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Book Review: A Little Hope by Ethan Joella

Blog tour, Book reviews By May 6, 2022 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Ethan Joella’s novel A Little Hope takes you into the lives of a small town Connecticut community, with all the setbacks and disappointment, success and joy which people experience over the course of one year. Freddie and Greg Tyler seem to have it all: a comfortable home at the edge of the woods, a beautiful young daughter, a bond that…

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#BegarsAbbeyBlogTour Book Review: Begars Abbey by V. L. Valentine

Blog tour, Book reviews By April 27, 2022 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

A hidden stash of telegrams and old letters sets Sam Cooper off on a transatlantic journey to see the crumbling family home and meet the infirm grandmother her mother never even mentioned while she was alive, only for her to discover that much darker family skeletons have also been kept hidden away. Winter 1954, and in a dilapidated apartment in…

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Book Review: Yinka, Where is your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Blog tour, Book reviews By March 22, 2022 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

Lizzie Damilola Blackburn’s debut novel introduces us to relatable singleton and career girl, Yinka, and the gaggle of modern-day Mrs Bennets that are her Nigerian mother and associated Aunties, intent on matchmaking and publicly praying for her to find a man in Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? The Nigerian Accent DictionaryHuzband (pronounced auz-band) noun1. A male partner in a marriage e.g. Yinka’s younger…

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Book Review: The Lying Club by Annie Ward

Blog tour, Book reviews By March 5, 2022 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Annie Ward mixes together a lethal cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol with all the suspicion, gossip and lies circulating among the pushy soccer moms, its charismatic sports coach, and staff at an elite private school in the Colorado mountains to great effect in The Lying Club. At an elite private school nestled in the Colorado mountains, a tangled web…

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Book Review: The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan

Blog tour, Book reviews By February 1, 2022 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

When six friends book a weekend stay at a remote barn on the Northumberland moors, a violent overnight storm exposes the cracks in their relationships, some of which could prove fatal in Gilly Macmillan’s The Long Weekend. In an isolated retreat, deep in the Northumbria moors, three women arrive for a weekend getaway. Their husbands will be joining them in…

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Book Review: A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa #AGhostInTheThroat #BlogTour & #Giveaway

Blog tour, Book reviews By November 5, 2021 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

In A Ghost in the Throat Doireann Ní Ghríofa chronicles her personal response to a famous eighteenth-century poem in captivating prose and lays bare her own life while discovering that of the poet who wrote it. In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman, on discovering her husband has been murdered, drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary poem that…

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Book Review: The Walking People by Mary Beth Keane

Book reviews By October 1, 2021 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

Mary Beth Keane’s novel The Walking People is a mesmerising family story spanning more than fifty years. It crosses the Atlantic from west coast Ireland to New York on the Eastern Seaboard, where what starts out as a reluctant immigrant’s journey ultimately becomes a real voyage of self-discovery for one young woman. 1960s Rural Ireland. Greta Cahill must abandon her…

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Let’s play Spot the Difference with my 2019 #20BooksOfSummer Challenge

Book reviews, Books, Reading By September 17, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

This was my first year taking part in the #20BooksOfSummer challenge run by Cathy over at 746 Books and it proved to be an interesting exercise for me. Not least because while I succeeded in reading more than 20 books (managing 29 in total over the 3-month period), I only stuck to half of my original selection which you can…

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The dark side of Twitter Towers

Authors, Book reviews, Books By July 26, 2013 Tags: , , , , 16 Comments

One of the most popular blog posts I’ve written to date was a post I wrote in 2010 asking Does Twitter sell books?  I posted a picture of my Twitter Towers (all the books I’d heard about through the social networking site) and categorised them, and generally thought that Twitter was pretty good at selling books. To me, at any rate!…

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