Added this week – 30 Jan 2016

Land of Green Ginger

Land of Green Ginger by Winifred Holtby. A charity shop bargain at 10p. As an East Yorkshire lass Winifred would have been aware of The Land of Green Ginger which is actually the name of one of the old streets of my home town of Hull. At the time of posting a Kindle edition is available for 99p.


Joanna Burton, a missionary’s daughter, grows up dreaming of the far-off lands she will visit, of grand adventures to come.

At eighteen, tall and golden-haired, she meets Teddy Leigh, a young man on his way to the trenches of the First World War.

Joanna has frequently been in love before – with Hiawatha, with the Scarlet Pimpernel, with Coriolanus and Christabel Pankhurst – but this is different…

Teddy tells her he’s been given the world as a golden ball to wear on a chain and she is swept away by the opportunity for another, romantic, voyage of discovery.

But the fabled shores fade into the distance when, after the war, the magic land turns out to be the harsh reality of motherhood and married life on a wild Yorkshire farm.

Winifred Holtby’s witty and compassionate novel was first published in 1927, and offers a refreshing contemporary portrait of the domestic effects of the First World War.


One plus One

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. One from my to read list that I picked up for 20p.


One single mum
With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to . . .
One chaotic family
Jess’s gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’s teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone.
Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking . . .
One handsome stranger
Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help . . .
One unexpected love story
The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance from Jojo Moyes about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.


Breakfast at Darcy's

Breakfast at Darcy’s by Ali McNamara. A bit of Irish based chick lit for 20p – bargain.


When Darcy McCall loses her beloved Aunt Molly, she doesn’t expect any sort of inheritance – let alone a small island! Located off the west coast of Ireland, Tara hasn’t been lived on for years, but according to Molly’s will, Darcy must stay there for twelve months in order to fully inherit. It’s a big shock. And she’s even more shocked to hear that she needs to persuade a village full of people to settle there, too.

Darcy has to leave behind her independent city life and swap stylish heels for muddy wellies. Between sorting everything from the plumbing to the pub, Darcy meets confident, charming Conor and sensible, stubborn Dermot – but who will make her feel really at home?


Girl in the Ice

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza. A book I keep seeing mentions of and was lucky enough to get a review copy of via NetGalley. Publication day is 12th February.


Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?


Summer ar Sea

A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde. Another review copy via NetGalley ahead of publication day on 11th February.


Emily is happy with her life just as it is.

She has a career as a midwife that she loves . She enjoys living on her own as a single woman. But she’s also feels it’s time for a change and a spot of some sea air.

So when her best friend Rebecca asks whether she’d like to spend the summer cooking on a ‘puffer’ boat just off the Scottish coast, she jumps at the chance.

But she barely has time to get to grips with the galley before she finds herself with a lot on her plate.

Rebecca is heavily pregnant and is thrilled to have her friend on board doing most of the work. Then there’s Emily’s competitive and jealous kitchen assistant who thinks she should be head-cook, not Emily.

And there’s Alasdair, the handsome local doctor who Emily is desperately trying not to notice.

Because if she falls in love with him, as he appears to be falling for her, will she ever want her old life back again?


Missing Hours

The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh. It’s been a good week for review copies another from NetgGalley due for publication 21st April.


A woman disappears
One moment, Selena Cole is in the playground with her children and the next, she has vanished without a trace.

A woman returns
Twenty hours later, Selena is found safe and well, but with no memory of where she has been.

What took place in those missing hours, and are they linked to the discovery of a nearby murder?

‘Is it a forgetting or a deception?’


Dead Pretty

Dead Pretty by David Mark. The latest in the wonderful DS McAvoy series set in Hull. This is a review copy courtesy of Headline Press. Book was published this week on 28th Jan.


The stunning new novel from one of Britain’s most original crime writers – perfect for fans of Val McDermid and Peter Robinson.

Hannah Kelly has been missing for nine months. Ava Delaney has been dead for five days.

One girl to find. One girl to avenge. And DS Aector McAvoy won’t let either of them go until justice can be done.

But some people have their own ideas of what justice means…


Trader of Saigon

The Trader of Saigon by Lucy Cruickshanks. One from my wishlist after I visited Vietnam last year and spent some time in Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City as it is now called). A Kindle bargain at 99p.


In the chaos and corruption of 1980s’ Vietnam, three seemingly unconnected lives are brought together by greed, fear and hope.

As a US Army deserter, Alexander is a man without country; trapped in a life he no longer controls and embroiled in the dark business of trading women. His latest victim is Hanh, a rural girl who moved to Hanoi to escape inevitable poverty and who sees Alexander’s arrival as the answer to her prayers. Neither of them has ever met Phuc – a Vietnamese businessman who backed the wrong side in the war and is now unable to pay his financial and political debts to the Party. But his struggles are about to change both their lives.

From a society torn apart by war comes a tale of redemption and salvation; a thrilling saga and an explosive debut novel.


Devil's Wire

The Devil’s Wire by Deborah Rogers. I read a great review of this bytheletterbookreviews and decided to have a look on Amazon. Amazingly it was actually free for Kindle!


Jennifer’s new neighbor, Lenise Jameson, is a liar. Lenise claims to have witnessed a disturbing incident involving Jennifer’s husband, Hank, but as far as Jennifer is concerned, the forty-something single mother is a vindictive backstabber out to make trouble.

But Jennifer soon discovers this is no sick joke. Hank has a dark side she knew nothing about.

As Jennifer’s life spirals out of control she has no one to turn to, apart from Lenise, who appears only too willing to help. But just who is Lenise? What does she want from Jennifer? And how far is she willing to go to get it?

A tale about secrets and obsession, and what can happen when you forget to keep your friends close and your enemies closer.


Little Shop of Happy Ever After

The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan. After what has been a good week for review copies I got an email from NetGalley telling me I’d been approved for this as well. publication day is 11th February. I think I’m going to need some speed reading lessons!


Given a back-room computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly – dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish highlands. No computers. Shortages. Out all hours in the freezing cold; driving with a tiny stock of books… not to mention how the little community is going to take to her, particularly when she stalls the bus on a level crossing…


  1. Quite a haul there. I also have The Girl in the Ice and the Jenny Colgan and I also need speed reading lessons! I’ve read A Summer at Sea – my first Katie Fforde in a long time. I started off thinking it was cliche-ridden and annoying but I started to really enjoy it. It’s just a nice, simple and undemanding read.


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