Day is 10th December and you can purchase from Amazon UK and I do believe a Paperback version will also be available then as well. PURCHASE LINK

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I thought Whitesands by Johann Thorssan was a cracking read, you can see my full review for this book HERE as I only published it on my blog yesterday.

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This was a gorgeous read and I got to learn a little about West African Mythology as well. Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen was a gorgeously written YA book set in the 1400s, a book about slavery, history, mythology and culture. Full of action, adventure, hope, memories and is a comi9ng of age story. Keep an eye out for my full review soon.

I do love the Letty Parker series, The Hanging Tree by Misha Herwin is the 4th book and packed full of mystery, danger and peril for Letty and her friends. You can read my full review HERE.

There we have it, 4 books read. I really should sort out my Top Reads list for the year as well. I do have a rough list and I need to go through it again to make sure. I sound like Father Christmas now, made a list, checked it twice 😂

Have a great week ahead,

Stay Safe and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 14th Nov 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly round-up of books I have read. Just three books this week, but all three were very different and also brilliantly entertaining in their own way.

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When in autumn it is nice to be reminded of the summer and The Seaside Cocktail Campervan by Caroline Roberts definitely made me think of the warmer days of only a few weeks ago. A new business see’s two strangers connecting over pizzas and cocktails. The author really did a wonderful job with her descriptions of food and drinks as well as creating a lovely and engaging story. She also added some of the recipes at the end of the books, a welcome addition. One for fans of rom-com, summer reads and one I would definitely recommend.

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I requested this one via NetGalley and I almost didn’t read this one. The Silence of Scheherazade by Defne Suman was a book that took me a while to get into, but there was something about it that made me want to keep reading this slower and at times slightly confusing book. This is the story of four different families and each with a timeslip timeline. While the storyline may have confused me at times, I am so glad I persevered with it as the writing style was absolutely mesmerising. This is a historical fiction story that does has a strong lean towards the literary fiction genre. Given my initial apprehension, I am glad I read this and it is one I would also definitely recommend.

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The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart is the second book in the Drowning Empire series and I have been eagerly awaiting this one. This is a series that should be read in order as this second book expands on the previous book as well as moves forward with the story of Lin, Jovis and the other characters. This is a fantasy series and I adore everything about it. It was a little more detailed but this helped to build the characters, the tension and mistrust. Keep an eye out for my full review next week as part of the blog tour.

There we have it,

Another week over and more to add to my reading tally.

Take Care and Stay Safe,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 7th November 2021) #booknews #booklove #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly round-up of books I have read this week. I also have a Blog Tour review out today as well.

Last week, well the late hours of Saturday night saw me finish my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 200 books. The book I chose to complete the challenge was a fabulous one and you will see what it was below 🙂

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The Secret Path by Karen Swan was a wonderful read for a cold autumn night. When Tara Tremain visits the island she is forced to confront her ex, Alex. He used her and she now needs his help as she is in the middle of the jungle trying to help a sick child. A wonderful read and one that I adored, with gorgeous descriptions, wonderful settings and some fabulous characters. A mix of contemporary fiction, mystery with a good deal of suspense.

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When I saw the Blog Tour for The Lost by Simon Beckett, I along with loads of other Book Bloggers asked for a spot. This is the first time I have read anything by this author and I am so glad it is the first book in a planned series. Dark, twisted, riveting and a blooming good read. A crime thriller told over a dual timeline and it had me hooked.

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I do love this series and The World Cup Mystery by Peter Bartram sees Colin Crampton, an investigative journalist once more in the thick of things. It’s 1966 and Colin and his girlfriend Shirley have had to cut short their holiday and rush back home to Brighton. Trouble it seems finds Colin no matter where he is, and the trouble this time has the potential to be very serious indeed. A fun, cosy crime mystery series and one I will share my review for soon as part of the Blog Tour.

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I was lucky enough to win an e-copy of A Christmas Caroline by Camilla Isley, The author has taken the story A Christmas Carol and given it a modern-day spin using the hardworking, businesswoman Caroline as her main lead. I really enjoyed this story and it didn’t take me long to get into this. A wonderful festive story with a moral. The review will follow shortly.

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So, this is the book that I read that hit my Goodreads target for the year…

Dead Ground by M.W. Craven is the 4th book in the Washing ton Poe series and what a belter of a book it was. I adore the team of Poe and Tilly Bradshaw, they are like chalk and cheese but make such an amazing team. This time they are called in to help with murder, one that has more secrets, red tape and officious persons than they have come across before. Not that this is ever going to stop Poe from being Poe of course. It is a brilliant story and one that once again had me hooked.

Another week is done,

Have a great week ahead and stay safe,

All the best

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 31st October 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Well another month has come and gone, and now the clocks have changed the nights are longer, the weather is colder so thank goodness for books. Let’s admit it, there’s nothing much worth watching on TV, so it is a good job I have plenty of reading material 🙂

So here is what I have read this week…

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I really enjoyed The Survivors by Alex Schulman. This is one of those books that I found to be quietly addictive. I wasn’t sure about it when I first started it, but there was something about it that gradually drew me in. A story about family and things from the past. It is one for those who like a more literary fiction story and I will share my full review soon.

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The story of Our Secrets by Shari Low was a gorgeous read and also very emotional. I do like this authors stories, I haven’t read all of them but the ones I have read have been fabulous. This is the story of a widow and her friends and how they are still trying to come to terms with the loss of a major figure in their lives. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour.
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I do like a new series and War Clouds Over Blackberry Farm by Rosie Clarke was a brilliant story to start this new series. Having read a few of this authors books previously I was very happy to get a spot on the Blog Tour for this one. A story of family, love, tragedy and the Second World War looming people are thinking of the future. A fabulous story that has brilliant characters and an all-around great read.

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I had seen some fab reviews for Witch by Mark Brownless and I decided to buy a copy and it was a really addictive spooky read. It is a horror but not the full-on blood and guts sort, but it was one that rated well on the spookiness scale. A 400year old cottage in Wales, isolated, near a lake and with the spirit of a dead witch rumoured to inhabit. I mean, what could go wrong for the couple who have just moved in!!! A full review will follow soon.

There we go for another week,

I have nearly completed my Goodreads target and hopefully, I can bring my NetGalley books down a little.

Before I go, here’s a pic of me in fancy dress from Halloween 😨🎃🧙‍♀️😁

Have a fabulous week ahead,

Take Care

Yvonne 🙂 xx

My Week In Books (w/e 24th October 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome once again to my weekly round up of book I have read over the past week. It has been another good week for reading and I have read some amazing books…

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I received a copy of We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride & Jo Piazza from the publisher HQ Stories as part of one of their recent promotions. This is a story that is about race, friendship, loyalty and trust. A brilliant story that I found to be very addictive as I followed the two main characters of Riley and Jen. Full review will be later this week.

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If you like gritty gangland, crime thrillers then have a look at The Score by Kerry Kaya, this is the second book in the series and it is brilliant. A brilliant storyline about a father being released from prison trying to reconnect with his grown up children, only to find himself in the middle of something else. Addictive with some toe-curling scenes, great characters and plenty of twists. Full review will be part of the Blog Tour.

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I already have A Secret Gift by Amanda James on pre-order, and I also had the chance to read an advance copy via NetGalley. Mandy is one of the authors who I will automatically read, and once again she has created such a wonderful story that had me hooked from the very beginning. This is the story of Joy, a young widow who is still trying to get over the loss of her husband. Plodding through life and going through the motions but not quite living life to the full. A gorgeous story with some fabulous characters and something rather special. I Should have my review for this one up later this week.

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Broken Girls by Joy Kluver is the second book in the Detective Bernadette Noel series and wow what a story this one was. This is not one for the faint-hearted, it is brutal, gripping and addictive. I would suggest reading the first book before this one, although they can be read as standalones. Bernie has her work cut out as she tries to make her points and opinions heard, not always easy when your boss doesn’t really have your back or when it feels like he is dragging his feet. A brutal crime, plenty of twists and some good character development continued from the first book. I cant wait to read the next book.

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I have had She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan on my TBR for a while now and I decided that I was ready to read it. Wow, this is an amazing story, it is set in Mongolian occupied China, and I do love this era of history. The author has used history as the basis of the story but has reimagined it with a young peasant girl taking the identity of her brother Zhu. It follows her journey as she refuses to be nothing and to achieve greatness. Greatness was something her brother was supposed to achieve, so she has decided to achieve it herself. Set in the 1300s this is a historical fantasy and it is a fabulous book, I cant wait to get my hands on the next one.

There we go, 5 books this week and such a great range of genres, all excellent reads and I loved them all.

Take care, stay safe

Happy Reading,

All the best

Yvonne xx