Daughters of War by Dinah Jeffries.

Daughters of War (Daughters of War, #1)

Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Daughters of War is the story of a small village in the Dordogne area of world war two German occupied France in the second world war, told through the perspective of three sisters. The struggles to survive when the Germans took everything, the terror and horror of their treatment at Germans hands and the bravery of the Resistance fighters. and woven into this backdrop a family secret that devastates all three sisters.
Told simply but with clarity- Dinah Jeffries at her best.



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The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman.

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I love those clever meddling OAP sleuths from the retirement village-authoritative Elizabeth (and ex MI5 officer), gentle Ibrahim, calm and measured Joy and rough diamond Ron are off solving another murder mystery. You can hear Richard Osman’s voice loud and clear in this clever, hilarious second Thursday Murder Club novel.



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Eli and the mystery of the Hallowshine dragon by Eve Cabanel.

Eli And The Mystery Of The Hallowshine Dragon

This evening I took a trip to Cucuruzzu the enchanted forest, with Eli the moon elf and her best friend Luna. They were on a mission to find the Hallowshine dragon. On the way they met a fairy, a unicorn and an underwater witch and eventually the dragon, who turned out to be very different from what his reputation suggested.

A lovely fantasy fiction picture book to fire the imagination of all ages.

The Memory Shop by Ella Griffin.

The Memory Shop

The Memory Shop by Ella Griffin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was cute. Nora sells her late grandmother’s beautiful antique possessions in a pop-up shop- The Memory Shop. Each possession has a special memory for Nora and is significant for the person that buys it. Every character has their story that intertwines with the shop and with each other, with an ending that I didn’t see coming. Clever!



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Pier Review by Jon Bounds and Danny Smith.

Pier Review: A Road Trip in Search of the Great British Seaside

Pier Review: A Road Trip in Search of the Great British Seaside by Jon Bounds

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


A Road Trip to cover all fifty five piers in England and Wales- starting at Weston-Super-Mare in the Midlands and finishing at Penarth in Wales. Writers Danny and Jon, with Midge the driver.
I love a road trip, but this ended up feeling a bit downbeat, enforcing all the reasons why I prefer to go overseas and seek sun and adventures, rather than holidaying in the UK- even if it is seaside England.
Their journey started off up-beat, but somewhere in the middle the tone changed to a darker, bleaker trip. It reminded me why I have resented every moment of having to holiday in the UK over 2020/ 2021.



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Summer Water by Sarah Moss.

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Summer Water by Sarah Moss

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A series of interconnected short stories, connected by the location- holiday cabins on a Scottish loch, somewhere in the region of Glasgow, beautiful but wet. The stories of the residents take a day in their holiday lives and we see the place and time through their different perspectives and now and then, the natural perspectives. It is written in the first person narrative, through each individual stream of consciousness. Clever and captivating poetic but practical prose.



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Dearly by Margaret Atwood.

Dearly

Dearly by Margaret Atwood

My rating: 3 of 5 stars




My first Atwood. Again I listened to this on Audio read by Atwood herself- I don’t think I could have read these poems from a book. I didn’t even try to take the content in, or try to understand it. I just let the language wash over me as I went about my day. Every now and ten a poem or a line would resonate with me- I would have to replay it. But on the whole it was just a soothing drone of words.



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Mix Tape by Jane Sanderson.

Mix Tape by Jane Sanderson

Mix Tape by Jane Sanderson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Two of my favourite things are playlists and road trips. Two of my second best things are books containing these things. I loved Mix Tape. I was reminded of and introduced to songs and bands from the late seventies/ early eighties that I had either forgotten about or hadn’t heard of. All through I had to stop reading and yell at Alexa to play a song by a particular band.
This weekend will see me compiling a ‘Mix Tape’ playlist and planning a mini-break road trip to Sheffield. And a much grander, maybe in the future, trip to Adelaide!



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Under a Croatian Sun by Anthony Stancomb.

Under a Croatian Sun

Under a Croatian Sun by Anthony Stancomb

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


‘A fat buttock always looks for a comfy bench to sit on’

Had to be favourite line and life lesson from this likeable ‘escape to a Mediterranean island’ travelogue.

I was beguiled by the beautiful Croatian Island of Vis (where Mamma Mia 2 was filmed) and it’s quirky characters.

Still my life dream..!





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