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

Sons And Lovers Review

The novel Sons and Lovers by D.H, Lawrence, is a story of an aspiring young artist Paul Morel growing up in a mining village in Nottinghamshire, at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. It starts from the marriage of his parents Gertrude Coppard, from a good family and Walter Morel, a poor minor.

The marriage is an unhappy one when Gertrude finds out Walter has less money then Continue reading “Sons And Lovers Review”