Added week ending 25 Feb 2017

Well after the excesses of the last two weeks I’m delighted to say I’ve been exceedingly good this week, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever added so few books.

Review Copies


The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman (via NetGalley – due for publication 29th June)

Thirty years ago, something terrible happened to Luna’s mother. Something she’s only prepared to reveal after her death.

Now Luna and her sister have a chance to go back to their mother’s birthplace and settle her affairs. But in Brooklyn they find more questions than answers, until something impossible – magical – happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977.

At first Luna’s thinks she’s going crazy, but if she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in doing anything – everything – to save her mother’s life, will she have to sacrifice her own?

Kindle purchases



The Liberation by Kate Furnivall – £3.99 (was 99p)

The Liberation is set in Italy in 1945 as British and American troops attempt to bring order to the devastated country and Italy’s population fights to survive. Caterina Lombardi is desperate – her father is dead, her mother has disappeared and her brother is being drawn towards danger. One morning, among the ruins of the bombed Naples streets, Caterina is forced to go to extreme lengths to protect her own life and in doing so forges a future in which she must clear her father’s name. An Allied Army officer accuses him of treason and Caterina discovers a plot against her family. Who can she trust and who is the real enemy now? And will the secrets of the past be her downfall?
  This epic novel is an unforgettably powerful story of love, loss and the long shadow of war.


Buried Sins by Vivien Jones – £1.99 (was Free)

Elizabeth Brown disturbs history when she starts to look for something special for her Father’s birthday. A unique store in which the gifts on sale have their own stories to tell, leads her into a local workhouse and a stately home. What Elizabeth sees and hears, in replays from the shadows of the past, not only challenges her modern values, but her future too.

Doubting if anyone will believe her, Elizabeth tells no one about her uncanny experiences, until she meets Samuel William Jarvis, a successful bachelor.

Transgressions are not always black and white, so be careful to read between the lines…sins like to remain buried.


art-of-racing-in-the-rainThe Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – £1.49

A heart-warming and inspirational tale in which Enzo, a loyal family dog, tells the story of his human family, how they nearly fell apart, and what he did to bring them back together.

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: he thinks and feels in nearly human ways. He has educated himself by watching extensive television, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo realizes that racing is a metaphor: that by applying the techniques a driver would apply on the race track, one can successfully navigate the ordeals and travails one encounters in life.Enzo relates the story of his human family, sharing their tragedies and triumphs. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations as a dog, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family.

The Art of Racing in the Rain is a testament to a man’s life, given by his dog. But it is also a testament to the dog, himself. Though Enzo cannot speak, he understands everything that happens around him as he bears witness to his master’s problems. His enforced muteness only refines his listening ability, and allows him to understand many of life’s nuances that are lost on most humans. With humour, sharp observation, and a courageous heart, Enzo guides the reader to the bittersweet yet ultimately satisfying conclusion: there are no limitations to what we can achieve, if we truly know where we want to be.



An Honest Deceit by Guy Mankowski – 99p

When Ben and Juliette’s young daughter dies in a tragic accident on a school trip, they begin searching for answers. But will they ever know the truth? What was the role of the teacher on the trip – and are the rumours about his past true? As Ben and Juliette search for the truth and the pressure rises, their own secrets and motivations are revealed…. An Honest Deceit is an intelligent and gripping contemporary psychological thriller that questions not just the motives of others, but the real reasons for discovering the truth.

Physical books


Shop Girl by Mary Portas – (Charity shop 20p)

Young Mary Newton, born into a large Irish family in a small Watford semi, was always getting into trouble. When she wasn’t choking back fits of giggles at Holy Communion or eating Chappie dog food for a bet, she was accidentally setting fire to the local school. Mary was a trouble magnet. And, unlike her brothers, somehow she always got caught…

Britain in the 1970s was a world where R White’s lemonade was drunk in secret, curry came in a cardboard box marked Vesta and Beanz meant Heinz. In Mary’s family, money was scarce. Clothes were hand-me-downs, holidays a church day out to Hastings and meals were variations on the potato. But these were also good times which revolved around the force of nature that was Theresa, Mary’s mum.

When tragedy unexpectedly blows this world apart, a new chapter in Mary’s life opens up. She takes to the camp and glamour of Harrods window dressing like a duck to water, and Mary, Queen of Shops is born…




    • In my local small town the shopping centre has no less than 7 charity shops (but no Oxfam). The most expensive sells as £1.50 per book the cheapest at 20p per book (or 3 for 50p). There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the pricing policies, nor do they take the age/condition of the book into consideration. I agree with you re Oxfam. I appreciate that charity shops are raising funds for a charity as opposed to offering a charitable service to the public but there needs to be a balance.


      • I’d better come to your town then. Around here the books are £1.99 unless the shop decides it needs to do a clear out and offers them at 50p a time. Oxfam tends to be £2.50 but ‘classics’ are higher – around £3.99

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  1. Ooh you have been restrained this week! 🙂 I’m excited to read the new Rowan Coleman too, it sounds like a great read. I adored The Art of Racing in the Rain – it’s such a gorgeous novel and one I still think about now and it’s quite a long time since I read it. I hope you enjoy all of your new books. 🙂

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