Threadbare Book Nine in the Harrogate Crime Series by Malcolm Hollingdrake @MHollingdrake #KindleUnlimited #BookReview

Threadbare: Book Nine in the Harrogate Crime Series by [Malcolm Hollingdrake]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The team is seeing changes. Cyril is away and for the second time, Owen finds himself in charge of the investigation. An elderly gentleman dies of a snake bite and unfortunately his carer is also attacked. The second murder is a shooting, an unusual weapon being used, again an elderly victim.
A photograph of four friends celebrating a win at the Great St Wilfred’s Stakes at Ripon races in 1986 seems to be significant, but the relevance, at first, is lost in the investigation.
Another victim, one of the friends in the photograph, is found dead in his home. Only one of the friends remains alive and Owen and his team fight against time to prevent his murder.
The investigation is hampered by two siblings, the Bostock brothers, who have a history of rivalry and hatred; one of them is in the Ripon races photograph.
DS April Richmond’s biblical knowledge proves critical in solving the crime. The snake, Lilith, conjures the Garden of Eden. Two more fatalities occur before the crimes are solved and the motive is revealed.

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Threadbare: Book Nine in the Harrogate Crime Series

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

What a super start this is to the 9th book in this incredible series. DCI Cyril Bennett and pathologist Dr Julie Pritchett are finally getting hitched and heading off to the sunny climate of Barbados for their honeymoon. I had such a smile on my face but not for long……

A call comes in from Barbara Perry a carer, saying that she has found the body of George Lyons at his home but the woman is also unconscious too when help arrives. It is soon determined that both have them have been bitten by a snake. DS David Owen is called upon to investigate the case of the dead man and seriously injured woman. It isn’t long before another unusual death takes place too.

What a cracking story this is and as much as I love Bennett it was lovely to see Owen in another light. He has grown so much in the books and he shone in this one. As always in these books, Hollingdrake is a master of the unusual demise of any victims, his research is impeccable and his knowledge about art truly magical. I always love the added bit at the end.

I love trying to work out the cases with this incredible duo, yes Bennett does come back and join the investigation in this story too, this has a touching storyline with it. An author that I can always rely on for delivering a perfect plot. A top series!

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Malcolm Hollingdrake

You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.

Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember.

Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has eight books now available. Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all three novels.

Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his latest novel, ‘Crossed Out’.

Books for the Harrogate based DCI Cyril Bennett novels.

AUTHOR LINKS

Amazon page: http://bit.ly/AmtoMHdrake

Twitter: @MHollingdrake

Threadbare: Book Nine in the Harrogate Crime Series by [Malcolm Hollingdrake]

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith #SnowWhite @DMeredith2013 #BookReview #KindleUnlimited

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by [David Meredith]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is definitely not a book for children as the story is much darker than the cartoon seven dwarfs and sweet smiling Snow White. It is more like the Grimm Brothers darkness and add some.

The famous mirror plays a major part in this story as the way that Queen Snow White remembers periods in her life and how the mirror looks at the truth is very different. The happy ever after bit of the original story hadn’t really been part of the handsome Prince and Queen Snow White’s future.

The funny thing is in the time period that this is set, it makes it feel like a much more realistic version but seriously it would give children nightmares! The characters are absolutely fabulous, especially the ladies of the court, oh boy there are some really bad ar*** among them.

The ace thing about the mirror is its honesty, tell it how it was and don’t hold back on hurting feelings. It is quite brutal at times. I read so much with a slack jaw and the occasional wow and what the heck, thrown in! It does make it a book hard to put down. Think Snow White meets Mean Girls.

A brilliant conclusion to this story!

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Meredith

Dr David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee. He received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. On and off, he spent nearly a decade, from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @DMeredith2013

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by [David Meredith]

An Act of Murder: A Medical Thriller (A Doc Brady Mystery Book 1) by John Bishop #KindleUnlimted @annasacca #BookReview #NetGalley

Huge thanks to Anna Sacca of FSB Associates for inviting me to read this book for publication day. Unfortunately, it became impossible for me to fulfil this promise due to the CoronaVirus and increasing my hours at work. So now here is my review at last.

Act of Murder: A Medical Thriller (A Doc Brady Mystery Book 1) by [Bishop, John]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Doc Brady became an orthopedic surgeon to avoid being surrounded by death. But now it’s everywhere around him.

One spring day in 1994 Houston, Dr. Jim Bob Brady witnesses his neighbor’s ten-year-old son killed by a hit-and-run driver. An accident, or an act of murder? After the death, Brady enlists the help of his twenty-year-old son J. J. and his wife Mary Louise in chasing down clues that take them deeper and deeper into a Houston he never imagined existed. In the process, they discover a macabre conspiracy stretching from the ivory towers of the largest teaching hospital in Texas, to the upper reaches of Houston’s legal community, to the shores of Galveston.

Doc Brady soon realizes that the old adage remains true: The love of money is the root of all evil.

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HERE ARE THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a brilliant start to a new series featuring Doc Jim Bob Brady as he turns his attention to solving the hit and run of one of his neighbours’ children, ten-year-old Stevie who he, unfortunately, could not save. Stevie had a condition where he had been born with brittle bones, ‘Osteogenesis imperfecta’ but the degree which he had it let him live a pretty normal life. It soon becomes apparent that it was no accident that killed Stevie, someone had run him down intentionally.

A chance meeting with an old buddy of Brady leads him to see the postmortem of another child with the same medical condition as Stevie but a much more severe form of the bone disease. The likeness to Stevie can’t be pushed aside easily so with a few tests it is found out that the boys were actually twins.

The story is told in the first person, not something I am really fond of, to be honest, but the actual story just fascinated me from the beginning. I loved the mix of Brady’s work as an orthopaedic specialist and the cases that he was dealing with, to his family life with his wife Mary Louise, an absolute star in this book and his twenty-year-old techno son J.J. who was a whizz at getting into places without even leaving his computer.

What an incredible story this turned out to be, it really knocked me for six. There is some humour thrown in too to lighten the story. A really well-balanced book that kept me entertained on every level. Looking forward to Brady’s next investigation.

I wish to the Anna Sacca of FSB Associates for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Bishop

John Bishop MD practiced orthopedic surgery in Houston, Texas, for 30 years. An avid golfer and accomplished piano player, Bishop is honored to have once served as the keyboard player for the rhythm and blues band Bert Wills and the Crying Shames. The Doc Brady medical thriller series is set in the changing environment of medicine in the 1990s. Drawing on his years of experience as a practicing surgeon, Bishop entertains readers using his unique insights into the medical world with all its challenges, intricacies, and complexities, while at the same time revealing the compassion and dedication of health care professionals. Dr. Bishop and his wife, Joan, reside in the Texas Hill Country.

Act of Murder: A Medical Thriller (A Doc Brady Mystery Book 1) by [Bishop, John]

The Prisoner’s Wife by Maggie Brookes @maggiebrookes27 @arrowpublishing ⁩ @penguinrandom #BookReview #NetGalley #WarStoryFiction #ThePrisonersWife

The Prisoner's Wife: based on an inspiring true story by [Maggie Brookes]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘Deeply moving and compelling … an epic journey not only across war-torn countries but deep into the heart of what it is to be human. A heart-rending story beautifully told.’ JUDITH ALLNAT, author of The Poet’s Wife and The Silk Factory
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Their love is a death sentence. But can it keep them alive?

Czechoslovakia, 1944. In the dead of night, a farm girl and a British soldier creep through abandoned villages. Secretly married and on the run, Bill and Izabela are searching for Izabela’s brother and father, who are fighting for the Czech resistance. They know their luck will not last.

Captured by the German army, it seems they must be separated – but they have prepared for this moment. By cutting her hair and pretending to be mute, Izabela successfully disguises herself as a British soldier. Together, they face the terrible conditions of a POW camp, reliant on the help of their fellow POWs to maintain their fragile deception.

Their situation is beyond dangerous. If Izabela is discovered, she and Bill – and all the men who helped them – will face lethal consequences.
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A novel set in war-torn Czechoslovakia amid the extreme privations of a prisoner of war camp, based on a true story of passion, heroism and a love that transcends overwhelming odds.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This story is absolutely stunning, once you read it, it just won’t go away. Based on a true story which has been past from person to person, it begins in 1944 with a British POW in Czechoslovakia who has been sent to work on a farm and the young farm girl Izzy that lives there.

Only Izzy and her mother live on the farm now after her father and brother left to join to Czech resistance. Over the weeks Izzy and Bill fall in love and plan to escape after they marry secretly without her mother’s knowledge. The only way that the pair can travel safely is for Izzy to take on the appearance of being a young British soldier who is so traumatized that he can no longer speak. It isn’t long before they are captured and transported to a prisoner of war camp.

This was a book that was read in one session because the tension was just too high to be able to settle to doing anything else. The descriptions of everything made it visual, made me feel my skin crawl and scratch as I read at imaginary things I could feel in my hair. The conditions were horrific and the fear of them being caught horrendous. They couldn’t do this on their own, but who could they trust to help? Izzy was in great danger. Washing, going to the toilet, showers (which weren’t often) and of course the time of the month.

There are heroes and villains in this story but wow! what a love story this is! A beautiful love story that tested them beyond anything I have read. Brilliant writing. this will stay with me a very long time. Highly recommended.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maggie Brookes

Maggie Brookes is a British ex-journalist and BBC television producer turned poet and novelist.
‘The Prisoner’s Wife’ is based on an extraordinary true story of love and courage, which was told to her in a lift by an ex-WW2 prisoner of war. Maggie visited the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany as part of her research for the book, learning largely forgotten aspects of the war.
‘The Prisoner’s Wife’ is due to be published by imprints of Penguin Random House in the UK and in the US in May 2020. Publication in other countries, including Holland, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic will follow.
As well as being a writer, Maggie is an advisory fellow for the Royal Literary Fund and also an Associate Professor at Middlesex University, London, England, where she has taught creative writing since 1990. She divides her time between London and Whitstable, and is married with two grown-up daughters.
She has published five poetry collections in the UK under her married name of Maggie Butt. Poetry website: http://www.maggiebutt.co.uk

The Prisoner's Wife: based on an inspiring true story by [Maggie Brookes]

Buried by Lynda La Plante @LaPlanteLynda @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #NetGalley #BookReview

Buried: The thrilling new crime series introducing Detective Jack Warr by [Plante, Lynda La]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

SOME THINGS SHOULD REMAIN BURIED . . .

The gripping first book in a brand new thriller series by the Queen of Crime Drama, Lynda La Plante.
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DC Jack Warr and his girlfriend Maggie have just moved to London to start a new life together. Though charming, Jack can’t seem to find his place in the world – until he’s drawn into an investigation that turns his life upside down.

In the aftermath of a fire at an isolated cottage, a badly charred body is discovered, along with the burnt remains of millions of stolen, untraceable bank notes.

Jack’s search leads him deep into a murky criminal underworld – a world he finds himself surprisingly good at navigating. But as the line of the law becomes blurred, how far will Jack go to find the answers – and what will it cost him?

In BURIED, it’s time to meet DC Jack Warr as he digs up the deadly secrets of the past . . .

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MY THOUGHTS

I grew up in a house where if Lynda La Plante’s name was on a programme then we watched it. I was, in those days, star-struck as they always seemed so much more real than anything else that was on. When I found out that she was bringing a new book out that would be the start of a series I knew that I had to read it.

What begins as a mysterious fire in a disused country cottage ends with the discovery of charred remains of a body and buddles of burnt money which are no longer legal tender.

DCI Simon Ridley heads the investigation with DC Jack Warr the proverbial square peg in a round hole. Jack has never felt that drive that he knows others have. He and his girlfriend Maggie have moved to London recently so she can push the career which she has a passion for. When Jack hears that his mother and father are selling up and taking a cruise to make most of their remaining time together because of his father’s terminal cancer, he is devasted. Jack had been adopted when he was little but never wanted to find his roots but his dad gives him his blessing and the push he needs to find out who he really is.

The story drops back into the past with a masterful collection of superb characters that you need to find out about yourself. While Jack begins on a journey of self-discovery of his own beginnings, but a bit like Pandora’s box, once the truth is out he simply cannot unknow the facts. Both nature and nurture do their own dance in making him into the character that he ends up.

A brilliant start to a series that I shall keep on top of with every new addition. There is a new Jack Warr and I want to see how he plays out.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

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HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lynda La Plante

Lynda La Plante was born in Liverpool. She trained for the stage at RADA and worked with the National Theatre and RDC before becoming a television actress. She then turned to writing – and made her breakthrough with the phenomenally successful TV series WIDOWS.

Her novels have all been international bestsellers. Her original script for the much-acclaimed PRIME SUSPECT won awards from BAFTA, Emmys, British Broadcasting and Royal Television Society as well as the 1993 Edgar Allan Poe Writer’s Award.

Since 1993 Lynda has spearheaded La Plante Productions. In that time the company has produced a stunning slate of innovative dramas with proven success and enduring international appeal.

Based on Lynda’s best selling series of Anna Travis novels, Above Suspicion, Silent Scream, Deadly Intent and Silent Scream have all adapted into TV scripts and received impressive viewing figures.

Lynda has been made honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and was awarded the BAFTA Dennis Potter Writer’s Award 2000.

On 14th June 2008 Lynda was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List (Writer and Producer for services to Literature, Drama and to Charity).

On 3rd October 2009, Lynda was honoured at the Cologne Conference International Film and Television Festival with the prestigious TV Spielfilm Award for her television adaptation of her novel, Above Suspicion.

Books penned by Lynda La Plante include: The Legacy, The Talisman, Bella Mafia, Entwined, Cold Shoulder, Cold Blood, Cold Heart, Sleeping Cruelty, Royal Flush, Above Suspicion, The Red Dahlia, Clean Cut, Deadly Intent and Silent Scream, Blind Fury (this entered the UK Sunday Times Bestsellers List at number 1 having sold 9,500 copies in its first two weeks), Blood Line, Backlash, Wrongful Death, and Twisted, which have all been international best-sellers.

In Feb 2012 Lynda’s chilling tale of THE LITTLE ONE was published in conjunction with Quick Reads through Simon & Schuster UK.

Lynda’s latest book, Tennison, was published on 24th September 2015 and is the prequel the highly acclaimed Prime Suspect. The story charts Jane Tennison’s entry into the police force as a 22 year old Probationary Officer at Hackney Police Station in 1973.

Lynda La Plante is published in the UK by Simon & Schuster.
Lynda La Plante is published in the US by HarperCollins Publishers.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @LaPlanteLynda

lyndalaplante.com

Buried: The thrilling new crime series introducing Detective Jack Warr by [Plante, Lynda La]

Family for Beginners by Sarah Morgan @SarahMorgan_ @HQstories #NetGalley #FamilyForBeginners #BookReview #RomanticComedy

Family For Beginners: the brand new summer read from the Top 5 Sunday Times bestseller Sarah Morgan!

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Who says you can’t choose your family?

When Flora falls in love with Jack, suddenly she’s not only handling a very cranky teenager, but she’s also living in the shadow of Jack’s perfect, immortalised wife, Becca. Every summer, Becca and Jack would holiday with Becca’s oldest friends and Jack wants to continue the tradition, so now Flora must face a summer trying to live up to Becca’s memory, with not only Jack’s daughter looking on, but with Becca’s best friends judging her every move…

The more Flora tries to impress everyone, the more things go horribly wrong…but as the summer unfolds, Flora begins pushing her own boundaries, and finding herself in a way that she never thought she needed to.

And she soon learns that families come in all shapes and sizes.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I get so excited when a new Sarah Morgan book comes out as she brings to life such incredible characters and Flora is no exception. Flora has been a bit of a door matt for her employer for years now. She works in a florist, just like her mum had, it was her life. She was always the one that covered the shifts no-one wanted or was called on when someone else didn’t turn in to work. That was until the day Jack came into the shop looking for flowers for his daughter, that day it was more than the flowers that bloomed.

Jack was a widower with two children and Flora was the wallflower that only had a work-life. Now Flora was going to Jack’s for a meal and to meet his girls but not everyone is ready for moving on.

Flora thought that she would have been able to connect with Jack’s girls having lost her own mother when she was only 8 and being brought up with a resentful aunt who took the role of carer on out of duty, not love. With every page I turned I wanted to grab hold of Flora and give her a hug, everything worked against her though with a determined teenager that kept her own mum totally out of Flora’s league. Flora felt like Jack’s wife Becca was more a Premier league status while she was little league but she was determined not to give up. Everything seemed to go over the top of Jack’s head, he thought everything in the garden was rosy.

The story goes from Brooklyn to the Lake District and Sarah Morgan brought both to life equally. I loved the changes that were happening in Flora that made her push herself out of her comfort zone. This is a beautifully written book that captures the heartbreak of losing someone you love and unfinished business that needs closure. A brilliant read again.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

 

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated 5 times for the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice. Sarah lives near London, England, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors.

Look out for Miracle on 5th Avenue, Sarah’s latest release in her series set in New York City and coming in 2016.

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Family For Beginners: the brand new summer read from the Top 5 Sunday Times bestseller Sarah Morgan! by [Morgan, Sarah]

Keeper by Jessica Moor @jessicammoor @PenguinUKBooks @VikingBooksUK #BookReview #BlogBookReview #NetGalley

Keeper: The Most Talked About Debut of 2020 by [Moor, Jessica]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

He’s been looking in the windows again. Messing with cameras. Leaving notes.
Supposed to be a refuge. But death got inside.

When Katie Straw’s body is pulled from the waters of the local suicide spot, the police decide it’s an open-and-shut case. A standard-issue female suicide.

But the residents of Widringham women’s refuge where Katie worked don’t agree. They say it’s murder.

Will you listen to them?

An addictive literary page-turner about a crime as shocking as it is commonplace, KEEPER will leave you reeling long after the final page is turned.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Katie Straw was dead and as far as the police were concerned it had been a suicide but Katie worked in a women’s refuge and there was no way that they were going to let her death be swept under the carpet. The women were convinced that Katie had been murdered.

The story is set on two timelines, one before Katie’s death, that followed her life leading up to her death and the other the actual investigation into what happened the night Katie died.

The story has many triggers for anyone that has problems reading about abusive relationships so the book isn’t for everyone. It mainly follows the life of Katie and how what begins as a seemingly caring relationship soon turns into control. The author gives the story a truly realistic feel of the stigma that can be associated with women’s refuges/safe houses even with those in authority. So many pitfalls that leave these women still very vulnerable, with their abusers knowing just how far they can go to still hold control over them without breaking the law. Then if they step over the line there aren’t the resources to back the law up.

DS Whitworth and DC Brooke have no understanding of the women in the refuge, soon classifying them into known pre-judged ‘types’. My blood boiled on so many chapters in the book because I was so emotionally involved with the characters. The resources seem to have better things to spend their money on than ensuring the safety of such women.

The story uncoils as more evidence comes to light as Katie’s life and death are brought together. A moving story well thought out. A brilliant debut form this new author

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jessica Moor

Jessica Moor studied English at Cambridge before completing a Creative Writing MA at Manchester University. Prior to this she spent a year working in the violence against women and girls sector and this experience inspired her first novel, Keeper.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @jessicammoor

Keeper: The Most Talked About Debut of 2020 by [Moor, Jessica]

 

Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang, Ken Liu (Translator) @HoZ_Books @midaspr #ScienceFiction #BookReview

Firstly I wish to thank Amber Choudhary of Midaspr for a copy of this book for the Blog Tour in April 2020, unfortunately, due to work commitments, I had to withdraw until the world got to be a little bit more like normal. So finally I can share with you my review for this book.

Vagabonds by [Jingfang, Hao]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The first novel from the Hugo Award-winning author of ‘Folding Beijing’, translated by Ken Liu.

Can the void between two worlds be bridged?
AD2201. Just over a century ago, the Martian colonies declared their independence. After a brief conflict, Earth and Mars cut ties, carving separate trajectories into the future, viewing each other with suspicion and even hatred. Five years ago, a group of Martian students were sent to Earth as goodwill ambassadors from the Red Planet. Now the young men and women are coming home, escorting a delegation of prominent Terrans to see if the two worlds can bridge the void that has opened up between them.

Almost immediately, negotiations break down and old enmities erupt.

How do you escape the gravity of the past?
Luoying, one of the returning Martians, is caught amidst the political intrigue and philosophical warfare. Martians and Terrans, old friends and new mentors, statesmen and revolutionaries – everything and everyone challenges her, pushing her to declare her allegiance. Torn between her native land and the world on which she came of age, Luoying must discover the truth amid a web of lies spun by both sides, she must chart a course between history and the future, or face the destruction of everything she’s ever loved.

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Vagabonds

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is one huge story of over 600 pages, written by Hao Jingfang and translated by Ken Liu. The story begins in 2201AD when Earth and the estranged colony of Mars attempt to make peace. Both planets are run very differently to each other, they have different values about their people, wealth and culture.

Five years had now past since a group of martian students had been sent to earth to study and now were returning back to Mars along with a delegation of Terrans to see if bridges could be mended between the two. Since the break between the two planets, the differences between the two had become even further away from each other.

I loved reading about both the planets and the way in which the people from each one thought and behaved. In so many ways the people who lived on Mars had an innocence about them that was at times childlike. There were huge secrets that had been pushed under the carpet but after living on Earth for five years the students that returned had come back with a new restless determination to want some answers and have a say in their own futures.

This is quite a slow burn read that compels you to keep going with the last 100 or so pages turning everything on its head and revealing all the answers that you need. The story at times feels overwhelming with so many characters but it does settle down to the ones that you need.

I wish to thank Amber Choudhary at Midas PR for sending me a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hao Jingfang

From Clarkesworld magazine:
In 2002, Hao Jingfang was awarded the First Prize in the New Concept Writing Competition. She gained her undergraduate degree from Tsinghua University’s Department of Physics and her Ph.D. from the same university in Economics and Management in 2012. Her fiction has appeared in various publications, including Mengya, Science Fiction World and ZUI Found. She has published two full-length novels, Wandering Maearth and Return to Charon; a book of cultural essarys, Europe in Time; and the short story collection, Star Travellers. Her fiction has appeared before in English translation in Lightspeed and Uncanny.

Vagabonds by [Jingfang, Hao]

Aria’s Travelling Book Shop by Rebecca Raisin @jaxandwillsmum @HQDigitalUK #AriasTravellingBookShop #NetGalley #BookReview #Women’sHumourousFiction

Aria’s Travelling Book Shop: An utterly uplifting, laugh out loud romantic comedy! by [Raisin, Rebecca]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

This summer will change everything!

Aria Summers knows what she wants.

A life on the road with best friend Rosie and her beloved camper-van-cum-book-shop, and definitely, definitely, no romance.

But when Aria finds herself falling – after one too many glasses of wine, from a karaoke stage – into the arms of Jonathan, a part of her comes back to life for the first time in years.

Since her beloved husband died Aria has sworn off love, unless it’s the kind you can find in the pages of a book. One love of her life is quite enough.

And so Aria tries to forget Jonathan and sets off for a summer to remember in France. But could this trip change Aria’s life forever…?

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Firstly I have to say that I haven’t read the book that comes before this one but it does read pretty well as a stand-alone. Aria’s husband had tragically died of cancer the year before and to be honest she simply could not move on. TJ had been the love of her life and she felt that no-one could ever come close to being anything like him. Aria owned a travelling book shop and toured around with her bestie Rosie with their next port of call being France.

Someone from her past reappears in her life, Jonathan, who sparks feelings in her that she thought she would never feel again. Aria and her in-laws didn’t see eye to eye after she followed her dying husband’s wishes but when she is given his diary she sees in it the things that he found impossible to say.

The setting of this story is beautifully brought to life as well as all the emotions that a person has when a loved one dies. The feelings of guilt because you can see a glimpse of happiness and then realising that you aren’t trying to replace anyone in your life but appreciating someone else for who they are.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines. And now she is focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true love.

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TWITTER: @jaxandwillsmum

rebeccaraisin.com

Aria’s Travelling Book Shop: An utterly uplifting, laugh out loud romantic comedy! by [Raisin, Rebecca]

 

Great Expectations an old book by Charles Dickens with doodles by Jack Noel @jackdraws #BooksForKids #ClassicsForKids #NewSeries

BOOK DESCRIPTION

OLD books get NEW doodles – it’s the classics as you’ve never seen them before!

A hilarious new series that brings the classics to life with illustrations by Jack Noel. Perfect for fans of Tom Gates, Wimpy Kid and Dav Pilkey. And Charles Dickens.

WHAT THE DICKENS?

Ten-year-old Pip gets the fright of his life when he meets an escaped convict in a spooky graveyard. And that’s just the beginning of an adventure that will lead him to a house full of secrets, a strange old lady and a journey to the big city to seek his fortune. But Pip is in for a BIG surprise . . .

Join Pip in a rip-roaring story of family secrets, scary grannies and a REALLY annoying big sister in COMIC CLASSICS: GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens and Jack Noel.

BUY LINK:

Comic Classics: Great Expectations

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

What a fabulous way to get kids into Charles Dickens books. I loved Charles Dickens when I was a nipper but the subjects that they cover can be quite heavy. Jack Noel has changed that with his modern approach which includes his brilliant artwork and modern equivalent explanations to words and situations that are in the book. What I really love is that Jack Noel never changes the way that the original was written by Dickens he has just made it more appealing to a  much larger audience.

There are even little memory joggers when a character has made a brief appearance earlier in the book and then comes back into the story much further in the story. Like, Do you remember him on page 16? I really had to laugh at some of the comparisons, it is all so very entertaining. Although this story has been lightened in so many amazing ways it still has those heart-thumping moments too and the grim reality of the harsh living conditions of the time.

This is a brilliant start to what I can only see as being a real hit with young readers. If readers enjoy books by David Walliams then do give this a go. There are further books coming too, Treasure Island and Hound of the Baskervilles. An excellent start!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, Jack Noel, Comic Classics, Classic books for Children

Jack Noel is a Jack of three trades: author, illustrator, designer, who works mainly on children’s books and is a co-host on the Down the Rabbit Hole children’s books podcast. In 1986 he won the Brighton Cooperative Beautiful Baby competition. Now Jack lives in London with his family and enjoys doodling in books belonging to dead Victorian gentlemen. One day he tweeted some spreads of Great Expectations in a funny middle grade style, and the rest is history!

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Twitter: @jackdraws