Book Review On : Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson

About the author (as seen in the book)

Jennifer Robson in the USA Today and No.1 Globe & Mail (Toronto) best-selling author of five novels, among them somewhere in France and Goodnight from London. She holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and children.

Website: http://jennifer-robson.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferRobson

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AuthorJenniferR

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/authorjenniferrobson

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/jennifer_robson

Publication Date: 5th January 2021

Publisher: Headline Reviews

ISBN: Hardback 978-0063059405

Paperback 978-1472280688

Also available in Ebook

Pages: 384 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Amazon Vine

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Venice, 1943. Under the Nazi occupation, life is increasingly perilous for Italian Jews. Antonina Masin has but one hope to survive- to leave her beloved parents and hide in the countryside, posing as the bride of a man she has only just met.

Nico Gerardi was studying for the priesthood until circumstances forced him to return home to run his family farm. A moral and just man, he refuses to remain a bystander to Nazi and fascist atrocities. The only way to keep Nina safe- and protect secrets of his own- is to convince prying eyes that their sudden marriage is a love match.

But farm life is not easy for a cultured city girl who dreams of becoming a doctor like her father, and Nico’s provincial neighbours are wary of this soft, educated, stranger. Even worse, their distrust is shared by local Nazi official with a vendetta against Nico.

As Nina and Nico come to know each other, their relationship deepens, transforming into much more than a charade. Yet both fear that every passing day them closer to being torn apart…

My Review

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About the author (as seen in the book)

Jennifer Robson in the USA Today and No.1 Globe & Mail (Toronto) best-selling author of five novels, among them somewhere in France and Goodnight from London. She holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and children.

Website: http://jennifer-robson.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferRobson

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AuthorJenniferR

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/authorjenniferrobson

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/jennifer_robson

Publication Date: 5th January 2021

Publisher: Headline Reviews

ISBN: Hardback 978-0063059405

Paperback 978-1472280688

Also available in Ebook

Pages: 384 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Amazon Vine

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Venice, 1943. Under the Nazi occupation, life is increasingly perilous for Italian Jews. Antonina Masin has but one hope to survive- to leave her beloved parents and hide in the countryside, posing as the bride of a man she has only just met.

Nico Gerardi was studying for the priesthood until circumstances forced him to return home to run his family farm. A moral and just man, he refuses to remain a bystander to Nazi and fascist atrocities. The only way to keep Nina safe- and protect secrets of his own- is to convince prying eyes that their sudden marriage is a love match.

But farm life is not easy for a cultured city girl who dreams of becoming a doctor like her father, and Nico’s provincial neighbours are wary of this soft, educated, stranger. Even worse, their distrust is shared by local Nazi official with a vendetta against Nico.

As Nina and Nico come to know each other, their relationship deepens, transforming into much more than a charade. Yet both fear that every passing day them closer to being torn apart…

My Review

Venice in 1943 is under Nazi occupation and Italian Jew’s father is frightened for his daughter’s safety. He is a doctor and has been helping people in need and has passed this love on to his daughter. Nina ‘s father has arranged for her to be taken to the countryside in the hope she will be safe. Nina struggle’s with the thought of leaving her parents behind and pretending to be married to a man she has only just met.

Nico, was studying to be a priest but got called back to the family farm after a family tragedy. He has hight morals for helping people putting everything on the line in these uncertain times. Taking Nina back to his home as his very sudden wife cause gossip amongst the locals.

Nina is shocked but the simplicity of countryside life but knows that in order for this to work she must muck in with farm and married life. As time goes on Nina and Nico become close as find out more about each other, but there are harder times yet to come, and secrets to learn about.

Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson is the first book I’ve read from this author, and I really enjoyed it. I find this era very interesting to read about, and the characters seem to make it so really when you read. I became quite attached to both Nico and Nina for their courage, kindness and their blossoming love at this horrific time. I defiantly felt an array of emotions while I read; which is a sign of good writing. Jennifer made the story come alive for me and I will defiantly be searching out more of her books in the future.

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Book Review On: The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc

About the author (as seen in the book)

Mel Giedroyc has been entertaining the nation for nearly thirty years. A comedian, writer, actor and presenter, Mel is best known for her work with Sue Perkins in the double act Mel & Sue. They have presented many television shows such as multi Bafta-winning The Great British Back Off (BBC) and Light Lunch (Channel 4).

Mel has written two non- fiction books and has appeared in sitcoms and panel shows, as well as on radio and on stage, most notably in Stephen Sandheim’s Olivier Award-winning Company in the West End.

Mel and Sue reunited recently in comedy drama Hitmen for Sky TV. Mel lives’ in London With her husband and two daughters.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/506197.Mel_Giedroyc

Publication date: 1st April 2021

Publisher: Headline Publishing

http://www.headline.co.uk

ISBN: Hardback 9781472256218

Ebook 9781472256249

Also available in Audiobook

Pages: 415 pages

Genre: Humours Fiction

Format reading: ARC Proof paperback

Copy provided by: Amazon Vine

Blurb (as seen in the ARC)

Sally Parker is struggling to find the hero inside herself.

All she wants to do is lie down.

Her husband Frank has lost his business their home and their savings, in one fell swoop. Their bank cards are being declined. The children have gone feral. And now the bailiffs are at the door.

What does an ordinary woman do when the bottom falls out?

Sally Parker is about to surprise everybody.

Most of all herself.

My Review

Thank you to Amazon Vine and headline Publishing for giving me an opportunity to read and review Mel Giedroyc’s debut novel The Best Things. I really like Mel for all her TV work and find her so funny, so was super excited to see what she has produced.

Sally Parker, her husband Frank their three children and their niece live a life of luxury in a nice big house. They have a housekeeper, gardener, cook, dogwalker, so no one has to lift a finger. The children are running wild and doing their own thing. Sally has nothing to do but be a lady of leisure, but she depends on prescriptions to keep her going. Frank has make a mint but when he suddenly losses everything, their home, savings and their belongings that are worth the bailiffs taking.

Now Sally has been thrown into the deep-end having to take control of her family and try and make some money to put food on the table as her husband falls apart. Sally soon finds out a few secrets her husband has been keeping from her and she puts her life before in question. Can Sally keep her family together after being spoiled so much? Will Frank pull himself together enough to keep his family? How will the children react to the shock of their lives as their luxurys are taken away? Will Sally take control of her life for the first time ever?

The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc is her debut novel and what an entertaining read it was. As well as finding the story funning their are some emotional and heart warming bit too, so I feel she has covered all bases for a good read. I really found the children so funny to read about with their antics. I loved seen seeing Sally’s character grow; from a spoiled lady to trying to take control of the situation. I found myself really egging her on through out the book! Mel has also touched on mental health of Sally and her family; which I found interesting because each one is suffering in some way and has been written with care and shows a light at the end of the tunnel. I think this show readers that no matter what life throws at you a) your not alone and B) you can get through it!

The Best Things is a funny, heart-warming and intriguing read.

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The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc

4 Sparkly Stars

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Blog Tour Book Review On: The Lottery by Peter J Venison

Publication date: 25th February 2021

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

http://www.bookpublishing.co.uk

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-913962-16-6

Ebook 078-1-913962-17-3

Pages: 309 pages

Genre: Literary Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Faye at Authoright and Clink Street Publishing

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

If you found an unsigned lottery ticket, what would you do if it turned out to be worth millions? Hand it in or claim the prize?

Follow the twisting path of Maggie and Greg when faced with this dilemma. Who are the winners and who are the real losers? What is the price of honesty and does winning bring happiness? Can you do more good in the world if you are rich or poor? Find out in this intriguing tale of an ordinary family.

My review

I would like to thank the lovely Faye at Athouright and Clink Street Publishing for kindly gifting me a copy of The Lottery by Peter J Venison to read and review for the blog tour.

I have to say on reading the blurb of this book I was immediately intrigued, to see where the story would go.

Maggie and Greg are just an ordinary family with two children Sam and Jimmy. Greg goes out to work and Maggie runs the home and family life. On one of the couple’s walks in the park they come across an new looking lottery ticket; which happens to be for that evening’s draw! With no signature on the ticket and no one around they take it home the ticket. What would be the chances of this ticket being a winner? That evening with out the children around they discover this lottery ticket is actually a winner, a life changing amount!!!

Both Maggie and Greg agonise how they would go about finding the true owner of the winning ticket, until they relise it would be impossible. Then they find out that if they handed the ticket back and no winner could be traced that no one would get they winnings. It play’s on their mind day and night, but decide they could probably do more good in the world if they had money and claim the life changing amount of money.

Telling no one of their new fortune Maggie carries on as normal mean while Greg works on extending his business so no suspicion could be raise from the people around them. They also get the shock of their lives when someone comes forward calming it was their ticket, but came to nothing. Maggie want’s to do some good with the money helping the wildlife in Africa and set’s about doing so. Mean while Greg is moving money around and making deals without talking to Maggie.

The story covers many years of the families life’s and show many twists and turns that happen to them as a result of calming the ticket. Were they right to claim the found lottery ticket? Will Maggie and Greg do good with their new found fortune? Will they ever know who’s ticket it actually was? How much will the family change?

The Lottery by Peter J Venison was such an intriguing read and I was hooked by the storyline and the characters. There were part’s that I found a bit slow, but having said that I think it was the authors way of paving the charterers thought prosses. I found the story thought provoking even though its highly unlikely to happen, however it certainly sparked a discussion in my household! I really liked how the book spans over the years of this family allowing the reader to fully see the impact their choosing to keep the lottery winnings. There was parts of the story I didn’t see coming, and kept me wanting to find out more! Defiantly worth a read!

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The Lottery by Peter J Venison

4 Sparkly Stars

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Book Review On: The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta

About the authors(as seen in the book)

Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta have been writing fiction together since they first met in 2013. They are now married and live in Berlin, where they write and study. Originally from Australia, Mikaella was highly commended in the 2019 Bridport Short Story Prize and short listed in the 2019 Galley Beggar Press Prize. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the TLS and the LA Review of Books, amongst others. Onjuli is British and was longlisted in the 2020 Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize, as well as publishing non-fiction in the Billfold and Daddy Magazine.

Website: http://www.mikaellaclements.com

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/mikandonj

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17108228.Mikaella_Clements

Publication date: 6th July 2021

Publisher: Headline Publishing

http://www.headline.co.uk

ISBN: Hardback 9781472271716

Ebook 9781472271730

Also available in Audiobook

Pages: 325 pages

Genre: Women’s Contemporary Fiction

Format reading: ARC Proof Paperback

Copy provided by: Amazon Vine (Gifted)

Blurb (as seen in the book)

Whitman ‘Win’ Tagore and leo Milanowski are the greatest love story of our time. International movie star meets the beautiful sone of a millionaire. Their kisses write headlines and their fights break the internet. Nobody needs to know it’s not real.

Win knows that Hollywood demands perfection- especially from a woman of colour. Leo just wants to enjoy life, and shift press attention away from his dysfunctional family. Together they control the narrative.

Except this time, on the shores of Saint-Tropez, Leo is hiding a secret that is about to send Win’s world spinning. Now everyone’s dream couple must confront the messy reality of their relationship. Just as they’re starting to realise that they might actually be falling in love…

My Review

I would just like to thank Amazon Vine for my ARC Proof copy of The View Was Exhausting by Milaella Clements and Onjuli Datta.

The reader meets Whitman Tagore ‘Win’ a British Indian actress: who has built herself up from nothing. Working in an industry where perfection, image is paramount and life’s are laid out for the paparazzi to devour. She has a long standing on off relationship with rich playboy Leo Milanowski, or so it appears to the public. Their relationship is very hot topic and sets headline’s; boosting both their life’s. They both come from very different up-brings; Win and her working class family and Leo; his private schools and other privileges. The pair know each other well but still have an air of mystery and secrets that have been held back; which are about to blow up and rock Win’s world. But what they both don’t realise they have actually fallen in love. Will Leo’s secret be able to be contained? What is Leo hiding? Are they going to accept their feelings for each other? Will Win’s image be destroyed?

The View Was Exhausting was a enjoyable read. I found myself feeling invested into Win and Leo and wanted to find out more at the end of every chapter. I liked the writing style which has a mixture of dialogue and description; which I think really helped me to gel with the characters and the settings. Its got glitz, glamor, romance and drama of the celebrity world; but also shows the struggle for a woman of colour actress. I did find myself willing Win and Leo to realise their true love for each other and lay their cards on the table! It a book that will defiantly give you an insight into the celebrity world!

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Blog Tour Book Review On: Triple Jeopardy by Christopher Lowery

About the author (as seen in the book)

Christopher Lowery is a Geordie, born in the north east of England, who graduated in Finance and economics after reluctantly giving up career choice in professional golf and rock and roll. He is a real estate and telecoms entreprenaur and has created several successful companies around the world.

Chris was inspired to write his debut novel, The Angolan Clan, after the Revolution of the Carnations forced him to flee Portugal in 1975 with his family. He followed The Angolan Clan with two further titles in the African Diamands thriller trilogy- The Rwandan Hostage and The Dark web.

In 2018, Chris published The Mosul Legacy, an intelligent, gripping and moving international thriller that focused not simply on a compelling manhunt for a terrorist, but the terrible human consequences of modern conflict.

Triple Jeopardy is his fifth thrilling novel and reunites readers with characters and themes first explored in the bestselling Diamonds trilogy.

He and his wife live between Geneva and Marbella.

Publication date: 18th February 2021

Publisher: Urbane Publications

https://urbanepublications.com/books/

ISBN: Paperback 9781912666959

Pages: 488 pages

Genre: Thriller

Format reading: advanced proof paperback

Copy provided by: Publisher

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

A mysterious batch of diamonds that has lain undisturbed for almost a half century, reappears to be sold at public auctions in Switzerland. But what is the true provenance of these priceless jewels, and who is behind their discovery and sale?

Jenny Bishop believes they are notorious blood diamands with a legacy of deceit, corruption and murder, and is drawn into a web of intrigue and threat as she tries to unravel a fraud that threatens everything she knows and loves.

My Review

A massive thank you to the lady’s at Love Books Tours for organising a wonderful blog tour and to the publishers Urbane for kindly gifting me a copy to read and review for my stop on the blog tour here today.

Having never read any of Christopher Lowery’s books before and only read the blurb on Triple Jeopardy I was full of expectations.

In the book a number of safety deposit boxes disappear; one of which house’s a batch of blood diamonds; which have a dark origins. The box belongs to Jenny Bishop who has kept them hidden until now. Now the diamonds are in the hands of a woman who has crossed Jenny path before and she will stop at nothing to get what she wants, letting no one get in the way. The diamonds are now coming up for sale in an auction in Switzerland. When Jenny finds out the box has gone missing she makes it her mission to find out who is behind all this; which pulls her into a dark world of lies, corruption and life’s loosed. She will stop at nothing to keep her family safe.

In the first few chapters of Triple Jeopardy it took me a bit to get into Christopher’s writing style, but when I did there was no stopping me! The amount of twists and turns in the story kept me turning the pages just to find out more. The story has lots of grit, murder, mystery everything you need for a good thriller. I also found Christopher’s description was great because it allowed me the reader to visualise the settings and characters. I really liked Jenny and found I was gunning for her to come out of everything ok. I don’t think it mattered that I haven’t read the other books which feature these characters because Christopher kind of fills you on on the bits you need to know.

All in all a good, entertaining and thrilling thriller!

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Triple Jeopardy by Christopher Lowery

4 Sparkly stars

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Happy 4th Birthday to my blog!

Hi Guy’s

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging now for four years… can you believe it? And I can certainly say that its one of the best things I’ve ever done and something I’m incredibly proud of. I also want to thank my bestie for encouraging me to take the plunge in starting it up… I was procrastinating guy’s!!!! In this time I’ve had the pleasure of reading and reviewing books that I may not have come across normally. I feel truly thankful for the opportunity to have the chance to read them. So thank you to all the blog tour organisers, publishers, publicist’s and authors for giving me a chance. I also want to also thank ‘you’ my loyal readers for your continued support on my blog, it means the world.

Running a blog has allowed me to develop my writing style; which over the four years has really grown for the good. All the reading and writing has really helped my dyslexia; from reading to my spelling. (which is amazing in itself!)

Happy Birthday Marie’s Book Boutique!

Thank you again you lovely people for stopping by I’m most grateful!

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Blog Tour: Book review on: Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner

About the author (as seen on press release)

At the tender age of twenty-seven Lisa Gardner became an overnight success with the publication of her first thriller, The Perfect Husband. Launching to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Lisa has since become an international bestseller of over twenty thriller novel, including the #1NYT bestselling series, the FBI Profiler series, the Detective D. D. Warren series and the Tessa Leoni series. She has had four books adapted into TV movies: At the Midnight Hour, The Perfect Husband, The Survivors Club and Hide, and has also made personal apperences on Tru TV and CNN.

Her novel, The Neighbour, won Best Hardcover Novel from International Thriller Writers and the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle in France. She was also recognized with the Daphne de Maurie Award in 2000 for The Other Daughter. Lisa received the Silver Bullet Award from the International Thriller Writers in 2017 for her work on behalf of at-risk children and the Humane Society.

Website: http://www.lisagardner.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LisaGardner

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LisaGardnerBks

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lisagardnerbks

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18282.Lisa_Gardner

Publication date: 26th January 2021

Publisher: Century

ISBN: Hardback 978-1529124415

Also available in Ebook and Audiobook

Pages: 380 pages

Genre: Thriller

Format reading: ARC paperback

Copy provided by: Rachel from Penguin Random House

Blurb (as seen in the ARC book)

Frankie Elkin spends her life doing what no one else will do: searching for missing people the world has stopped looking for.

When the police have given up, when the public no longer remembers, when the media has never paid attention, Frankie gets to work.

A new case brings Frankie to Mattapan, a Boston neighbourhood with a bad reputation. She is searching for Angelique Badeau, a Haitian teenager who vanished from her high school months earlier.

But when Frankie starts asking questions, she hits resistance from the Boston PD and from Angelique’s wary family.

And she soon realises that the next person to go missing might be her…

My Review

Firstly I would like to thank the lovely Rachael from Penguin Random House for kindly asking me to take part in this blog tour and for sending me a ARC copy to read and share my thoughts on Lisa Gardner’s new standalone novel.

Before She Disappeared is Lisa’s first standalone in over 10 years. I previously have never read any of Lisa’s books so I was excited to dive in.

The reader meet’s Frankie Elkin, who takes it apron herself to search for missing people who have been long forgotten by police, the media and the general public. She is drawn to Boston to a rough neighbourhood where a local teenager; Angelique Badeau an Haitian immigrant that has suddenly gone missing. Frankie integrates herself into community life by getting a job in a bar and finding a place to stay, so she can unearth the truth to the young girls disappearance. Frankie is fragile herself fighting with her own demons as she goes. Can Frankie find Angelique alive? Will Frankie herself be in danger for poking around in this mystery? Will the police be helpful? Will the community welcome a new comer? Why does Frankie take this heavy weight apron her shoulders?

Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner was a great book to start 2021 with, it was just what I needed to get my teeth into. There are so many twists and turns in this story that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and it really kept me guessing till the very end (non of my guesses were right!) Lisa has highlighted a topic I knew nothing about and I found myself in ore of Frankie and what she was doing. The description is perfect allowing me to visualise the whole setting while reading. This thriller is very gripping and will leave you wanting to know more after every chapter. I highly recommend Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner! I will certainly be checking out all Lisa’s other books!!!!!!!

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POPSUAR Reading Challenge 2021

Hi guy’s

I would like to wish you all a happy new year! So it’s that time again….I didn’t manage to complete last years prompts but having said that it hasn’t deterred me from trying it again!

Lets take a look at 2021’s POPSUGAR reading prompts:

1)A book that’s published in 2021

2)An Afrofuturist book

3)A book that has a heart, diamond, club or spade on the cover

4)A book by an author who shares your Zodiac sign

5)A dark academia book

6)A book with a gem, mineral or rock in the title

7)A book where the main character works at your current or dream job

8)A book that has won the Women’s Prize For Fiction

9)A book with a family tree

10)A bestseller from the 1990’s

11)A book about forgetting

12)A book you have seen on someone’s book shelf (in real life, on a zoom call, in a TV show etc)

13)A locked-room mystery

14)A book set in a restaurant

15)A book with a black and white cover

16)A book by an Indigenous author

17)A book that has the same title as a song

18)A book about a subject you are passionate about

19)A book that discusses body positivity

20)A book found on a Black Life’s Matter reading list

21)A genre hybrid

22)A book set mostly or entirely outdoors

23)A book with something broken on the cover

24)A book by a Muslim American author

25)A book that was published anonymously

26)A book with an Oxymoron in the title

27)A book about do-overs or fresh starts

28)A magical realism book

29)A book set in multiple countries

30)A book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021

31)A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTube video creator, or other online personality

32)A book whose title starts with Q, X or Z

33)A book featuring three generations (Grandparent, parent and child)

34)A book about a social justice issue

35)A book in a different format than what you normally read

36)A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads

37)A book you think your Best friend would like

38)A book about art or an artists

39)A book everyone seems to have read

40)Your favourite prompt from a past POPSUGAR reading challenge

Advanced

41)The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list

42)The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list

43)The book on your TBR list with the prettiest cover

44)The book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover

45)The book that’s been on your TBR list for the longest amount of time

46)A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn’t

47)A book from your TBR list you associate with a favourite person, place or thing

48)A book from your TBR list chosen at random

49)A DNF book from your TBR list

50)A free book from your TBR list (gifted, borrowed, library)

So that’s this years reading prompts! As always there is a great mixture of prompts which will surly have me reading book out of my comfort zone. I’m gonna do my very best to complete it this year!

Are you also taking part in this years POPSUGR reading challenge? Are there any prompts you think you might find easier or harder?

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Results of my POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020

Hi guy’s

Well can you believe it’s that time of year again, gosh it seems to come round so quickly! So as some of you will know I like to try this challenge out every year, (even though I’m still yet to complete all the prompts. I’m happy as long as I beat the previous year. My POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Results )

Let’s see how I did shall we?……

1) A book that’s published in 2020 – The Eve Illusion by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

2)A book by a trans or nonbinary author– Didn’t complete

3) A book with a great first line– Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

4) A book about a book club– Pure Fiction by Julie Highmore

5) A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics– After You by Jojo Moyes

6) A bildungsroman– Didn’t complete

7) The first book you touched on a shelf with your eyes closed– The Letter by Katheyn Hughes

8) A book with an upside-down image on the cover– The Hidden Beach by Karen Swan

9) A book with a map– The Girl with the Dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson

10) A book recommended by your favourite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club– How to bullet Plan by Rachel Wilkenson Miller

11) An Anthology– Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

12) A book that’s passes the Bechdel Test– Didn’t complete

13) A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated– Didn’t complete

14) A book by an author with Flora or Fauna in their name– Didn’t complete

15) A book about or involving social media– Didn’t complete

16) A book that has a book on the cover– The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

17) A medical thriller– Didn’t complete

18) A book with a made-up language– Didn’t complete

19) A book set in a country beginning with ‘C’– Didn’t complete

20) A book you picked because the title caught your attention– Summer at Hope Medows by Lucy Daniels

21) A book published the month of your birthday– The Watcher by Monika Jephcott Thomas

22) A book about or by a woman in STEM– Didn’t complete

23) A book that won an award in 2019– Milkman by Anna Burns

24) A book on a subject you know nothing about– The Prison Doctor by Dr Amanda Brown

25) A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics– Happy by Fearne Cotton

26) A book with a pun in the title– Storm in a C Cup by Caroline Flack

27) A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins– Beautiful Liars by Isabel Ashdown

28) A book with a robot, cyborg or AI characters– Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

29) A book with a bird on the cover– Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Campervan by Ali Mc Namara

30) A fiction or non-fiction book about a world leader– Didn’t complete

31) A book with ‘gold’, ‘silver’, or ‘bronze’ in the title– Didn’t complete

32) A book by a WOC– The Good enough Mother by Anoushka Beazley

33) A book with at least a four star rating on Goodreads– A Summer Scandal by Kat French

34) A book you meant to read in 2019– The Holiday by T. M. Logan

35) A book with a three worded title– The Venetian House by Mary Nickson

36) A book with a pink cover– Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements

37) A western– Didn’t complete

38) A book by or about a journalist– Still Me by Jojo Moyes

39) Read a book during Banned Books Week– The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

40) Your favourite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challange- From 2015– Hinch yourself Happy by Mrs Hinch

So as I didn’t complete the main section I couldn’t go on to do the advanced section. I managed a total of 27 prompts out of 40. I’m happy I got a few more than last year! I will still be doing the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge next year in the hope that, just maybe I will complete it all! But we will see!!!!!

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Book Review on: Harness The Power Of The Invincible Mind by Alex Neumann

About the author (as seen in the book)

Alex Neumann is an author, engineer, corporate mentor, and technology investor. He is a member of The Independent Book Publishers Association.

He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature. Also he holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science.

Alex lives with his wife, dog and cat. He enjoys good wine and catching sun rays with his lazy dog.

Ever since childhood, he has been interested in understanding how some people are able to thrive through challenging times in life, and he hopes that by sharing these hard-fought lessons with each other, we can make this world a better place.

Website: http://www.alexneumann.co

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alexneumannco

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/alexneumannco

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Publication date: 30th September 2020

Publisher: Pearson Press

ISBN: Hardback 978-1-7771790-0-7

Paperback 978-1-7771790-2-1

Ebook 978-1-9992794-7-9

Also available in Audiobook

Pages: 202 pages

Genre: Practical and motivation self help

Format reading: Hardback

Copy provided by: Author

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Alex Neuman makes a wonderful guiding principles for anyone attempting to create a productive and satisfying life. He reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of happiness and create needless suffering.

These incredibly profound, yet simple and practical techings will inspire you to ground new level of life clarity, confidence, purpose and passion.

An inspiring and practical roadmap with many great lessons to self-upliftment and to for fill your dreams.

My Review

A huge thank-you to the author Alex for kindly asking me to read and review his book Harness The Power Of The Invincible Mind. And for kindly gifting me a copy.

I’m super excited about this book because I really enjoy self-help and I’m always open to learning something practical that I could incorporate in my own life.

In this truly incredible book Alex Neumann covers everything you need to help you get the best out of yourself. He includes stories from well known people to illustrate and back up his thought prosses and I found this as the reader to be very insightful and helped me to understand fully. Alex I feel is giving readers the tools to go off and develop your mind and thought’s for a positive one’s. He suggests having a struggles in life rob us of that happiness and dreams (which I totally agree with!). And he suggests flipping negative thoughts on their head by turning them into something positive and therefor adding determination into your mind; which will lead to you developing your goal and happiness. Alex suggests that we can all learn from each other from our past experiences, as we all have wisdom to pass over.

There is so much I want to say about how very useful this book could be to people in general for it’s easiness to read, understand and is so very well written, but I would seriously go on all day!!!

Harness The Power Of The Invincible Mind is now going to be my bible that I turn to when I need a gentle nudge and wisdom to help me. I’ve read a few self-help books in my time but this one is something else! Very insightful and inspiring!

Alex Neumann you are a wise soul!!! Thank you for writing such a dam good book, that I’m sure will help many people.

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12 Days Of Clink Street Blog Tour Book Review On The Watcher by Monika Jephcott Thomas

About the author (as seen on press release)

Monika Jephcott Thomas grew up in Dortmund Mengede, north-west Germany. She moved to the
UK in 1966, enjoying a thirty year career in education before retraining as a therapist. Along with her partner Jeff she
established the Academy of Play & Child Psychotherapy in order to support the twenty per cent of children who have
emotional, behavioural, social and mental health problems by using play and the creative Arts. A founder member of
Play Therapy UK, Jephcott Thomas was elected President of Play Therapy International in 2002. Fifteen Words by
Monika Jephcott Thomas (published by Clink Street Publishing, Late 2016

Website: http://www.monika-jephcott-thomas.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16019023.Monika_Jephcott_Thomas

Publication date: 10th October 2017

Publisher: Clink Street

http://www.bookpublishing.co.uk

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-912262-02-1

Ebook 978-1-912262-03-8

Pages: 240 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Faye- Authoright

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

It’s 1949 when Netta’s father Max is released from a Siberian POW camp and returns to his home in occupied Germany. But he is not the man the little girl is expecting – the brave, handsome doctor her mother Erika told her stories of.

Erika too struggles to reconcile this withdrawn, volatile figure with the husband she knew and loved before, and, as she strives to break through the wall Max has built around himself, Netta is both frightened and jealous of this interloper in the previously cosy household she shared with her mother and doting grandparents.

Now, if family life isn’t tough enough, it is about to get even tougher, when a murder sparks a police investigation, which begins to unearth dark secrets they all hoped had been forgotten. 

My Review

I would just like to say a massive thank you to Faye from Authoright and Clink Street Publishing for kindly asking me to take part in this blog tour and for sending me a copy of The Watcher by Monika Jephcott Thomas to read and review!

As you will know from Monday this week I reviewed Fifteen words which you can check out here if you missed it! 12 Days Of Clink Street Publishing: Book Review On: Fifteen Words by Monika Jephcott Thomas and I also read I love You Billy Langlay which you can reas here! https://mariesbookboutique.wordpress.com/2019/04/14/blog-tour-book-review-on-i-love-you-billy-langley-by-monika-jephcott-thomas

The Watcher by Monika Jephcott Thomas follows Fifteen words. Netta’s father Max has returned home after many years of being in a Siberian POW camp, only Netta has never met him. Netta’s mother Erika has told her all about him but the man who return’s doesn’t seem to match up. Her parent’s are both doctors, her mother has set up a practice in there home and Max starts work at a local hospital. There is a lot of adjustments they all have to make, and it’s not an easy road for them. Max struggles with flash backs of his time in the POW camp and keeps things from Erika. Erika struggles to understand her husband and his new volatile ways. Netta struggles with the intrusion of her father but want’s his attention.

Then suddenly the family’s housekeeper is killed and brings suspicions and the police to there door. But there are secrets that are being held by this family. Little do the family know that they are not only being watched by the police but by someone else too! Netta’s parent’s become very aware of her getting painfully thin and send her away to a children’s home to recover. Are people from Erika and Max’s past going to be brought to light? Can Max tell his wife and child of his flash backs and his time in the POW camp? Is Netta really ok? Will she return home recovered? Will Netta get time with her father rather than the person who has returned home to her? Who is watching the family? and what do they want? Who killed the housekeeper?

The Watcher by Monkia Jephcott Thomas does follow Fifteen words but Monika included bits of information through Max’s flash backs providing an enough insight to this although I strongly recommend you read it because it is so good! The Watcher was not just gripping I felt very intrigued by just who was watching the family and why. I did feel for Max, Erika and Netta because each of them were dealing with different feelings and the adjustment of their family dynamic. I’m glad I read Fifteen words before this one because it gave me the chance to really connect with Max and Erika in particular. I thought this book was very well written and has raw emotion and mystery woven through. I like the fact Monika is showing a different perspective on this time in history and adding her own fictional story within her books, I feel she has educated me a bit about this time!

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12 Days Of Clink Street Publishing: Book Review On: Fifteen Words by Monika Jephcott Thomas

About the author (as seen on the press release)

Monika Jephcott Thomas grew up in Dortmund Mengede, north-west Germany. She moved to the
UK in 1966, enjoying a thirty year career in education before retraining as a therapist. Along with her partner Jeff she
established the Academy of Play & Child Psychotherapy in order to support the twenty per cent of children who have
emotional, behavioural, social and mental health problems by using play and the creative Arts. A founder member of
Play Therapy UK, Jephcott Thomas was elected President of Play Therapy International in 2002. Fifteen Words by
Monika Jephcott Thomas (published by Clink Street Publishing, Late 2016

Website: http://www.monika-jephcott-thomas.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16019023.Monika_Jephcott_Thomas

Publication Date: 22nd November 2016

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

http://www.bookpublishing.co.uk

ISBN: Paperback: 978-1911110958

Also available in Ebook.

Pages: 290 pages

Genre: Historical Romance

Format reading: Paperback

Copy kindly provided by: Faye- Authoright / Clink Street Publishing

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Despite struggling to reconcile their different political and religious views in the 1930’s Nazi Germany, Erika and Max, two newly qualified doctors, fall in love.

But then World War Two engulfs Europe and rips the young lovers apart. For four years Max must endure the barren cruelty of a Siberian POW camp, whilst Erika watches her beloved Germany destroyed as she tries to raise their daughter alone. And it’s not just the physical dangers of war but also the temptations of new companins that threaten to keep them apart forever.

Max’s Catholic faith takes a battering on the gloomy edge of the Arctic as he loses friends to both the climate and his captors. Erika’s faith in the Fuhrer gets severely redefined as she witnesses the destruction her leader has brought to her country.

Will Max make it back to Erika and the daughter he’s never met? And, if so, will he be the same man Erika knew and loved when he left?

A rare World War Two novel in the English language with ordinary Germans at its centre, Fifteen Words is a love story, a war story, and a gripping human drama casting a fresh light on the plight of victims of war.

My Review

Before I get into my thoughts of Fifteen Words by Monika Jephcott Thomas, I must say a massive thank-you to the lovely Faye from Athoright and Clink Street Publishing for kindly asking me to take part in #12DaysOfClinkStreet blog tour and allowing me to choose from their published books and kindly gifting me a copy.

After reading I Love You Billy Lanley https://mariesbookboutique.wordpress.com/2019/04/14/blog-tour-book-review-on-i-love-you-billy-langley-by-monika-jephcott-thomas last year I instantly wanted to read more of her work for the history intertwined with romance.

In Fifteen Words by Monika Jephcott Thomas we meet newly wed’s Max and Erika; both newly qualified doctors. Both have different views on religion and political views; which cause a few heated discussions but their love feels so right for them.

Then the pair are ripped apart when World War Two starts, just when they are on the cusp of starting their life’s together. Max ends up in a Siberian POW camp enduring four years of harrowing cruelty. He’s only communication that he was allowed to have was a fifteen worded letter to his wife back home. He treats many patients with little equipment, and manages to do what he can for them. Max has temptation which crosses his path, but what dose he do?

Mean while Erika heavily pregnant makes her way to Max’s parent house to wait for her husband to be realised and retuned home to them. She watches a country she loves been brought to distruction before her very eye’s as she tries to bring up their daughter. But she also has temptation cross her path, what will she do? Will Max ever be realised and returned back to his wife and a daughter he hasn’t meet? How will he cope with life from POW to being at home? Will Erika be able to understand the husband that returns to her?

On starting Fifteen word’s I immediately felt rapped up into the history and Max and Erika’s story, to the point I found it hard to put down. I was intrigued by reading a story from a different perspective; which gave me more of an understanding of what happened in Germany at that time. As I’ve said in a previous review; I really like Monika’s writing style. The way she incorporates fiction and historical moment’s is exceptional! I really felt I learnt something after I finished reading this book. Max and Erika were characters I truly felt for, as they were ripped apart and learnt to live apart. I really was a harrowing time for all.

Fifteen Words by Monika Jephcott Thomas is a very poignant and thought provoking book and I highly recommend it!!!

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Book Review On: 337 by M Jonathan Lee

About the author (as seen in the book)

M Jonathan Lee was born in Yorkshire, England where he still lives to this day with his two children. He regularly dreams of writing an album, and wakes to realise that he can’t sing nor play an instruments.

His first novel, The Radio was nationally shortlisted in the Novel Prize 2012. 337 is his sixth novel.

Website: http://www.mjonathanlee.com

Publication Date: 30th November 2020

Publisher: Hideaway Fall

http://www.hideawayfall.com

ISBN: Hardback; Only available at UK booksellers.

Paperback: 978-0995492356

Also available in Ebook format.

Pages: 384 pages

Genre: Thriller/ Fiction

Format reading: Hardback

Copy provided by: Gifted by publishers

Blurb (as seen on amazon)

337 follows the life of Samuel Darte whose mother vanished when he was in his teens.

It was his brother, Tom who found her wedding ring on the kitchen table along with the note. While their father pays the price of his mother s disappearance, Sam learns that his long-estranged Gramma is living out her last days in a nursing home nearby.

Keen to learn about what really happened that day and realising the importance of how little time there is, he visits her to finally get the truth. Soon it’ll be too late and the family secrets will be lost forever. Reduced to ashes. But in a story like this, nothing is as it seems.

My Review:

Firstly I would very much like to thank the lovely team at Hidaway Fall for kindly asking me to read and review M Jonathan Lee’s next novel 337 and for kindly gifting me a copy.

Ever since I read Drift Stumble Fall. Review on: Drift Stumble Fall by M. Jonathan Lee I was hooked on his unique writing style and his characters feel so real!!!!! So of course I would be beyond excited to read M Jonathan Lee’s sixth novel!!!!!

In 337 the reader meets Sam; who’s mother dissapeared when he was a teenager, leaving in and his younger brother Tom with their father. Throwing the whole family life into turmoil and full of wondering! This also leads to a train of events which surely follows.

Sam is now a man and lives on his own in the family home, with minimal contact with his family and non with his Gramma. Working from home and living with the dream of his mother. Sam get’s a call from his father asking him to visit his Gramma who is the last stages of her life, bring all the old memories and feelings flooding back. He decides to go even though they haven’t spoken to each other in years as this might be his last chance to find out the truth about his mother. Sam has to contact his brother Tom who is more likely to be drunk or drug induced, about the news of his Gramma and try persuade him to visit. But Tom isn’t aware of his contact with their father! Will he get the answers he is has been searching for for years? Was everything Sam remembers how it really was? Can he persuade his brother to visit their Gramma in time? Was everything that happened as it seemed? Where is Sam and Tom’s father? Can Sam find out the truth on his mothers disappearance?

337 by M Jonathan Lee is simply fantastic! So much so I read it twice!!!! Not only is it a book with two covers; which you flip over and read from the back when you get to the end; which is unique in it’s self! (Please note the double- ended, upside down opening for this book is available in books ordered in hardback from UK booksellers Only)

The storyline and plot of 337 is so very good which of course kept me turning the pages to find out more of what happened to this broken family. The characters are seem so real you could almost touch them, and were so complex and interesting.

There are many interesting issue raised in 337 of mental heath and how a family tragedy can change the whole family’s life’s in a way nobody could have imagined. M Jonathan Lee is such a talented writer and I think this is his best work yet and should win some kind of award!!!!!! I love how the title of the book if you flip the cover upside down spells out Lee!!

I highly recommend 337 by M Jonathan Lee its really a fantastic book!!!!!

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Book Review On: If I Could Say Goodbye by Emma Cooper

About the author (as seen in the book)

Emma Cooper is a former teaching assistant, who lives in Shropshire with her partner and four children. She spends her spare time writing novels, drinking wine and watching box-sets with her partner of twenty-four years, who still makes her smile everyday.

Emma has always wanted to be a writer – ever since childhood, she’s been inventing characters (her favourite being her imaginary friend ‘Boot’) and is thrilled that she now gets to use this imagination to bring to life all of her creations.

Blog: emmacooperauthor.wordpress.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ItsEmmacooper

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Publication date: 17th September 2020

Publisher: Headline www.headline.co.uk

ISBN: Paperback 978-1472265043

also available in audiobook.

Pages: 400 pages

Genre: Contemporary fiction

Format reading: paperback

Copy provided by: Amazon Vine

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Jennifer Jones’ life began when her little sister, Kerry, was born.

So when her sister dies in a tragic accident, nothing seems to make sense any more.

Despite the support of her husband, Ed, and their wonderful children, Jen can’t comprehend why she is still here, while bright, spirited Kerry is not.

When Jen starts to lose herself in her memories of her sister, she doesn’t realise that the closer she feels to Kerry, the further she gets from her family.

Jen was never able to say goodbye to her sister.

But what if she could?

Would you risk everything if you had the chance to say goodbye?

My review

The reader meets Jennifer who has a wonderful life with her husband Ed and their two children Hailey and Oscar. She has a great relationship with her adopted parents and their daughter Kerry. Jennifer and Kerry are inseparable and are very close even though they are so very different. Kerry is the adventure and risk taker and Jennifer is the safe and dependable.

So when tragedy Kerry get’s killed in an accident while saving her adopted sister; all their worlds come crashing down with grief.

Jennifer struggles with her grief; blaming herself for Kerry not being around any more. But then she believes that she can see and speak to Kerry still; much to the concern to her husband Ed. Jennifer’s odd behaviour doesn’t go un-noticed by her two worried children; who don’t understand why their mummy is being like this.

Can Ed and her family get the help Jennifer desperately needs? Will they be able to get her to see what’s happening? Can Jennifer let her sister go and get on with her life?

If I Could Say Goodbye by Emma Cooper is such an emotional read (I went through a box of tissues!!!) I think its a very relatable book to everyone who has ever lost a loved one, it certainly resonated with me for sure. Emma has written it in such a very beautifully way for such an emotional story. It’s a story that has stayed with me long after I’d finished reading it. I really connected with all the characters in the book for their individual grief ( it’s petty hard not to!) Emma has really captured each characters grief perfectly!

I really can’t recommend this book enough! I do however recommend that you have a box of tissues to hand because you will need them.

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Book Review on: Hidden Truths by Muna Shehadi

About the author (as seen in the book)

Muna Shehadi’s life long love of reading inspired her to become a writer. She got her start in romance but is excited to be making her debut now in women’s fiction.

Muna grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, lives in Wisconsin, and has a much- loved summer place on the beautiful coast of Maine, all of which she couldn’t resist featuring in her Fortune’s Daughters Trilogy.

Website: http://munashehadi.com

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Publication date: 28th May 2020

Publisher: Headline Review

http://www.headline.co.uk

ISBN: Paperback 9781472258731

also available in Ebook format.

Pages: 400 pages

Genre: Romance Sagas

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Amazon Vine

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

Eve Moore is in a rut.

Stuck in a steady, predictable relationship, and a job where she’s no longer challenged, Eve and her sisters are reeling from a recent discovery, years after their famous movie star mother’s death, that Jillian Croft could never have given birth to any of her daughters…

Embracing new horizons doesn’t come naturally, but when the chance falls into Eve’s lap to strike out on her own and test her architectural design skills, she sees it as the perfect opportunity for change – one that turns out to be further-reaching than she could have imagined.

Planning to lose herself in work on Washington Island, Eve keeps stumbling into unexpected and complicated secrets. But she also begins to forge close emotional connections to her new acquaintances, and discovers that by bringing another family back together, she might be able to heal her own long-concealed heartache, and step into the future she chooses – on her own terms.

My Review

The reader meet Eve one of three sisters (Olivia and Rosalind) and they are the daughters of famous movie star Jillian Croft. Eve is an architect and is stuck in a job that’s going no where and simply not letting her meet her potential. Then there’s her boyfriend Mike; who simply not what she needs right now. After the death of their mother the sister’s find out that Jillian Croft is not their birth mother. Olivia and Eve don’t want to really find out anymore about this, where as Rosalind does.

Eve has an offer of a new job’s to test her architectural abilities by going solo on Washington Island for her stepmothers friend Shelley and another client Clayton. So she gives up her job and her and her dog Marx take off much to the annoyance of Mike.

Eve see’s this as a chance to lose herself and ignore all the events of her past. However her past keeps popping her head out, she finds a friend in Clayton and they build a friendship. Out of nowhere young runaway teenager Abigail befriends Eve; telling her of how she came to the island and her parent issues. Can Eve complete her first two solo jobs? Will Eve’s past that she’s locked away make her deal with it? Why is Abigail here on Washington Island? Will Eve and Mike make their relationship work, or is it dead in the water? Is Clayton and Eve just good friends? Will the mysteries surrounding the sisters and their birth mother’s unravel?

Guy’s to say I loved reading this book would be an understatement! I simply couldn’t put it down. This is the second book in the Fortune’s Daughters Trilogy and I haven’t read the first book, but I don’t think it’s an issue as each book revolves around each sister. If anything reading Hidden Truths has made me what to read the two books!

Eve’s story rapped round me like a cosy blanket and made me want to find out where her story goes. The author Muna Shehadi has a truly beautiful writing style; full of description that you can visualise perfectly in your mind. This book is a must read in my eye’s. Its escapism at its best! I can’t wait now to read the other two books!!!!

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