Added two weeks ending 23 July 2016

Back from a fabulous trip away in Northern Spain,  perfect weather, idyllic places and happy memories of my Camino in 2012. As a result no inroads made into my reading and review list, but somehow still managed to add new titles to the ever growing pile.

Review Copies

There is Always More to Say

There is Always More to Say by Lynda Young Spiro. Thanks to Lynda for this paperback copy to review which is already garnering good reviews.

Soho 1984: Two people meet and their worlds are changed forever. An unexpected meeting – a look that means their lives will never be the same again. In “There Is Always More To Say”, Lynda Spiro chronicles the lives of the couple through friendships, marriage, fleeting moments and snatched time. It is a passionate account about a connection between two people that never dies even when tested by distance and when life throws the unexpected at their feet.”The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances. If there is any reaction both are transformed.” C G Jung


Kindle Purchases

Family Holiday

A Family Holiday by Bella Osborne. Kindle bargain at 99p

She’ll do whatever it takes to keep this family together…

As the nanny to four quirky but loveable children, Charlie French has learnt that if there was ever a cement shortage Weetabix would be a viable substitute and that YouTube videos can go viral in seconds, much to her horror. But, most importantly, she’s learnt that whatever happens you stick together as a family.

When tragedy strikes, Charlie is forced to decide whether it’s time to move on or fight to keep the children she loves. With the distraction of the children’s gorgeous Uncle Felix and the chance of a holiday in stunning Antigua, she’s left wondering if turquoise seas can wash away their present troubles. Is the pull of white sand beaches too tempting to resist or will paradise fail to keep them all together?

A gorgeous summery beach read, perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews and Jill Mansell.


House of Trembling Leaves

The House of Trembling Leaves by Julian Lees. One from my wishlist for 99p

In 1936 Malaysia, Lu See is ordered to marry a fat, one-eyed banker whom she loathes. Instead, she flees the Juru river for Cambridge and the dream of becoming her country’s first female undergraduate. When the dream dissolves in tragedy only her life-sustaining friendship with the Tibetan maid, Sum Sum, saves her; but then Sum Sum disappears, leaving a gift of unbearable poignancy. Returning to Malaysia, Lu See survives the Japanese occupation and Communist insurgency but, as her life approaches its end, knows she must find Sum Sum and become reconciled once more. From Cambridge to Malaysia and a nunnery in the mountains of Tibet, The House of Trembling Leaves is the timeless story of two mothers and a daughter, of war and survival, but most of all of an undying friendship.


Chickens Eat Pasta

Chickens Eat Pasta : Escape to Umbria by Clare Pedrick. Another lucky buy from my wishlist at 99p.

Chickens Eat Pasta is the tale of how a young Englishwoman starts a new life after watching a video showing a chicken eating spaghetti in a mediaeval hill village in central Italy. Unlike some recent bestsellers, this is not simply an account of a foreigner’s move to Italy, but a love story written from the unusual perspective of both within and outside of the story. As events unfold, the strong storyline carries with it a rich portrayal of Italian life from the inside, with a supporting cast of memorable characters. Along the way, the book explores and captures the warmth and colour of Italy, as well as some of the cultural differences – between England and Italy, but also between regional Italian lifestyles and behaviour. It is a story with a happy ending. The author and her husband are still married, with three children, who love the old house on the hill (now much restored) almost as much as she does. Chickens Eat Pasta is Clare’s autobiography, and ultimately a love story – with the house itself and with the man that Clare met there and went on to marry. If you yearn for a happy ending, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a story that proves anything is possible if you only try.

Nominated as a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards (Adult Non-Fiction category)!


Midnight Watch

The Midnight Watch by David Dyer. Another from my wishlist for £1.29p.

As the Titanic and her passengers sank slowly into the Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg late in the evening of April 14, 1912, a nearby ship looked on. Second Officer Herbert Stone, in charge of the midnight watch on the SS Californian sitting idly a few miles north, saw the distress rockets that the Titanic fired. He alerted the captain, Stanley Lord, who was sleeping in the chartroom below, but Lord did not come to the bridge. Eight rockets were fired during the dark hours of the midnight watch, and eight rockets were ignored. The next morning, the Titanic was at the bottom of the sea and more than 1,500 people were dead. When they learned of the extent of the tragedy, Lord and Stone did everything they could to hide their role in the disaster, but pursued by newspapermen, lawyers, and political leaders in America and England, their terrible secret was eventually revealed. The Midnight Watch is a fictional telling of what may have occurred that night on the SS Californian, and the resulting desperation of Officer Stone and Captain Lord in the aftermath of their inaction.

Told not only from the perspective of the SS Californian crew, but also through the eyes of a family of third-class passengers who perished in the disaster, the narrative is drawn together by Steadman, a tenacious Boston journalist who does not rest until the truth is found. The Midnight Watch is a powerful and dramatic debut novel–the result of many years of research in Liverpool, London, New York, and Boston, and informed by the author’s own experiences as a ship’s officer and a lawyer.


Hester and Harriet

Hester and Harriet by Hilary Spiers. A Kindle Daily Deal that looks an interesting and quirky read for 99p.

Sisters Hester and Harriet are reluctantly driving to visit relatives when they come across a young woman hiding with her baby in a bus shelter. Seeing the perfect excuse for returning to their own warm hearth, the pair insist on bringing Daria and Milo home with them. But with the arrival of a sinister stranger looking for a girl with a baby, followed quickly by their cousins’ churlish fifteen-year-old son, Ben, who also appears to be seeking sanctuary, Hester and Harriet’s carefully crafted peace and quiet quickly begins to fall apart. And, perhaps, that’s exactly what they need…


Sunshine and Biscotti Club

The Sunshine and Biscotti Club by Jenny Oliver. A feel good summery read for 99p.

The ovens are pre-heating, the Prosecco is chilling…and The Sunshine and Biscotti Club is nearly ready to open its doors.

But the guests have other things on their minds…

Libby: The Blogger
Life is Instagram-perfect for food blogger Libby…until she catches her husband cheating just weeks before her Italian cooking club’s grand opening.

Evie: The Mum
Eve’s marriage isn’t working, but she’s not dared admit it until now. A trip to Italy to help Libby open The Sunshine and Biscotti Club might be the perfect escape…

Jessica: In Love with her Best Friend
Jessica has thrown herself into her work to shut out the memory of the man who never loved her back. The same man who’s just turned up in Tuscany…

Welcome to Tuscany’s newest baking school – where your biscotti is served with a side of love, laughter and ice-cold limoncello!


I Came to Find a Girl

I Came to Find a Girl by Jaq Hazell. Another 99p bargain and something a bit darker to balance my other purchases.

You’re young, and you’re out partying.
You know how to look after yourself, don’t you?
Everyone has that moment when, through no fault of their own, they render themselves vulnerable to harm.

When art student Mia meets famous artist Jack Flood, she later wakes naked in his hotel room with no idea what has occurred. She fears she may have been filmed for one of his future artworks. Should she go to the police? And what has happened to her missing friend? Women are being murdered, and the city seems a more dangerous place.


Charity Shop buys

The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella

The Second Life by S J Watson

The Love of Her Life by Harriet Evans


Kindle Freebies


Spring in Skiathos by Holly Greene

Lost and Found by Chloe Rayban

Breakfast on the Patio by Sheila Douthwaite

The Road Runner Cafe by Jamie Zerndt

That One May Smile by Valerie Keogh

Near Death Experience by Carol Anne Davis

Solway Tide by Andy Jarvis

Death of a Temptress by P F Ford

Finding Gina by Lizzie Chantree








  1. Here are mine for the two weeks if you are interested:

    Hester and Harriet by Hilary Spiers (99p)
    The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent (Netgalley)
    My Husband’s Wife by Amanda Prowse (99p)
    The Banjo by Elaine Spires (£2.99)
    Bricking It by Nick Spalding (£1)
    All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani (99p)
    Fallout by Sadie Jones (£1.99)
    The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell (99p)
    Isles at the Edge of the Sea by Jonny Muir (99p)
    Mr Gandy’s Grand Tour by Alan Titchmarsh (Amazon Vine)
    The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf by Nick Bryan (free)
    The Girl from the Sea by Shalini Boland (Netgalley)
    Tempting Fate by Jane Green (99p)

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    • Oh no, I love Adriana Trigiani and missed that one 😞 back up to £9.99! Have now bought The Madwoman Upstairs and The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf. Have added Mr Gandy’s Grand Tour to my wishlist – I like Mr Titchmarsh’s books.


      • I have enjoyed some of Adriana Trigiani’s more than others. I particularly liked the Valentine trilogy – have you read it? Glad you got a few more for your pile 😉


      • I’ve got books 1&2 to read and did have no 3 from NetGalley but the formatting made it impossible to read, so need to get that one. I have read all the previous ones though. I loved the Stone Gap series.


      • I had the third one from Netgalley too and read it! I did try the first in the Stone Gap series years ago and couldn’t get into it.

        I just have to share this – it’s my birthday today and Jenny Colgan and Christina Jones have both wished me a happy birthday! Am very excited!


      • I’d be excited too if an author wished me happy birthday so share away, especially when you’ve had two ☺ Not quite as exciting but Happy Birthday from me too. 📚💐🎂


  2. Forgot to say, I have Chickens Eat Pasta on my TBR pile. I Came to Find a Girl looks good (off to Amazon now).

    I enjoyed Second Life, although I know a lot of people weren’t so keen. And I loved The Wedding Officer which I read on holiday in Sorrento looking out towards Mount Vesuvius and Naples, which is where it’s set – perfect!

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