Month: October 2022

Books & Book Reviews

The Hat Girl’s Heartbreak

The Hat Girl’s Story is a lovely sequel to The Hat Girl from Silver Street that I had read and reviewed a while back. Book Description Will it be tears or triumph for the Hat Girl from Silver Street? It’s been five years since Ella Bancroft lost the love of her life, Harper Fortescue, and despite her friends’ encouragement, she’s still not been able to move on. The one thing keeping Ella smiling is the success of her hat shop, Ivella.  Her beautiful designs and fabulous creations are the first choice for the fashionable Edwardian ladies of Walsall, and her fame

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Books & Book Reviews, Fiction

The Girl I Used To Be

The Girl I Used To Be is the second book of Debbie Howells I’ve read this year. In July I read The Sunday Times bestseller for 2022 – The Life You Left Behind. Book Description Anna and Will have been passing in and out of each other’s lives since they were just kids. Now 20 years later, Anna is married – she has a lovely house, a step daughter in university and a husband with a good job. What she doesn’t have is joy. When she runs into Will it sparks something in her, a longing for the Anna she

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Books & Book Reviews, Fiction

Daughter Of The Dawn

Daughter of the Dawn is the fourth and final instalment in the Margarete’s Journey series by Marion Kummerow. Although I haven’t read the earlier three books in the series, this made an excellent stand-alone read. Book Description 1944, Germany: The war is still raging, as a young woman named Margarete hides from the Nazis in plain sight. With each day that passes, she takes more risks. But will one of those risks ultimately take her to the most evil place on earth? After a bombing led to her identity being mistaken, Margarete Rosenbaum has been living disguised as one of the Nazis

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Books & Book Reviews, Fiction

To Be A Mother

To Be A Mother is another winner from Emma Robinson. Book Description What if your only chance to be a mother was to give birth to his first wife’s child? All I’ve ever wanted is to be a mother. And since I married David, it’s gone from being a dream of mine, to a dream of ours. And I want it for him too – it’s the happy-ever-after he deserves after the tragic loss of his first wife, Katherine. We have tried and we’ve hoped. But today I’ve just found out it’s impossible. That I’m unable to become a mother. My heart breaking

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Books & Book Reviews, Fiction

The Break-Up Agency

The title of the book was so intruiging. Who ever has heard of a break-up agency? I was not disappointed to read the book, at all! It was such a great read! Book Description Ellie Shaw loves love. Unfortunately, she’s also an expert in break-ups. When a friend needs help with her ‘too nice to dump’ boyfriend, Ellie agrees to help. What she doesn’t expect is for American Dan to be kind, caring, to love dogs and look like a Disney hero. In other words, completely too good to be true. She lets him down with grace and, encouraged by

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Books & Book Reviews, Fiction

Exit Wounds

When Nanda Dyssou of Coriolis offered me a copy of Exit Wounds to read and review, I happily accepted, especially with the Irish connect the book has. In case you don’t know, I’m very partial to all things Irish, despite never having set a foot into Ireland! Book Description Born to shanty Irish on one side and Park Avenue privilege on the other, Laura navigates a turbulent childhood filled with the alcohol-fueled abuse of her volatile father and her mother’s excessive drinking. As the middle child of three girls, she assigns herself the role of her mother’s protector, who dies

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