My Week In Books (w/e 2nd October 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another week of books I have read. It is just going to be a quick one this week as I am on annual leave and as the weather is so nice I don’t want to be stuck inside on the computer.

It has been a productive week on the book reading front, I have managed to clear through some of the non-fiction books that have been on the go and dotted around the house. This has bumped up my Goodreads tally, and briefly, for Saturday, I was on schedule, of course by Sunday I was back to being 1 behind again ๐Ÿ™‚

So here is what I have been finishing off and reading…

The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide by Lia Leendertz – this is a fabulous hardback book of everything seasonal for next year. From moon phases, planting times, important dates and so much more. I loved this book and it’s one I would definitely recommend, the full review will be in a couple of weeks.

Observing Our Solar System – A Beginners Guide by Tom Kerrs – is a wonderful little book that is full of tips, advice and information about the basics of looking into the night sky. Great for those starting out as it gives info on using the naked eye, through to computer-guided telescopes. Happy to recommend it. Full review to follow.

Everybody Pays by H. Max Hiller – I have read and loved all the books in this series and this one is amazing. This is the 6th book and the title is so appropriate. I would suggest reading this series in order as there is a lot of information that will help in the later books. This is a tough, gritty, mob-related and police procedural style series. Full review this week. Highly recommended.

Go Here Instead – The Alternative Travel List – as an armchair traveller I do like books that show the different areas and sought of the world. This is a really interesting book that I enjoyed reading through. Rather than the tourist-ridden sights, this book offers alternative destinations. These may not necessarily be in the same country or even on the same continent. This is one I really enjoyed and I would happily recommend it. Full review to follow.

Betrayal by Kerry Kaya – This is the 1sy book in The Tempest series, the Tempests are a family under change as husband and father Terry has recently died. Not knowing quite how he made his money is something that his wife Tracy, and sons Ricky and Jamie have to work out. This is a brilliant intro to this family, it is a gang-related story and one that does get dark and gritty, with some hard-core action. Great read and a full review as part of the Blog Tour.

There we go, a week of nature, the natural world and crime. A really interesting and different week for reading and my current read falls into neither of these categories. You will have to check back next week to see what it is ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week

Happy Reading

All the best,

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 25th September 2022) #bookupdates #booklove #inthegarden#MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly update of books I have read. I didn’t post last week so today I have a two-week catch-up.

The weather seems to have a bit more chill to it and I have noticed that the misty mornings and heavy dew are starting to reappear. While the veg garden is starting to look a little bare, the flowers are still going well. I went and picked a few flowers this morning along with raspberries and blackberries ready for crumbles and pies in the winter.

The garden is producing some lovely autumnal flowers and leaves at the moment. Here are some pics and also one of my Tradescantia, I think this one is called Purple Heart. I’ve included this as I saw Rosie Amber’s post Six On Saturday and was admiring her Tradescantia ๐Ÿ™‚

There were the plants, now here are the books I have read over the past TWO weeks.

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The Radium Girls by Kate Moore – I first read this book as an ARC prior to its publication in 2017. It is an emotional and heartbreaking history of the girls who painted radium onto clock faces and dials. At a time when no one was aware of the danger. Since reading it I have also bought a copy and as I was wondering what to spend by Audible Credit on, I saw this. A full review will follow soon.

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Tick Tock by Simon May – Oh my goodness this was a riveting read. Full review HERE

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The Skeleton Key by Erin Kelly – I adored this one and it is the story of two dysfunctional families. It is sneaky and devious and I also adore the cover. Full review to follow soon.

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Thief by Owen Mullen – this is the 4th book in the Glass Family series and it is another belter. Living the lives that the Glass family do, there are times when they are a target. This is one of those times and it sees the focus shift to another member of the family. Full review in a couple of weeks as part of the Blog Tour.

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A Winter Warmer at the Little Cornish Kitchen by Jane Linfoot – this is the 3rd book in this series and I adored it. A story of fresh starts, healing and grief in this welcoming and wonderful coastal community. Full review in a couple of weeks as part of the Blog Tour.

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The Hike by Susi Holliday – this was a tense and atmospheric thriller set in the Swiss Alps. The author has created a sneakily deceptive and absorbing story about two couples. and there are some wonderful twists along the way. A full review of this will be in a couple of weeks or so as part of the Blog Tour.

The Family Game by Catherine Steadman – was a brilliantly addictive book and if you are a fan of psychological thrillers then you need to read this one. Full review HERE

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Masquerade by Kit Williams – this is a book that gave the author Catherine Steadman a starting point for The Family Game (see above) and so it was obvious I needed to find my old copy and give it another read. This was a book that I loved when I saw it as the artwork is wonderful, it is, by the way, a treasure hunt that was first published in 1979. My copy is a 1982 one and gives an introduction by the author. Then the treasure hunt and the clues you need. The final section is all the clues he had given. Fabulous book and a full review will follow.

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Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton – I recently read book 5 in this series and adored it. I was gently nudged by a fellow Book Blogger ( @FictionFan2 ) that I should immediately backtrack and read them ๐Ÿ™‚ So I did, it was great to start at the beginning and this case is dark and dangerous, and is a cracking read. I will be definitely reading the others in the series, hopefully soon! – Full review to follow.

I am pretty pleased with 9 books over two weeks.

I wish you all a great week ahead,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 11th September 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly update of books I have read over the past week. What a week we have had, a new Prime Minister and a New King.

I am not a huge royalist, but Queen Elizabeth has been Queen for many people’s lives, she is the only Monarch we have had in our lives. I did find, the same as many others, that the news of the late Queen was quite emotional. When she first came to the throne there wasn’t the media coverage there is now. My thoughts go out to the family as their every move, facial expression and their body language are put under the spotlight. In this time of sorrow, they are meeting and thanking people, they are accessible and this must be so hard for them. I do not know how they are managing to keep their emotions under control as they grieve the passing of their beloved matriarch.

The news is constant, no matter where you look there are posts on social media, the internet, in shops, and in conversations as you would expect. In Cornwall, we are inundated with visitors through the summer months, so I decided to take time out and go to a huge beach that I haven’t been to for years. Gwithian is rammed in the summer holidays and now that the children are back to school it is the ideal time to visit. I wanted somewhere open, wild and relaxing and Gwithian Beach is all that. There are families, dogs and surfers but sitting on the beach they are drowned out by the rolling of the waves. It was easy to just shut out the noise and listen to the waves. I soon discovered I had spent 3 hours perfectly relaxed and suitably chilled out.

Here are the books I have read –

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Sunny Skies & Summer Kisses by Eliza J Scott – this is book 7 in the Life on the moors series. I have read a few of them and this latest one is fabulous. Great reading for those who love stories about friendships, families and communities with a good romance woven in. Full review as part of tyhe Blog Tour.

6 Ripley Avenue by Noelle Holten – this is the auhtors first stand alone and it was a cracking read. A mix of crime, mystery and some tense thriller vibes. I adored this one and the full review is part of the Blog Tour in a couple of weeks.

The Secret Life of Fungi by Aliya Whitely – a fabulous foray into the fungal world, told via anecdotes, observations and connections. I do love my science and nature reads and this one is perfect for non-science minded foll like me. Full review later this month.

The Temple House by Rachel Donahue – I had seen mixed reviews about this book and I decided to give it a go and I am so glad I did. It is a slower-paced boook that falls mroe towrd the literary fiction style more expressive, lyrical and I did begin this one while sat on the beach. I do think it has a Du Maurier feel to it. I really enjoyed this one and I soon devoured it over two sittings. Full review to follow soon.

There we have it, a four week book week this week! I have spent the last few weeks managing just the three.

I don’t have a many reviews to post over the rrest of this month so I am not going to be around posting much. It is actually a good time for me to step away from social media and my Blog. I will still update and write posts but not as much. I am actually looking forward to this more random schedule for a couple of weeks. It will give me the chance to catch up with some reading for Ocvtober Blog TOurs and for some of the books I want to read from my oiwn TBR.

I wisah everyone a great week ahead

Happy Reading

All the best, Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 4th September 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly update of books I have read. We have been sorting out the kitchen over the past couple of weeks. We bought new units and yesterday we finally fitted the worktops. We have gone for a nice pine look as it keeps the kitchen bright, and I have also got a lovely slab of polished stone that I can use for baking, resting pans and general use so as not to mark the worktops. Compared to what we had before it is a vast improvement and I also have so much more storage. Just needs a couple of finishing touches. Very pleased with the result. Just got to work out what we are going to do with the flooring.

Here are the before grey units, a mismatch to say the least, and now as it is with the matching units and worktops.

It seems to be that I can only read three books a week and this week is no exception. Yes, the first book has the dreaded “C” word in the title, but it isn’t overly festive as such!

Christmas Miracles at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland – this is the final book in this series and so it is with a sad heart that I read this book. The author has done an amazing job with this series and indeed this book. It is full of emotion and the full review will be in a couple of weeks as part of the Blog Tour.

The Mensch by Leopold Borstinski – this is also another final book in a series. This time for Jewish gangster Alex Cohen. Another fabulous series that I am sad to see coming to the end of, but one I knew had to. Again this is another Blog Tour book and the full review will be in a couple of weeks.

Dreams Come True at Glendale by Victoria Walters – another book in a series, but not, as far as I am aware, the final one! This is a fabulous story and it sees siblings finally getting the chance to start their dream business in the picturesque sounding Glendale. I usually read books for Blog Tours in order, but I got my books mixed up so the full review for this one won’t be until next month!!!

There we have it, another three books again this week.
I have just started watching a new series and I am adoring it…

All that is left for me to do is wish you all a good week ahead,

All the best

Yvonne xx

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My Week IN Books (w/e 14th August 2022) #booklove #bookupdates #inthegarden #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to my weekly update of books that I have read. It was a definite mixed bag for the book this week, but before I get onto that…

Is it hot enough for you!!! If you are like me and struggling with the heat (thank you very much menopause ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) then you are also hoping that you will be one of the lucky ones to get some rain. Yes, bring on the rain, please. If it does rain, you will probably see me sitting in the middle of the garden in it, unless we get the lightning that is also forecast! Then I might just wait a bit ๐Ÿ™‚ I do think that working nightshifts is a slight blessing, but not much as the doors and windows have to be closed apart from the smaller ones.

Green grass seems to be a memory, instead of walking on nice cooling grass, it’s now a case of tiptoeing over crispy, rough and brittle stems. There is the odd green patch, but I don’t want to walk on them as I think they are green due to the dogs watering those areas!!!!

I don’t know how my flowers are still blooming, admittedly the flowers are smaller and they are not lasting as long, but they do have flowers to help the bees and other insects.

The books I read this week were…

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The Dark by Sharon Bolton – is a brilliant psychological thriller, and police procedural and I loved it. This is 18/20 in my #20booksofsummer reads. Full review to follow soon.

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Rule, Nostalgia – a backwards history of Britain by Hannah Rose Wood – this is one from my NetGalley shelf and it was a fabulous book to read. It discusses how the nostalgia of the past can be used and manipulated for present times. Different perspectives, opinions and uses give this a very thought-provoking read. Full review to follow soon.

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100 Plants to Feed the Birds by Laura Erickson – this is a fabulous and gorgeous book that was on my NetGalley shelf, I didn’t realise when I requested that it is based on birds in North America, but it didn’t matter. Full of tips, advice, plants and birds of which some can be relevant to the UK. A wonderful book that I have been dipping in and out of over the past couple of weeks. Full review to follow

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Botanic Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland by Lisa Schneidau, Narrated by Joan Walker – this is a brilliant audiobook to listen to and the narrator is fabulous. A mix of folk tales. some of which I knew, some slightly different to what I thought they were and many that I had not come across before. Ideal for readers young and old. Full review to follow.

There you go, I did say it was a mixed bag this week ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Reading,

Take Care

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 31st July 2022) #bookupdates #booklove #MeAndMyBooks

Another week and another month have flown by. August now and judging from the news the weather is still going to be a tad on the warm side. We did get some rain Sunday morning, enough to dampen the plants and the soil but not really enough to do any good. It did leave the rest of the day feeling really humid and muggy.

The veg garden is producing well, had our first swedes, although down here in Cornwall they are called turnips! In the US though they are called Rutabagas. Whatever you call them, they tasted great mashed up with carrot, a knob of butter and some pepper. The carrots are particularly good, very random looking as all homegrown carrots should do in my opinion. All the veg we have been eating this week has been from our garden and there is plenty more to come ๐Ÿ™‚

Books I have read this week! I managed three, literally just finishing the 3rd one earlier this morning.

Lion by Conn Iggulden – this is an author who writes the most amazing historical fiction books. Lion is another fabulous read and was one I had on my summer reading list. Review to follow soon.

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The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig – the first book I read by this author was Wanderers in 2019, it became my top read of that year. It has taken me too long to pick up The Book of Accidents and I have to say it was an amazing read. A mix of genres, mystery, horror, crime, thriller, psychological and all based around a family. Full review soon.

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Alias Emma by Ava Glass – this is one I was invited to read via NetGalley and it was the cover that caught my eye. This is a crime, thriller and undercover police procedural. Another very enjoyable book and the full review will follow soon.

There we have it,

Just need to wish you all a great 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Now to the books…

How To Spot a Psychopath by M Q Webb –

Weโ€™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 everythingโ€ฆ

The chemistry between Keira and Noah is instant. It only takes one date for Keira to realise thereโ€™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 sheโ€™s absolutely head over heels. Not only for Noah but for his close-knit family and the stunning Isles of Scilly.

Thereโ€™s just one problem: Noahโ€™s about to move back home and his plans canโ€™t be altered.

Itโ€™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?ย 

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,ย The Caretakersย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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