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Saturday, 7 April 2018

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up - Week 14 2018

Hello all! We have sunshine! We have milder temperatures!!  This makes me very happy, as did spotting this peacock butterfly in the garden earlier today! I love this time of year!

On the book front it has been a pretty productive but quiet week! Had a slow start to the week reading wise, but things have picked up over the last few days so it's been nice to finish 6 books!! Very quiet on the book haul/post front, although I did find myself stumbling across a book signing in the local Waterstones today so had to go in and treat myself to a copy! 

Finding myself a little behind on the review front at the moment - I'm finding reading is no problem, it's just the reviewing afterwards that I'm struggling with so any volunteers to write some reviews for me LOL!  Hopefully I'll catch up soon!

So here's what I've been reading, what new books are in my life, and what I'm currently reading!


The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland - 4 stars

Drift Stumble Fall by M.Jonathan Lee - 5 stars

The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans  -  5 stars

Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll - 3 stars

The Purrfect Pet Sitter by Carol Thomas -  4 stars

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May  - 4 stars


Was lucky enough to win a lovely giveaway from Accent Press during the week and they sent me a copy of a lovely looking book!

The Magic of Ramblings by Kate Field

Running away can be the answer if you run to the right place…

When Cassie accepts a job as companion to an old lady in a remote Lancashire village, she hopes for a quiet life where she can forget herself, her past and most especially men. The last thing she wants is to be drawn into saving a community that seems determined to take her to its heart – and to resuscitate hers…

Frances has lived a reclusive life at Ramblings, a Victorian Gothic mansion, for over thirty years and now Barney is hiding away there, forging a new life after his medical career ended in scandal. He doesn’t trust the mysterious woman who comes to live with his rich aunt, especially when she starts to steal Frances’ affection – and maybe his own too…

Rossi's - The Story of Southend's Favourite Ice Cream by Patricia Volante

Rossi’s The Story of Southend’s Favourite Ice Cream follows the lives of the Rossi clan through several generations and reveals the hardship and ambition involved in emigrating and building a business from scratch. It follows their struggles in the war years when Italians nationals were being treated with suspicion, and yet most of the Rossi children served in the British armed forces. The story continues right up to the modern day where the brand is still a leading name in Southend and loved by locals, day trippers and even has fans as far away as Australia and New Zealand.


The Jacobs family has lived at Orley Court for generations. But when Vanessa Jacobs’s husband dies and leaves the property to her, she finds costs spiralling out of control. In order to stay in their beloved home, she and her daughters will have to sell part of it off—a decision that drives a wedge between Vanessa and her live-in mother-in-law.
The new owners of the north wing are Laurence Sturridge and his father, Marcus. Laurence wants to escape the constant pressure of his corporate job in London, while Marcus longs to heal from the grief of losing his wife. Could the beauty of Orley Court offer them a fresh outlook on life?
As the two families embark on a challenging new chapter over the course of a glorious English summer, secrets are revealed and relationships tested. But as Orley Court begins to weave its magic over them, will it be love, above all, that brings the two families together?
Absurd, original and highly addictive …

In Their Brilliant Careers, Ryan O’Neill has written a hilarious novel in the guise of sixteen biographies of (invented) Australian writers. Meet Rachel Deverall, who discovers the secret female source of the great literature of our time – and pays a terrible price for her discovery. Meet Rand Washington, hugely popular sci-fi author (of Whiteman of Cor) and holder of extreme views on race and gender. Meet Addison Tiller, the master of the bush yarn, “The Chekhov of Coolabah”, who has never travelled outside Sydney.

Their Brilliant Careers is a playful set of stories, linked in many ways, which together form a memorable whole. It is a wonderful comic tapestry of the writing life, and a large-scale parody in which every detail adds to the humour of the overall picture.

Unpredictable and intriguing, Their Brilliant Careers takes Australian writing in a whole new direction.


And there we have it! All wrapped up nicely! Hope your bookish week has been a good one! Now I'm off to start on some reviews and dream of ice-cream!


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