Books I’ve read this month and loved

I’ve really enjoyed curling up with some good books this month – a mixture of different authors and genres. These are my 5* recommendations.

If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman

Thank you to NetGalley for a review copy of this novel.

Thank you to Hannah Beckerman for this novel – the five main characters came to life beautifully and the story was totally believable – how a simple misunderstanding led to major changes in a family that took 30 years to be aired truthfully.

This is a book full of heightened emotions due to the sad life events faced by the main characters over 30 years but please don’t avoid the book as another reviewer suggested – see how the characters dealt with the events and how this shaped their futures. 

#NetGalley #HannahBeckerman #IfonlyIcouldtellyou

One Summer In Paris by Sarah Morgan

Thank you to NetGalley for a review copy of this novel.

Thank you to Sarah Morgan for writing this novel – I loved it. The two main characters escape their normal lives in the UK and the USA, to bump into each other in the city of Paris. I enjoyed how so many stories from different eras in history were intertwined in this novel – so many events had conspired to get Grace and Audrey in Paris at the same time.

I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to spoil the book for other readers – definitely a book to curl up with and enjoy.

#NetGalley #OneSummerInParis #SarahMorgan

Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane

Thank you to NetGalley for a review copy of this novel

Thank you to Mhairi McFarlane for this novel. I must admit that it did take me a few chapters to get into the story, but once I did the emotions of happiness and sadness came thick and fast. Georgina, Lucas, their family and friends all came to life and I found myself desperately wanting to know what happened next.

Definitely a five star book.

#NetGalley #Don’tYouForgetAboutMe #MhairiMcFarlane

Everdark by Abi Elphinstone

Having seen excellent reviews for this book, I bought a copy for my 13 year old. Because I grew up reading CS Lewis and Famous Five and The Magic Faraway Tree books as a child, I decided to read this too. I loved the whole story – Smudge and Bartholomew were a great team. Looking forward to reading more books by Abi Elphinstone soon.


The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew by Milly Johnson

Treated myself to this book for the Easter holiday. I have read and loved many of Milly’s books and hoped this one would be as good. I’m pleased to say it was even better than expected and I had a happy (and lazy day) enjoying this novel. I think there may be a few partners of politicians or celebrities who wish they could utter the line on page 114 when their partner has betrayed them in this way!

#MillyJohnson #TheMagnificentMrsMayhew

Rachel’s Pudding Pantry by Caroline Roberts

Thank you Netgalley for a review copy – this book was devoured in a day. 

This was the first time I’ve read a novel by Caroline Roberts. There are some very sad parts to the story (especially poignant when you have lost a family member in the same way) but there are also lots of happy moments too. I loved the community feel to the book, and of course, the puddings all sounded fantastic (this reader has a sweet tooth). I’m looking forward to reading more novels by Caroline. 

#NetGalley #CarolineRoberts #Rachel’sPuddingPantry #Family #Friendship


I have had to admit defeat

As an avid reader, it doesn’t happen often but sometimes I have to admit to myself that a book and I are not compatible.

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of Reasons to be Cheerful for an honest review.

I looked forward to reading this book, having been a teenager in the mid 1980’s. However I have not been enjoying this book. I will try again in a few months.


I need more than 5 stars for The Perfect Betrayal by Lauren North

Thank you to Net Galley for an early copy for an honest review with no spoilers.

This is a 5 plus star thriller – Lauren North has written a book that you don’t want to put down – you must buy the book but you must make sure that you have a quiet weekend planned because you won’t want to go out or do anything else.

This is one of only a handful of books that have stopped me going to sleep because I was trying to work out was going to happen next. 


Island Song by Madeleine Bunting – 5 star novel

Thank you to Net Galley for an early copy for an honest review with no spoilers.

This is a book that I would be happy to recommend to friends and family. I had very little knowledge of the occupation of Guernsey during World War 2 but felt the need after reading this novel to learn more about this island.

The author really brought the characters (and the island) to life and I found myself willing them to solve the mysteries that I was waking up in the night and thinking about. I also found myself wondering how I would have coped with the situation Helene was in.