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Friday, 26 August 2016

Garden Goings On

Really been neglecting my garden blogging recently so I apologise if you've been looking forward to seeing lots of  nice pictures of flowers and wildlife!! It has been going on in my garden but I've just not shared any of the photos so thought I'd do this catch up as the end of August approaches and the garden seems to be on the winding down stage again - other than waiting for some Dahlias to appear and to harvest the James Grieve apple tree which is bountiful to say the least this year!  Have already made some rather lovely Apple Scones using apples from the tree so can highly recommend trying those if you haven't made any yourself!  Link below!!

Apple Scones Recipe

So, the weather has been extremely hot here in Essex recently so I've given up on caring about the shade of green the grass it, as I'm sure the heavy rain showers will soon return and bring it back to life! 

And I had given up on seeing many butterflies this year as the Buddleia bushes have been flowering for quite some time now, but very little butterfly action.  But the heat of the past few days - 30 degrees plus - have seen them return in droves which has been wonderful to see.  If only I could keep the neighbours cats away from butterflies as they rest on the verbena!!  Evil furry creatures!! 

Just a few little visitors then to flutterby in my garden!  Much quieter now on the flowering front too which is something I need to work on for next years garden! There is always a lull now until my Dahlias and Chrysanths begin to appear and I'd just like to add some variety to my planting to extend the flowering season - any suggestions greatfully accepted!

Doing very well for Tomatoes at the moment along with apples and grapes, oh and runner beans but everything else seems to have gone a bit flat so back to the planning and getting ready for some Autumn pruning.... but first to carry on enjoying the blue skies and heat!

Happy Gardening!!!

My Bookish Week!

Scorchio!!! That's the only way I can describe the weather we've been enjoying here in Essex over the past week! So that means extra ice cream and ice lollies in the diet, and the excuse to read even more books than normal as it has been TOO hot to do such mundane things as housework or socialising!!   You may have noticed that I can always find a good excuse to put off doing things unless it involves reading!

So without further ado, here's just a little taster of some of the rather fabulous books I've managed to get through this week..... is it just me or are the quality of books out this year better than ever?! Or maybe I've just got better at choosing the right books for me!! ;)

The first two books I read were over the weekend and I've already mentioned them in my blog this week, as I managed to complete the #20booksofsummer challenge and finished with 2 wonderful reads - In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings, and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce which had me sobbing!

The Lost Cats and Lonely Hearts Club by Nic Tatano

 The Blurb - Swapping Prada for purrs…

While covering a story, feisty network reporter Madison Shaw gets more than she bargained for when she rescues a box of orphaned kittens. Suddenly the glamazon of the Manhattan news room is doing two am feedings to keep these furbabies alive!

This is certainly a change of pace for the high maintenance workaholic she’s become and taking care of the kittens makes Madison realise how far off track she’s come—after all, she was a stray once too…

When a video of her caring for the kittens goes viral, she knows her image as a hardnosed reporter is shot to hell. What Madison doesn’t expect is the media circus that propels her and the kittens to stardom. And the domino effect that has on her, her career and her love life—especially when she meets sexy Officer Nick Marino…!

My thoughts -  This was such a fun and easy read, that I enjoyed every minute of it!  Loved how the arrival of little furry creatures in Madisons life then she was soon able to see a different side to life and a whole new world opened up to her! As a big animal lover myself, it was nice to see the positive effect that animals can have on people and highly recommend this to all!

An Almond For a Parrot by Wray Delaney

The Blurb

In Newgate prison, a girl awaits trial.
"I lie on this hard bed, counting the bricks in the ceiling of this miserable cell"
Accused of murder, she will surely hang if found guilty.
"Already the best seats atNewgate Prison have been sold in anticipation"
London thinks of her as a celebrity.
"The papers are full of what she does, what she wears"
She is Tully Truegood 

Orphan. Spirit seer.
Whore at the Fairy House.
A brothel like no other the metropolis has to offer.

Out 3rd November 2016  - Amazon UK

My thoughts

This book is set for release in November 2016, and I was lucky enough to receive a copy via the publishers Harper Collins as I do love reading historical fiction, and this just seemed to be a little different to the others! And it was!! In a good way!! I absolutely loved it!  It definitely isn't an easy read at times considering the sexual content (it is very racy and graphic but not OTT!) and Tully has some despicable characters in her life, but she is so plucky and courageous that nothing seems to phase her and she has quite a forward thinking attitude for a girl in  a book set in 1756, as she craves independance and education and isn't afraid to answer back even if this isn't always her best option!  Really enjoyed the magical element side to the story as well and it all mixed so well that I devoured the book in a couple of days as I was swept up in the story! Definitely worth a read if you are looking for a book that is a little different to the normal historical pieces!

The Less Than Perfect Legend of Donna Creosote by Dan Micklethwaite

The Blurb      (Shortlisted for the Not-the-Booker Prize 2016)

THE LESS THAN PERFECT LEGEND OF DONNA CREOSOTE is a modern fairy tale from the inner city, where the mundane becomes fantastical and the everyday ethereal, but where living happily ever after is often easier read than done."

My Thoughts   You know when you see a book and it just calls to you?!! Well, this is what happend with this one! I'd seen it on the list for the  Not-The-Booker Prize 2016  and when I saw it was available on Kindle for 99p I couldn't resist! And i'm glad I couldn't resist as it was an absolute gem of a read!!  Felt I had so much in common with Donna Creosote (although i've never dressed up as a Knight or Princess in public, but am now tempted!) as she is just a lover of books and has some ingenious methods of book storage ideas at her flat!  Such a quirky title with many laugh out loud moments mixed in with touches of sadness that it has my vote for the award!

He's Gone by Alex Clare

The Blurb   How do you find a missing child when his mother doesn't believe you have the right to even exist? When Detective Inspector Roger Bailley returns to work as Robyn, all she wants is to get on with the job she loves while finally being herself. When toddler Ben Chivers is snatched from a shopping centre on her first day back at work, Robyn has to find Ben and herself as she deals with the reactions of her police colleagues, the media and her own daughter.

My Thoughts    Lucky enough to receive an ARC of this from the publishers and I wasn't really sure what to expect, as the topic of gender dysphoria is quite prominent throughout the story - Detective Inspector Roger Bailley returns to work but this time as Robyn so we get to see the reaction of colleagues, family, friends and members of the public as she settles into her new life, while trying to track down the whereabouts of toddler Ben, who goes missing while out shopping with his nanny. 

It is a fascinating take on the crime scene and doesn't overshadow the mystery at all as there are many clever twists that had me guessing til the end.  Pleased to see there intends to be a return of Robyn Bailley in the future and look forward to seeing how her story continues.

So, not a bad week eh!  How has your week in books been? Productive I hope!  Still got quite a pile or two (!) of books lined up for myself to enjoy so now to get choosing my next adventures! Would love to hear what you are reading at the moment or if you have read any of the above!

Happy Reading!!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

20 Books of Summer - Mission Complete!!


I did it!!! The fabulous challenge set by the wonderful 746 Books at the start of Summer was to read 20 books, or less if needs be, by the beginning of September!  I did think I would struggle to be honest as the pile of 20 did look a little daunting when I first set out to choose them.  And as I had a few shelves of paperbacks in my collection that had been looking at me from the shelves for quite some time, I chose to restrict the challenge to paperbacks that I owned!  And having the deadline of September there really seemed to spur me on - the warm, sunny weather did help though too to be honest as at times it was just too hot to do anything but sit and read!  But then, that is also my excuse when it is cold/ raining/ cloudy/ snowing / etc... so I won't let the sunshine take all the credit!

I had 2 left to read and with a quiet weekend on the calendar, it was all systems go and I may have finished with the best 2 books of the batch!  So here's my thoughts on the last 2;



From the author of the 2 million+ copy, worldwide bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, an exquisite, funny and heartrending parallel story.

When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note to him had explained she was dying from cancer. How can she wait?

A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write a second letter; only this time she must tell Harold the truth. Composing this letter, the volunteer promises, will ensure Queenie hangs on. It will also atone for the secrets of the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘It isn’t Harold who is saving you. It is you, saving Harold Fry.’

This is that letter. A letter that was never sent. 

Told in simple, emotionally-honest prose, with a mischievous bite, this is a novella about a woman who falls in love but chooses not to claim it. It is about friendship and kindness as well as the small victories that pass unrecorded. It is about the truth and the significance - the gentle heroism - of a life lived alone.

Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was just the beginning...


Was a big fan of the first book - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - as I found it so heartwarming and special, so was eager to see how this companion story would work.  Told from the perspective of Queenie as she waits for Harold, this was just an absolute delight to read and have to admit to finding myself sobbing on a number of occasions, along with laughing out loud at some of the antics and thoughts of all those waiting at the care home for the latest news from Harold and his quest!  This was just a wonderful read so can highly recommend this, and the original, if you haven't already discovered these delightful characters!


A perfect life … until she discovered it wasn’t her own.

A tragic family event reveals devastating news that rips apart Bella’s comfortable existence. Embarking on a personal journey to uncover the truth, she faces a series of traumatic discoveries that take her to the ruggedly beautiful Cornish coast, where hidden truths, past betrayals and a 25-year-old mystery threaten not just her identity, but also her life.

Chilling, complex and profoundly moving, In Her Wake is a gripping psychological thriller that questions the nature of family – and reminds us that sometimes the most shocking crimes are committed closest to home


 A lot of the reviews I'd seen for this book all featured the same word 'wow' so I was a little nervous on starting this to see why they would write such a thing - and now I  know why!! WOW!

The reader is taken on an astonishing journey with Bella as her life is turned upside down and all she thought she knew turns out to be a lie.  Loved how the author captured the anguish and the anxiety that pushes Bella further on to discover the truth and I was gripped from start to finish, especially with all the twists and turns along the way that just kept adding to the tension and drama.

Loved it!

So that is it!! My mission is over and I'm a little chuffed with myself for keeping on track - who cares that the housework has piled up over the Summer and my cross stitch projects have been left discarded while I bury my nose in a book!  

It also gives me hope that if I keep pushing myself on the reading front, I will eventually make it through the TBR piles dotted around the house...... if only I could stop adding to them!!

Hope everyone else has had fun with this challenge!  Good luck if you still have a way to go!! And Congratulations if you've completed your own little mission too!

happy reading!!!!

Friday, 19 August 2016

My week in books!

Thought I would start to add a weekly round up of what has been happening in my world of books - well, that is the plan so we will see how long it is before I forget I've started this!! Who am I again??! What day is it??!

Been quite a good week for me on the reading front.  Lots of sunshine always leads me to extra reading time as it's just too hot to do anything else - that's a valid excuse right?! - so I've been making some progress on my NetGalley TBR list in the hope that I can keep my 80% badge just a little longer!  It is currently 88% and I'm sure it has never been that high!!  Ooh it is the little things in  life that make me happy!!

So some of the titles that I've enjoyed this week, through NetGalley and my own bookish pile are as follows;


'There are many laughs in this book but it's so much more than just a comedy. It's a story about how friendship, selflessness and dignity lie at the heart of the human experience. When I'm an old man, I want to be Hendrik Groen' John Boyne, author of international bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
'Another year and I still don't like old people. Me? I am 83 years old.'
Hendrik Groen may be old, but he is far from dead and isn't planning to be buried any time soon. Granted, his daily strolls are getting shorter because his legs are no longer willing and he had to visit his doctor more than he'd like. Technically speaking he is ... elderly. But surely there is more to life at his age than weak tea and potted geraniums?
Hendrik sets out to write an exposé: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam, revealing all its ups and downs - not least his new endeavour the anarchic Old-But-Not Dead Club. And when Eefje moves in - the woman Hendrik has always longed for - he polishes his shoes (and his teeth), grooms what's left of his hair and attempts to make something of the life he has left, with hilarious, tender and devastating consequences.
The indomitable Hendrik Groen - Holland's unlikeliest hero - has become a cultural phenomenon in his native Netherlands and now he and his famously anonymous creator are conquering the globe. A major Dutch bestseller, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen will not only delight older readers with its wit and relevance, but will charm and inspire those who have years to go before their own expiry date.

As a big fan of Adrian Mole and Bridget Jones, I've always loved books written in the style of diary entries and this has become another of my favourites thanks to this opinionated but funny old man! He sets out to share his thoughts over a year in the care home he finds himself in, and it is just a wonderful read, tinged with sadness as it is quite topical about the treatment that some elderly patients face in care homes all over the world.
He makes some wonderful friends in the homes so we get to hear about their exploits in all their glory, be they good or bad!  Mixes the funny with the sad so well that you can't help but be won over by his spirit so it was a delight to read.


Joanna has spent ten years married to a monster.
Everyone thinks she has the perfect life, but behind closed doors she lives in constant fear of her husband.
Escape seems impossible - and then a stranger offers her a chance to flee.
On the run with her young daughter, Joanna finds herself in the mysterious town of Morro. With no memory of how she got there. And no idea of what the town truly is.
Joanna faces a rare and terrible choice - stay safe, or return to face the fight of her life, to save herself and her little girl.

This was never going to be an easy read due to the content and nature of the story, but it is handled so sensitively that it never overwhelms the book.  Joanna wants to get away from Jim, but he has that knack of controlling her through abuse.  Even when she calls for help, he has the police on his side as they are all friends in the small town where they live, so she soon gives up and tries different things to stop his rages in whatever way she can. 
This was definitely a book of two halves as the first half flew by - full of tension, abuse, fear, hatred and just plain terrifying.  But then it slowed down, and I did find it a little too slow even though it felt more hopeful but the pace did pick up again towards the end and that did help.  A really interesting read with quite a surreal, almost magical feel at times.


Secrets. Sisters. The summer that changed everything . . .

Life in the Cornish village of Pendruggan isn’t always picture perfect. Penny Leighton has never told anyone why she’s estranged from her mother and sister. For years she’s kept her family secrets locked away in her heart, but they’ve been quietly eating away at her. When an unwelcome visitor blows in, Penny is brought face to face with the past. And a postcard, tucked away in a long-hidden case, holds the truth that could change everything.

Young Ella has come back to the place where she spent a happy childhood with her grandmother. Now she’s here to search for everything missing in her life. Taken under Penny’s broken wing for the summer, the safe haven of Pendruggan feels like the place for a fresh start. Soon, however, Ella starts to wonder if perhaps her real legacy doesn’t lie in the past at all

This was a delightful read that I enjoyed in the sunshine in the garden!  A beautiful cover and the setting in Cornwall seemed just as beautiful!  It's a story of family and secrets, mixed in with the tougher subjects of post natal depression which was dealt with really well - Penny seems to have it all but all is not as it seems and thankfully a new Doctor in town picks up on the issues that she is having, and things begin to settle down for her.
I did find the sisters, Penny and Suzie, a little annoying at times and that did spoil the book a little for me, but when you consider their backgrounds in life that we get to glimpse, then maybe that had a big role to play in their characters now!
Loved some of the other characters we are introduced to along the way, and the ending does appear to leave things open for return visits to Pendruggan so this excites me!


Is it all too good to be true?

When Willow runs into her old university crush, Luke, she’s a new woman with a new look – not to mention a little bit more cash after a rather substantial inheritance. Could she be lucky enough to score a fortune and her dream man at the same time?
Then Willow meets Cal; a computer geek with a slightly odd sense of humour. They get on like a house on fire — although she soon realises that there is far more to her unassuming new friend than meets the eye
But money doesn’t always bring happiness, and Willow finds herself struggling to know who to trust. Are the new people in her life there because they care – or is there another reason?

Previously released in the US as Reversing Over Liberace. Revised and edited by Choc Lit June 2016.

As a big fan of Choc-Lit, the publishers, I was so pleased to be sent a copy of this e-book and I was immediately under the spell of the author with 'that' first line! If you've read it you'll know it's probably one of the best first lines in a book! One of those lines that just makes you want to read more! And it did!!
Really loved the fun writing style and story and Willow was just such a sweet character that you wanted her to get her happy ending - but who with?!  Willow has a big family as well and we get introduced to her brothers and sisters along  the way, each with their own individual personalites thanks to their hippy parents, along with Willows' friends who are also lots of fun but always there for her!
This was just a treat to read and I'll now be looking out for more of Jane Loverings books as I love the way she captures each character!

So, not a bad week! Still got a couple of other books on the go which I'm hoping to finish over the weekend - the rain is back! - and also pretty shocked to say that I didn't buy ANY books this week....... not one!! Zero!! Zilch!!  And i visited Waterstones! And may have browsed a couple of stores online... but my finger didn't click the 'buy' option once! I fear I may be very ill!! This isn't like me at all! Please send help!!
Hope your week in books has been just as good as mine! Any good reads I need to know about?! Please share and it might help me get back to buying books again........ ;p

happy reading!!!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

20 Books of Summer - books 16, 17 and 18!


How are we all getting on with this years' challenge?!  Not struggling I hope!  I seem to have had an extra burst of reading ability recently, mainly thanks to the sunshine I think, so have made extremely good progress and can't believe I'm on the final push before this challenge is all over at the beginning of September!

So here is what i've been reading recently...

Book 16

Hideous Creatures by S.E. LISTER


An extraordinary, magical odyssey into the dark heart of the New World . . .

Arthur Hallingham is the youngest son of an English earl. He’s on the run from his former life – from a family where painful, half-understood secrets lurk.

Arthur travels on a slave ship to the coast of America. Amidst the teeming squalor and vaulting ambitions of the New World, he encounters Flora, the tough daughter of an outlaw, and Shelo, a native medicine man with mysterious powers who seems to have a plan for him.

The three set off on a journey through the thick forests and along the wide rivers of the lush southern wilderness. As they near their destination, Shelo’s terrible and destructive purpose is gradually revealed.

Hideous Creatures is a rich, beautiful and compelling novel that will appeal to fans of Audrey Niffenegger, Erin Morgenstern and Neil Gaiman, by a young debut author destined for literary stardom.


Found this to be a little tougher to read than I'd hoped! Thought the cover was beautiful so was hoping to be swept away with the story inside but it just fell flat for me.  It was an odd and quirky journey which definitely picked up as it went along, and i found the descriptions quite dark, gothic and appealing.  Took a while to work out what was really going on so am tempted to read it all again sometime to see if it makes any more sense at a later date!  Still an enjoyable read though!




In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating . . .


Had heard so many good things about this book, so I bumped it up my TBR pile to include it in this challenge and I'm very glad I did! A real rollercoaster read which had you on the edge of your seat at times, wondering just what would happen next and the twists were cleverly introduced.

The story is told from a number of perspectives after the death of a 5 year old boy in a hit and run, and this works so well in building up the tension as to exactly what happened that day and in the days, weeks and months afterwards.  Looking forward to reading more from this author in the future as she has a great way of telling a story!


One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey


Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in an Oregon State mental hospital with a strict and unbending routine, unopposed by her patients, who remain cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electric shock therapy. But her regime is disrupted by the arrival of McMurphy – the swaggering, fun-loving trickster with a devilish grin who resolves to oppose her rules on behalf of his fellow inmates. His struggle is seen through the eyes of Chief Bromden, a seemingly mute half-Indian patient who understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them imprisoned. Ken Kesey's extraordinary first novel is an exuberant, ribald and devastatingly honest portrayal of the boundaries between sanity and madness


This wouldn't have been my first choice of books to read, but the Facebook reading group I belong to picked it as their August Book Club read, and I was intrigued enough after seeing the film, to see where it all began.  

This was a tough read, as i knew it would be, but for some reason I didn't seem to enjoy it (if that's the right word for it!) as much as I hoped to.  Not sure whether the writing style was just too matter of fact for me, or maybe if i'd not seen the film beforehand it would have been a different experience for me.  Found the characters fascinating but just didn't have that empathy, until towards the end, that would have made the reading experience more enlightening.  I'm glad I've read it now though, but doubt I'll be reading it again anytime soon!

So, now the final countdown begins!! I've already started Book 19 and am loving that so far, so doubt it will take me too long to finish it and then have a big decision as to what to make my last book!! Decisions, Decisions LOL!!  It doesn't help when I keep going on little book buying sprees and keep adding to the paperback pile!  My aim was to read 20 books and then clear that space on the bookshelves..... but i've enjoyed some books so much on this challenge that I'm not sure I can part with them!  Maybe that's a topic for another blog post another day...... to hoard, or to let go?! What do you do??!!

Happy Reading!! 

Cover Reveal!!! - You're The One That I Want!!


Extremely excited to be part of this cover reveal today - and wow!!! What a stunning cover!!! Such a romantic setting and the title just makes you want to sing..... or is that just me?! 

So what is the book about I hear you cry?! Well, here's the blurb so you can get a little taster!

The Blurb

What if you didn’t want to fake it any more?
When Sarah, a teacher from Cornwall, and Matt, a businessman from Nashville, meet on a European coach tour, they soon find themselves in a relationship …
Except it’s a fake relationship. Because Matt is too busy for romance, and Sarah is only trying to make her cheating ex-husband jealous … isn’t she?

As Matt and Sarah complete their tour of Europe, they do all the things real couples are supposed to do – from visiting fairy-tale castles in Germany to recreating the scene from Romeo and Juliet in Verona. And, of course, for every picturesque destination there’s a loved-up selfie and Facebook post to match.
But as their holiday comes to an end, Sarah and Matt realise that they’re not happy with their pretend relationship. They want the real thing.

About the author

Angela was born in St. Stephen, Cornwall, England. After completing her A-Levels she worked as a Naval Secretary. She met her husband, a US Naval Flight Officer while being based at a small NATO Headquarters on the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark. They lived together in Denmark, Sicily, California, southern Maryland and London before settling in Franklin, Tennessee.

Angela took a creative writing course in 2000 and loved it so much that she has barely put her pen down since. She has had short stories and novels published in the US. Her novel Sugar & Spice, won Choc Lit’s Search for an American Star competition and is her UK debut.

Follow Angela on Twitter: @AngelaBritnell

Visit her website:

You’re the One that I Want is published by Choc Lit and is now available to pre-order as an eBook! It will be released on 13th September 2016.

Visit the Choc Lit website for pre-order information:

Please click on all the above links to find out more about this exciting new release and start counting down the days until you can read and enjoy it at your leisure and dream of tours of Europe and finding love!  Enjoy!!

Friday, 12 August 2016

August Book Haul

My inability to stop adding to the TBR pile continues!!  Is there any hope for me?! I'm thinking not!!  Maybe I just need to be a bit more creative on the storage ideas front - any hints and tips for storage ideas are most welcome!!  Or how to be more ruthless and learn to let go of more books!!  I just need help haha!!

So without further ado, here's a few of the books I've received/bought over the past week or so!

I was lucky to win a competition on Twitter on World Book Lovers Day from the lovely Jonathon and Hannah at @W5_Books and these two gorgeous books appeared in the post today!  Have to say that the cover of Lament For The Fallen by Gavin Chait is so stunning that I can't stop staring at it so am extremely intrigued to see if the insides are as equally stunning!!  And I haven't read anything from Douglas Jackson before so am fascinated to dive into this one!

Lament For the Fallen by Gavin Chait

Blurb. 'Father, tell me a story?' asks Isaiah, moments before a strange craft falls from the sky and smashes into the jungle near his isolated West African community. Inside the ruined vessel the villagers find the shattered body of a man. His name is Samara and he is a man unlike any the villagers have seen before - a man who is perhaps something more than human.

With his city home of Achenia hiding in the rubble left by a devastating war, Samara has fallen 35,000 km to earth in order to escape the automated hell of an orbiting prison called Tartarus. As he struggles to heal himself, he helps transform the lives of those who rescued him but in so doing attracts the attention of the brutal warlord who rules over this benighted, ravaged post-21st century land. He is not a man to be crossed, and now he threatens the very existence of the villagers themselves and the one, slim chance Samara has of finding his way home and to the woman - and the world - he loves.

And all the while - in the darkness above - waits the simmering fury that lies at the heart of Tartarus . . 

Saviour of Rome by Douglas Jackson

blurb   AD 72. Titus Flavius Vespasianus, known as Vespasian, is Emperor of Rome, but his grip on power grows increasingly fragile as economic disaster threatens.
The enormous riches from his Judaean campaigns are all but spent, legions go unpaid, and the yields from Rome's vital Spanish goldfields have fallen dramatically since the civil war.
Gaius Valerius Verrens is recently married and building a new home when the summons arrives from the Emperor.
Vespasian needs a man with the combined skills of a lawyer and a soldier to investigate what is happening in remote, mountainous Asturica Augusta where the authorities claim a bandit called The Ghost is ravaging the gold convoys. But when Valerius arrives in Asturica he faces a much more complex situation.
Stalked from the shadows he cannot tell ally from enemy, the exploited native tribes are a growing threat, and the tortured landscape itself seems capable of swallowing him up.
Gradually he finds himself drawn into a much wider conspiracy, one that could plunge the Empire into a new conflict and that will place him on a deadly collision course with his old friend and most dangerous adversary, the former gladiator Serpentius.

These 4 are books I've brought myself based on recommendations from friends online - they wouldn't lie to me would they!?

Clare Mackintosh - I See You...... I'm currently halfway through I Let You Go which she also wrote and am really enjoying that so when I saw her latest book on offer I just had to snap it up and am hoping it will be just as gripping!

Henriette Gyland - Up Close   - I love all the releases from the Choc Lit publishers so really intrigued to read this as the cover is so  mysterious and has me drawn in already! 

Christopher Fowler - Nyctophobia - another book that comes highly recommended, even the scariness hasn't put me off although I hear I may think twice about turning the lights off once I've read this! eeeekkkk!!

Donna Andrews - Murder with Peacocks - A friend of mine sent me the link to this once she'd read it as she said I would love it so who am I to turn down good advice like that!

He's Gone by Alex Clare    

Blurb    How do you find a missing child when his mother doesn't believe you have the right to even exist? When Detective Inspector Roger Bailley returns to work as Robyn, all she wants is to get on with the job she loves while finally being herself. When toddler Ben Chivers is snatched from a shopping centre on her first day back at work, Robyn has to find Ben and herself as she deals with the reactions of her police colleagues, the media and her own daughter.

 This was sent to me by the lovely people at Impress books and is due out in August and is a debut novel from Alex Clare and is pretty topical as it does focus on the recent gender dyshoria debate, so that will be interesting to see how it has been covered within this thriller

So just a few more added to the TBR pile - is there anyone else out there too scared to count up just how many books they have sitting around to be read?! I just can't bring myself to do it as I think I may frighten myself with the number, so I'll just continue to keep hiding them in my wardrobe and will just need to figure out a way to up my reading pace so I can get through a higher amount of books each month!!