Whether it was my laziness or just lack of time or motivation, I haven’t posted anything for a while. I didn’t fall into a deep reading slump, I probably read more than ever, but sometimes you just have to choose. You either read or write about what you read and prioritize. I managed to get my hands on so many brilliant books in November, I just couldn’t stop reading and ended up with queue of outstanding reviews, many for Netgalley, which seems to be the best source of my books recently. So I chose the easier way to post a reviews and congest short reviews into one post for November 🙂 I know, genius, right? 🙂
So here I present you with my brilliant November reads…
The Orchid Girls by Lesley Sanderson
‘Now we are bound forever,’ she says, her eyes determined. ‘I will never tell anyone, I swear. This is between you and me. Now you swear too.’
They called them the Orchid Girls. Grace. Charlotte. Molly.
One of them is in love. One of them is a liar. One of them is dead.
Another well written thriller which will definitely grab your attention. It might feel that it drags a bit at the beginning but once it takes of you won’t be able to do anything else than to turn page after page. Strong characters and good plot!
The Binding by Bridget Collins
Imagine you could erase your grief.
Imagine you could forget your pain.
Imagine you could hide a secret. Forever.
Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.
He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.
In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded.
Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.
This beautiful looking book definitely takes the spot on the list of my favourite reads of 2018. Breathtakingly magical story that makes you think. What if you could have all bad memories taken away from you, would you do it? Would you want to remember what you have forgotten? This book won’t be out until 2019 but definitely worth pre-ordering.
Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel by Karen King
Snowy rooftops, mulled wine, and a hot single dad. Not the Christmas Saffy wished for… but maybe the one she needs?
Twenty-nine-year-old Saffron Baxter knew her fun holiday plans didn’t stand a chance the moment her sister called to say she was stuck abroad with no hope of being home before Christmas. Saffy would just have to abandon thoughts of wild festive parties in the city and head down to remote Cornwall.
Because every year her sister hosts a huge Christmas meal for all the single parents in her village. And Saffy knows it’d break her heart to let them down.
Arriving as snow starts to fall over the thatched cottages of the little harbour town of Port Breok, she meets Logan – the tall, fair-haired, blue-eyed, devoted single dad who lives over the road, with his adorable daughter Chloe. At first she thinks he might help her make Christmas Day extra-memorable, but he just seems convinced she’ll never manage – that she’s just a party girl who doesn’t care about family, or anyone’s feelings.
Maybe he’s right. After all – she doesn’t want to settle down, she’s only there for a few days… But she’s still determined to do her sister proud with gorgeous decorations, the most beautiful real tree – complete with extra twinkly lights, and delicious mince pies. To make it a Christmas everyone will remember, especially little Chloe. Even if, when the mistletoe comes down, she knows she’ll probably never see Logan again…
Perfect Christmas read! If you know Karen King, you know what you are in for when you pick up any book by her. Heartwarming stories with characters you will fall in love with, sparkly Christmas so vivid you can see the lights twinkling in front of you and smell turkey in the air. Will definitely set the proper Christmas mood!
The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland
‘Mummy, she’s gone…’
Gemma Ballantine is getting ready for work one morning when her eldest child comes running down the stairs, saying the words every mother dreads.
The front door is open. And her six-year-old daughter has disappeared. Frantic with fear, Gemma starts a nail-biting search for her little girl.
After what feels like forever, her mother-in-law Diane finds Katie wandering lost a few streets away. Relieved to have her youngest child back in her arms, breathing in the sweet scent of her hair, Gemma thinks the nightmare is over.
But then her perfect family starts to fall apart.
And she realises it’s only just beginning…
Thriller written just the way it is supposed to be! Engaging from the first page, interesting and strong characters and fast pacing plot. Shalini Boland is incredibly talented and becoming one of my favourite thriller authors. Will definitely read more by her in the future.
From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes the poignant tale of a woman who has always been there for her family. But will they be there for her?
Rae-Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts. They’ve shared twenty-five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard’s larger-than-life sister. But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae reeling.
Heartbroken, she takes Dolly on her would-be anniversary trip to Antigua and the two women drink and dance and talk like they haven’t in years. But in the break from real life, Rae realises her choices have always been made for her, and suddenly she’s questioning not only her fragile marriage but also her one-sided friendships. Is she really the pushover everyone else sees?
When Howard comes looking for reconciliation, Rae has a choice to make: keep the peace, as she always has, or put herself first for once and find out who she really is.
First of all, have some tissues near by before you even open this book. I wish I’ve been warned what to expect from Amanda Prowse. The Girl in the Corner is the first book I’ve read by her and it’s written with so much emotion and care. So realistic and touching, which makes it incredibly powerful. Adored the story and purchased another 3 books by Amanda Prowse straight after.