‘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

‘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

‘The Confession’ by Jessie Burton – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads The sensational new novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse. One winter's afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows Connie … Continue reading ‘The Confession’ by Jessie Burton – eARC Book Review

‘Stay’ by Catherine Ryan Hyde – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads An unforgettable novel about the power of friendship and kindness by the New York Times bestselling author of Pay It Forward. In the summer of 1969, fourteen-year-old Lucas Painter carries a huge weight on his shoulders. His brother is fighting in Vietnam. His embattled parents are locked in a never-ending war. And … Continue reading ‘Stay’ by Catherine Ryan Hyde – eARC Book Review

‘Brooklyn’ by Colm Toibin – Book Review

Blurb Young Eilis Lacey dreams of life beyond the confines of her tiny Irish village, but unlike her beautiful sister, Rose, Eilis' gifts are of a more practical nature: she has a head for numbers, and is a loving and dutiful daughter. Yet her ambition cannot be hidden and soon is noted by the Parish … Continue reading ‘Brooklyn’ by Colm Toibin – Book Review

‘Gods of Jade and Shadow’ by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads The Jazz Age is in full swing, but it's passing Casiopea Tun by. She's too busy scrubbing floors in her wealthy grandfather's house to do anything more than dream of a life far from her dusty, small town in southern Mexico. A life she could call her own. This dream is impossible, … Continue reading ‘Gods of Jade and Shadow’ by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – eARC Book Review

‘Pachinko’ by Min Jin Lee – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.  So … Continue reading ‘Pachinko’ by Min Jin Lee – Book Review