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 4th July 2021) #booknews #lovebooks #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

A flying visit this week as I am trying to get my blog up to date and organised for the next couple of weeks coming. I am doing this because I am off to see my parents for a week. We haven’t seen each other since before the fist long down and it has been far too long. We still message and talk on a regular basis. I am very excited about seeing them, a little nervous about driving up there but it will be so worth it.

I will say a “Thank You” in advance now for any shares from Wednesday onwards, I only have blog tour posts scheduled for this period.

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This is 4th book in #20booksofsummer challenge, A Secret Scottish Escape by Julie Shackman was a wonderful escapism read and I adored the threads and storyline that the author brought to this story. A mix of mystery, romance, family drama and wonderful scenery made this a fabulous read.

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If you like dark, twisted crime, thriller read then look no further than Sharon J Bolton and her book The Pact. I really must pick up more of her other books! The Pact is something that a group of teens agree to, years later that pact is called out. What happens, who is involved and the outcome was so addictive reading. I adored the intrigue, suspense and twisted route the author chose to take. Brilliant book.

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A non-fiction that I had planned on reading over several day was Unofficial Britain by Gareth E Rees. I say was planning… I started this book and was totally hooked to it. The author brilliantly old me of obscure, long forgotten or not noticed things from around Britain. The book is about everyday things such as electricity pylons, yeah you read that right lol! Also motorways, roundabouts, housing estates, while this does not sound immediately attractive what the author does is take you on a journey into and around areas like this. Pointing out not noticed things, imparting local knowledge and tales. A brilliant book and I loved it.

That’s it for me this week, I do have an audio and a crime book on the go at the moment. You will have to wait for my next update in a couple of weeks before you get to know what they were. Unless you sneak a peak on Goodreads of course lol 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 20th June 2021 #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

I want to start this weeks book update with a vey big Thank You. Thank you to all of you who have shared my posts and commented. Apologies for not being around much, family member suffered a massive stroke, he is only 58 and as you can imagine it was a huge shock. Quick thinking and the incredible NHS definitely saved his life. At one point he was only given a 25% chance of survival. There is a long road ahead for him and one that he will be supported in from family and friends.

As you can imagine a slightly quieter reading week, but I did manage to finish one book and read another two.

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I finished reading This Fragile Earth by Susannah Wise. A dystopian set in the not too distant future in a society reliant on machinery. When the machinery stops, the realisation sinks in. What to do, why has it stopped and is a very thought-provoking read. Interesting and atmospheric with some sciencey stuff. I enjoyed this one and look forward to sharing my review later this week.

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WOW! What a cracking book A Cut For A Cut by Carol Wyer is. This is the second in this series and I would suggest that you do need to read the first book, it gives a much better idea of Kate and what is going on with her personal life. The case is brutal, the pressure to solve it is great and the behind the scenes games are annoying. I adored this gritty and incredibly addictive story and my review will be out at the end of the month.

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The Viking Chief’s Marriage Alliance is an addictive debut by Lucy Morris. This is a relatively quick read and one that I enjoyed, there is a storyline that is intriguing, an era of arranged marriages, of politics and of course a good strong romantic thread. It is due to be published this week and I really enjoyed this one.

There we go, another week finished,

I wish you all the best for next week

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 13th June 2021) #lovebooks #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly round up of books on this gorgeous sunny day (Sunday as I type this up!) I might just mention that it is rather warm lol there is no pleasing some people is there?

Just a flying visit as I want to get back out into the garden, I wasn’t able to do much through the week as we had mostly mizzle and drizzle! But it has done the world of good ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are the books I have read…

When I requested The Wolf and The Woodsman by Ava Reid I hoped for a wonderful fantasy story. I am happy to say this is what I got, though it was more of a fairy tale/ fantasy/ coming of age one. In some respects this was better as it wasn’t a heavy as some fantasy novels can be so was great for really being able to relax with and read. This is one of my #20booksof summer, so I have kicked off my challenge.

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I have read a couple of books by Shari Low so when I saw the Blog Tour invite for One Summer Sunrise I immediately signed up for it. A gorgeous, gorgeous story that covers one day in the lives of four women. I loved this book and how the author brought this story together. Keep an eye out for the tour and my review next week.

My 2nd #20booksof summer read is The Hotel at Honeymoon Station by Tilly Tennant. It’s a Tilly book, need I say more! Another fabulous book to sit and read as I followed the unlikely pairing of Emma and her friend Tia as they risk everything to buy, renovate and hopefully run the rundown hotel in the village of Honeymoon. Another fabulous read and one I adored. Oh, I should also mention that there are two rather hunky builders involved ๐Ÿ™‚

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I honestly don’t know how Louise Beech does it, but one again she has brought something very special to This Is How We Are Human. I have read an adored the other books I have read of hers and every time she leaves me with tears. Her writing is beautiful and so readable. She brings the story of Sebastian a man who has autism, his mother Veronica, who thinks she is doing the right thing and Violetta, an escort. If you have not read any of this authors books then you should, they are simply amazing. My full review is out next week.

There we have it, four books this week, I am currently reading This Fragile Earth by Susannah Wise. It ‘s arrival was perfectly timed to arrive. I finished my nightshift, went to bed for a couple of hours and then went downstairs to find a box on my doorstep. Inside was the book, a jar of honey, Lemon and Ginger Pukka Tea, a cute crocheted Bumble Bee and a hardback copy of the book. So not only did I have honey for my toast, a mug of tea but also this was my next book that I was going to read. Serendipitous or what!

Oh, I should mention that I am really enjoying this book! ๐Ÿ™‚

All that leaves me to do, is wish you all a wonderful week ahead,

Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 6th June 2021) #booksnews #booklove #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

A glorious week of weather, well apart from on Saturday when it was more mizzle than rain, but it did the garden good so I can’t complain. Talking of the garden, my 50th birthday rose has decided to flower and is it a beauty or what? It also smells amazing. It is a David Austen rose and it’s called Emily Bronte. The yellow rose smells just as gorgeous, but I can’t find the label to see which one it is.

Well on to the books this week…

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When I got an email from Alison Menzies about The Heeding by Rob Cowen, illustrated by Nick Hayes, I knew it was one I wanted to read. A book of poetry and illustration about our relationship with the natural world and each other through four unprecedented seasons & a global pandemic. It is a gorgeous book with such a wonderful mix. I am sure there is a poem for everyone in this book, or one that could be related to. Keep an eye out for my full review as part of the blog tour later this month for this one.

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I have been listening to The Chain by Adrian McKinty, narrated by January Lavoy over the past week. I do have this on my kindle, but while browsing through Borrowbox I came across this and downloaded it straight away. When a child is kidnapped, it is up to the mother to try her best to get her child back. The only way to do this though, is to kidnap another child, and thereby keep the chain going! This was a really good book to listen to. I did feel the tension and understand the full implication of the chain. It also went further and I learnt more about the chain and the reasons behind it. A good one to listen to, and one I woudl recommend.

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From one kidnapping to another. This time very different in Falling by T.J. Newman. A pilots family is kidnapped, for them to be released an airline pilot has to crash his plane full of passengers. This book opened very dramatically before the chapters began and it was the first line of the book that had me hooked! This is a great paced book that had so many twists and adrenalin fuelled moments. Addictive from start to finish, another that is part of a Blog Tour, and my full review will be out next week.

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Oh Wow! Jane Corry had me hooked to The Lies We Tell. A book that has a dramatic start and then goes back to when parents, Sarah and Tom met and then through their lives until their son, Freddie tells them he has killed someone! I have always enjoyed Jane’s books, but this one is my favourite so far. Intriguing, addictive, emotional, twisted, surprising and amazing. My full review will be out next week.

There we go, another week done.

Have a great week ahead

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e Sunday 31st May) #booklove #bookupdates #gardenphotos #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to the final post for the month of May. Unusually the weather has been quite pleasant given this weekend is a bank holiday, usually it rains. Instead we have had some nice weather and I have had a chance to get out in the garden with my camera. Here are a few of the flowers that are blooming and also one of the veg plot…

Here are the books I have read…

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When Celia Moore sent me an email asking if I would like to read the final book in the Fox Halt Farm trilogy I obviously said yes. I have read and adored the previous books, A Hare’s Footprint was a wonderful book to read, although sad as it is the final one. This was a roller coaster of emotions as Billy and her husband Richard have ideas for their futures. Each, however, has different ideas. It gives for a stressful and worrisome relationship. The author once again drew me into the goings on on the Farm. Full review to follow next week.

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The Country Village Summer Fete by Cathy Lake was a wonderful summery read and the author gave me an addictive read set in Bramble Village. As Emma returns to her childhood home to stay with her father she is nervous. She left home on bad terms and guilt has plagued her. Coming back is a chance to finally put things right, but can she and does she really want to? Such a stunning and emotional read and my full review will be part of the Blog Tour next week.

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I adore the Glendale Hall series by Victoria Walters. Always and Forever at Glendale Hall is the 4th book in the series and it is another fabulous read. Anna is a bit of a loner, self reliant and constantly moving. When she suddenly finds herself stuck, she calls her brother. He invites her to come to Glendale, she can have a place to live and a job for as long as she needs. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour and my full review of this wonderful book.

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This was a book I requested to review and I was delighted with it. Natural Menopause is a DK publication and it is full of wonderful advice. It includes info about the menopause, about natural therapies, exercise, diets and also a wonderful section on mental wellbeing. I really enjoyed reading through this and it does carry some very good information. I think it is a great book to give ideas about how to help yourself through menopause. I would definitely recommend it.

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This was supposed to be one of my #20books of summer reads that jumped at me to be read. The River Between Us by Liz Fenwick is a dual timeline story that is set on the Cornwall Devon border, the river being the Tamar. A story that is a mix of historical fiction and also a present day mystery as things from the past have relevance to the present day. I loved this book and I would defiantly recommend it.

A more relaxed reading week this week, I am quite surprised that I have not read any crime or thrillers! A very enjoyable week all round.

Have a great week ahead,

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 16th May) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to my weekly update on books I have read over the past week. I do try to do this on a Monday, but yesterday i already had two book reviews to share.

Here is what I have read up until Sunday night…

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Wow! Wow! and Wow! The Autumn Tree by Tony Forder is a wonderful if somewhat darker instalment in the DI Bliss series. I adore this series and this is the 8th book. Yes you could read it as a stand-alone, to get a better impact on the characters and the previous storylines you should read them in order. A gritty, intense and complex case for Jimmy and the team to get their heads around. Keep an eye out for my full review as part of the blog tour.

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Once again Rosie Clarke had me glued to her latest book, Nellie’s Heartbreak. A gorgeous and yes, heart-breaking read that I found totally captivating as I followed Nellie through her story. Once of life, love and loss. One for fans of sagas, hist fic and romance. I loved it. Full review as part of the blog tour.

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Sword of Bone by Anthony Rhodes is one of the republished titles from the Imperial War Museum Wartime Classics series. The book tells of life before and during Dunkirk. It is written from the experiences of the author as he organises accommodation, supplies and other required items for the troops that follow behind him. I enjoyed this one, full review as part of the blog tour.

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The latest book in the Kent Fisher series is not on Goodreads or Amazon at the moment so I cannot share an image of it yet. No Going Back by Robert Crouch has Kent assessing his life both at work , home and of curse his relationship. A brilliant story that is a very in-depth one and sees changes, keep an eye out for my full review towards the end of the month.

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I do like Sue Roberts books and her latest Going Greek is another wonderful read. I will say that as much as i did enjoy it, it wasn’t quite as I expected. It was a wonderful story but the romance side felt a little flat and a bit rushed towards the end. I still enjoyed it and I would recommend it.

Well that’s me done for another week.

Have a great week ahead

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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