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Library Book Review – Someone in Time by Jonathan Strahan

Library Book

Genre: Sci Fi/Romance

Number of Pages: 410


Even time travel can’t unravel love

Time-travel is a way for writers to play with history and imagine different futures – for better, or worse.

When romance is thrown into the mix, time-travel becomes a passionate tool, or heart-breaking weapon. A time agent in the 22nd century puts their whole mission at risk when they fall in love with the wrong person. No matter which part of history a man visits, he cannot not escape his ex. A woman is desperately in love with the time-space continuum, but it doesn’t love her back. As time passes and falls apart, a time-traveller must say goodbye to their soulmate.

With stories from best-selling and award-winning authors such as Seanan McGuire, Alix E. Harrow and Nina Allan, this anthology gives a taste for the rich treasure trove of stories we can imagine with love, loss and reunion across time and space.

Including stories by: Alix E. Harrow, Zen Cho, Seanan McGuire, Sarah Gailey, Jeffrey Ford, Nina Allan, Elizabeth Hand, Lavanya Lakshminarayan, Catherynne M. Valente, Sam J. Miller, Rowan Coleman, Margo Lanagan, Sameem Siddiqui, Theodora Goss, Carrie Vaughn, Ellen Klages


I chose this library book purely because it ticked off my sci fi genre goal. I had high hopes for it as it also included romance. Overall I was left feeling underwhelmed.

A couple of the stories were good, but the majority of them were very confusing and I had no idea what I was reading about. It got to the point where I was reading the individual words and not having a clue as to how they all fit together. It was a shame that the few good stories weren’t a bit longer and made up the whole book. At one point I was thinking about giving up on the whole book as story after story wasn’t going well for me. I am glad that I did finish it though as the last couple, especially the last one, were good. 

As there were 16 short stories there were rather a lot of characters so it was best to have a break in between each story, especially as there were quite a number of confusing things going on. I think that a large number of the stories needed to be longer so that they could explain what was going on properly. I feel that I missed out on potentially good storylines because I wasn’t quite sure what was going on. 

There weren’t really chapters in this book, just individual short stories. One was split into a diary type style and others had bigger gaps and some were just one block. 

The settings were all over the place which was interesting. I did enjoy travelling through time. It wasn’t always backwards – I don’t think. I can’t be sure as a couple of the stories I got a bit lost in. 

Overall I enjoyed a few of the stories in this book. It has been an experience. 

⭐Rated 2/5⭐

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Random Things Tours – Book Review – Lucie Yi Is Not A Romantic by Lauren Ho

“That Saturday, Lucie Yi headed to the pastel world of So Bebe, fully intending to purchase just a pair of lightweight summer booties and maybe a matching bobble hat for each of her best friend Weina Ling’s newly minted triplets.”

Genre: Rom Com

Number of Pages: 416

Date of Publication: 23 June 2022

Publisher: HarperCollins

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: An excellent read, full of ups and downs – an emotional rollercoaster!


An ambitious career woman signs up for a co-parenting website only to find a match she never expected, in this unflinchingly funny and honest novel from the author of Last Tang Standing.

Management consultant Lucie Yi is done waiting for Mr. Right. After a harrowing breakup foiled her plans for children—and drove her to a meltdown in a Tribeca baby store—she’s ready to take matters into her own hands. She signs up for an elective co-parenting website to find a suitable partner with whom to procreate—as platonic as family planning can be.

Collin Read checks all of Lucie’s boxes; he shares a similar cultural background, he’s honest, and most important, he’s ready to become a father. When they match, it doesn’t take long for Lucie to take a leap of faith for her future. So what if her conservative family might not approve? When Lucie becomes pregnant, the pair return to Singapore and, sure enough, her parents refuse to look on the bright side. Even more complicated, Lucie’s ex-fiancé reappears, sparking unresolved feelings and compounding work pressures and the baffling ways her body is changing. Suddenly her straightforward arrangement is falling apart before her very eyes, and Lucie will have to decide how to juggle the demands of the people she loves while pursuing the life she really wants.


As you know I have been getting more into the romance genre and when I saw this book come up I had to go for it! I am so glad that I did. I was hooked from beginning to end!

The writing was light and humorous, with a dash of serious and emotional. It was well balanced and made for a compelling read. It was a very emotional journey and it wasn’t until the end that the final decision was made. I was content with how the story ended. Some of these types of stories can drag out, but I didn’t feel that at all with this book. It had just the right amount of will they/won’t they that made me feel invested and therefore I wanted to keep reading to see it through to the end. 

The chapters were a good mix of lengths and as a result gave just the right pace for this story. Nothing lingered, yet there was still the will they/ won’t they, but done in a way that kept the story moving forward. 

I loved the characters and the relationships that they had. The love and support of the main character’s friends balanced nicely with the negative relationship she had with her family and her co parent balanced her ex fiancé well. I also enjoyed the texts between the characters. It was a nice way to break the story up a bit as well as giving it a real life feel. 

Lastly the settings. They were secondary to what was going on with the characters. Whilst they were based in Singapore, they could have been anywhere really. It didn’t matter to me where they were as their storylines were far too interesting! 

Overall I loved this book and couldn’t give it any less than 5 stars. It was an emotional journey, but the characters got there in the end and I wasn’t disappointed. 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐


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Random Things Tours – Book Review – Do No Harm by Jack Jordan

“There is blood on my neck.”

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery

Number of Pages: 432

Date of Publication: 26 May 2022 

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: A gripping, edge of your seat tale


My son has been taken. And I’ve been given a choice…Kill a patient on the operating table. Or never see him again.The man lies on the table in front of me. As a surgeon, it’s my job to save him.As a mother, I know I must kill him.You might think that I’m a monster.But there really is only one choice.I must get away with murder.Or I will never see my son again.



It has been a while since I read a Thriller and when I saw this come up on Random Things Tours I had to put my name down for it! I wasn’t disappointed. It was an exciting read and I was right there with the characters willing everything to be ok. 

The writing was gripping from the beginning and carried on right through to the end. There was an excellent pace to the story and I loved the way that we got to see the story build up from 3 different points of view. There was a good mix of storytelling and conversation, with close detail really only going towards the surgical procedures. 

The story was split into two parts which were then made up of short chapters. It was these short chapters which gave the story it’s fast pace. With all the tension and emotion I don’t think I could have handled longer chapters! It has been a long time since I have felt the urge to skip through and see that the characters would be ok!

Each chapter was dedicated to a character and I enjoyed seeing the story develop through the different characters’ eyes. I liked that at the beginning it was only Anna’s chapters that had the count down to the surgery. After that there was just dates and times. The date and time signatures of the chapters was very specific and something that added to the suspense. There was also a lot of tension and emotion throughout. Sometimes a chapter would be split to make it longer and this served to increase the suspense. 

The characters were excellent. Whilst some of the characters were quite cold you were told the reasons behind their thoughts and actions and you were taken it by it. I felt sorry for them all at some points in the story and rooted for a happy ending. I was on the edge of my seat for a lot of the book wondering what was going to happen next to them! It was definitely a morally grey storyline.

Lastly the settings. As the book was mainly based on conversation and narration the settings were secondary. The description of the procedures taking place in the hospital were the most detail that you got, but generally you really felt as if you were there with the characters.

Overall an excellent book that I struggled to put down. Truly emotional, edge of the seat stuff. I highly recommend to Thriller fans!

⭐Rated 5/5⭐


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Random Things Tours – Book Review – Vlad and the Roman Triumph by Kate and Sam Cunningham

“I am Vlad, and this is my cat, Felix”

Genre: Children’sPrimary School aged children – 5-10 years

Number of Pages: 32

Date of Publication: 26 March 2022

Publisher: Author

Rated: 3.5/4 /5

My Review Summary: A great mix of fact and fiction with a handy fact sheet at the end.


Vlad flea is back with another history adventure. Join him and his friend, Felix the cat, as they explore ancient Rome.

They are meant to be part of the Emperor’s Triumph, but become lost in their new city and are in danger of being over-shadowed by a monster which is destined for Octavian’s museum.

From the team that created the Flea in History series, this is an adventure story with information woven into the tale. Young readers will see all ranks of Romans, living their daily lives and joining in the celebrations.

With a fact file and 32 pages of colour illustrations this book tells the story of Octavian’s Triumph as narrated by Vlad.

Each page is full detail, and teaching materials and parent packs can be downloaded for free from the Reading Riddle website.


I love a story that revolves around facts, which is why I went for this children’s book when it came up. As I had hoped it was an interesting read.

The writing was well laid out and I found it easy to follow around the page. The font was fun and it was easy to see in amongst the illustrations. The illustrations were dark but bold and memorable. I wasn’t always sure what the pictures were telling me straight away, but I like the fact that they made you think. They were one of those where you see something different each time you look at them, which is fun. 

The sentences were short and used a range of words that were then explained at the end. What I also liked was the fact sheet at the end of the story. I then reread the story with the fact sheet in mind so that I could really get to grips with what was going on. 

I loved the characters and the fact that the story told from a flea’s point of view. It was a period of history that I didn’t really know about so it made for an interesting read. 

Overall an enjoyable story and one which I will read with my son when he is old enough. 

⭐Rated 3.5/4/5⭐


Kate Cunningham 

I was a primary teacher in large London primary schools for ten years after having initially worked in a development charity. 

Being married to a historian I was constantly discussing the most amazing stories; sometimes large incidents that changed the political landscape, but often small personal tales that gave a glimpse of the life of our ancestors. My writing became more and more influenced by these events and the ripples we still feel from them. 

My books now reflect that, sometimes directly in the picture books, but more as an influence, showing how people behave when caught up in events like in the pandemic in MARY.  

I have three sons — my eldest, Sam, is an illustrator who works with me on the Vlad flea picture book series, and I visit schools (often in a kirtle) and create resources for parents and teachers. “

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Library Book Review – Secrets of the Mummy Concierge by Tiffany Norris


‘Tiffany’s rolodex would be the envy of many Hollywood producers’ Grazia

Create a unique baby name that no one has ever used before… tick

Organise a delivery room photoshoot with hair and make-up for mum-to-be… tick

Arrange a toddler birthday party with no maximum budget… tick

All in a day’s work for the Mummy Concierge.

Tiffany Norris is the one and only concierge for parenthood in the UK today. Acting as a baby’s personal assistant, on-call therapist and social director, Tiffany strives to be the ultimate parent protector, peacekeeper and negotiator when it comes to bringing a new tiny human into the world. Where demands go way beyond late-night food cravings and into the luxurious world of the super-rich, Tiffany is on hand to help with all kinds of seemingly impossible requests.

From opulent nurseries and stylists for new-borns to 3am calls worrying about just not being enough, Tiffany also shares her own story of motherhood and post-natal depression. Secrets of the Mummy Concierge reminds us all that being a new parent is one of the hardest jobs on earth.

And luckily, The Mummy Concierge is here to help.


I was looking for books to read on my Library App and came across this one. I loved the cover and the blurb drew me in. There was a bit of a wait on it which made me think that it was a good book. I was not disappointed and can confirm that it was worth the wait!

The writing was light, chatty and engaging. I was hooked from beginning to end. I had never heard of a Mummy Concierge and it was interesting to read about how the other half live! I also loved how all the anecdotes were presented and at times you were given a handy list of things to read through. Nothing was complicated or required too much thinking. 

The book was split into parts that were labelled and illustrated and then further split into chapters. Each part was fairly long, but you didn’t feel the length. I really got into the chapters and the time flew by! 

I enjoyed how it was a journey through pregnancy and that the author herself was also pregnant at the same time as the mums that she was helping. It was nice to see that personal touch. There were some sad moments, but they were dealt with sensitively. It was a very encouraging book and reminded you that even when you have low days they won’t last forever and that with love and support you will get through it. 

Overall it was a joyous book to read and one that I highly recommend if you are about to embark on motherhood or if you are later on in the journey. 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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Random Things Tours – Book Review – It Only Takes A Minute by Sasha Lane

“I stare at the back of the closed front door for what could be five seconds, five minutes or five hours; I have no idea.”

Genre: Romantic Comedy 

Number of Pages: 159

Date of Publication: 27 May 2022

Publisher: Published by the Author

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: An enjoyable novella that kept me hooked until the end!


What if you could live in a different country for four weeks?

What if you could live a different life for four weeks?

That’s what this was supposed to be. Four weeks of sun, sea, and cocktails.

I wasn’t supposed to fall in love.

Do I go back to my old life, or risk starting a brand new one?

Does that really happen in real life, or just in the movies?

Life can change in an instant though. After all, it only takes a minute…


I saw this come up and had to go for it. I rarely read novellas and as I like to read the odd rom com it was the perfect combination! I was quite excited to get started on it and I was right to be. 

The writing was light, enjoyable and had me hooked from the beginning. I particularly liked the details of the little things, for example how the main character was packing her suitcase and what she was eating. It really brought the story to life without feeling like it was extra padding. It was cleverly done in that a lot of information was given, yet it didn’t drag. The style also made you feel involved in the story with the way that it was written i.e the characters thoughts were presented to you in such a way that it made you think about what she said.

The story also had an excellent pace to it.  The small details helped to slow it down and gave you a more rounded picture of what was happening specifically to the character at the time. Nothing felt rushed and there was good closure at the end. Sometimes I find that shorter stories aren’t able to fit in everything that is needed and end in an unsatisfactory manner, however this one was perfectly balanced. 

The chapters were mainly short with a couple of longer ones thrown in to make you want to keep on reading. I sometimes thought that there would be a new chapter then it carried on, which I didn’t mind (sometimes it can be annoying when you were just getting in to something and it moves away and on to something else!). 

The main character was likable and I enjoyed being on her journey of discovery. The story had a chatty style that focussed mainly on her thoughts (and her arguing with herself!) with the small details and conversations as secondary. I enjoyed this writing style as I didn’t have to think too much and I could just enjoy it for what it was. 

Lastly the settings. I loved being in Portugal and I enjoyed the way that the places and the food that the main character was eating was described. It was done in a neat manner that added to the story, rather than diverted your attention.

Overall I really enjoyed this story and wouldn’t mind reading more rom com novellas. I highly recommend it if you just want a light read.

⭐Rated 5/5⭐


 I live in South Yorkshire and work full time in the finance industry but write in my spare time allowing my imagination to have a whole lot of freedom as I write Chick lit/Romantic Comedy novels with a bit of added depth. They’re everyday women, dealing with trying to balance family, friends, careers and relationships, that hopefully readers can associate with. There’s plenty of humour added in there too.

I grew up in a small village and my writing came from always daydreaming about living somewhere exciting and doing something different. When I was about thirteen my friend and I used to write stories on her computer (which was really old and basic back then!). We wrote about boys and being grown up. It was probably just overactive teenage imagination but I was hooked on story telling from then on!

I didn’t dare believe that people from where I came from could ever achieve anything as exciting as writing a book. I’m glad that I proved myself wrong.

Although the main character is completely fictional, she does bare some of the characteristics that I do, but that’s also part of my writing style – I can laugh at myself, and this helps me to add humour to the story.

I have previously written a four book Rom Com series, and ‘It Only Takes A Minute’ is my first stand alone Novella.

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Book Review – Book Lovers by Emily Henry


One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming….

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small-town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.


I got this book for my birthday and was looking forward to reading it as it has been so popular on Bookstagram. It was a good book, but something was missing for me. 

The writing was good and had a lot of different elements to it. I enjoyed the sister relationship as well as the romantic relationship. I thought that gave it something extra. 

The chapters were long and you got a good chunk of the story before you moved on. Sometimes the chapters were split which made them longer. For me they could have been shorter and more to the point, but you do feel like you know all there is to know about the main characters and their settings by the end! 

The characters were excellent. I loved the main character and appreciated that her past shaped who she was and it was that experience that made her act the way that she did. I really felt that we got to know her inside out by the end of the book. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the contrast between New York and a village in North Carolina and I also liked how the story ended. I was however a bit confused by the epilogue and didn’t really see how it fitted with the story. 

Overall a good book, but with something missing for me. Having said that it hasn’t put me off reading Emily Henry’s other two books and I couldn’t give this book less than 4 stars so it’s not all doom and gloom!  

⭐Rated 4/5⭐

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Random Things Tours – Book Review – War Babies by Rachel Billingham

“A woman lies unconscious on the carpet of a smart Westminster apartment”

Genre: Historical Fiction

Number of Pages: 288

Date of Publication: 11 May 2022

Publisher: Universe / Unicorn Publishing

Rated: 3.5/4 /5

My Review Summary: An interesting story that came together well.


A woman lies unconscious on the carpet of a smart Westminster apartment, one red high-heeled shoe has fallen off… 

A younger woman lies with her eyes closed, half-hidden under a drinks cabinet… 

Her fingers clutch an empty bottle… 

What happens when a mother withholds her love? 

When she has no love to withhold? 

When she sees her three daughters as obstacles to her own formidable career? 

This is the story of three sisters, Millie, Di and Cleo.

They are the war babies. 

Growing up in a world still in turmoil, hungover from war, the sisters struggle to leave behind their mother and build their own lives. 

Each sister is lost in her own world where extreme need leads to extreme behaviour. 

Then a tragic event forces Cleo, the youngest and wildest, to become the catalyst to smash the pattern. 

Who will adapt and survive in this new world? 

Who will find peace? 

From London to New York and to Vietnam, the focus shifts from one sister to the next, putting human nature, its flaws and its virtues, under the spotlight. 

With elements of a psychological thriller, Rachel Billington observes her characters with clinical detachment, but also with wit and understanding. 

Yet there is hope at the heart of this story which will leave the reader wondering long after the final twist is revealed.


I have recently got more into the historical fiction genre and together with the blurb that made it sound quite dark and twisty, I was pleased when I got accepted onto this tour. Whilst the book wasn’t quite what I was expecting, I still enjoyed it for what it was. 

The writing was good and the story had a good pace to it. The writing technique of each sister having their own story gradually unfolding in dedicated chapters kept the story moving forward, yet at the same time it was still rooted in the past. 

The chapters were short and snappy. They weren’t numbered, but instead were based on the individual characters, namely the sisters with the addition of the eldest sister’s daughter towards the end. I enjoyed learning about the character’s this way and it was interesting to see things from their individual points of view. One downside to just knowing whose point of view you were reading from was that I wasn’t always sure which time period I was in. It did eventually become clear, but I would have liked to have known sooner. 

The characters were excellent. I loved the three sisters and how we were taken on a journey through their ultimately tragic lives. As previously mentioned, the story was built up by giving snapshots of each sisters life within the same time period so it was easy to compare what was happening to them. Whilst it was quite individual to that sister it neatly came together at the end. It was an emotional rollercoaster right through to the end. 

Lastly the settings. There isn’t a great deal to be said here as it was all about conversation and action. There were moments of description, but the details were only there to give the story a grounding. I think that if there was any more detail then it was have distracted from the conversational journey that you were taken on and disrupted the flow of the book.

Overall it was a good book for what it was. I found that I appreciated the storylines more looking back on the book than when I was reading it at the time.  

⭐Rated 3.5/4/5⭐


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Book Review – Distant Stars by Kassandra Garrison


Will Rutledge needs a fresh start. After aging out of the foster care system, he and his brother, Kane, have nothing but each other. Maybe that’s why he agreed to his brother’s insane plan to kidnap a millionaire’s daughter for ransom. With his brains and his brother’s muscle, what could go wrong?

Enter Hannah Cole. When her brother died, her family was left shattered. No amount of money could fill the hole in her home… not even if her dad has plenty of it. Hannah thought she knew darkness after a year of living with grief. That is, until she finds herself thrown into the trunk of a car and crying out to God for the first time since her brother died. 

Hannah and Will soon find themselves in close quarters, fighting the feelings they are developing for one another despite both their situation and seemingly insurmountable differences. Plans start to unravel and the two risk begging the question: 

Are some stars just too far apart to collide?


I was kindly given this book to read and review by the author. 

The writing was excellent and had me hooked from the beginning. There was so much detail at the beginning of the story which allowed you to really get immersed in the story (for example the smells and the food that the characters were eating). As you got into the story the level of detail gradually fell away leaving a smooth story that kept your attention. The level of detail was well balanced with the direction that the story was going in and allowed for a good pace. 

The chapters were labelled with the character whose point of view you were about to read in addition to being numbered. They alternated between the main characters and I liked the way that they slightly overlapped so that you could see what the other character was feeling and thinking at the same time before moving on with the story. I have come to appreciate a story where you can see both of the main character’s points of view. I think it gives a more rounded picture and ultimately a more enjoyable story (in my opinion!) 

The chapters were also short which helped with the pace of the story. Whilst they were short, there was still a lot of detail and explanation with bits of the character’s past being featured. When we were taken to the past it was clearly labelled so you knew what was going on. It was very cleverly done in that the reminiscing always had a point and explained why the character was thinking and feeling the way that they were in the present. 

The characters were excellent. I loved the main characters and how they both came from different backgrounds, but neither were particularly happy. I always enjoy a story where two different classes of people collide. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the beach setting and the detail that was given allowed me to feel like I was there. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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Book Review – Little Elizabeth by Valerie Wilding and Pauline Reeves – #childrensbooks #jubilee


The incredible true story of a young and brilliant Princess who grew up to become our Queen.

Once, a very long time ago, there was a little Princess called Elizabeth who loved to play and have fun with her horses, dogs and little sister, Margaret. But when she was ten years old, her life changed forever.

From growing up during the Second World War and training as an army mechanic, to celebrating VE day with the people of Britain and marrying the man she loved, this is the amazing true story of a little girl who became Queen Elizabeth II.

With fantastically fun, charming and playful illustrations by Pauline Reeves, this picture book will amaze and entertain young readers.”


I enjoyed reading this book. I think it is for older children though as my toddler lost interest with all the words!

It was informative and I enjoyed all the speech bubbles that accompanied the facts. It was light and the pictures were fun.

The story was from when she was younger right up to her coronation, so really a prequal to her life as Queen. It was nice to read about what happened before she was Queen.

There was a mix of long and short words and sentences, so it catered for a wide range of ages.

The illustrations were bright and child friendly and tied the whole thing together nicely.

Overall a lovely book.

⭐Rated 4/5⭐

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