‘The First Time Lauren Pailing Died’ by Alyson Rudd – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads An emotional, uplifting and magical novel as seen in GUARDIAN’s ‘hottest debuts of 2019’ Lauren Pailing is born in the sixties, and a child of the seventies. She is thirteen years old the first time she dies. Lauren Pailing is a teenager in the eighties, becomes a Londoner in the nineties. And … Continue reading ‘The First Time Lauren Pailing Died’ by Alyson Rudd – Book Review

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‘Blessed Assurance’ by Stewart Ennis – ARC Book Review

Blurb from Vagabond Voices website "The fact of the matter is Joseph Kirkland was afraid. Afraid of not being Saved. Afraid of being Saved. Afraid of the transformation that would occur the moment he uttered those words, Jesus! God! I want you to come into my heart!" Blessed Assurance is a coming of age novel.  … Continue reading ‘Blessed Assurance’ by Stewart Ennis – ARC Book Review

‘Before Ever After’ by Samantha Sotto – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads "A smartly written romance, mystery and historical adventure all wrapped up ina page-turner that will have you guessing until the very end." – Adena Halpern, author of The Ten Best Days of My Life Three years after her husband Max's death, Shelley feels no more adjusted to being a widow than she did … Continue reading ‘Before Ever After’ by Samantha Sotto – Book Review

‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full … Continue reading ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Book Review

‘To Be Taught, If Fortunate’ by Becky Chambers – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads In the future, instead of terraforming planets to sustain human life, explorers of galaxy transform themselves. *FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE WAYFARERS*  At the turn of the twenty-second century, scientists make a breakthrough in human spaceflight. Through a revolutionary method known as somaforming, astronauts can survive in hostile environments off Earth … Continue reading ‘To Be Taught, If Fortunate’ by Becky Chambers – Book Review

‘Reservoir 13’ by Jon McGregor – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Midwinter in an English village. A teenage girl has gone missing. Everyone is called upon to join the search. The villagers fan out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on what is usually a place of peace. Meanwhile, there is work that … Continue reading ‘Reservoir 13’ by Jon McGregor – eARC Book Review

‘The Map of Salt and Stars’ by Zeyn Joukhadar – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Nour is a young Syrian girl who has lost her father to cancer. Wanting to be close to her relatives, Nour's mother – a cartographer who makes beautiful hand-painted maps - moves her family back to the city of Homs. Nour's father was a real storyteller and he told her that the … Continue reading ‘The Map of Salt and Stars’ by Zeyn Joukhadar – eARC Book Review

‘Daisy Jones and The Six’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now. They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. … Continue reading ‘Daisy Jones and The Six’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Book Review

‘In an Instant’ by Suzanne Redfearn – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads A deeply moving story of carrying on even when it seems impossible. Life is over in an instant for sixteen-year-old Finn Miller when a devastating car accident tumbles her and ten others over the side of a mountain. Suspended between worlds, she watches helplessly as those she loves struggle to survive. Impossible … Continue reading ‘In an Instant’ by Suzanne Redfearn – eARC Book Review

‘Dear Edward’ by Ann Napolitano – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads A heart-wrenching, life-affirming novel about a 12-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of a deadly plane crash One summer morning, a flight takes off from New York to Los Angeles. There are 216 passengers aboard: among them a Wall Street millionaire; a young woman taking a pregnancy test in the airplane … Continue reading ‘Dear Edward’ by Ann Napolitano – eARC Book Review