ARC Review of Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

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I got Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier free from NetGalley for an honest review, as the book comes out on 7th May 2020 in the UK.

This book has trigger warnings for Suicide, depression and child abduction

Little Secrets tells the story of Marion, Derek and their son Sebastian, who live the perfect life in Seattle, until shortly before one Christmas, Sebastian is taken by some one dressed as farther Christmas. A year later the FBI have put it the case on the back burner and Marion’s life has fallen apart suffering from depression and having attempted suicide. Then all of a sudden Marion gets contacted by a private detective who she hired to find her son, to say that her husband Derek is Having an Affair. Continue reading “ARC Review of Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier”

Review of Perpetual Check by F. Nelson Smith

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I got Perpetual Check by F. Nelson Smith from BookSirens for a fair and honest review

Perpetual Check is set in 1985, during the cold war, and tells the story of two Canadian Women Danni and her Aunt Lucy, who arrive in London to go on a bus tour around England. However when they land in the UK they meat a a German lady who is later found dying in front of their hotel room after being stabbed. Continue reading “Review of Perpetual Check by F. Nelson Smith”

11 Books That Changed My Reading Life

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The second post I did for my blog was called The Book That made me a Reader, which was about how The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins put me on the path to being a reader. Then looking at my February review,  I looked at the type of books I enjoyed that month, and they seem so different from the Eagle Has Landed. So this post is about the books that have altered my reading life and have lead me to this point. Continue reading “11 Books That Changed My Reading Life”

WWW Wednesday #1

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This is my first WWW Wednesday, I saw this by Bookworms Anonymous, who said it was started by MizB at A Daily Rythmand currently hosted by Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the three following questions

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish?
What do you think you will read next?

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So here we go with the first question

What are you currently reading?

Sycamore Drive: A Novel
Charles Michael Casper

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This is an ARC of a book I got from NetGalley, for a fair and honest review. The book is set in Boston and is about the child abuse of the catholic church in the area, I am about 40% of the way through and am enjoying it at the moment.

Audio Book

Mirror and the Light
Hillary Mantel
Ben Mills narrator

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This is the last book of the Wolf Hall trilogy, that tells the story of Henry VIII’s advisor Thomas Cromwell. which I got from the libary, which I am enjoying it so far

What did you recently finish?

Perpetual Check
F. Nelson Smith

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This is a cold war thriller, set in the 1980’s about the illegal, sale of computer parts in to the Soviet Union, an enjoyable cold war spy novel.

What do you think you will read next?

My next book will probably be a comic version of Dante’s Inferno by Hunt Emerson with Kevin Jackson.

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So what is your WWW Wednesday answers either do your own on your blog or comment in the blog below on mine, like or follow.

Above all keep safe

5 Books and 5 Series to Read if you Have Nothing Else to Do

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With the current status of what Is happening at the moment with corona virus, meaning that we all have a lot more time on our hands,so why not use this time to read the larger books in our TBR. As we will not have to carry them around with us so here are 5 books and 5 series I would recommend, when you do not have to carry the books around. Continue reading “5 Books and 5 Series to Read if you Have Nothing Else to Do”

Farther Brown Is The Book Better Than The TV Show

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There is a debate, one sided in the book community on, if the book is better than the movie/tv show, and last year I read The Boys From Brazil by Ira Levin and watched the film and compared them  to see which was better (blog post). In January, I finished reading the short stories of Farther brown, and said I would compare the book and the TV show.

 

How I got into Farther Brown

Like most people in the UK when they are of work either sick, on holiday, or have a day of in the week I ended up watching day time television and on some of those days I watched the odd Farther Brown as it is on BBC 1 in the afternoon, also I had caught the odd episode on Alibi. Then a few years ago i had a number of Mental Health issues, which meant I was not working, this meant I was sat at home and so I got to see all the Farther Brown episodes, as I found it a comforting show. I know the idea of having some one murdered is comforting, and the killer was probably hung, but the crime was solved at the end of the show and you do not see many hangings in the show. Continue reading “Farther Brown Is The Book Better Than The TV Show”

Review Of The Long Path Home By Ellen Lindseth

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I got The Long Path Home by Ellen Lindseth, for a fair and honest review form NetGalley

The Long Path Home, tells the story of Vi a burlesque dancer in Chicago who ran away from home when she was fifteen, after getting pregnant, by her sisters fiancée. The book opens after Vi has just finished a show, when Vi is taken to a a house with a hit man. While there instead of having sex with him Vi uses a drug to knocked him out and lays him out in such a way that, when he wakes up the hit man thinks he had had sex Vi then leaves only to find the next day that the person she drugged was shot and Vi is wanted by the police for the murder. The only hope Vi has of getting out of Chicago is arranged by her friend and boss Sal who Arranges for her to help protect the the daughter of a Mafia boss, who as run away to work with the USO to entertain the American troops in Europe. Continue reading “Review Of The Long Path Home By Ellen Lindseth”

Keep Me Afloat by Jennifer Gold Review

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I got Keep Me Afloat by Jennifer Gold, from NetGalley for a fair and honest review

Keep Me Afloat, tells the story or Abbey a marine biologist who returns to her home town, 5 years after leaving when the research she is working on finishes. The problem with going home for Abbey, is she left because she was running away from her mistakes. Which means going back will open up old wounds as well as finding new ones. Continue reading “Keep Me Afloat by Jennifer Gold Review”

The Lazarus Charter By Tony Bassett Review

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I got this book as an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for a fair and honest review as the book.

The Lazarus charter by Tony Bassett, is a thriller that could have been taken out of today’s headlines. The premise of the book is what would you do if after going to a dear friends funeral, you see that same person, coming out of a underground station in London. This Is the case for school teacher Bob who sees his old friend, Gus who was killed in a car crash earlier that year. As both Bob and his wife Anne, investigate what is going on with Gus, they find themselves in trouble with both the Russians and the British government. Continue reading “The Lazarus Charter By Tony Bassett Review”

Review of Dovetail By Karen MCquestion

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I got this book from netgalley for an honest and fair review

Dovetail is the latest book by Karen McQuestion due to be released on March 10th 2020, tells the story of how decisions taken in an instant can lead to a chain reaction and affect the rest of your life and how sometimes the stars align to reconcile them.

The story is divided into two time lines, the first is in 1983, when Jo is in treatment for, having four recurring dreams, showing scenes which he does not understand, one of which he calls his death dream, all of them lead him to wake up screaming. Jo is then taken out by his Grandma Pearl, who he has never met before and his dad even told him that she had passed away. Pearl Takes Jo to her home town to work for her for the summer  He meets Katherleen, who is also running away from  her past, there seems to be a connection, between the two of them, Jo’s dreams and events involving Pearl in the summer of 1916.

Reviow of The Love Letter By Lucinda Riley

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The Love Letter by Lucinda Riley, tells the story how a young reporter called Joanna, goes to report on the funeral of Sir James Harrison Britons leading actors, she leaves early to help a frail old lady named Rose to go back home. She hints at a scandal involving the deceased actor to Joanna, that goes to the heart of the British government, giving her a letter which should confirm this. When she starts investigating the story who can she trust from her best friend to the way-ward grandson of the actor and will anyone survive to find the answers.

Burning Island by Suzanne Goldring Review

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Burning Island is the second book by Suzanne Goldring, after My Name is Eve, which I read last year, you can read my review here,

The story is set on the Greek Island of Corfu, split into 2 distinct story lines. The first starts during World War II more specific, June 1944, with the Germans now in Continue reading “Burning Island by Suzanne Goldring Review”

Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2020

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A number of books I have read, so far and will read, later this year, have come about because I am doing the reading Challenge, set by Anne Bogel on the Modern Mrs Darcy website. Anne herself runs the website, as well as the podcast What Should I Read Next (wsirn) and has written a number of books including the book Don’t Over Think It, which comes out in march 2020.

The challenge itself involves reading, 12 books in the following categories:


A book published in the decade you were born
A debut Novel Continue reading “Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2020”

January Review

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I can not believe that January has already been completed already, and we are on the second month of the year a. As I have not post anything this month I have decided to do a monthly update which I hope to continue each month which will show books I have read even if I do not give them a full review as well a major events in the news, sporting world as well as TV shows and anything I find pertinent in my life.

The Lost Girls of Paris By Pam Jenoff Review

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The Lost Girls of Paris, is a fictional story of how in World War II woman were used by the Special Operations Executive (SOE), in occupied France in the aiding the French resistance during the Nazi occupation. The story is told using the point of View of three women, Grace Healey, Elanor Trigg and Marie. Using the documents and letters in a simaler way to The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova which was reviewed here.

Continue reading “The Lost Girls of Paris By Pam Jenoff Review”

Reading Life And Mental Health

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I have not posted in a while although I have continued buying and reading books in that time. The main reason for this is I am, suffering from anxiety and depression, having been diagnosed over a year ago. I am going though treatment at the moment and with the close support of my family I am getting through it although slowly. Though this post is partly about my Mental Health I will only concentrate on how this effects my reading and this blog.   

Minutes Per Session

This is always key state for me in telling how am feeling at the moment, I use a Kobo ereader, for my fiction reading, and pay particular attention to the Minutes per session of time I read, as the better I fell the longer I read for when I pick a book up.  

Having to finish a Book

I know this is a highly debated among readers if you should always finish every book you start. For me at the moment I feel, that I have, no choice in the matter in that I have to finish every book I start as the times when I am not enjoying a book Is it my depression or the book.

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Total time Read each month

Every month I get an email telling me the total length of time I have bean reading using my Kobo ereader. This gives me an over view of how I have feeling for the previous month.

Looking for new books

Like most readers I can spend as much time looking for a books to read as much a reading them, My To be read list can grow every time I am within reading distance of a book cover either in a store or on-line. However their are times when going out side is hard let alone going into the city even to do something I find pleasure in doing.

Communicating

I love every thing about the reading life including talking about books but my mental health means that it is very had to meet people and talk about a book I am reading or even write about it.

Enthusiasm

This is a lack of get up and go with reading or this blog I work out in my mind what I want a post to be about, or even get as far as planning what I want to write. Then my mental health kicks in and I just don’t do it or a I start it to finish it latter and then I do not go back to it.

The above are just of the few ways that mental health affects me in my reading life and they even go and effect my life outside of reading. The one thing that helps me is the ability to talk to someone about what is happening and that is what I advise you to do if some of these things are happening to you.

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The Pillars of Earth Review

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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is novel can only be an epic due to its size as it is around 1500 pages long. It also covers 50 years of turmoil in English history from the White Ship Disaster 1120 through The Anarchy, to shortly after the Murder of Thomas Becket in 1170. The novel does this by telling the story of a Building of a Cathedral in the priory town of Kingsbridge and how these are affected by the history of the time

6  books from my Granddads Bookshelf

 

I have always read books as a child, though, I never owned a large number of books and there were no major bookcase in our house. This did not mean that I had no access to books at all, as we used to go to the local library regularly. However when we used to go to my Granddad’s house, he did have a small bookcase and on there where 6 books that always intrested me by their covers and eventually I did read them all. Bellow are the books that grabed my attention as a child and added to my intrest in reading.

The books are as follows: Continue reading “6  books from my Granddads Bookshelf”

Review of Sycamore Drive by Charles Michael Casper

I got Sycamore Drive: A Novel by Charles Michael Casper, which is released on April 14, from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.

Sycamore Drive: a Novel, the book is set , in Boston, Massachusetts in the U.S.A, during the time, Eisenhower was President in the 1950’s. This was the time when people looked up towards organisations and in particular the Catholic Church. Into this world we meat Norman the son of a devout Protestant who befriends Sarah the daughter of a devout Catholic family. After Norman got to now the family and various events he decides to Continue reading “Review of Sycamore Drive by Charles Michael Casper”