My Week In Books (w/e 24th October 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome once again to my weekly round up of book I have read over the past week. It has been another good week for reading and I have read some amazing books…

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I received a copy of We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride & Jo Piazza from the publisher HQ Stories as part of one of their recent promotions. This is a story that is about race, friendship, loyalty and trust. A brilliant story that I found to be very addictive as I followed the two main characters of Riley and Jen. Full review will be later this week.

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If you like gritty gangland, crime thrillers then have a look at The Score by Kerry Kaya, this is the second book in the series and it is brilliant. A brilliant storyline about a father being released from prison trying to reconnect with his grown up children, only to find himself in the middle of something else. Addictive with some toe-curling scenes, great characters and plenty of twists. Full review will be part of the Blog Tour.

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I already have A Secret Gift by Amanda James on pre-order, and I also had the chance to read an advance copy via NetGalley. Mandy is one of the authors who I will automatically read, and once again she has created such a wonderful story that had me hooked from the very beginning. This is the story of Joy, a young widow who is still trying to get over the loss of her husband. Plodding through life and going through the motions but not quite living life to the full. A gorgeous story with some fabulous characters and something rather special. I Should have my review for this one up later this week.

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Broken Girls by Joy Kluver is the second book in the Detective Bernadette Noel series and wow what a story this one was. This is not one for the faint-hearted, it is brutal, gripping and addictive. I would suggest reading the first book before this one, although they can be read as standalones. Bernie has her work cut out as she tries to make her points and opinions heard, not always easy when your boss doesn’t really have your back or when it feels like he is dragging his feet. A brutal crime, plenty of twists and some good character development continued from the first book. I cant wait to read the next book.

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I have had She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan on my TBR for a while now and I decided that I was ready to read it. Wow, this is an amazing story, it is set in Mongolian occupied China, and I do love this era of history. The author has used history as the basis of the story but has reimagined it with a young peasant girl taking the identity of her brother Zhu. It follows her journey as she refuses to be nothing and to achieve greatness. Greatness was something her brother was supposed to achieve, so she has decided to achieve it herself. Set in the 1300s this is a historical fantasy and it is a fabulous book, I cant wait to get my hands on the next one.

There we go, 5 books this week and such a great range of genres, all excellent reads and I loved them all.

Take care, stay safe

Happy Reading,

All the best

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 17th October 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly round up of books I have read along with some more garden updates as well. As the weather has been pretty good down here in Cornwall, Me and He have been getting on with more tidying up in the garden. For a while now we have both hated the bottom corner of the garden, an old metal shed that used to be the goose house had become a general dumping site. You know when you get stuff and not sure if you want it or not, so you hang onto it just in case! We decided enough was enough and, well you can see for yourself in the next couple of photos.

Before…

After – not only did the rubbish from the shed go, but also the shed as well. This means I have more space for planting ๐Ÿ™‚

The ground still needs digging over properly, but I have put a couple of plants in already, new Victoria Plum tree as well as a few other plants that were being lost in the main flower bed. A slightly better photo from a different angle below…

Now, for the books I have read…

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When I am looking for something that is more light-hearted, but still has a great story line then Sue Moorcroft is one of the authors I go for. A Home in the Sun was a book I had on my list for reading in the summer, but it kind of got away from me. This was a gorgeous read as well as being very addictive. I am not saying too much about this one as my review will be out later this week.

I am on the blog tour for Fool’s Gold by Gillian Godden today, so you can read my full review on my Blog.

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I do love a dystopian thriller and No Child Of Mine by Olga Gibbs was a fabulous read. It has a strong Orwellian feel to it, it is a political thriller and a book that I enjoyed everything about. Full review at the end of the week as part of the Blog Tour.

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I do like non-fiction books about nature, the natural world and beyond. The Northern Lights – A definitive guide to Auroras by Tom Kerss was a wonderful softback book that I received through Amazon Vine. This book is a very informative and useful guide for all things Aurora. A history based on theories in centuries gone all the way through to modern science and thoughts. Every page has at least one photo of a person from history, a shot of auroras or of a chart or diagram. This is a fabulous little book for those like me who have an interest in the natural phenomenon. You can read my full review on Goodreads HERE

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At the beginning of September this year I virtually attended an online event held by HQ to showcase their #NewVoices. One of the authors was M A Kuzniar and she was talking about her book Midnight In Everwood. As I listened to her talk about her book I just knew it was one I wanted to read. One day a proof copy dropped through the letter box, my husband looked on rather bemused as I hugged the book, gave a few strangled squeals and danced with the book! (He isn’t a book reader, dear of him, so he doesn’t get it ๐Ÿ™‚ ) This week I got a break in my reading schedule to pick it up and read it. I LOVED IT! This is a gorgeous retelling of the Nutcracker, Now, I love this story and I also adore the story of the Nutcracker. This is a magical and gorgeous book that loosely follows the original story and I could see the influences in Kuzniar’s retelling. Of course, as soon as I had finished it I went straight onto YouTube to watch The Nutcracker Ballet. Today I wondered if our newly refurbished theatre in Truro would be showing any ballets. Well, would you believe they have the St Petersburg Ballet performing the Nutcracker!!!! I can’t book tickets for this yet, but I do believe I may be going to watch this one in January ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s me done for another week,

Once again another mixed bag of genres and styles.

Have a great week ahead,

Stay safe, Happy reading

Love Yvonne xx

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My Last Two Weeks In Books (w/e 10th Oct 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to my weekly update, or as it is this a time, my last two weeks of books. I have been on annual leave this past week and it was quite a busy week. I had my COVID Booster, other half had his Flu jab, I had X-rays on my hands for suspected arthritis and filled the car with stuff to go to the recycling centre, had a good clear through the house, its amazing what I have managed to accumulate over the past few months!

The last two weeks has seen me out in the garden having a proper tidy up, cutting back and pruning as well as clearing the bamboo back to the hedge again.

The small leaf lime tree was looking rather lost in front of the buddleia and the bamboo had covered all the stone work in the hedge.
From this angle, you can see how much had to be cut back and I can now see my lime again ๐Ÿ™‚
I have also found more plants growing, these are ones that have set themselves. I do love freebie plants ๐Ÿ™‚

Now then, I supposed I had better get to the books…

It has been a while since I have read any horror books, so where better to start than with a new series. Camp Death by Jim Ody is the first book in the Question Mark Horror series. A series where different authors write a story. Camp Death is a YA horror story and quite a quick read, it does have an eeries, sinister atmosphere to it and while it is not a hardcore horror I really enjoyed it. Keep and eye out fo rmy review soon.

After reading the first book in the Question Mark Horror series, then obviously I wanted to read the 2nd one. Ouija by Zoe-Lee O’Farrell really ticked the spooky boxes for me. This was a cracking read and definitely gave me the chills as I read it. Another quick read but one that had several twists in it. Again, review to follow.

A couple of months ago I read The Gathering Storm (full review HERE), the first book in The Sturmtaucher Trilogy by Alan Jones. I was blown away by this book and it was an absolute privilege and delight to get the chance to read the second book – Flight of the Shearwater. This is a brilliant book and once again the author has blown me away. If you love reading books about WWII, with amazing research and fabulous storytelling then, you really must, yes MUST pick up these books. My review of this second book is HERE.

I have always been a fan of Wilbur Smith, I read the first book of his when I was 15 or 16 years old and have loved his books. The New Kingdom by Smith with Mark Chadbourn is the 6th book in the Ancient Egypt series, somewhere along the way I have missed a couple of the books so I can say that this latest one does work well as a stand-alone. My full review will be on Wednesday this week.

This book was one of my picks for ~20booksofsummer reading challenge, it was one that I swapped out but I did finally get to read it this past week. Murder the Biography by Kate Morgan is a really interesting read that documents murder as it is seen in law back to its earliest days. When murder was first established as being a crime and documenting its path to what we know in the courts of law today. This is ideal for readers who like history, law, crime and non-fiction books. Full review to follow.

Well, there we go for another week.

I did try to get a photo of my boys, Billy & Buster while it was nice and sunny outside…

Whenever the camera comes out, one looks away while the other plays the fool!!!!

But persistence did pay off in the end…

There go, another week done and dusted,

I hope you are all keeping well

Love Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 26th September) #booklove #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Some of you may have already seen this post, I mistakenly hit the wrong button and it went live yesterday afternoon. Donโ€™t want you to think you were having a deja vu moments ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜‚

Welcome to my weekly wrap-up of books I have read. I know I seem to say this at the end of every month… but seriously… how are we in the last few days of September already!!!

You can tell we are starting to get into autumn now, I have noticed leaves starting to fall and most noticeably my veg garden is now empty. I am still picking raspberries but that is it as far as homegrown veg goes. Things took ages to get going and then suddenly its all over.

The flowers beds are still looking good, but not quite as colourful as they did a few weeks ago, dahlias, fuchsias, petunias and antirrhinums are still giving a good show. It is almost time to start pruning various shrubs and trees back and getting them back into some sort of shape again. Indoor cyclamen are starting to show new buds so they have been re-potted, just need to find some space on the window sills for them!

Right, so what have I read this week…

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When fellow Book Blogger NS Ford got in touch to see if I would review her book I immediately said yes, the synopsis looked right up my street. We Watch You is a wonderfully intriguing psychological thriller, a story of secrets and misdirection and one that I had a great time reading. Full review will be later this week.

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Any regular visitor to my blog will be aware that I do love Tony Forder‘s books. He has a new one called The Huntsmen and it is also the stat of a new police procedural series. My goodness this is a dark crime thriller featuring Detective Royston Chase, and Tony being Tony doesn’t hold back with this character or indeed the storyline. A dark, deceptive, twisted and addictive story.

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When I saw there was a Blog tour for Gill Paul‘s new book I immediately signed up, I didn’t read the synopsis either. The Collector’s Daughter – A Novel of the Discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb is a fabulous historical fiction story that I loved. This has a duel timeline, one being 1922 the other 1972, it is the story of Lady Evelyn Herbert. She was a real life figure and the author has fictionalised a story around the facts. Full review will be up next week.

Three fabulous books for me this week.

Have a wonderful week ahead,

Take care

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 19th September) #booknews #booklove

Welcome to another weekly update of books I have read over the past week. It has been a week where nothing much has happened, a plod along week if you like ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is what I have read…

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The Seamstress of Warsaw by Rebecca Mascull is a stunning story. The story of a man trying to find the truth of his life that leads him to the Jewish Ghettos of Warsaw during WWII. An absolutely amazing read, full review on Wednesday as part of the Blog Tour.

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The Farmhouse at Peace & Plenty by L.B. Simpson is a relatively quick read at 125 pages long. It is quite atmospheric not too spooky, more mysterious and intriguing. I’, not saying too much about this one as the review is up later this week as part of the blog tour.

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A Lifetime Ago by Jim Ody is another book that has the review later this week. This is the first book in the Hudson Bell series, an ex-detective now works as a consultant for the police. Using the skills he developed over the years as a detective, and with the help of Jez on the tech and computer side of things this duo make quite a team. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour.

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The Unravelling by Polly Crosby is such an atmospheric and stunning story of a young girl and an elderly lady. Set on a desolate island where mystery and sadness leave questions to be answered. This is a gorgeous story and one that I adored. My full review will be next week as part of the Blog Tour.

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Freecycling For Beginners by Misha Herwin is another gorgeous story. It begins with a chair offered, tatty, old but still with a bit of life left in it. This chair is the opener for a wonderful story that allowed me to glimpse into the lives of others. Fabulous characters and an emotional story that I adored. Yes, you guessed it, full review as part of the Blog Tour next week.

Another week of fabulous reading and wonderful stories.

Wishing you all a great week ahead,

All the best

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books ( two week update) w/e 12th Sept) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

A double update this week for the books that I have read. I don’t seem to have had as much time for reading as I normally do. I have also noticed my concentration levels have taken a bit of a dip, I think this is due to feeling more tired recently. But, I am still reading so I am not too bothered ๐Ÿ™‚

w/e Sunday 5th September…

Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb was a stunning read. You can read my full review HERE.

I read Lethal Ties by Helen Christmas for the Blog Tour, a addictive and powerful story. Full review HERE.

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian was a mystery with a great psychological edge to it. A great read and my full review is HERE.

w/e Sunday 12th September…

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Armchair Explorer by Lonely Planet

My Review…

his is a fabulous book that will appeal to lovers of music, film and literature. This book is broken down into continents, and then each country is listed alphabetically.

This book is brilliant for me. As a book reader, I often look for books from around the world. Listing 5 bokos from the classics to more modern titles gives me a good introduction to the literature of each country. Along with this I can then explore further and look for films and also check out the playlists for music.

There is also a photo for each country, not necessarily a photo of a capital city or a scenic view either. There are a few countries that do have an “In-Depth” page, where there is a little more information about a person or group that has been influential in some way.

This is a great book for either flicking through or sitting and reading through. It is a very well laid out reference book that is also very interesting.

I do think this is a really good book and the hardback version is really nice. It is a book I would definitely recommend.ย 

The Lion and The Unicorn by Tom Ward is a story set in the 2054 in England. A dystopian mystery that I really enjoyed. This is a mix of political big brother style themes, undercover, police procedural and murder. Full review tomorrow as part of the Blog Tour.

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I have only just finished reading the Seamstress of Warsaw by Rebecca Mascull and it is a fabulous story. This is the story of two people who seemingly have nothing in common, WWII has revealed a connection. This connection will lead a young man on a dangerous journey. The other other person is trying to survive amidst the the persecution. This is a strong story that I absolutely adored. Full review next week as part of the blog tour .

There we are, all done.

Have a wonderful week ahead,

All the best

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 29th Aug 2021) #bookupdates #booklove #mygarden #MeAndMyBooks

And another month bites the dust… apologies but I was listening to Queen and this seemed appropriate when I typed it. But, August is all but over, where did you go?

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Had a chance to finally get back out in the garden again as we have some nice weather. The potatoes are now all dug up and stored in the shed. I am gathering some seeds from flowers that are coming to an end, picking runner beans and sweet peas on a daily basis and the tomatoes are finally starting to change colour. I do grow tomatoes outside so they do take a bit longer.

Here’s a few garden pics for you…

Now onto the books I have read this week…

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I was only planning on reading a couple of chapters of Starlight Cottage by K.T. Dady before going to bed, 1am saw me putting the books down! This is a gorgeous read that led me to the wonderful sounding Pepper Bay. I adored everything about this book and I cant wait to see where the author goes with this series. Full review soon as part of the blog tour.

#20booksofsummer – 18/20


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Lonely Planet publish many books and this one caught my eye. Best Day Walks Great Britain – Easy Escapes Into Nature. This is a reference book that gives plenty of ideas for walks around Great Britain, they are long or shorter, easier or harder. This book will give you some ideas for a day out, but I will mention that you will probably need a more comprehensive map such as an OS.


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Having recently helped out with the launch of the new digital publisher Embla, I decided to pick up one of their two new publications. Rachel Ryan’s Resolutions by Laura Starkey is the story of, Rachel and how she is trying to make changes and uses constantly tweaked new years resolutions list. This is contemporary fiction story that I enjoyed, light-hearted and I will post a full review closer to publication date.

#20booksofsummer – 19/20


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I own several books by Caroline Mitchell and The Midnight Man is the first one I have read… I know, I know! This is the second book that is due to be published by Embla and I adored the spooky, creepy eeriness of the story. This is a story that starts 25 years ago and then jumps to the present day when one of five teens go missing. A mix of urban legend, rumour and something more sinister are at play in this crime, thriller, mystery. I really enjoyed it, not too frightening but the suspense was definitely there.

As I finished The Midnight Man I also finished my #20booksofsummer reading challenge ๐Ÿ˜

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All done for another week and another month.

Have a wonderful week ahead,

Take Care,

All the very best

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (15 Aug 2021) #booklove #bookupdate #MeAndMyBooks

I have had a great week with the book reading, there have been some fabulous ones. The weather here has been a bit hit and miss, a mix of wind, rain, sunshine and mizzle. This has meant the garden has been kept on top off in short bursts, I did manage to get the grass mowed before we had a down pour which was rather good.

The veggies are coming on nicely and it is great that we can pick fresh and eat within a couple of hours of them being picked. Cucumbers are doing well as are the courgettes, just a few a week which is all we need. Runner beans and peas are really doing well, although the first sowing of peas are coming to the end, and the second sowing are now coming in. Raspberries are growing well and not quite getting to the peak but not far off. Rhubarb, well that just keeps going and going and going, almost fed up with the sight of it. It is a good job there are plenty of others that like it and we are giving it away.

Enough for tea ๐Ÿ™‚

I work night shifts, and at this time of year it means I get to see some amazing views across Falmouth Bay. Some of the sunrises are amazing, this one from Tuesday morning was quite eerie, but incredibly stunning to witness. Some wonderful sea mist laying across the bay and in the valleys.

Right, lets get on with the books…

Last week I did mention that I was reading a wonderful book, it was this one. The Gathering Storm by Alan Jones. This is an amazing book and one that would definitely appeal to you if you are a fan of history and especially of WWII. This is told from the perspective of a German family and a German Jewish family who are employed as housekeepers. This is an amazing book, I was hooked and gutted that I got to the end of the 800 pages. Thank goodness it is the first in a trilogy. It is definitely a book that is going to stay with me, in fact it took me two days to process this read and for me to feel ready to pick up my next read. I don’t often suffer with book hangovers but this one is just amazing. The research, the writing, the story is just awesome. Full review to follow, publication day for this is 19th August.

Have you met The Skelf Family yet? If not then you really do want to give this series a go. The Great Silence by Doug Johnstone is the third book in this series and follows three generations of the Skelf family. They are a family of women who run the family’s funeral directors and also side line in private investigations. This is a brilliant book that had so much going on. A dismembered foot, a missing person, astrophysics, a wild animal on the loose! Yes you read that right!!! An amazing read and I am going to say you really should read this series in order to get a full grip of the dynamics in this dynamic family. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour, it has already started. My review will be later this week.

I was delighted to be able to share my review for Bella’s Big Caribbean Adventure by Annabelle and Anne John-Ligali this week. This is such a wonderful story aimed at 7-11 year olds and it was a delight to read. You can read my full review HERE. This is the story of Bella, who impatience gets the better of her and also leads her and her friends into danger. A really wonderful read and it was a pleasure to help take part in the spotlight tour.

Do you like twisted psychological thrillers? Watch For Me by Martin Bodenham is one you want to look out for. This is about a family man who is stalked. Not only is it incredibly twisted, it also becomes dark. The author has done such a brilliant job with this addictive book and I adored it. That finish… Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour, my review is later this week.

Well that is me done for aniother week.

Wishing you al the very best in the coming week,

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books (w/e 8th August 2021) #booklove #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly round up of books I have read. It will be a quick round-up this week as I have only read two books, but I am getting towards the end of an 800 page book at the moment, that I am loving.

So, here we go…


I have read most of Amanda James books when she was with Bloodhound Books, I have kept up to date with all her releases but not read her early ones. A Stitch in Time is a brilliant read and one that is a historical fiction/ romance and contemporary fiction read with a time travel element in it. I really enjoyed this story, it is essentially a romance with a twist. One I have read as part of my 20booksofsummer reading challenge.


I do like historical fiction and I was delighted to read The Mersey Angels by Sheila Riley. I read the first I this series last year ย (I think!) and I enjoyed catching back up with the characters. It can be read as a stand-alone but then you would be missing out on the first book! Keep an eye for this. One as part of the upcoming Blog Tour.ย 
As I mentioned I a currently reading a book, this is also a historical fiction one and if you follow me on Goodreads then you will be able to have a sneaky peak to see what it is. I have to say it is a brilliant book ๐Ÿ™‚

There we go then, all done for another week

Have a great week ahead and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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My Week In Books ( w/e 1st August 2021) #booklove #booksupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to my weekly round up of books I have read this week. It has been a busy week and not quite as much reading as usual. I thought I would have a look at my stats for the Goodreads Reading Challenge and I am nearly three quarters of the way through. So far I have read 141 books out of a planned 200. I am 25 ahead of schedule si I am delighted with that.

The #20booksofsummer reading challenge is taking a little longer as I keep reading books that I had not added to it. Currently I have read 11 out of the 2o that I hope to read by the end of the month.

What did I read this week…

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I listened to The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan, I do own a copy of this in book format and I am wanting to read it but just haven’t quite settled down to it as yet. When I saw the audio version available on NetGalley I immediately requested it. It is a fabulous audio to listen to. It is simplified for 11+ years and is as such classed as a chidlrens audio, but I loved it.

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I do adore Kathryn Freeman and her books are a joy to read. The Beach Reads Book Club is just brilliant. Yes, it is about a book club and it is one I would love to be a member of. They do discuss books, consume cake and gin and chat about their lives generally. A gorgeous read and one that I loved. Full review to follow as part of the blog tour.

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How can motherhood be The Best Most Awful Job. Well, 20 authors from a range of backgrounds and countries have each written an essay describing their experiences in an honest and very open way. Explaining various things about changes to not only the body but also on their perspectives. What ever route is taken, and there are several, this book explores motherhood. This was a great book that looks at prejudices, stereotypes, stigmas and feels very personal. My full review for this book will be later this week.


There we have it, three books this week.

Wishing you all the very best int he week ahead,

All the best,

Yvonne xx

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