• 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Happiness for Beginners by Carole Matthews

    If I’m honest I am quite behind in reading/reviewing my NetGalley books. I received a free copy of Happiness for Beginners by Carole Mattthews to review. I received it in time to review it around the time the hardback was published a few months ago. The paperback was published a couple of weeks ago and I’m only just reviewing it now (but we’ll pretend that was deliberate!) Here is the synopsis: Molly Baker is living her best life. Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There’s Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Poppy’s Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain

    I received a free copy of Poppy’s Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain for review via NetGalley. It was a well written, fun book full of Heidi Swain’s trademark charm. Here’s the synopsis Things haven’t always been straightforward in Poppy’s life but her dreams are finally within her reach. She’s moving into a cottage in beautiful Nightingale Square, close to the local community garden, where she can indulge her passion for making preserves and pickles. She may not have the best relationship with her family but she is surrounded by loving friends, and feels sure that even her grumpy new neighbour, Jacob, has more to him than his steely exterior…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon

    When I went to the Books and the City Spring Blogger Evening back in February one of the books in my goody bag was If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon. Here’s what the back cover has to say about it: HOW DO YOU FIND WHERE YOU’RE GOING, IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU’RE FROM . . . Angie has always wanted to travel. But at twenty-seven, she has barely stepped outside the small mining town where she was born. Instead, she discovers the world through stories told to her by passing travellers, dreaming that one day she’ll see it all for herself. When her grandmother passes away, leaving…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Blog Tour: I’ll Find You by Liz Lawler

    Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for I’ll Find You by Liz Lawler.  I received a free copy of I’ll Find You to review. I’ll find you is a psychological thriller. It was released in ebook earlier this week and will be out in paperback in May. Here is the blurb: Emily Jacobs, a nurse, is in hospital for a minor operation. When she wakes in the night, woozy with anaesthetic, she sees the doctor frantically trying to resuscitate the woman in the bed next to her. In the morning, she is told that she must have had a nightmare. The bed has been empty all along .…

  • 2018,  books and reading,  reviews

    The Gravity of Love by Noelle Harrison

    I received a free review copy of The Gravity of Love by Noelle Harrison and am taking part in the blog tour today. In love, there’s no such thing as a coincidence … Scottsville, Arizona, 1989 In small-town America, Joy Sheldon loves the plants that bloom in the desert but longs too for the sea’s elemental wildness. It’s a dream never realised – and now, facing the brutal truth that her husband is a cheat, Joy learns of unimaginable secrets in her early life. Riven by betrayal and loss, a chance encounter with the enigmatic Lewis, Joy embarks on a journey to seek her true identity – and to discover…

  • 2018,  books and reading,  reviews

    The Manhattan Project by Paul McNeive

    Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The Manhattan Project by Paul McNeive. This thriller is being published today and Black and White Publishing kindly sent me an advance copy for review. Here is the blurb: New York City is under attack. Millions may die. But the enemy’s weapons are invisible, undetectable and creating terror at lightning speed. Now, there’s nothing to stand in their way … A Hiroshima survivor turned criminal mastermind Pharma industry fat cats corrupted by big money A Libyan fast food entrepreneur coerced by threats to his family A New York cop falling fast for an elusive beauty Visitors to Tokyo from the desolate…

  • 2018,  books and reading,  reviews

    Random Acts of Kindness Part 1 by Victoria Walters

    I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of Random Acts of Kindness Part 1 by Victoria Walters in exchange for this review. This book is being serialised in 4 parts coming out roughly every two months. Part 1 came out in December, Part 2 has just been released (never let it be said I do things in a timely manner), part 3 will be out in April and part 4 in June.  I enjoyed part 1 and am looking forward to reading part 2 tomorrow. I’m disappointed to have such a long wait for the final two parts because I can’t wait to read them! Welcome to Littlewood,…

  • 2017,  books and reading,  reviews

    Hygge and Kisses by Clara Christiansen

    I received a free copy of Hygge and Kisses by Clara Christiansen from Netgalley to review. Reading other reviews, it seems a lot of people only received a sampler.  I was lucky enough to get the whole book.   Bo, 26, has always been careful, cautious. However, she’s just been made redundant and her life plan is beginning to unravel. Before she starts immediately applying for other jobs in a panic, her friend Kirsten persuades her to take a holiday, to visit Kirsten’s mother’s house in Aalborg, North Jutland, a part of Denmark Bo is ashamed to admit she has never heard of.   ‘What’s the weather going to be…

  • 2017,  books and reading,  reviews

    Mini Book Reviews

    I have written several times this year about struggling with my mental health.  I described it a while ago as being somewhat functionally depressed. If I have to go somewhere or someone is expecting me it happens. If there isn’t a set plan things have varied this year between “it’s not going to happen” and “after a fashion”   Reading has been perhaps the hardest thing in that because for quite a while I just wasn’t managing to finish books. Lately that’s improved but despite reading several fabulous books and wanting to review them I haven’t managed that part.  I have been wondering if I should give up reviewing books…

  • 2017,  books and reading,  reviews

    One Summer In Tuscany by Domenica De Rosa

    Today I am kickstarting my return to book blogging by taking part in the blog tour for One Summer in Tuscany by Domenica De Rosa. And I don’t think I could have picked a better book! Patricia Wilson’s carefully composed ads for the writers’ retreat she runs at her thirteenth-century Italian castle promise so much. But while the splendour of their surroundings and chef Aldo’s melanzane never fail to wow the guests, huge maintenance bills and bad news from the bank threaten to close Patricia down. It’s make or break time for the Castello. Each of her seven aspiring authors arrives with the inevitable baggage alongside their unpublished manuscripts. But…