Remember My Name

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 “Like the rest of her life, it was beautiful on the outside and chaos on the inside” Cressida Howard is a woman who appears to have it all. A beautiful (and smart) seventeen year old daughter, Emily-Jane, a rich and successful husband, Laurence, (an e-commerce kingpin) and her…

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Black Reed Bay

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Compulsively readable, “Black Reed Bay “ is crime fiction at its summit. One of my true joys is finding superb new authors, - authors whose writing style, characterization and plotting hit the sweet spot that defines what reading does for me - takes me away into another world where…

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Peacocks in Paradise

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Anna and her husband Alan, expats from London and Scotland, respectively, escape to the beautiful isle of Mallorca, where Anna writes for a local newspaper and provides this fictionalized travelogue (#7 in the series), a narrative of her ongoing encounters with the local populace, wild life, arts and…

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The Wilderness Between Us

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Spellbinding. Poignant. Inspirational. Brimming with the naturalism of Barbara Kingsolver and the authenticity of Anne Tyler, this book reached and filled a Covid-fueled paucity I wasn’t fully aware of. “What was there to be afraid of in this place where everything was as you saw it - naked and…

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Finding Freedom

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What if you were to take everything wonderful in raising a child - the unconditional love; the the delight in the magic that is your child; the fears; the hopes; the wonder of watching this little person grow and blossom - and well, what if you were to do…

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The Blue Hour

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ever since I read my first novel by Rosamund Pilcher, decades ago now, I have been in love with books based in Cornwall. This book is no exception. Introducing Tilly Barwise, one of the most endearingly original “battle maidens” of WWII, and our first protagonist. Tilly’s story begins in…

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Astral Travel

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My stop today on the #RandomThingsTours blog tour for #AstralTravel by @ElizabethBaines Stories. Within Stories. Within other stories. This brilliant book is about the stories we tell ourselves, how we learn to handle the realities we cannot escape from, and exactly how much of our truest selves we are…

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A Murder at Rosings

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Prepare to greet “Jane Austen meets Agatha Christie” in the delightful novel “Murder at Rosings”, by Annette Purdey Pugh, which was published by Honno on 17 June 2021. Taking off where Pride and Prejudice left off, it doesn’t take long for us to be drawn right back into the…

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