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Saturday, 31 July 2021

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up - 31st July 2021

 


Hello all! And farewell to July already!!  Time is ticking by fast!  Got my 2nd Covid jab today.... am just hoping I don't react too badly! I think I might jus need to sit and read all weekend to relax and recover!

Not been doing as much reading this week - the internet kept distracting me! - so just 3 books finished this week.  There may have been a bundle of book post arriving though and a couple of new additions to my Netgalley shelf!  Oops I did it again!!

So here's my look back..

BOOKS FINISHED








BOOKHAUL

Netgalley first...

THE EDITOR'S WIFE by CLARE CHAMBERS

When aspiring novelist Christopher Flinders drops out of university to write his masterpiece (in between shifts as a fish delivery man and builder's mate), his family is sceptical.

But when he is taken up by the London editor Owen Goddard and his charming wife Diana it seems success is just around the corner. Christopher's life has so far been rather short of charm - growing up in an unlovely suburb, with unambitious parents and a semi-vagrant brother - and he is captivated by his generous and cultured mentors. However, on the brink of realising his dream, Christopher makes a desperate misjudgement which results in disaster for all involved. Shattered, he withdraws from London and buries himself in rural Yorkshire, embracing a career and a private life marked by mediocrity.

Twenty years on a young academic researching into Owen Goddard seeks him out, and Christopher is forced to exhume his past, setting him on a path to a life-changing discovery

SNOWFLAKES OVER THE STARFISH CAFE by JESSICA REDLAND

Two broken hearts.

Since she inherited The Starfish Café, Hollie has poured her heart into the business, striving to keep her mother's traditions and warm-hearted spirit alive. But behind closed doors Hollie is searching for true happiness as she grieves the tragic loss of her family who were once the beating heart of the café...

An unexpected meeting.

Jake lives by two rules: don’t let anyone get close and don’t talk about what happened. Little does he know that a chance meeting at The Starfish Café, facilitated by a fluffy lost dog, is about to turn his world upside down...

The chance to love again.

Can Hollie and Jake break down the barriers that have been holding them back from finding love and happiness, before Christmas comes around? After all, with courage, nothing is impossible..


And in the post I've been lucky to receive these gifted books in return for reviews.....

REBUGGING THE PLANET by VICKI HURD - Chelsea Green Publishing
publication date 16th September 2021 

Foreword by Gillian Burke

This is a lovely little book that could and should have a big impact. ..Let’s all get rebugging right away! Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Meet the intelligent insects, marvellous minibeasts and inspirational invertebrates that help shape our planet – and discover how you can help them help us by rebugging your attitude today!

Remember when there were bugs on your windscreen? Ever wonder where they went? We need to act now if we are to help them survive. Chris Packham, Isabella Tree and George Monbiot are but a few voices championing the rewilding of our world. In Rebugging the Planet, Vicki Hird adds her voice to this chorus, explaining how our planet is headed towards ‘insectageddon’ with a rate of insect extinction eight times faster than that of mammals or birds. Rebugging the Planet gives us crucial information to help all those essential creepy-crawlies flourish once more.

Hird passionately demonstrates how insects and invertebrates are the cornerstone of our global ecosystem. They pollinate plants, feed birds, support and defend our food crops and clean our water systems. They are also beautiful, inventive and economically invaluable – bees, for example, contribute more to the UK economy than the Queen!

Rebugging the Planet shows us small changes we can make to have a big impact on our littlest allies:

  • Learn how to rebug parks, schools, pavements, verges and other green spaces.
  • Leave your garden to grow a little wild and plant weedkiller-free, wildlife-friendly plants.
  • Take your kids on a minibeast treasure hunt and learn how to build bug palaces.
  • Make bug-friendly choices with your food and support good farming practices
  • Begin to understand how reducing inequality and poverty will help nature and wildlife too – it’s all connected.

So do your part and start rebugging today! The bees, ants, earthworms, butterflies, beetles, grasshoppers, ladybirds, snails and slugs will thank you – and our planet will thank you too.



ON GALLOWS DOWN by NICOLA CHESTER

Chelsea Green Publishing

Publication Date - 7th October 2021

Part nature writing, part memoir, On Gallows Down is an essential, unforgettable read for fans of Helen Macdonald, Melissa Harrison and Isabella Tree.

Nicola Chester won the BBC Wildlife Magazine's Nature Writer of the Year Award - this is her first book.

The story of a life shaped by landscape; of an enduring love of nature and the fierce desire to protect it - living as part of the rural working class in a 'tied cottage' on a country estate - and what it takes to feel like you belong.

On Gallows Down is a book about hope - from the rewilding of Greenham Common after the missiles left to how, as a new mother, Nicola walked the chalk hills to give her children roots, teaching them names and waymarks to find their way home. It is about the songs of the nightingale and cuckoo - whose return she waits for - the red kites, fieldfares, skylarks and lapwings that accompany her, the badger cubs she watches at night and the velvety mole she finds in her garden.

And it is also the story of how Nicola came to write and to protest - unearthing the seam of resistance that ran through Newbury's past, from the Civil Wars to the Swing Riots and the women of the Greenham Common Peace Camps and to the fight against the Newbury bypass. A resistance that continues today against the destruction of hedgerows, trees and wildlife through modern farm estate management.

On Gallows Down is perfect for fans of H is for HawkThe Salt Path and Featherhood.

'It is impossible to write with integrity about nature without protesting and resisting and waving a desperate red flag.

Isn't it?'



And then I managed to win myself a copy of this beauty...

THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO LONELINESS by LAURA BAMBREY

The perfect feel-good read from an exciting new voice in women’s fiction, for fans of Heidi Swain, Cathy Bramley and Jenny Colgan.
 
Tori Williamson is alone. After a tragic event left her isolated from her loved ones, she’s been struggling to find her way back to, well – herself. That’s why she set up her blog, The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness, as a way of – anonymously – connecting with the outside world and reaching others who just need a little help sometimes.
 
When she’s offered a free spot on a wellbeing retreat in exchange for a review on her blog, Tori is anxious about opening herself up to new surroundings. But after her three closest friends – who she talks to online but has never actually met – convince her it’ll do her some good, she reluctantly agrees and heads off for three weeks in the wild (well, a farm in Wales).
 
From the moment she arrives, Tori is sceptical and quickly finds herself drawn to fellow sceptic Than, the retreat’s dark and mysterious latecomer. But as the beauty of The Farm slowly comes to light she realizes that opening herself up might not be the worst thing. And sharing a yurt with fellow retreater Bay definitely isn’t.  Will the retreat be able to fix Tori? Or will she finally learn that being lonely doesn’t mean she’s broken . . .



And treated myself to these two....

HOPE NICELY'S LESSONS FOR LIFE by CAROLINE DAY
'I don't have any friends, only dog ones, because they don't make you do bad things. I don't want any human friends, actually. It's for the best.'

Hope Nicely hasn't had an easy life.

But she's happy enough living at 23 Station Close with her mum, Jenny Nicely, and she loves her job, walking other people's dogs. She's a bit different, but as Jenny always tells her, she's a rainbow person, a special drop of light.

It's just...there's something she needs to know. Why did her birth mother abandon her in a cardboard box on a church step twenty-five years ago? And did she know that drinking while pregnant could lead to Hope being born with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?

In a bid to find her birth mother and the answers to these questions, Hope decides to write her autobiography. Despite having been bullied throughout school, Hope bravely joins an evening class where she will not only learn the lessons of writing (including the number one golden rule of 'show don't tell'), but may also begin to discover more about the world around her, about herself and even make some (human) friends.

But when Jenny suddenly falls ill, Hope realises there are many more lessons to come...

Hope Nicely's Lessons for Life is a heart-warming, coming-of-age novel about loneliness, friendship, acceptance and, above all, hope.
 

DEATH AT DUKES HALT by DEREK FARRELL
Lady Caroline Victoria Genevieve Jane de Montfort (Lady Caz to her friends) made a promise to her (newly deceased) friend George Warren and she intends to keep it -sadly for Danny Bird she’s roped him in as her accomplice.

And so with Danny’s South London pub The Marq left in the safe hands of Ray & Dash (The ASBO Twins) and his indomitable bar-manager Ali roped in as their driver, the trio set off to spend the weekend at the Warren family’s imposing country estate Dukes Halt.

As they set about achieving their mission, Danny, Lady Caz & Ali are joined by a classic cast of characters including a Hollywood actress, a right-wing Member of Parliament and an Albanian gangster.

Shenanigans inevitably ensue.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an authentic country-house weekend without a murder or two and pretty soon Danny and the gang are on the track of the killer in their midst. As the plot ingeniously twists and turns in every direction Danny wrestles with another deeper, sadder mystery hidden in the pages of a secret diary that he realizes may just hold the key to everything.


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HAPPY READING!








Friday, 30 July 2021

#BlogTour WELCOME TO FERRY LANE MARKET by NICOLA MAY #BookReview @rararesources

 


Absolute pleasure to be with you today as the latest stop on the fab Blog Tour for the wonderful WELCOME TO FERRY LANE MARKET by NICOLA MAY. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

ABOUT THE BOOK


Welcome to Ferry Lane Market


'Delightful and witty with a heroine you'll be rooting for . . . joyful escapism' Milly Johnson

'Spirited, adventurous and full of heart!' Heidi Swain


Although thirty-three-year-old Kara Moon loves her hometown of Hartmouth in Cornwall, she has always wondered if she should have followed her dream of going off to study floristry. But she couldn't bring herself to abandon her emotionally delicate single father, and has worked on Ferry Lane Market's flower stall ever since leaving school.

When her good-for-nothing boyfriend cheats on her and steals her life savings, she finally dumps him and rents out her spare room as an Airbnb. Gossip flies around the town as Kara welcomes a series of foreign guests to her flat overlooking the estuary.

Then an anonymous postcard arrives, along with a plane ticket to New York. And there begins the first of three trips of a lifetime, during which she will learn important lessons about herself, her life and what she wants from it - and perhaps find love along the way.


More praise for Nicola May!

'This book will twang your funny bone & your heartstrings' - Milly Johnson

'A fun and flighty read' - Sun

'A funny and fast-paced romp - thoroughly enjoyable!' WOMAN Magazine

'One of those books that I can't stop thinking about way after I've read it! - Kim The Bookworm

'This book is so addictive that you will literally lose 3 hours of your life, and you won't care!' - Cara's Book Boudoir


Readers love Nicola May, too!


'A FABULOUS must-read' - 5 STARS

'An excellent book of friendship - with a little wickedness!' - 5 STARS

'Good for the soul' - 5 STARS

'I loved it and devoured it in a matter of days' - 5 STARS

'A wonderful, feel-good novel with some grit thrown in' - 5 STARS

'Marvellous, beautiful and heart-warming' - 5 STARS

'Sea, sand and sex - a soppy delight' - 5 STARS

'A truly lovely book' - 5 STARS

'Fun and whimsy, plus a dog!' - 5 STARS

'Nicola May is a brilliant, relevant writer for today, exposing today's issues with tenderness, and always demonstrating a warm, human, heartfelt response' - 5 STARS


Purchase Links 

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Welcome-Ferry-Lane-Market-bestselling/dp/1529346444/

US - https://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Ferry-Lane-Market-bestselling-ebook/dp/B08MVWWN4J/


Author Bio –



 Nicola May writes 'chick lit with a kick' and is the internationally bestselling author of eleven romantic comedies. All have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay became the best-selling Kindle book in the UK across all genres in January 2019 and March 2020 respectively. It was also the second best-selling eBook of 2019 in the UK. Nicola's books have also been sold in many languages.

Social Media Links – @nicolamay1  @hodderbooks – Twitter

@author_nicola @hodderbooks  Instagram


MY REVIEW

Was so excited when I heard that Nicola May was writing a new series as I adored the Cockleberry Bay series, and once more I'm instantly hooked and treasuring every moment spent with these characters in another wonderful location!!  When can I move there?!

We are following the story of Kara Moon in this book and she is a total sweetheart!  She's lived in the area all her life and couldn't help but feel for her when her lowlife boyfriend cheats on her and steals all her life savings.  But she isn't one to sit back and do nothing, so she starts renting out her spare room and is introduced to some very interesting characters (who also happen to be rather gorgeous!) from around the world who bring a little bit of adventure into her life and give her the confidence to put herself first.

And then when a mystery benefactor sends her plane tickets to take trips of a lifetime, a new world is opened up to her and I loved how she grabbed these opportunities with both hands!!  Watching her travel around the world and putting the pieces together to try and work out just who was funding these trips and what message they hoped to get through to Kara was a great little mystery to solve!! It has a wonderful feel throughout the story, a strong link to supportive family and friends and those lovely little touches of humour that keep you coming back for more!  The community created is full of such endearing characters that I cannot wait to find out more about them all in future books!

This is such a wonderful start to the series and I'm already itching to revisit the Ferry Lane market crew and see what adventures are in store for them next!  Fantastic!!

★★★★★




Tuesday, 27 July 2021

#GuestPost CELEBRITY SOS by HELEN BUCKLEY #PublicationDay @ChocLituk @HelenCBuckley

 


Delighted to be handing over the blog today to the lovely HELEN BUCKLEY to help celebrate the publication day for CELEBRITY SOS!! Another stunner of a book that you all need to be adding to your TBR piles ASAP!!

Over to you Helen....

Release Day: Celebrity SOS by Helen Buckley

I love all the couples in my books, but I must confess, Finn and Kat’s story in Celebrity SOS: Love Survives is definitely one of my favourites.

Here’s why:

Firstly, I’m a sucker for a teenage romance. It was a joy to write about Finn and Kat and the sweet intensity of falling in love for the first time as they were thrown together as leads in the school play.

Secondly, all my books have a dramatic reveal and this one is probably the most dramatic yet as it takes place on camera, in the middle of a blizzard. It was very intense to write!

Thirdly, I’m obsessed with snowy mountain scenery, and a large part of the book takes place in Alaska, as a group of celebrities take on the challenge to survive in the wilderness. It was the perfect excuse to lose myself in Google images for a few hours and stare in wonder at the vast, inspiring scenery of a place I’d love to visit.

Fourthly, I love reality TV survival and physical challenge shows. From the hilarity of I’m a Celebrity to the jaw-dropping feats of Bear Grylls, from the sweat and strain of SAS: Who Dares Wins to the sheer bravery of those on Naked and Afraid, I’m hooked on them. It was great fun to write a book based on these shows, with both survival and love at the heart of the story.

I really hope readers will enjoy Celebrity SOS, which is the second book in my Spotlight series, although it can be read as a standalone. There will be more to come in the series soon, as always with slow-burn romances, shock twists and bags of drama!


About the book: 

I’m a celebrity ... trying to escape the past!

When Katerina Murphy agrees to take part in Celebrity SOS, a reality TV show where celebrities have to fend for themselves in the Alaskan wilderness, she’s up for the challenge. But then she locks eyes with fellow contestant Finn Drayson of 1Dream boy band fame and realises that the show is going to push her further from her comfort zone than she ever imagined.

After all, Finn wasn’t just Katerina’s co-star in the school play adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s where she discovered her acting confidence, he was also her first love – and the first boy to break her heart. Even years later, the secret kisses and shared packets of crisps on park benches are never far from her mind.

Will award-winning actress Katerina Murphy’s talents stretch to staying composed in the face of Arctic winds and blasts from the past?

Book 2 in the Spotlight series but it can be read as a standalone novel.


Buying Links:

 Kindle .

 Apple Books .

 Kobo

Nook


About the author:



Helen Buckley lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and two sons. After working in the charity sector in the UK and abroad, she turned her hand to writing and her first novel, Star in the Shadows, was published in 2019. She writes any moment that she can, enthralled by stories of fame, romance and happy ever afters. Apart from being addicted to writing and enjoying soft play with her sons, she’s an avid reader, action-movie fan and chocolate addict.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HelenCBuckley

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Helenbuckleyauthor 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helencatherinebuckley/


☆☆☆


Monday, 26 July 2021

#BlogTour THAT NIGHT by GILLIAN McALLISTER #BookReview #ThatNight @GillianMAuthor

 

 
Delighted to be with you today as part of the exciting Blog Tour for the fabulous THAT NIGHT by GILLIAN McALLISTER! My thanks to the author and publisher for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!!

ABOUT THE BOOK

What would you do to protect your family?

ANYTHING.

That night everything changed.

The night Frannie commited a murder, but she didn’t mean to…

That night we helped her bury the body, what else could we do?

One hot summers night in Italy, Joe and Cathy Plant receive a phone call that will change their lives forever.

Their sister Frannie has killed a man, and she needs their help.

They were always close, some might say too close, siblings who worked together, lived next door to each other

And now they’ve buried a body together…

But when they return to England, Frannie, Joe and Cathy become tangled in lies in they’ve been telling,

to the police, to their friends, to each other…

But if you can’t trust your family, who can you trust?


PUBLISHED BY MICHAEL JOSEPH


PURCHASE LINK



MY REVIEW

I think this is the first Gillian McAllister book I've read - it most defnitely will not be the last!! I found this to be one of those books that keeps you on the edge of your seat as you read, and she has created  a set of characters and circumstances that just get you thinking 'what would I do in that situation?!'.

This is a book about siblings and just how far you'd go to help your family out!! Frannie, Cathy and Joe are siblings and have always been close.  And that bond is pushed to the limit when on holiday Frannie calls them frantically to ask for help as she's just murdered a man - but she didn't mean to!!

Through each of their viewpoints we are witness to the action before, during and after as we see the toll the events of that night take on them personally and how they deal with the consequences. And just how easy it seems to be to tell lie after lie to protect someone they love!

I loved the twists throughout! The setting just adds to the story as what is supposed to be an idyllic escape from reality, turns into a real life nightmare that continues to plague them as the net closes as they return home.  You don't always like the characters and how they deal with the situation, but you can't help but be gripped by the plot and piecing the story together to work out just where the heck it's going!! And I wasn't disappointed as it made me gasp quite a few times!!

★★★★



Saturday, 24 July 2021

#20BooksOfSummer2021 SONGS IN URSA MAJOR by EMMA BRODIE #BookReview

 


This is Book 9 of my 20 Books of Summer 2021.



ABOUT THE BOOK

The year is 1969, and the Bayleen Island Folk Fest is abuzz with one name: Jesse Reid. Tall and soft-spoken, with eyes blue as stone-washed denim, Jesse Reid's intricate guitar riffs and supple baritone are poised to tip from fame to legend with this one headlining performance. That is, until his motorcycle crashes on the way to the show.

Jane Quinn is a Bayleen Island local whose music flows as naturally as her long blond hair. When she and her bandmates are asked to play in Jesse Reid's place at the festival, it almost doesn't seem real. But Jane plants her bare feet on the Main Stage and delivers the performance of a lifetime, stopping Jesse's disappointed fans in their tracks: A star is born.

Jesse stays on the island to recover from his near-fatal accident and he strikes up a friendship with Jane, coaching her through the production of her first record. As Jane contends with the music industry's sexism, Jesse becomes her advocate, and what starts as a shared calling soon becomes a passionate love affair. On tour with Jesse, Jane is so captivated by the giant stadiums, the late nights, the wild parties, and the media attention, that she is blind-sided when she stumbles on the dark secret beneath Jesse's music. With nowhere to turn, Jane must reckon with the shadows of her own past; what follows is the birth of one of most iconic albums of all time.

Shot through with the lyrics, the icons, the lore, the adrenaline of the early 70s music scene, Songs in Ursa Major pulses with romantic longing and asks the question so many female artists must face: What are we willing to sacrifice for our dreams?

PUBLISHED BY KNOPF PUBLISHING GROPU

PURCHASE LINK

Amazon


MY REVIEW

If you loved Daisy Jones & The Six, then you're going to enjoy this one! It has the same behind the scenes vibes of the music industry, this time in the late '60's/early 70's, and while it didn't quite get me in the emotional way that Daisy did, then it did a wonderful job of transporting me back to a different world - there's also a Spotify Playlist linked to the book so if you get a chance to listen while you read I would highly recommend it! I loved it and it made for the perfect reading music!

This is a story partly based on the relationship between Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, and all centres around a folk festival in 1969 where the star of the show - Jesse Reid - is a late cancellation due to an serious accident, and a local band, led by Jane Quinn, get to stand in and steal the show and this sets her off on a journey of success and fame, alongside the downsides which come with that!

Jane is every bit not your 'diva' - she's hardworking and struggling for money, so when the chance to help out nurse Jesse back to full health she jumps at the chance, and he's blown over by her being normal around him! For someone with big success, that's a rarity. The more time they spend together, the closer they become and he begins to advise them on songs and gets them started in the music business.

I loved their chats together, how they opened up to one another and it was also striking how different she was treated in the music industry compared to her male contemporaries.

There's partying, sex, drugs & rock'n'roll and that's when we get to see different sides to these characters and cracks begin to appear in the relationship - and just how easily people can be replaced in the music industry if they don't play along and 'do as they're told'! There's also a look back at family secrets that added to the mix!

I really enjoyed the characters and the music scene setting and look forward to reading more from this author in the future!

★★★★

#BookReview BOMBSHELL: THE NIGHT BOBBY KENNEDY KILLED MARILYN MONROE by MIKE ROTHMILLER,DOUGLAS THOMPSON @AdLibPublishers

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

Bombshell: The Night Bobby Kennedy Murdered Marilyn Monroe tells the essential truth of the death of Marilyn Monroe at the hand of Robert Kennedy, Attorney General of the United States. Drawing on unseen police files, Marilyn Monroe’s private diary, and first-hand testimony, this book proves that Robert Kennedy was directly responsible for her death. It details Marilyn Monroe’s tumultuous personal involvement with him and his brother, President John Kennedy. The new evidence and testimony is provided by Mike Rothmiller who, as an agent of the Organized Crime Intelligence Division (OCID) of the LAPD, had direct personal access to hundreds of secret files on exactly what happened at Marilyn Monroe’s Californian home on August 5, 1962. With his training and specialist knowledge, Rothmiller used that unseen information to get to the heart of the matter, to the people who were there the night Marilyn Monroe died—two of whom played major roles in the cover-up—and the wider conspiracy to protect the Kennedys at all costs. There will be those with doubts, but to them, the lawman—who has advised the White House, the Pentagon, and international crime agencies—says the printed, forensic, and oral evidence are totally convincing. He insists: "If I presented my evidence in any court of law, I’d get a conviction." Includes eight pages of black and white photographs.

PUBLISHED BY AD LIB PUBLISHERS

PURCHASE LINK

AMAZON


MY REVIEW

As a long time fan of Marilyn Monroe, I couldn't pick this book up quick enough! And the contents haven't disappointed! Wow!!  Talk about corruption everywhere and it has left me even more convinced that her death was murder and not a 'suicide' as originally framed. 

The authors of this book had access to a number of hugely confidential police files, and the evidence is damming!  Not only does it set out the events of that night clearly, through eye witness accounts along with crime scene evidence, it also looks closely at the diary entries by Marilyn herself and looks back at over her life, the highs and lows, and also looks at the goings on at LAPD over the years, alongside links to the mafia and those at the highest levels of Government.  It seems that most celebrities and their houses were being bugged at the time and files kept on their behaviour.... just in case they were needed to be used against them!

And in Marilyn they had a prime target with her associations to so many in Hollywood and Washington.  It really gives a damning look at the corruption at every level - from the Kennedys', to the police chiefs, the mob...... sleaze central!! I was staggered at the revelations and the research was comprehensive and exhaustive as no stone seemed to be unturned in wondering what DID happen that night, and why so many were so keen to cover up the reality and frame the scene to draw away attention from her close relationships.

There were so many  red flags with this case at the time, and ever since. Telephone records going missing, issues with the autopsy not being thorough enough and evidence going missing, dodgy behaviour of people at the scene that night and why it took so long to call someone... the list goes on and this book does a wonderful job of putting the evidence all together and painting a very worrying picture of just how widespread the corruption was, and how this global superstar was seemingly 'too close for comfort' with those wanting more power and they wanted her out of the way.

Brilliantly researched and put together. One of those books that stun and shock, along make you feel very sad for this young woman who was seemingly used over all her career, even by many big names who seemed to have no compassion or care for her.  It has made me think very differently about many 'star' names from the past and look at Hollywood in a very different light with the goings on documented throughout the book.  A powerful book!!


★★★★★




#BookReview THE LOCK IN by PHOEBE LUCKHURST #TheLockIn @phoebeluckhurst @Lucyfhall @michaeljbooks

 



ABOUT THE BOOK

THE FRESHEST FUNNIEST ROM COM OF THE SUMMER!

'Entertaining, endearing, and truly unique. Found myself wincing and laughing with familiarity' 
EMMA GANNON

'Hilarious' Evening Standard, 'Best New Books in 2021'

'Funny and compelling from page one and so well written. Officially a huge fan of Phoebe Luckhurst!' LUCY VINE
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Ellen and Alexa have survived hangovers, dodgy landlords and most of their twenties together.

But can they survive this?

One Saturday morning, while nursing The Hangover from Hell, a flooded kitchen leads best mates Ellen and Alexa, and hapless housemate Jack, into their attic to turn off the water supply.

But when Ben - Alexa's date from the night before - walks in, the door slams, the handle breaks and all four of them are trapped.


Cue The Worst morning-after-the-night before.

As the hours tick by, Ellen nurses her sore head and watches as her best friend falls for this handsome stranger.

Only for a horrifying realisation to hit. She is sure she knows Ben from somewhere.

Frantically searching her memories, Ellen tries to piece together exactly how they've met before.

When a distant memory finally comes to her, she desperately wonders: could Ben really be who she thinks he is . . .

And more importantly, what on earth is she going to do about it . . .


Welcome to The Lock In.

This is a hilarious story of housemates and hangovers and friendship and dating as four twenty-somethings discover what The Worst morning-after-the-night-before really looks like . . .

Fans of Dolly Alderton, Beth O'Leary and Mhairi McFarlane will LOVE this oh-so relatable tale of love, landlords and what can happen behind locked doors

AS SEEN IN GRAZIA


PURCHASE LINK


MY REVIEW

This was a fabulous, funny farce! The perfect Summer read and has now got me thinking I might have to leave a pack of essential supplies in the loft.... just in case!!

It's the story of a group of friends who end up getting locked in the attic after a disastrous morning!! Ellen, Alexa and Jack are friends and housemates, and they're joined by Ben who had spent the night with Alexa.... there may be some hangovers in play too!! When the kitchen floods it is panic stations as to how to stop the water and, to avoid calling their nightmare landlord, they try and fix the problem themselves with disastrous consequences!!

There's no better way to get to know people than in being in close contact with each other, so when they're all trapped up in the attic all they can do is talk and try and figure out ways to break out! It's hilarious to watch them trying to come up with new schemes and I loved the use of social media - both new and old forms! Brought back many memories of MSN messenger chat!! As time ticks by, they discover shared pasts, Twitter posts go viral, and a few squabbles break out!

I blasted through this book as it was just so much fun! It made me laugh out loud many a time and there needs to be more books in the world that make you smile!!


★★★★


my thanks to Lucy of Penguin books for the advanced copy in return for a fair and honest review


My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up - 24th July 2021

 


Hello!! What a scorcher of a week!!  I do love sunshine, BUT the heat has just been too overbearing this week! But I made it through with the help of gallons of water and an ice lolly or 6! Wonder if that was Summer for us in the UK then!? LOL!

And with heat, comes plenty of time for reading for me as it's just been too hot to do much else! So it's been a great bookish week - 7 books finished (including 1 audiobook), and just 2 newbies on the netgalley shelf!  I bought zero books....... that is a negative!!! ;)

So here's my look back.

BOOKS FINISHED



Just 2 from Netgalley this week...

A BOOK AT BEDTIME by BARRIE SHORE

On a cold December Sunday, book-seller Jack Carter struggles through the ritual of making breakfast for his wife Eva, whose dementia confines her body to her bed and her mind to a world of its own. Jack is an old man failing to cope with the modern world. He wages a constant battle with Margaret, Eva’s carer, and tries to fend off Dodie, Eva’s bossy best friend, who has decided that Jack too is losing his marbles and the time has come for the two of them to go into a home. 

Jack’s wandering mind makes frequent journeys to the past. Among the ghosts he conjures are his sexually repressed, religiously obsessed mother, and his friend and mentor, Bob Pride, whose own past is closely linked with Oscar Wilde. The gaps in Jack’s memories and day-dreams are filled by Eva, and gradually their story unfolds. It’s the love story of a couple married for nearly sixty years whose complete failure to communicate is hidden behind an apparently shared love of books. 

But there is also The Great Man, a famous local writer who chooses this day to come and call. Comical and acerbic, he pushes Jack to confront the past, until the truth finally emerges.


A MARRIAGE OF LIONS by ELIZABETH CHADWICK

publication date - September 2021


England, 1238

Raised at the court of King Henry III as a chamber lady to the queen, young Joanna of Swanscombe's life changes forever when she comes into an inheritance far above all expectations, including her own.

Now a wealthy heiress, Joanna's arranged marriage to the King's charming, tournament-loving half-brother William de Valence immediately stokes the flames of political unrest as more established courtiers object to the privileges bestowed on newcomers.

As Joanna and William strive to build a life together, England descends into a bitter civil war. In mortal danger, William is forced to run for his life, and Joanna is left with only her wit and courage to outfox their enemies and prevent them from destroying her husband, her family, and their fortunes.


CURRENTLY READING


THE DREAM WEAVERS by BARBARA ERSKINE


HAPPY READING