It was an eventful month so I haven’t read as much as I would have liked, but nevertheless, I have a little selection that I really enjoyed.
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
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‘The rules are different today. The rules are that we hide and do not let the man with the gun find us.’
This is an electrifying thriller involving a mother and son who are trapped in a zoo. Lincoln is aged four, impeccably behaved and very understanding, and luckily does as his mother says.
The situation that they find themselves in is every parent’s worst nightmare. This book tugged at all of the maternal strings in my body and left me flabbergasted. What a journey you are taken on, and if rumours are true, then I am not surprised that it is being adapted onto the big screen.
You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac
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You, Me, Everything isn’t out until April 2018 but OMG I spent many sleepless nights in hospital devouring every inch of this perfect novel. This book is everything you could possibly want… and more. It is painstakingly beautiful.
‘You and me, we have history.
We have a child together.
We have kept secrets from each other for far too long.
This summer, in the beautiful hills of the Dordogne, it is time for everything to change.’
I am not in the least bit surprised that this superb piece of writing is to be turned into a film and I am ever so grateful that I was allowed to read an early copy of what can only be described as a masterpiece. Think ‘Me Before You’.
The Consequence of Love by Sandra Howard
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This one is a little bit of a slow burner, but very enjoyable, based on lost loves, deceit and second chances.
‘Nattie is now happily married to Hugo and they have two beautiful children, but no one knows that her heart has never truly been hers to give.
The love of her life was lost to her years ago, or so she thought. Now Ahmed is back, and although he knows Nattie is married, he just can’t stop himself from making contact.
Torn between Ahmed and her family, Nattie ends up meeting him in secret. But will her lies cause more trouble than the truth?’
This is a sequel, but can definitely be read as a standalone. It is beautifully written, holds your attention well and you can never really be sure where the storyline is going to take you, which is a good thing.
Sketchy Muma: What it means to be a Mother by Anna Lewis
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This is the perfect book for mums, both new and old, but especially for those who perhaps need a little bit of extra support to show them that they are doing just fine.
It is a delightful little book full of sketches showing the various stages of becoming a mother. It shows the highs and lows of life as a parent from chronic sleep deprivation to the beauty of creating something so heart-stoppingly loved. Anna Lewis captures every moment perfectly and her drawings are simply gorgeous. It is incredibly enjoyable to flick through.
The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste
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This one won’t be in bookshops until March next year, but it is definitely a story I will not forget to tell you about as soon as it hits those shelves. This is one bone-chilling, hella scary book about what they all thought was a childhood myth – a creature living in the woods labelled as the ‘Bone Keeper’ who sucks the life out of those that cross his path…
‘He’ll slice your flesh.
Your bones he’ll keep.’
Is he real though?! You will have to wait until next year to find out more…
Well that is all from me; I felt I had quite a variety of different kinds of reads this month – I like to shake it up a bit instead of sticking to one genre. Hopefully there is something that might take your fancy!?