Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

It has been roughly twelve months since The Husband and I parted ways and in that period of time I feel like I have done nothing but try to start over. In my reality, this doesn’t mean romantic entanglements, so much as emotional upheaval, jobs and taking care of teenage kids. It has been a […]

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

Perhaps I should start this review by stating, sadly, that How to Find Love in a Bookshop is not a self-help book for the recently separated. If it were, I expect it would be nearly impossible to find a copy! Veronica Henry’s novel is, of course, a love story of the fictional kind and oddly, […]

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

If there was a ‘God of Books’, many of us would pray for that most precious of all things; the great book run. That dreamlike period of time, during which each book you read is a little better than the last, or if not better, then equally as good and just of a different type. […]

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Reading Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, felt like the best kind of holiday. In a year where enjoying a vacation seems nigh on impossible, this may just be the type of novel that takes you away from yourself and lands you some place truly great. Somewhere where you can take a […]

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

For a book with a very sweet title, Little Bee really knocks all expectations or preconceived notions, out of the park. My friend, Ms B, had lent the book to me, based on a couple of recommendations I had given her. She had told me little, aside from that it was a really good story […]

Midnight Blue by Simone Van Der Vlugt

  I couldn’t quite put my finger on what Midnight Blue reminded me of, and then it hit me: waiting rooms. I know that sounds like an awful thing to say and a damning summary of the book, but let me explain. I’m in my late forties and, in an era before phones, you might […]

Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe

I’ve had a busy couple of weeks at work and little chance to browse books online. I actually don’t much enjoy finding books via the internet and the thought of spending still more time staring at a screen, at the end of the day, appeals even less at the moment. So instead I turned to […]

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

I often tell people that the book that really made me the reader I am today is The Secret History by Donna Tartt. What I realized recently is that, for all the times I cite this book and its importance to me, I actually no longer remember the story clearly! Certainly I remember that it […]

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

This week a friend of mine posted a question to Facebook, asking what the first thing we would like to do is when the quarantine is over might be? I’m notoriously bad about responding to such things, but it did make me think. I know that I want to go out with friends and eat […]

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Sometimes I can’t help but pause and wonder whether, as a reader, the books we read find us, rather than vice versa? This idea has been playing around in my brain over the last few days, as I finished two of the loveliest books, both of which provided much needed respite from the pandemic that […]