Hello fellow book lovers!
I was asked the other day, if I read a book once or if I read the same book multiple times and it got me thinking…How many of you out there are re-readers?
I am a book once kinda girl. However there are some books I’d love to read again, but I never seem to get around to it. I have so many NEW books waiting to be read, and my never ending wish list takes priority when reading my next book. I’m not sure why I don’t re-read though as I often watch some of my favourite movies over and over.
I can see the benefits of rereading. Rediscovering why a book rated so highly with you in the first place, falling in love with your favourite characters ALL OVER AGAIN, seeing things from a whole new perspective, picking up on bits you may have missed the first time round (especially if it is a long book). Or rereading the last book from a series, before you start the next one to reacquaint yourself with the goings on. I just never do it! I have only ever read one book twice and that was the Kite Runner as i had to read it for a book club. I have to say I enjoyed it just as much the second time round. Still, I’ve not bothered to read another favourite again…
The saying “so many books, so little time” rings true to me and I’m not sure I’ll turn into a re-reader just yet!
Let me know your thoughts
Title: Beneath the Moon and the Stars
Author: Amelia Thorne
Blurb: Home, sweet home…
Joy Cartier has been to some of the most beautiful places in the world – but none of them have ever felt like home. So moving into a tiny cottage in the idyllic village of Bramble Hill, walking distance from her childhood home, seems like the perfect plan.
That is, until she gets there. The surly inhabitants of Britain’s Friendliest Village are anything but welcoming. Even her neighbour, reclusive Hollywood star Finn Mackenzie, takes one look at her and walks in the other direction.
But when the village animosity steps up a gear, it is the infuriatingly brooding Finn who keeps coming to her rescue. Slowly Joy begins to realise that maybe a happy home isn’t about where you live, but who you’re with…
Beneath the Moon and the Stars is Amelia Thornes debut. Picking up a book by a new author is a mixed bag for me. What if it you don’t like it? With picking up a new book from an old friend you just know you going to love it. However the unknown is kind of exciting. You could end up with a brand new favourite book…Luckily this time round I found a fab new author and a great book!
Joy Cartier moves to Bramble Hill full of hope to find her perfect home. What she doesn’t get is the welcome she was expecting. Bramble Hill known as “Britain’s friendliest village” is anything but. However, Joy by name joy by nature is not easily put off, even when her fellow villagers are being utterly vile for no reason other than, she is new to their village. She still continues to live her life with nothing but smiles and optimism, no matter what gets thrown at her. The book opens with Joy hiding from the police with us having no idea why… with clues being your way you want to find out what is going on and what is she hiding?
As well as Joy we are introduced to her neighbours. While she doesn’t get off to the best start with her moody neighbour Finn, he comes to her rescue albeit reluctantly more than once. Zach on the other hand, her other neighbour sets his sights on Joy early on and he clearly wants to be more than her friend. We also have his brother Casey who doesn’t live in the village but is Finns best friend, he on the other hand seems to become Joy’s friend instantly, as we move through the book we discover not only does Joy have a secret but Casey does too. I really loved Casey, he was a great friend to Joy when she needed him, and I also really loved Joy’s brother, what a guy!
I totally enjoyed reading about the inhabitants of Bramble hill, and I suppose when you think of little villages, you just assume they are quiet and quaint and your fellow villagers are always there to lend a hand or a cup of sugar should you so need it, however the village life of Bramble Hill was anything but idyllic but it sure made for good reading!
Beneath the Moon and the Stars was such a delightful read that will have you devouring the pages. It is full of romance, a little mystery and a moody fella to grow to love!
I can’t wait for Thornes next release.
My Rating: 4*
Author: Simon Kernick
Genre: Crime / Thriller
Blurb: LONDON. THE STANHOPE HOTEL, PARK LANE.
16.00 A normal afternoon.
THE MANAGER -Newly engaged Elena Serenko has just made the life-changing decision to quit her job and start a new life in Australia
THE GUESTS -Upstairs, a young woman waits for her lover; a visiting family prepare for an evening out; and a sick man contemplates his own mortality.
THE ASSASSIN -High up amongst the penthouse suites, a skilled and dangerous killer is hunting a quarry who’s eluded him for far too long.
THE SIEGE – What none of them know is that a group of ruthless gunmen are about to burst into the Stanhope, shooting indiscriminately, and seizing hostages. As darkness falls and the gunmen become increasingly violent, only one thing matters. Who will survive?
I’ve read a fair few of Simon Kernicks books, as I have always really enjoyed them I am currently (albeit slowly) working my way through his back catalogue.
As with all of Kernicks book Siege is fast paced and action packed! With a murder on the very first page you know from here on, it’s only going to give us more blood and action. Short chapters and with most of them ending in cliff hangers make for a real quick read and page turner. The chapters are from different characters perspectives, from the terrorists themselves to some of the hostages. This does mean that we are introduced to a quite a few different characters throughout the book however it doesn’t get confusing and is easy to follow. The majority of the book takes place at a fictional hotel in London and all in the space of one day! We do have sub plots added in I didn’t therefore I didn’t find this hard going as I think I would have the whole book been based at the hotel. I really hated all of the terrorists, which is what Kernick had in mind I’m sure, and was rooting for the safety of many of the hostages as many they tend to grab at your emotion, it’s a scary situation that you can imagine happening today! I was especially hoping that Elena got out! I liked Scope A LOT and (I hope) think we are going to get more on him in different books that I’ll look out for. With the many twists and turns, subplots, add in the numerous characters and you get a great book that as you continue to read you can neatly slot all the pieces together.
Siege is an exhilarating read that has you turning the pages hating on the terrorist and rooting for the safety of the guests trapped. It leaves you wanting to just hurry up and get to the end to find out… who will survive?! I’ll be reading another Kernick soon for sure.
My Rating: 4*
Title: The Rosie Project
Author: Graeme Simison
Genre: Contemporary / Romance
Blurb: Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arrive. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
I was a little sceptical about reading Graeme Simsions debut novel, The Rosie Project. I had heard nothing but good reviews and a few friends had recommended it, still I wasn’t sure it was going to be my thing. I struggle reading books with a lot of hype surrounding them, as my expectations are always extremely high! However when it saw it on offer I bit the bullet and bought it, who doesn’t love a bargain? I’m so glad I did it was excellent!
Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, a slightly socially awkward man who seems to be unlucky in love. When told he would make a wonderful husband, he balks at the idea but then he relents, statistically it is probable that he will find someone. He comes up with a brilliant solution to this, The Wife Project! A very long questionnaire set to find his perfect match. Enter Rosie. She couldn’t be more wrong for Don, she fails on most of his important criteria set for the Wife Project, he has her written off after their very first date. Regardless she whirlwinds her way into Dons life and he embarks on a new project. They end up spending a lot of time together during the father project. They have some fun together; a lot of awkwardness on Dons part, some upset gets caused… Rosie, despite being Dons polar opposite brings out the best in him. His once organised life including his standardised meal system (I could not cope with this!!) gets completely thrown and he ends up being ok with it!
The Rosie Project is a truly wonderful book, that I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy, but so did! It is funny and heart warming in equal parts, also I love Don Tillman there I said it. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!
My Rating 4*
Title: Sleep Tight
Author: Rachel Abbott
Genre: Psychological thriller
Blurb: How far would you go to hold on to the people you love? When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. She has reason to fear the worst; this isn’t the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced.
Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it’s Olivia who has disappeared. All the evidence suggests that she was here, in the family home, that morning. But her car is in the garage, and her purse is in her handbag – on the kitchen table. The police want to issue a national appeal, but for some reason every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers.
And then they find the blood…Has the past caught up with Olivia?
Sleep Tight – if you can. You never know who’s watching
This is my second Abbott book, having read her first a while ago I can’t remember much about it unfortunately. However I LOVED Sleep Tight. It is such a page turner, I didn’t want to put it down. This book as does her previous two includes DCI Tom Douglas, as I believe will her next book. As I have only read one of her previous books before, I’d say it can be read as a standalone book, he is not the main character, and you still get a little background info on him.
Sleep tight is a psychological thriller written from a few perspectives, mainly Olivia who is missing. I’m going to be a little vague here as even the smallest hint may ruin what happens. Olivia seems to have all sorts of bad luck, after her latest tragedy she is rescued by Robert, practically a stranger who looks after her when she most needs someone. They soon marry and have children, but by no means is life rosy… I found all of the characters very intriguing and they kept me engrossed throughout. The ending wasn’t the best, I found it a little too picture perfect but did no way effect how much I loved it.
Sleep Tight is a great fast paced book that made me want to keep reading until I found out what the hell was going on…! A must read.
My Rating: 5*
Title: Spare Brides
Author: Adele Parks
Genre: Historical Fiction
Blurb: New Year’s Eve, 1920. The Great War is over and it’s a new decade of glamorous promise. But a generation of men and women who survived the extreme trauma and tragedy will never be the same. With countless men lost, it seems that only wealth and beauty will secure a husband from the few who returned, but lonely Beatrice has neither attribute. Ava has both, although she sees marriage as a restrictive cage after the freedom war allowed. Sarah paid the war’s ultimate price: her husband’s life. Lydia should be grateful that her own husband’s desk job kept him safe, but she sees only his cowardice. A chance encounter for one of these women with a striking yet haunted officer changes everything. In a world altered beyond recognition, where not all scars are visible, this damaged and beautiful group must grasp any happiness they can find – whatever the cost
Having previously read all of Parks books and being a fan I was looking forward to reading her latest book. This one differs from her normal work as it is Historical Fiction, I wasn’t sure how I was going to find this book, having not read much historical fiction before. I’ll be honest and say I particularly struggled with the first half of the book, I did however speed through the second half.
Spare Brides is set in the 1920s after the Great War has ended and focuses mainly on how it affected the women, four women in particular, all of whom have been affected differently by loss and the tragedy the war has caused. Although all four women differed in personality and class they still managed to stay friends. We get to hear each of their perspectives throughout the book. This means we really get a feel of how it might have been for them back then. It really shows you how they all coped dealing with different types of loss in their own ways, we got a good sense of them all individually. Each one bought out different emotions in me particularly Lydia who I felt changed the most throughout the book; I was glad how it all tied up for her. I had great empathy for Sarah she struggled the most in my opinion. Beatrice, poor Beatrice. She didn’t get much luck and when her hopes were finally raised they were soon dashed again. Then we have Ava, who was beautiful, rich and seemed to have it all, she used the tragedy to her own advantage and I loved her courage for not following the crowd! There wasn’t a character I didn’t like (or if I did it wasn’t for long!) but Edgar, oh Edgar! He was what kept me reading the book, I loved hearing how he coped during the war, he was by far my favourite character.
Spare Brides took me a while to get into but once I did, I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. I did however love the ending. Parks did a fabulous job of detailing in the book and at times I really felt like I was back in the ‘20s. The description of the clothes they wore were so beautifully crafted. I will continue to read all of Parks latest work
My Rating: 3*
Title: The Third Wife
Author: Lisa Jewell
Genre: Chic-Lit / Mystery
Blurb: In the early hours of an April morning, Maya stumbles into the path of an oncoming bus.
A tragic accident? Or suicide?
Her grief-stricken husband, Adrian, is determined to find out. Maya had a job she enjoyed; she had friends. They’d been in love. She even got on with his two previous wives and their children. In fact, they’d all been one big happy family. But before long Adrian starts to identify the dark cracks in his perfect life. Because everyone has secrets. And secrets have consequences. Some of which can be devastating
This is my sixth Lisa Jewell book, having previously enjoyed the others I was excited to get stuck in. This is meant to be a more of a mystery /psychological thriller with Jewell trying to move away from the Chic-Lit label, but for me it was more along the lines of chic-lit, just a bit darker!
The Third wife is based around the Wolfe family, which is pretty unconventional to say the least. One husband, one current wife, two ex wives and five children who all get along and holiday together? But who am I to judge?
Adrian is a nice guy, a great father but also a self obsessed man, who likes his life to be just so. Living a seemingly idyllic and happy life. Adrian understandably distraught after the sudden death of his wife really struggles with how it affects not just him but his family too. The not knowing isn’t helping, throw in a stranger who seems to complicate things and his perfect life seems to unravel.
Once I got past the strange family set up and got into the bones of the book the third wife was a compelling read that left you wanting to find out what really happened to Maya. Myself in particular needed to know who this stranger was and what part she played in the Wolfes family. On top of that I wanted to figure out how this unconventional family setting worked. The Third Wife is mainly written from Adrian’s prospective and I didn’t like him very much as a character and I often wondered how he managed to bag himself three wives! However I enjoyed getting to know the rest of the Wolfe family and felt extremely sorry for Maya at times; with the story jumping backward and forwards you really get a sense of how the family works.
The Third Wife is a compelling read that will keep you reading to discover the mystery surrounding Mayas death. This is not Jewells best work in my opinion but still a very entertaining read. I’ll be looking out for her newest book.
My Rating: 3*