Summer has well and truly sizzled this year and the off-season has been dominated here by lazy afternoons in the garden, drinking beer and enjoying the company of good friends.
With more sunny days forecast over the coming weeks and less than a month before the hockey season begins I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on last season and have a look forward to the coming one.
I’m astounded at how many fantastic books there are out there currently. I’ve had the opportunity to read some absolute crackers prior to publication and this is yet another.
Watching You is a murder mystery / thriller set in and around Melville Heights where various well defined and intriguing characters become more central to the plot as past connections between them are revealed.
I’ve just got back from Thailand and Malaysia. Well sort of. What I’ve actually done is read The Backpacking Housewife in the sizzling sunshine in the comfort of my own back garden. I didn’t have to get on a plane or even leave the country and yet I feel like I’ve been on an epic adventure.
While I was Sleeping is the latest novel by author Dani Atkins who also wrote one of my favourite books, Fractured.
28 year old Maddie is excited for her upcoming wedding when the unthinkable happens. A van knocks her down in a horrific accident. She wakes up and believes it’s seven weeks later but the tell tale signs are there and she soon discovers it’s six years and seven weeks later.
Fiancé Ryan visits but something feels wrong. Has he moved on in the intervening years and what does the future hold for Maddie as she struggles through rehab and physio to return to a normal life?
It’s an emotionally charged tale with an ending you won’t see coming and is an unusual story that depicts life after a moment in time that changes everything. Written in an easy style and with likeable characters, it’s a great read, which will be available on 26th July just in time for the summer holidays.
I loved it and the good news is that if you like this one as much as I did and you’ve not read Dani’s books before there are several others you’ll be able to catch up with and enjoy, written in the same style.
Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the advance copy. It’s four stars from me.
If you’re a dog lover you might already have come across Finn, the superhero police dog who saved his handlers life and took a life threatening knife to the chest.
I had seen Finn and handler Dave Wardell’s story on the television some time ago then more recently came across them on Twitter where I discovered that their incredible story, Fabulous Finn was about to be published.
So I put in my order on Amazon and within a couple of weeks the publishing date arrived and Fabulous Finn dropped through my letterbox.
Coming soon to a book shop near you is One Thousand Stars And You, by Isabelle Broom.
I hugged my kindle when I finished this one. What a heart warming, lovely read. It’s one of those you’ll want to keep on your bookshelf. I might even buy it in paperback so I can do just that – the front cover is just gorgeous. Oh and I’d also like a sequel please Isabelle if that’s not too much trouble!