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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the best

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 27th June 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #garden #MeAndMyBooks

How is this going to be the last post of June already! Where has the time gone! I know we have had some warm and sunny days but as I sit typing this up it is looking more autumnal. Its grey, misty, overcast and wet. Good job I went out in the garden yesterday and took some photos ๐Ÿ™‚

Now for the books I read last week…

I loved Dear Mrs Bird and Yours Cheerfully is the second book in the Emmy Lake Chronicles by A.J.Pearce. A historical fiction set during WWII and is a fabulous read. I published my full review last week and you can read it HERE.

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I have read a few books over the past few weeks and months about nature, environment and the natural world. Outlandish by Nick Hunt is a book that falls into these categories. This is a book that allowed me to travel around Europe vicariously, following the author as he described his travels and what he experienced and witnessed. The author has a very easy style as he comments on interesting snippets of history, geography and how the climate is changing the landscape. A fabulous book that is also tinged with sadness as climate will change some areas of the world forever. It is one I would definitely recommend.

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Oh my goodness Owen you do get better and better with series! Insider by Owen Mullen is a brilliantly gritty second book in the Family series. The Glass family are business people that may not exactly work on the right side of legal. Well, they do have a legit business, but the rest are shady to say the least. This is a mis of gangland crime, family, loyalty and is absolutely brilliant. Keep an eye out for my full review next week as part of the blog tour.

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A lie is never a good thing and Her White Lie by Jackie Walsh is a fabulous story about a lie, a secret or two, a mystery and is an addictive read. This is a first for me by this author and I will be looking to read more of the previous books. While I wasn’t a fan of either of the two main characters I really enjoyed the storyline. It had some great twists, intrigue and kept me guessing. The full review will be out in a couple of weeks as part of the blog tour.

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Bella Osbourne has a new series out and The Promise of Summer is the first book. I adored this story as Ruby meets the rather grumpy Curtis. These two are so different, Ruby is outgoing and energetic while Curtis is a planner, he literally plans everything. I loved how the author brought these two together and allowed a wonderful friendship to form. I cannot wait to read more in this series. Full review later this week.

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I do love a good historical fiction and saga read and this one is the latest in the fabulous Harper’s Emporium series. Wartime Blues for the Harpers Girls by Rosie Clarke is just a gorgeous read. It is set during 1917 and continues the story of the four main girls, well women as they are now. I would recommend reading the series, but the books can be read as standalones. The war is making its presence felt not just in peoples homes but also in the shops. Everything is going into the war effort but people still need to work to earn a wage. Once again the author does such a wonderful job and had me with my heart in my mouth on so many occasions.

Well, here we are again. Another week done. Longest day has been and gone, it rained here. The strawberry moon was up in the sky and yeah you guessed it, it rained here! At least the water butts are filled, the garden has been watered and I can catch up with the boring stuff like housework (I believe I may have forgotten what that word means!)

Have a fabulous week ahead and keep safe.

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 23rd May) #booklove #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another week of book I have read. Almost the end of May and we have had some weather! I think this last week we have pretty much every season show itself, biting winds, torrential rain, gusty wind, sunshine and I am sure there was a bit of hail as well!

Just aw well I have plenty to read so I can stay indoors, dry, warm and snug. So here is what I have read over the past week…

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I received Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forests by Suzanne Simard and have been reading it over a week or so. This book was such a fascinating one to read as it was part biography, part nature, part science and a whole lot of sense. Dr Simard tells of her life growing up and how she noticed a a much deeper relationship between soil and trees. It was such an educational book, and in layman’s terms. Easy to read as it mixed the science, observations and research in with the authors life. A must read for anyone interested in nature, ecology, natural world. I adored this book.

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What a beautiful and stunning read The Ladies Midnight Swimming Club by Faith Hogan was. Three women of different generations all reach a sort of crossroads in their lives. I am going to be vague on this one as it is such an amazing read, it had me in tears and I if you love emotional, soul searching stories, women’s fiction or contemporary fiction then you really do need to get this one.

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I borrowed the audiobook of Q by Christine Dalcher from the library. I loved Vox when I read it and in some respects Q is of a similar style. A dystopian set in the near future that has an air of ” I can see this happening”! It is a though provoking book, like Vox and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.
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I wanted a light-hearted and fun read and came across Summer in the City by Emma Jackson. This was ideal for reading over an evening, so hit the spot perfectly. Noelle is an author who has writers block and see’s Stephen’s problem as a way to possibly add a touch of inspiration. A fun will they/won’t they contemporary romance read that was a wonderful escapism read.

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I had big hopes for Threadneedle by Cari Thomas, I hoped it would be a book that would grab me and transport me into a magical witchy world. Guess what? It DID!!! I adored this book a mix of magic, family, troubles and so, so much more. It is a YA book that has glimmers of Discovery of Witches ( a brilliant series, btw), and has left me so desperate to read more. This is the first book in The Language of Magic series and my full review will be as part of the blog Tour.

There we go, another week done and dusted.

Have a great week ahead and

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 9th May) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly round up of books I have read. I seem to be on a roll with blog posts this past couple of weeks. WordPress has informed me I am on a streak. I have been trying to catch up with reviews for books I have read a couple of months ago. So apparently I have been streaking for 15 days now! Now I know in the grand scheme of things this isn’t anything major, but for someone who prefers not to blog on weekends this is quite an achievement.

As gifs are quite a common thing I thought I would look for a something streak(y) related that would be appropriate for the early morning blog readers ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜‚

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So, now you are drooling over the thought of bacon sandwiches…

This is what I have read…

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Pathfinders by Cecil Lewis is one of the books that the Imperial War Museum are republishing. This new addition was originally published in 1944 and tells the story of each member of the crew in the Wellington Bomber P for Pathfinder. This was a really interesting and poignant book, my full review will be next week as part of the blog tour.

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When I spotted a space on the upcoming blog tour for Italy Ever After by Leonie Mack I immediately grabbed it. Then realised I had double booked, so next Monday this will be one of the two reviews I will share. A great story about a mum and daughter, an ex-husband and a music teacher. Did I mention the music teacher is a hot one, he is also Italian. A fabulous story with a stunning location and some wonderful surprises and revelations. Loved this one a lot.

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If you have read any Mary Wood novels then you know you are in for a treat. Secrets of the Jam Factory Girls is the second in the series and yes you should read the first. Well, you don’t have to as they can be read as stand-alones. This continues on from the first books as sisters continue their lives and their new positions, but my goodness the author really does not spare them or give them a moments peace. A heart-breaking, addictive story that has left me desperate to read the next one and find out what will happen next! Another Blog Tour book that I will post my full review of next week.

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Where Crows Land by Paul McCracken is a first for me by this author and what a great intro to his writing it was. Carter, an ex-detective who went and is now a Private Investigator finds similarities to a past case and it is personal. It was the case that caused him to go rogue and lose his job. A murder is just the start in this urban gritty crime thriller and one that I found very addictive. At just over 200 pages long I was very surprised at how much detail there is in the story. Keep a look out for my full review in a couple of weeks.

What I listened to…

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I cannot remember which blogger shared a post about Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem, but I remember listening to an extract of it. I loved the sound of it and borrowed it from my local library service via Borrow box. This was a brilliant audiobook to listen to as Lara explains about Mudlarks, they scour the tideline on the Thames looking for objects. She explains about the tides, her love of Mudlarking, history, dangers, curios and so may other things. Very addictive listening and one for those who love history, London History and finding relics, curios and trinkets from the past. One I would definitely recommend.

Well that is me all done for another week.

Have a great week ahead

Yvonne xx

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

Hello and welcome to another weekly update of books I have read over the past week. It is a day earlier than usual as I have another busy week ahead with reviews to publish.

Here is what I have read…

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I have several books on my kindle by Jim Ody, however, his latest book The Crazy Season is the first one I have read, I do plan on changing this as The Crazy Season was a fabulous read. A strange email, mentions of a curse, murders and two wonderful truth hunting characters make this an intriguing and suspenseful read. My full review will be part of the upcoming Blog Tour.

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What an absolute pleasure it was to return to Heritage Cove as I read Summer Serendipity at the Twist and Turn Bakery by Helen Rolfe. This is the 3rd book in the series and it is set in, yeah you guessed it, the bakery. The story focuses on Jade, one of the owners of the bakery. Another wonderful escapism read that I adored with a wonderful sense of community and some fabulous descriptions.

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From warm and sweet I then delved into the cold and frozen with Adam Croft and his latest book In Cold Blood, the third book in his Rutland Crime Series. A relatively quick read at around 230 pages but it is packed full as DI Caroline Hills and her team try to find the truth behind a frozen body under the viaduct. A tense, snappy police procedural that I really enjoyed.

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What an absolutely stunning Young Adult book What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson was. It was such a wonderful book to immerse into and one that had such beautiful, almost lyrical writing. A story of youth, full of danger and mystery. One that I adored from start to finish, my full review will follow.

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The synopsis for Comatose by Jane Badrock is short, snappy and very intriguing. A car crash, two victims, one survivor is just the start of this police procedural. DS Karen Thorpe has her work cut out for her with this investigation as she hits many brick walls. A mysterious and highly addictive crime thriller that I will share as part of the upcoming blog tour.

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This is a book for those who like photographic art and images of structures with a historical presence. Abandoned London: Discover the hidden secrets of the city in photographs by Katie Wignall is a collection of 150 images of buildings, structures, machinery from the past. They lie forgotten and unloved. This was a wonderful and yet quite a sad book to flick through, I say flick but I did have a PDF copy via NetGalley and I do think it would be much nicer to have it as a physical book. I really enjoyed this book and it is one I would definitely recommend.

Well there you go,

Happy reading and have a wonderful week ahead.

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 18th April) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly catch up of the books I have read. An interesting reading week with 5 books to share with you.

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This was a really interesting and suspense filled book, Geiger by Gustaf Skรถrdeman is a spy thriller which is full of conspiracy, espionage, various government agencies and one that does include some historical references. This was a book that I did read slower and it has some really interesting characters. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour.

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I do like a good dystopian book that has a certain amount of “this could happen in real life” to it. The Nirvana Effect by Brian Pinkerton has created a story where virtual reality is more preferable to some than real life. This is a story that I do think has been thought about on a personal level with minimal tech usage. I really loved this one and it is another one to keep an eye on for the Blog Tour.

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Ecology and sustainability is something that interests me so when I saw Is It Really Green by Georgina Wilson-Powell I was eager to have a read. This puts a balance on using greener items in terms of how they are produced and the overall benefits. I do think this is a book for the moment as technology and manufacture of products is ever changing. The book provides food for thought as regards to what we use, buy and create. Some interesting topics and a quick read.

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This book is one for historical fiction lovers, Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson is set during WWII. A Jewish woman is smuggled from her home in Venice to live on a farm posing as a wife. A stunning and gorgeous story that had me hooked. At times heart-breaking and harrowing but also so addictive and beautiful. I loved this one a lot.

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What a beautiful and also such a sad book to read. Gone: A search for what remains of the worlds extinct creatures by Michael Blencowe is kind of like a travelogue, a diary and also an education book as I followed the author on his travels to find the remnants and remains of extinct creatures. The author has researched, travels and documented his finds to create such a lovely book, it is so sad that there are animals that have died and that none of us will ever see again. My full review will follow in a couple of weeks.

There we go, 5 books this week although the two non-fiction were relatively quick ones. I do have quite a full couple of weeks ahead of me for reviews and Blog Tours and hopefully I will be able to keep on with the reading as well.

I did notice that I have now posted over 1,000 posts on my Blog since I started just over 4 years ago! That took me by surprise when I saw that. While I am on numbers I have read 70/200 books in my Goodreads Challenge and am ahead at the moment.

All done for this week,

Have a great week ahead

Take Care

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 11th April) #booklove #booksread #MeAndMyBooks

Just a flying visit for this weeks round up of books I have read this week. I had a Blog Tour post yesterday so I am a day later this week. I am also trying to get caught up with publishing reviews for books I have read over the past few weeks!

Here’s what I read last week…

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When Kim Nash releases a book there is always an air of anticipation. Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove is her latest book and was published last week. If you have read any of this authors books then you know you are in for a treat. This one does not disappoint at all. Yet again a lump in my throat and tears in m y eyes, I wonder if I will ever be able to read one of her books without this happening ๐Ÿ™‚ Ideal for fans of contemporary fiction and romance. It is a gorgeous read.

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This is Noelle Holten‘s 4th book in the D.C Maggie Jamieson series. Dead Secret feels bolder and much more intense than her previous books. A brilliant and intense story with various plotlines and key characters creating a story that is definitely one for crime, thriller and procedural fans. A cracking read.

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I have read several of Ross Greenwood‘s books and thoroughly enjoyed them. Prisoner is very different to what I have read before from him and it is an absolute belter of a book. Set in a prison, the author uses his own experiences as a Prison Officer to give a great perspective and also at times a brutal and harrowing read. A fabulously tense and suspense-filled story.

That’s it for me,

Have a fabulous week ahead

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 28th March) #bookupdates #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly update for the books I have read.

Before I get into that though, a garden update for those that are interested. We have now planted the potatoes and getting things ready for seeds to be set.

This year I am going to have a go at growing hydroponically. I do grow some house plants in water and I now have the chance to try some veg and salad, so lettuce, spinach, kale, strawberries, mooli, watercress maybe some peppers as well. I like the idea of using water to grow and it will be interested to see how I get on. It means growing this way I will not be using so much mains supply or constantly emptying my water butts. I will post photos as things get started.

Now onto the books I have read this week…

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Heidi Perks has created another addictive novel with The Whispers. This is a dark and deviously deceptive story that wrong-stepped me a couple of times. Two childhood friends apart for several years are once again reunited at the school gates but this time as mothers. Told across two timelines, one when the girls were younger and then the present. The author has twisted and woven away to create a wonderful crime, thriller mystery tale and it is one I would recommend.

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Lost Property by Helen Paris was a book I liked, the story of Dot, and her job working in a Lost Property department. This was a story that was good, and it did keep me reading but I think this may be a marmite one. Dot is, in some ways, a woman who is as lost as the items that lay unclaimed. A bit of a loner and one that has an over-ruling sister. A nice read and one for those who like stories about life.

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Under the Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft is a fabulous read, but then if you have read any of Sue’s books then youwill not be surprised. A story about a family with secrets, of discovering your past ad also about making steps towards a future. I adored this and read it in one sitting. One to pop on your pre-order list and one I woudl defintiely recommend.

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I think this is the first time I have read anything by Katy Birchall, and based on The Secret Bridesmaid, it will not be the last time I pick up one her books. This is a fun rom-com that does have more to it than first meets the eye. I loved the way the author dealt with her demanding bride and the extremely patient bridesmaid as they gradually tried to do their best to get what they want. A brilliant read and one that I loved. Ideal for rom-com and contemporary romance fans.

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When you see a tag on a book that mentions it being “absolutely gripping” often the sceptical part of me goes “yeah right”. Well, Last Seen by Joy Kluver is… yeah you guessed it… Absolutely gripping! This is such an amazingly twisted and fabulous story about a missing girl and the investigation that follows. There is so much more to this story than I was expecting and I am delighted to see the words “Book 1” as this means there is going to be more to come. Definitely one for the crime, thriller and mystery readers.

There you have it, five books for me this week as well as a good bit of gardening.

Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading,

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 14th March) #booklove #bookupdate #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another week of books I have read over this past week. I usually do read a good mix, but this week the mix is far more mixed than usual…

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I was after a book that would have a few chuckles in it and Good Eggs by Rebecca Hardiman was one that had just that. It is the story of three generations of the Gogarty family, how poor Kevin keeps up with his mothers antics and also the the problems his daughter is having, well to say he is run ragged is an understatement. A fun, light-hearted read that definitely did have me chuckling, but also deals with the daily life of a family. One I would recommend.

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I did say different and A History of the Vampire in Popular Culture by Violet Fenn is a non fiction book that I wished for on NetGalley. It seems wishes do come true as the publisher Pen & Sword History granted me access to an e-copy. This is an entertaining read that delves into the way vampires have become more popular in pop culture over the years. The author references film, early and modern literature as she gives her opinion. I really enjoyed this book and it is one I would recommend.

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Last year I read and loved The Flatshare and so I was really looking forward to The Switch by Beth O’Leary as well. This is a fabulous book about Leena and Eileen, grand-daughter and grandmother who switch their lives, well actually it is where they live that they switch. I adored these two characters, although Eileen was my favourite with her antics. A fabulous story that I loved everything about and would definitely recommend.

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Sometimes you come across a book that you know is going to be special within the first few pages. The Forgotten Life of Arthur Pettinger by Suzanne Fortin is one such book. I just loved, adored and fell in love with this book that steps back and forth in time. It is a story that tells Arthurs story of his time and people he met in the second world war, told in snippets of memories and flashbacks. It is simply beautiful and I cannot recommend this one enough.

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I never thought I would read a book about quantum physics, but this is exactly what I did when I read Helgoland by Carlo Rovelli. As surprising as that revelation is, the fact that I found myself entertained and had a chuckle or two as I read this book is even more surprising. I have not got a braincell in me that understands science or physics, yes I get the basics and can understand things to a point but that is it. I did manage to understand some of the concepts, but it was more the writing style and personality of the author that made this an interesting read. I am really glad I picked this one up and I would recommend it, although it is probably a book suited to a more specific audience.

So, there you go I don’t think you can get much more varied than vampires, quantum physics, humour, contemporary fiction and historical fiction ๐Ÿ˜‚ I did say it was an unusual mix and I think you can see I wasn’t wrong!

All that leaves me to say is, have a great week ahead and happy reading,

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 6th March) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another week of bookish updates. This week has been another good week for reading, to be fair though, I did have the week off work so it did give me a little more time for catching up on one of my favourite hobbies. A day earlier than usual as I do have a few Blog Tour posts this week, oh and a trip to the dentist ๐Ÿ˜ just a filling and a clean.

I have also managed to get out in the garden, something that I have been waiting to do for a while. I have started the weeding and getting the veg patch ready, even though it is too early for me to plant anything yet! It was just nice to get outside and start. Oh and if anyone knows where I put my netting I would love to know! I have hunted high and low and I am damned if I can find it!!!

So here is what I have read…

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When I saw Alexandria – The Quest for the Lost City by Edmund Richardson on NetGalley I knew it was one I wanted to read. It is a mix of several things I do have an interest in, history, adventure and a lost city. This is a non-fiction historical account of Charles Masson and his search for one of Alexanders cities. This is a historical book but does not read like one. So accessible but still full of facts and information. I adored this rogue and he way the author has told the story. One I would defintiely recommend. It is due to be published beginning of May.

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The Big Ol’ Bike by Rachael Clarke was one that I snuck in to help out with a blog tour and I am so glad I had time to read this. The illustrations are also by the author and the story is one of a young boy who is made to doubt himself by a group of bullies. I adored this story a lot and I thought it would be a great book for sitting and discussing with youngsters. A wonderful story that again I would recommend.

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I do like a book that has a slim synopsis, The Silent Friend by Diane Jeffrey has one that doesn’t give much away at all. This is a crime thriller as such because a crime was committed. For me however this was more about how the characters dealt with it, so a psychological aspect is a major part of the story. A story that is quite crafty and had a were heart-stopping moments as well a bombshells. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour.

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The Housewife by Alex Kane is a fabulous story and as the cover suggests it is a gritty and gripping crime thriller. It is a gangland crime story that is set in an estate in Glasgow. With three main characters, the author has woven a brilliant story that had me guessing and it wasn’t until I was getting closer to the end that the full picture emerged. A brilliant book that I will share my full review of as part of the Blog Tour.

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I seem to have been on a bit of a crime mission this week! Trust Me by T.M. Logan is another gripping and tense read and one that kept me guessing. Why would a woman hand over her baby and then leave the train they were travelling on? This is what happened to Ellen as she was making her way home. Instead, she is drawn into such a devious plot and the title “Trust Me” is one that is perfect for this story, especially as I didn’t know who I could trust! Another book that is part of a Blog Tour.

After all this crime I decided to choose something a little more lighter! You will have to see what that is on next weeks round up ๐Ÿ™‚

So that leaves me to wish you all a very happy week ahead.

All the best to you all

Yvonne xx

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