Haven’t They Grown by Sophie Hannah

Beth hasn’t seen her friend Flora for twelve years, but one day, she decides to do a detour to see where Flora now lives. She spies on the woman, seeing her getting out of the family car. Her children, Thomas and Emily, get out, but instead of being twelve years older than when Beth last saw them, they seem not to have aged. Beth is intrigued and sets about trying to solve the mystery of what has happened to them.

This book finally got me out of my lockdown haze in 2020, where I couldn’t concentrate on reading for more than a few pages. And it’s a great book, really clever and twisty-turny, it certainly keeps you guessing. At one point, I felt the story was going one way and I realised I would feel cheated if that was the actual story – so already I was emotionally invested and wanted a certain direction or outcome. Then it set off again in a different way and wow, what a great book.

9 out of 10

The Abandoned House by Karen Louise Hollis

My book is available as an e book from Amazon or in hardback and paperback from karenlouisehollis.co.uk

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4 out of 5 stars

Abandoned house at sunset.
Abandoned housed in my hometown

Every house has a story. That’s one of the reasons I like photographing abandoned houses so much. The broken windows, chipped paint, and overgrown yards always make me wonder what the house was like in its glory days. So, when author Karen Louise Hollis offered me the chance to read her new novella focused on an abandoned house, I could hardly wait to dive in.

In this novella, Rebecca visits an abandoned house with her photographer friend, Max. While Max is photographing artifacts, Rebecca begins exploring the place and unexpectedly uncovers a clue about the former owners. Her encounter puts her and Max on a path to learning more about how the house came to be abandoned. As she finds out more about the former occupants, she makes some discoveries about herself along the way.

While the storyline isn’t groundbreaking…

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New Release!

I’m so looking forward to this book, out next year by the wonderful Anita Faulkner. It sounds such a fun read with lovely, relatable characters – and who can resist a book with an orange campervan on the front cover?

You can pre-order from Amazon now and check Anita out on social media too – @anita_faulkner_ on Twitter, @anita_faulkner_writer on Instagram and Anita Faulkner Author on Facebook.

Victoria Cooke – The Single Mums’ Book Club

This was the 26th book I have read so far in 2021.

I had seen this book mentioned on Twitter and I loved the bright colour of the cover as well as the storyline. I’m a single mum and I love books, so I thought it was definitely worth a try!

Well, I was really impressed. Chick lit can have an unfair reputation for being light, frothy and forgettable, but that really isn’t true of the best books of the genre – and this is one of the best I have read.

I really enjoyed it, it was easy to get into and I loved the characters, who are very believable, very relatable and I was soon rooting for them. Stephanie is the main character, who is having a hard time of things after the break up of her marriage. She soon encounters Janey and later Amanda, who are all struggling with their own problems and each need good female friends, which they find in each other. It is such a lovely read, it includes deep themes like loss and divorce, but the overall tone is heart-warming and beautiful.

This was the first of her books that I have read, but once I had finished reading it, I ordered another of hers – A Summer to Remember. She has a wonderful style to her writing too. I score my books out of a perfect ten and this one earned a very impressive 9 out of 10.

Hi everyone!

I’m delving into the world of book blogging! Well, it seemed appropriate. I love books – reading them, writing them, buying them, collecting them, smelling them. Oh OK, that sounds a bit weird. But if you know what I mean, you’ve found the right blog!

I have a TBR of over 100 on my bedside tables – and those are just my URGENT ones. Oops! I may have a problem or possibly an addiction. But there are worse ones to have, right?

So get a cuppa, cuddle a cat and dive right in!