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Friday, 30 September 2016

My Week In Bookish Form!

The end of September has arrived - anyone started their Christmas shopping yet then?!  Have to admit to starting a little list for Santa Claus (I am hoping he thinks I've been as good as I think I have been!!) and it seems to mainly consist of book shaped items!!  What a shocker!!  But what else could a girl want?!

Hasn't been the most productive week in the number of books I've got through as couldn't really settle, although the books I did get through I did enjoy so maybe I was just savouring them by reading them slower!

So without any further ado, here's what has grabbed my attention this week!



A LITTLE LUCK, A LOT OF FATE by LINN B. HALTON



When destiny calls, you need to pick up …

On the surface, Kristi Danielson has it all. She’s lifestyle coach to the rich and famous, has a bestselling book to her name and is described by her fans as “the veritable Queen of how to lead a fulfilling life”.

But the harsh truth is that Kristi has never practiced what she preaches. Her home life is a mess, her relationship with artist boyfriend, Tom, not much better – and now she has to redeem herself before all is lost.

At her wit’s end, Kristi is driven to seek out the help of Patrick Blakeslee, a tarot card reader and psychic medium, in an attempt to make sense of the mounting panic she’s feeling.

But Patrick’s visits have an unexpected effect on Kristi, leaving her with more questions than answers – and a life-changing decision to make.


ebook247 pages
Expected publication: October 25th 2016 by Choc Lit


The lovely people at Choc Lit and its' wonderful authors have come up with another fabulous story that had me turning the pages as quickly as I could!  This was a great read as it was a little different to the normal 'romance' kind of tale as it delved a little further into the self help world, and those we think are in control are often the ones who need the most help in their own lives.  Told from 3 different points of view, it really got you to understand what each character was going through and how they dealt with life and all it threw at them! Highly recommended when it is released in October!


WHAT SHE NEVER TOLD ME by KATE McQUAILE




'I talked to my mother the night she died, losing myself in memories of when we were happiest together. But I held one memory back, and it surfaces now, unbidden. I see a green postbox and a small hand stretching up to its oblong mouth. I am never sure whether that small hand is mine. But if not mine, whose?'

Louise Redmond left Ireland for London before she was twenty. Now, more than two decades later, her heart already breaking from a failing marriage, she is summoned home. Her mother is on her deathbed, and it is Louise's last chance to learn the whereabouts of a father she never knew.

Stubborn to the end, Marjorie refuses to fill in the pieces of her daughter's fragmented past. Then Louise unexpectedly finds a lead. A man called David Prescott . . . but is he really the father she's been trying to find? And who is the mysterious little girl who appears so often in her dreams? As each new piece of the puzzle leads to another question, Louise begins to suspect that the memories she most treasures could be a delicate web of lies.

Paperback336 pages
Published March 3rd 2016 by Quercushat do you do when you find out that your whole life could be a lie?




The lovely folk at Quercus Books sent this my way in paperback form and I knew very little of the story so every page was such a great discovery and was gripped by the goings on as the plot revealed itself.  Loved the way it was written as it was really well structured and I loved the way it all built up around the lies of others and how that can impact on so many other peoples' lives.  Highly recommended if you are looking for a great drama with a gripping twist.


ONE HOT SUMMER by KAT FRENCH



** A SIZZLING ROMP WITH A GREAT CAST OF CHARACTERS**
Alice McBride’s husband Brad is super famous, totally gorgeous . . . and having an affair with his co-star. And now it’s splashed across all the newspapers.
After kicking Brad out, Alice decides to rent out her beloved home for the summer. And the last person she expects to arrive at Borne Manor is a sexy cowboy called Robinson.
Country music star Robinson has had his own share of heartache, and he’s come to Borne Manor to escape from it all. Neither Alice nor Robinson are looking for romance, but the spark between them can’t be ignored.
Could a holiday romance help heal their broken hearts? And what will happen when their long hot summer together comes to an end?
Kindle Edition341 pages
Published June 2nd 2016 by Avon


Bought this in paperback form a while ago and it has been sitting on my shelves for a while, so picked it up expecting a nice easy, fun read and that is exactly what this was!  Really likeable characters and a fun, sexy story - the perfect beach or saturday afternoon read!! Not too taxing for my poor little brain cells either!


GRIEF IS A THING WITH FEATHERS by MAX PORTER



In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness.

In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This self-described sentimental bird is attracted to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him. As weeks turn to months and physical pain of loss gives way to memories, this little unit of three begin to heal.

In this extraordinary debut - part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief, Max Porter's compassion and bravura style combine to dazzling effect. Full of unexpected humour and profound emotional truth, Grief is the Thing with Feathers marks the arrival of a thrilling new talent

Hardcover114 pages
Published September 17th 2015 by Faber & Faber


Bought this for myself in hardback form as I was so drawn to the cover and the wonderful reviews I'd seen for this online and on BookTube.   And it didn't disappoint!  The writing style does take a while to get used to, especially from the Crows' point of view, but it is beautifully written and really captures the despair that the family go through, and how humour creeps into their lives and tries to help them move on from their loss.



THE HIDDEN PEOPLE by ALISON LITTLEWOOD



The bestselling author of Richard & Judy Book Club hit The Cold Season returns with a chilling mystery - w here superstition and myth bleed into real life with tragic consequences

Pretty Lizzie Higgs is gone, burned to dead on her own hearth - but was she really a changeling, as her husband insists? Albie Mirralls met his cousin only once, in 1851, within the grand glass arches of the Crystal Palace, but unable to countenance the rumours that surround her murder, he leaves his young wife in London and travels to Halfoak, a village steeped in superstition.

Albie begins to look into Lizzie's death, but in this place where the old tales hold sway and the 'Hidden People' supposedly roam, answers are slippery and further tragedy is just a step away . . .

Kindle Edition384 pages
Expected publication: October 6th 2016 by Jo Fletcher Books


Received a copy of this via NetGalley as I loved the cover and the blurb made it sound so creepy and eerie.   And while I did enjoy it as it is beautifully written, I did often find myself wishing the pace would have picked up a little as it did seem to dwell on certain subjects a little longer than necessary.  Was fascinating to hear about the Changelings/Fairies and also loved reading the extracts from Lizzies' diary and that really added to the atmosphere of the village and the goings on.  And with Halloween approaching it did have the perfect mix of creepy horror goings on inside so worth a look!



So that is me done for another week! Seem to have read more than I thought lol!!  October seems a busy month ahead too, with a couple of book club reads that I'm taking part in, along with yet more lovely offerings from NetGalley, and my own Book Mountain pile that needs to be scaled so hopefully a good reading week lies ahead!! And for you all too!!

Happy Reading!!!


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