My Week In Books (w/e 22nd Nov) #booklove #booksread #MeAndMyBooks

This week seems to have a definite festive fiction read as I have suddenly come to that point in the Blog Tours where the review books have a Christmas feel. When I think back to a time before my blog, I wasn’t really a romance reader and now I definitely look forward to them.

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First up though is…

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Dead Already by Tim Adler, this is the first time I have read anything by this author and I am glad there are a few more of his books to pick up. This is a a book that has a crime thriller element but also an eerie psychological aspect to it. It has the feel of an old time gangster story that flits back and forth in time to fill in all the details. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and keep an eye out for the up coming Blog Tour.

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Now for the festive ones…

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A Christmas Wedding at the Castle by Eliza J Scott was an adorable read and it was so good to be back in the village of Lytell Stangdale as Livvie and Zander are getting preparations ready for their wedding. I adore this authors Life on the Moors series and this latest one has a lot more to it than first meets the eye. Each of these books focuses on one of the main characters, so while it okay and easy to read as stand alone, they are much better read in order. Old secrets, old animosity and new beginnings are just the tip of the iceberg. Full review will be as part of the Blog Tour.

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Another welcome return to a community with Christmas in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May. This is the 4th book in the series and I have loved each book. As always there are dogs and this time more babies as Rosa starts to work on her charity Ned’s Gift. I really enjoy the humorous comments and antics of the characters as they go about their everyday lives but mixed into this there are some heart-warming moments and some dodgy characters. Another Blog Tour review to keep an eye out for.

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Another welcome journey was to Christmas at the Waffle Shack by Helen J Rolfe. I love Helen’s books and this one is just a gorgeous read. I mean Waffles!!! Need I say more? This is the 2nd in the Heritage Cove series and it focuses on, well obviously the Waffle Shack, but also the blacksmith’s run by Lucy. Definitely sparks, but also nerves and pasts come into play with this story. Can a person change? Can they start over and heal a rift? A book you need to read on a full stomach or you will be reaching for the biscuit tin to keep you going as mentions of waffles and their toppings and the… I think I had better stop there I’m feeling hungry again! Gorgeous read and another one to watch out for as part of the Blog Tour.

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A wonderful week for reading and a great chance to read a new author and also catch up with some of my other favourite authors.

Take care and Happy Reading,

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 15th Nov) #readingchallenge #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Well this has been an interesting week for me as I have finished my Goodreads Challenge. I completed the 200 books that was my target at the beginning of the year.

To some this will be a big number, to others not so much. While I don’t pressurise myself into having to read a certain amount of books, it is nice to complete a goal. Last year I read just over 230 books and I could have upped my target for this year, but reading is an escape, I enjoy it and I don’t ever want it to become something that I feel I have to do just to hit a target. This is why I like the Goodreads Challenge, it is flexible and it can be changed up or down.

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Map’s Edge by David Hair is 400 pages of magic, fantasy, danger and adventure. I loved this book and it is the first time I have read anything by this author. It is the fist book in The Tethered Citadel and I meet a community that lives on the edge of society, misfits, drop outs or those not wanting to be found. They embark on a journey to discover a magical source that will give them a chance for a new start. Not all will make it! Fabulous book that I would definitely recommend.

Amazon UK Link

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Fifty Words for Snow by Nancy Campbell is a non-fiction book of, well the title does say it all really – 5o words for snow. Well, that isn’t all it is at all! This is a gorgeous book that has words from around the world, from different cultures, religions and folklore. Yes snow is involved in all its different forms and the author has created a gorgeous little book that I found extremely addictive. Keep your eye out for the Blog Tour and my full review soon. The hardback copy is a gorgeous book. Get a copy from Amazon UK or other good book shops.

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The Heat by Sean O’Leary is the first of the two novellas I mentioned earlier. This is a story that is in some respects one of not just doing the right thing but also about a journey of self discovery. The main protagonist is like a drifter, he has no real responsibility or roots as he meanders along in life until something happens that means something to him. This is a contemporary fiction read that I found intriguing and my review will be part of the upcoming Blog Tour.

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This is the second novella I read. In the Sweep of the Bay by Cath Barton and it is a wonderful story that is set in Morecombe. It is such a simple story about life and marriage but has been beautifully told. This is a story of falling in love, getting married. Then you fall into the routines of everyday life, this is what happens with Ted and Rene in this very down to earth and gorgeous story. Keep an eye for the Blog Tour and my full review.

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Well there we go folks, all that remains is for me to wish you all a good week ahead.

Take Care

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 8th Nov) #booksread #booklove

I write this just after standing outside for the 2 minutes silence. A very strange Remembrance Sunday as normally I stand in our village square with many, many other people. It was still a sombre feeling but I do so hope that next year things will be back to normal and we can once again show our respects as a village joined together.

This week has been quite bizarre as I have spent a lot of time watching TV waiting for the results of the American election. I don’t do politics on my blog, but I have to say I am very happy at the outcome.

So, let me show you what I have read this week…

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I am a fan of The Crampton of the Chronicle series by Peter Bartram and so I was delighted to recieve a signed copy of his latest book The Beach Party. These books are set in the 60s in Brighton, Colin is a crime reporter who always finds himself in the thick of things. A sleuthing mystery read that has a good deal of tongue in cheek British humour. Keep an eye out for the upcoming Blog Tour.

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I was so happy to get a spot on the Blog Tour for Harpers Heroes by Rosie Clarke. This is part of a series and it is a historical fiction, family saga series. Harpers is an Emporium where employers and employees are like family. The author share the worries, loves, losses and expectations of key characters as the First World War begins. A fabulous story that could be read as a stand alone but works so much better when you read the series.


Sometimes visual imagery works better for some non-fiction books and it is certainly the case for Fragile Planet – The Impact of Climate Change. This is a book that has images on every page with just a small caption explaining what you are seeing. Some images show comparisons from not only years apart, but in some cases months. It is a gorgeous book that really does have an impact, it does sound wrong to say it is a gorgeous book given the subject, but it is. I will write up a review for this soon.

Another week wrapped up, all that is left is for me to wish you a wondeful and safe week ahead.

Happy Reading,

Yvonne ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 1st Nov) #booksread #bookupdate #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly update of books I read last week, a day late due to a Blog Tour yesterday but better late than never.

October has been an odd month with uncertainty and doubt. I was going to take part in NaNoWriMo this month but with so much going on in this country and around the world I think I would rather focus on reading rather than writing.

So, lets get cracked on with the three books I read this week…

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The Ice Killer by Ross Greenwood is the third in the DI Barton series and it does follow on from the previous book, so it makes sense to read this series in order. This is such and intriguing book that leaves bodies strewn and while you do learn who the killer is you gradually get the story of why. The alternating chapters adds tension and suspense and is a cracking read. Keep an eye out for the upcoming Blog Tour for my review.

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From crime to historical fiction and to another author who has featured before on my blog is Nicola Pryce and her latest book The Cornish Betrothal. This is the 5th book in the Cornish Saga series. I really do like this author and her ability to transport be back in a literary sense. The year is 1798 and it is set in Cornwall, the county I live. It is a wonderful story of love, loss, relationships and finding the out the truth. A fabulous cast of characters and such an addictive storyline. Keep an eye out for my review.

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It's Raining Men by [Rich Amooi]

Now this is an author who I adore and is guarenteed to put a smile on my face. It’s Raining Men by Rich Amooi sees the King of rom-com back with his latest book. This is a great read and one that was perfect for reading on a blooming horrid wet and windy day while I was sat inside in the warm. While the reader can see what they hope is inevitable it is the journey that the author takes you on until his characters realise their fate. I love it when I see an email about a Blog Tour for this author, keep an eye out for my review.

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Well, another week done, I wish everyone a good week ahead as England enters its second lockdown.

Stay safe and happy reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books ( w/e 25th oct) #lovebooks #recommendedreading

Another week has been and gone and i think we can definitely say that summertime is over. We have had a lot of wind and rain over the past few days so it is good to snuggle down in the warmth with a good book and I have read three excellent books this week.

Regular visitors to my blog will know I am a big fan of Tony Forder and I love his Bliss and Chandler series. Fifteen Coffins is a step away from from his fabulous series and I thought it was brilliant. It see’s Sydney Merlot, FBI Special Agent coming home to wrap up her fathers Private Investigator business. Going through the last few cases on his books and also looking into a fathers determination of his sons innocence. This is a cracking read and keep an eye out for the Blog Tour for this one. Pre-order HERE release date 2nd Nov 2020

Leopold Borstinski is another regular author on my Blog, Casino Chiseler is the 4th in the Alex Cohen historical fiction series and it is another fabulous read. Set in 1940’s America, Alex makes his way to Vegas to start fresh with his old colleagues after a spell in Sing Sing. Vegas is the new area of speculation for those that run racketeering, profiteering and gambling. A step up for Alex but the same problem is always in the background, who can be trusted? Brilliant series and brilliant read, keep an eye out for the Blog Tour. Order your copy HERE

This is an author that is new to me and The Phoenix Project by Michelle Kidd did not feel like a 618 page read as I absolutely blasted my way through it. This is a brilliant read that is action packed and adrenaline fuelled all the way through. A mystery, crime thriller that is heavy with deception, lies, conspiracy secrets and multiple government agencies. It was refreshing to read a book that didn’t have weaponry details and just focused on the story and what a twisted story it was. Secret upon secret, lies upon lie made it intriguing and very hard to put down. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour for this one. Order a copy HERE.

Another week done, another month nearly over. I wish you all a brilliant week ahead and Happy Reading,

Take Care, Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 18th October) #books #flowers #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly book update of books I have read. Before I start with the books I have a few plant pics. Earlier this year I received a gorgeous gift box from my bosses at the care home I work at. In there was a gorgeous tea rose. Well, on further investigation I discovered it was actually 4 roses in the pot. Me being me thought well ideal I can get 4 roses potted on and here is the one I kept in the kitchen, just in case the ones that went outside didn’t make it (they did by the way ๐Ÿ™‚ )

This rose is now bigger than the original four that first arrived!

Even though it is autumn my window sills are full of colour. My impatient cyclamens decided they had enough of waiting and have flowered much earlier than they normally would. The lazy orchid has now decided to join the party and has finally decided to open as well!

I tell you, I would be lost without kitchen window sills ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

So, time for the books I have read this week…

I could have sworn I had read Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh but it turns out I hadn’t so I was delighted to discover this brilliant story. Devious as usual and also very twisted that had me second guessing myself so many times. Yes I know it was a sister that was responsible for the crime, but which one and why, well… Excellent story and so addictive as well. Ideal for crime, thriller, mystery readers who like a psychological edge to their reading.

So from crime I decided to go back in time, to the end of WW1 to be exact with Until We Can Forgive by Rosemary Goodacre. This is the thrid book in the Derwent Chronicles, and yes I suppose you could read as a stand alone but then you would miss out on the bonds that make up the friendships. This doesn’t have the danger and drama as the previous book as it was set during the war, but it does have a different drama of trying to get back to real life, for soldiers returning to civilian life, for dealing with life changing wounds and also the loss that people feel for those that never returned. This is a gorgeous book and one that historical fiction and saga readers will love. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour.

Oh my goodness this book!!!! I recently read the first book (Choices Shape, Losses Break) in this series and Futures Beckon, Pasts Threaten by Nia Lucas continues the contemporary fiction and edgy story of Lorna. A teen who had so many troubles and is trying to come to terms with a future without two important people in her life. As the previous book is still in my thoughts I was already invested in this character and cared about what happened next. Oh my poor emotions went through the wringer and the author has once again done such an exceptional job with Lorna. This is a contemporary fiction, it does have adult themes and I cannot wait for the next book to come out. I do have it on pre-order.

Well, that is me done for another week. Im off to turn the roast potatoes and get the veg on, it is Sunday Morning as I write this after all. In case your wondering its roast pork this week, with apple & mixed berry crumble ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a wonderful week, take care and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books – or rather My Two Weeks In Books because I forgot :) #MeAndMyBooks

Yes I could try and find a reason for why I didn’t post last weeks weekly book round up but in all honesty I forgot. By the time I remembered it was dinner time on Monday and I was due to go to bed ready for my night shift.

So here is what I read for the week ending 4th Oct…

One Fatal Night by Helene Fremont was set in Sweden and it had a noirish feel to it. You can read my full review HERE as it was on my Blog yesterday. A story that is mysterious and full of dark secrets, quite fast paced and enjoyable reading that I would happily recommend.

I have been looking forward to catching up with the creations of Caroline James and it was an absolute pleasure to read Boomerville at Ballymegille. Once again Caroline has absolutely nailed it with a fun read that does have its sad moments and risky ones as well, but so well balanced and just a fabulous read, I loved it and would most definitely recommend it.

This is a book I have been looking forward to reading and it was absolutely brilliant. The Nesting by C.J Cooke is a mystery with a folk tale gothic feel to it and the setting of a creepy old house in the middle of the woods in Sweden adds to the atmospherics. A fabulous cover and a fabulous read.

Well three books read for the week I forgot. Now onto what I read last week…

Dead Perfect by Noelle Holten is the third in her her D.C. Maggie Jamieson series and it does continue from where the last book left off. It has a different feel to the previous other two and has a more personal feel to the main protagonist of Maggie. The case has more of a police procedural and also Maggie is right in the midst of things and trying to keep her head above water. Another excellent read in the series and one that I would happily recommend.

The Chalet by Catherine Cooper had me hooked very quickly as the story of a 20 year old mystery is finally solved. This was intriguing and had me guessing as the full implications that are finally revealed. Some shocks and twists in the time slip story and a cracking read that I would definitely recommend.

The Tea Room on the Bay by Rachel Burton was a delightful book that kept me reading and only stopping to eat my tea, a lovely story of community, friendship, tea and a romance. Ellie doesn’t find running the tea shop plain sailing and the author has some wonderful characters to join her to create but a really lovely story and one that I would definitely recommend.

Occasionally a non-fiction will catch my eye and it is always a surprise when one does as I don’t actively hunt down specific subjects or themes. Rough Magic – Riding the world’s wildest horse race by Lara Prior-Palmer is a fantastic book that I absolutely adored. Lara decided that at 19 she would take part in one of the toughest endurance races in the world. It involves 100km on 25 different horses over 7 days her impulsive decision probably helped her as well as her determination. An absolutely brilliant book and once I had finished reading it I hopped over to google to find some videos to put faces to the names in the book. A story that I would absolutely and most definitely recommend.

A good range of 7 books over 14 days, mystery, thriller, humour, romance, adventure and all excellent reads, some for Blog Tours and some from Netgalley so keep your eye out over the next few weeks for the reviews.

Have a wonderful week and I wish you all the best and happy reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 27th Sept) #books #garden #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to the last post of this month, I swear to god that this month has flown by so quick I am sure it skipped a week somewhere!

There is definitely an autumnal chill and I have had to get my fluffy socks out and put a radiator on to take the chill off in the evening. The garden still has colour, though not as much as a few weeks ago. Time for a sort out, seeds saved, a tidy up, some things moved some things chopped right back, or my Mum says “given the Chelsea chop”. Still got a little more tidying to do in the flower bed.

As for the reading this week, well it has been a little slower but the two books I have read have been savoured, both 400+ pages and both were absolutely wonderful books. Both are for Blog Tours and both are definitely recommended.

Fist up is…

The Second Marriage by Gill Paul... I loved this book so much. Main characters are Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas and Jackie Kennedy. This is such a wonderful book about three people whose lives become intertwined. The focus is on the two women as I was taken through some historical events such as the assassination of JFK. Keep an eye out for my full review as part of the Tour, but if you love hist/fic then you really need to get this one.

The Trials of Koli by M.R. Carey is the second book in the Rampart Trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and even though I have had this 2nd book for a while now I have managed to keep it in the right reading order. It is a book that I have anticipated enjoying but I didn’t just enjoy it, I loved it! It is set in the future and continues Koli’s journey with Ursula and Cup. A wonderful descriptive books full of thrills and adventure. I finished this book last night and I am in “book hangover mode” I am still trying to get my head around how to write a review for this fabulous book.

I also got some wonderful #bookpost this week. This is a book that is part of the Blog Tour and it is a beautiful book and another that I am really excited about..

I am in love with the cover of The Nesting by C.J Cooke

Another week done and dusted, just think this time next week it will be next month!!!!

Have a wonderful week ahead and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 21st September) #booksread #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Well here we are again, it doesn’t seem that long since I was writing last weeks post up. A day later than usual this week because I had a Blog Tour book review yesterday. It’s been one of those “nothing much happened weeks” so I’ll just get straight on with the books…

Any regulars to my blog will know how much I adore the Kent Fisher Mystery series. The latest is No Love Lost by Robert Crouch, it has a very appropriate tag line “THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL” well that is very true indeed. A slightly different feel to this book as Kent deals with some challenges of a personal nature. As always the writing is brilliant and I was immediately caught up with dilemmas, deceit and lies. I feel a change on the horizon, but who for? Hmmmm!!! Another wonderful book in this amazing series that is ideal for those who love a good whodunit style mystery.

The next two books are also in the whodunit style mystery genre, but rather than being in present day they are set in ancient Egypt.

These are the first two books in the Rai Rahotep series, these books have been republished by Transworld books and I am delighted to be on the Blog Tour for these books as I thoroughly enjoyed them both and I have also bought the next book in the series. Nefertiti and Tutankhamun by Nick Drake are brilliant books, the first a little slower but it’s a fully immersive book that gives you a lot of details about the time. Rai Rahotep is, well I suppose he would be a detective, he looks for clues and asks questions rather than jump to conclusions or, as others do, beat the truth out of people. I really enjoyed both of these books and they are a mix of mystery and also historical fiction.

That’s it for me for this week, and I wish you all a wonderful week ahead.

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 13th Sept) #lovebooks #booksread #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

Yet another week has passed and we are now mid September already. Last week I had an unscheduled break, nothing to worry about. It was just that forgot to write a post up for the Wednesday and then was busy in the garden and decided to take the rest of the week off.

The garden has definitely changed since a few weeks ago, things chopped back, things dug up and veg has been picked. It does look quite bare out there again, but also rather more tidy looking!

I also decided to make some candles, its been so long since I have done this and I had forgotten how relaxing it can be. I took some lavender flowers and some of the roses that are growing in the garden and added them to the wax. Just a couple of photos before the wax set to white.

So what have I read this week?

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If there was a book that you could read that could entice you on a road trip in a converted fish van, the Some Like it Greek by Sue Roberts is the book you really want to pick up. I absolutely adored this book as I journeyed with Anna and her older friend Demi across Europe and onto the Greek island of Kefalonia. This was such a wonderful heartwarming book that I absolutely adored, a story of friendship, of family and meeting new people. Brilliant read and you can get it on KindlePaperback

Cathy Mansell is a new to me author and after reading A Place to Belong I know I am going to be returning to her earlier books. This is a historical fiction set in Ireland in 1943, the war in ongoing and rationing is felt in Ireland. This is the story of an orphan who finds herself battling stereotypes of convent girls. But is also one about finding herself and having amazing friends to help her. I loved this book and I didn’t realise how quickly I was drawn into it. A wonderful book and you can buy a copy on KindlePaperbackAudio

I recieved this book last week and I have been waiting for this one for so long. I was patient and read it in the order it should be in, that is I read it according to the Blog Tours I have scheduled. The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. It is a fantasy and the first book in a series that I am really excited about. Magic, foreign lands, strange beasts and some fabulous characters. Quick chapters keep this book moving at a wonderful pace, with an oriental feel and wonderful descriptions. Yeah, I loved this one and cannot wait to see where the series goes next. Get a copy on KindleHardbackAudio – or pre-order in Paperback

Well that is me done for another week. Three fabulous books for me. Wishing you all a good week ahead and Happy Reading ๐Ÿ™‚

Yvonne xx

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