• 2016,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Can You Read Without Prejudice?

    A few weeks ago on twitter I started hearing about a concept called Read Without Prejudice.  This is a book being made available to bloggers (and publishing 1st October). It doesn’t have a title and the author is given as anonymous. It doesn’t have a cover and it has a two line synopsis: There are two points in life when we are all equal: at the moment of birth and at the moment of death. It is how we live in between that defines us. As the publisher put it “We want you to immerse yourself in this dazzling novel, free from any preconceptions that a cover, title or author…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Last Dance in Havana by Rosanna Ley

    I received a free copy of Last Dance in Havana by Rosanna Ley as part of  Quercus Summer. Cuba, 1958. Elisa is only sixteen years old when she meets Duardo and she knows he’s the love of her life from the moment they first dance the rumba together in downtown Havana. But Duardo is a rebel, determined to fight in Castro’s army, and Elisa is forced to leave behind her homeland and rebuild her life in distant England. But how can she stop longing for the warmth of Havana, when the music of the rumba still calls to her? England, 2012. Grace has a troubled relationship with her father, whom…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon

    I’m never quite sure how much to write in these reviews. I want to make them long enough that people can get a feel for the book but not too long that they can’t be bothered to read them. So just in case I’ve got it wrong I’ll start with the most important part of this review: I fully expect this book to feature in my Best Books of 2016 blog when December comes and it’s time to write it. It will take a lot to beat this. Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Geek Girl: Head Over Heels by Holly Smale

    I love love love the Geek Girl series by Holly Smale. I adore them.  On Tuesday I received a free eARC of the fifth full book in the series – Head Over Heels which is being published 7th April 2016. I just about managed to avoid starting it till I was on the train to London the next day.  But it was tough, I was excited about this book! “My name is Harriet Manners, and I will always be a geek.” The fifth book in the bestselling, award-winning GEEK GIRL series. Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is. She knows duck-billed platypuses don’t have stomachs. She knows that fourteen…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Books and the City Spring Blogger Evening

    One of my vague goals for this year is to have either a day out or a day doing something different to my usual every month. Basically so far it’s meant I’ve been to Birmingham a couple of times. But on Wednesday it was time to go to London. I went for the Books and The City Spring Blogger evening at Simon and Schuster.  And I’m really glad I did. We had yummy nibbles, champagne and lots of time to chat to other bloggers (some old friends and some new) and publishing staff. And a goody bag and lots and lots of free books. I went to the same event…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Waiting for You by Catherine Miller

    Yay my first full book review of the year! It’s taken my much longer to get to my 2016 review books than I meant it to and I regret that now because this was good. Waiting for You by Catherine Miller is being published by Carina as an ebook on 10th March 2016.  I received a free advance copy from NetGalley for review. You’d never guess that Fliss Chapron doesn’t have it all All Fliss wants is to see two blue lines telling her she is pregnant with her much longed for second baby. But as the negative tests stack up, dreams of completing her perfect family feel more hopeless…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn

    With today being 8th December I decided it’s finally close enough to Christmas to break out the festive reads.  And I started with Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn.  That’s a digital original ebook novella published by Simon and Schuster who kindly provded me with a free copy to review. A perfect winter warmer novella for all fans of Cathy Bramley and Scarlett Bailey. When sisters Nessie and Sam inherit a little pub in a beautiful country village they jump at the chance to escape their messy lives and start afresh. But when they arrive at the Star and Sixpence, it’s not quite what they imagined –…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Counting Stars by @Keris Stainton

    A while ago I decided that I wouldn’t go on NetGalley for a while. I have too many books and I was doing OK at not buying them but NetGalley was still a problem.  Then Keris Stainton tweeted that ARC’s of her new book Counting Stars were available on there. And that was that. I had to go on and put a request in.  Thankfully I was approved and didn’t have to wait until publication day (yesterday) to read this awesome book. Here’s the synopsis for Counting Stars by Keris Stainton. A new life in a new city – would could possibly go wrong . . . ? When eighteen-year-old…

  • 2015,  blogging,  books and reading,  reviews,  safety,  Uncategorized

    A Summer Breeze by Colette Caddle

    I’ve enjoyed every single Colette Caddle book I’ve read and so when I saw her new book, A Summer Breeze, was available to review I was really keen to have a copy. I can confirm that A Summer Breeze was well worth the read and I enjoyed it.   It’s being published on 24th September 2015.   All Zoe Hall has ever wanted to do is act, then love got in the way of her dreams. But now that she has divorced her husband and come home to Dublin, she is determined to get her career back on track. It’s easier said than done though and she earns just as much…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    A Daughter’s Secret by Eleanor Moran

    I received a free copy of A Daughter’s Secret by Eleanor Moran via NetGalley/Simon and Schuster Mia is a high-flying child psychotherapist, hoping to be made partner in the thriving practice where she works. But then she takes on a case which will change her life for ever, and bring back the past she has done her best to bury. Thirteen year old Gemma was the last person to see her father before he went on the run, fleeing from a major criminal trial. The police are desperate to track him down, pressuring Mia to tease the information out of his angry and reluctant daughter. But what does Gemma really…