Another fairly good bookish week for me, I’ve managed to get through two books and I had a lovely pile of book post too. I’ve also hit 100 blog followers now- YEY! I never thought that would happen so a big thank you to everyone who has followed, shared, liked, commented. Let’s see if I can get another 100!
WHAT I’VE BEEN READING
‘Where The Wild Cherries Are’ by Laura Madeleine – I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read for me and full of family secrets which is right up my alley. I loved the dual timeline and the story that Laura Madeleine weaved together of Bill Perch and Emeline Vane. And there were some cracking descriptions of food which made my mouth water! A full review to come.
‘Dead Woman Walking’ by Sharon Bolton – Oh my goodness! The first few chapters of this book were literally the most intense and gripping opening chapters I’ve ever read! This was such a good thriller, a fast paced cat and mouse game that I just tore through and couldn’t put down. A full review to come.
These Dividing Walls by Fran Cooper
One Parisian summer. A building of separate lives. All that divides them will soon collapse. In a forgotten corner of Paris stands a building. Within its walls, people talk and kiss, laugh and cry; some are glad to sit alone, while others wish they did not. A woman with silver-blonde hair opens her bookshop downstairs, an old man feeds the sparrows on his windowsill, and a young mother wills the morning to hold itself at bay. Though each of their walls touches someone else’s, the neighbours they pass in the courtyard remain strangers. Into this courtyard arrives Edward. Still bearing the sweat of a channel crossing, he takes his place in an attic room to wait out his grief. But in distant corners of the city, as Paris is pulled taut with summer heat, there are those who meet with a darker purpose. As the feverish metropolis is brought to boiling point, secrets will rise and walls will crumble both within and without Number 37.
Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett
One day. Sixteen songs. The soundtrack of a lifetime. Alone in her studio, Cass Wheeler is taking a journey back into her past. After a silence of ten years, the singer-songwriter is picking the sixteen tracks that have defined her – sixteen key moments in her life – for a uniquely personal Greatest Hits album. In the course of this one day, both ordinary and extraordinary, the story of Cass’s life emerges – a story of highs and lows, of music, friendship and ambition, of great love and great loss. But what prompted her to retreat all those years ago, and is there a way for her to make peace with her past? Daughter. Mother. Singer. Lover. What are the memories that mean the most?
Can You Hear Me? by Elena Varvello
1978. Ponte, a small community in Northern Italy: peaceful woods, discarded rubbish, a closed-down factory. An unbearably hot summer like many others, wilted flowers and trips to the waterfalls. Elia Furenti is sixteen, living in a secluded house with his parents, a life so unremarkable that even its moderate unhappiness has been accepted as normal. That is until the day the beautiful, damaged Anna returns to Ponte and firmly propels Elia to the edge of adulthood. But then everything starts to unravel. Elia’s father, Ettore, is let go from his job and loses himself in the darkest corners of his mind. A young boy is murdered, shaking the small community to its core. And a girl climbs into a van and vanishes in the deep, dark woods.
The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig. I am enjoying this book so much at the moment – Ginny is a wonderful character and Benjamin Ludwig’s writing of her is superb. This will be one that I highly recommend!
Everyone tells Ginny that she should feel happy. After years in foster care, fourteen year old Ginny is finally with parents who will love her. Yet despite finding her forever family, she knows she will never stop crafting her Big Secret Plan of Escape. Because something heart-breaking happened a long time ago – something that only Ginny knows – and nothing will stop her going back to put it right.
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