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 😲😂

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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 25th April) #booklove #bookupdate #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly update. This is the first of two posts today as I have a blog tour review as well! Check me out two posts on one day😨😂, it doesn’t happen often.

This month is all but over and the warmer weather is definitely welcome, even though it is a bit breezy out as I write this. Things are doing well in the garden and seedlings are growing away nicely.

It has been another great reading week, so here is what I have read…

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What a very good title The Jigsaw Man is for this book by Nadine Matheson. A gritty and addictive first book in a series that had me hooked. A police procedural that also has a psychological edge to it and introduces us to Inspector Anjelica Henley, I am looking forward to reading more in this series. One for those who like dark and gruesome thrillers.
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I love this Alex Cohen Series by Leopold Borstinski, and the latest book Cuban Heel is the 5th book in the series, set in the 50s on the island of Cuba. As things in the US are changing Cohen and various others are looking forward and Cuba seems to be the place to go to set up the next gambling empire. As we know from history, Cuba is not the stable place the characters think it will be. Another fabulous instalment and my full review will be next week.

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I found Don’t Ask by Paul Carroll to be such an addictive and at times hard read. Taking an over the counter DNA test to discover your heritage seems like such a simple thing to do, but what happens when the results are not what you expect! I completely fell for this book and how the author dealt with characters and themes of the story. Keep an eye out for my full review as part of the blog tour at the beginning of May.

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What can I say about Family Secrets at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland? Well it has hedgehogs, its by Jessica and I loved this 3rd book in the series, as I have with all the previous ones. A very emotional book and one that has some serious issues in it for Chloe and Sam to deal with. Families are at the heart of this story as usual and the ending… my heart is in my mouth!!!

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I love, love, love, love, love the Discworld books and I borrowed Terry Pratchett: The BBC Radio Drama Collection from my local library via the Borrow Box app. This collection has the following books in it MORT, WYRD SISTERS GUARDS! GUARDS!, ERIC, SMALL GODS and NIGHT WATCH. As I may have mentioned I love Sir Terry and his Discworld books and this audio collection had me laughing and chuckling as I listened. If you know the books then you are going to love this collection.

There we go, another week and month almost done and dusted.

Have a great week ahead and Happy Reading,

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 Skördeman 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 🙂 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 4th April) #bookupdates #booklove #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly wrap up of the books I have read this week. A day later than usual just because I was busy on Sunday and didn’t get around to prepping my post. Also, it was too nice to be inside so I did a bit of gardening and time does seem to disappear. Billy and Buster certainly loved being outside, it is obviously hard work being a dog 😁

Rhubarb is coming up a treat and is almost ready for its first picking. Also had a couple of small asparagus stems. Nice to start to looking at things growing and I cant wait to get to the time when I can once again just pop down the garden for things rather than the shops.

Ok, now for the books…

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This is the first time I have read a book by Gordon Bickerstaff, his latest one The Black Fox is the third book in the series and yes I do wish I had read the others first. I didn’t check before signing up for the Blog Tour, but I have no regrets as this book is one crazy, action-packed, conspiracy fuelled thriller from start to finish. I loved the main character and I am looking forward to reading more by Gordon.

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I really must get caught up on previous books by Samantha Tonge as she does write some fabulous stories. Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage is her latest book and I adored it. This book had a fabulous community feel to it as newcomer to the village finds her feet. There is a wonderful mystery that develops and it has a really nice romantic thread. Loved it.

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Owen Mullen is another author who I really must catch up reading. Games People Play is the start of a new series and what a brilliant start it was. This was a dark and very devious story that had so many different elements and sub plots. It was an absolute pleasure to read. A missing child, past secrets, interwoven plots gave such an addictive read to this slower paced crime and mystery story.

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This is a new author to me and what a fabulous book I Am Here To Kill you by Chris Westlake is. This is a psychological thriller that I adored and is also a little different to those that I have read before. A look into manipulation, brilliant characters and such a twisted and devious storyline that had me hooked.

All the books this week are for upcoming Blog Tours so keep your eye out for my full reviews. I will say that everyone of the books is brilliant and I would definitely recommend all of them.

Have a fabulous week,

Happy Reading

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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