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Thursday Quotables – Book Lovers by Emily Henry – #popularbooks #romance

Hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies, this is where you share a favorite quote, line, or passage from your reading each week!

Each week I chose a Book of the Week to take part in this (and other) book memes. This week my chosen book is Book Lovers by Emily Henry.

“”And what’s wrong with the Greek Salad here?”

“You tried to order a salad?” he says. “Did the townspeople circle you with pitchforks?”

“Not an answer.””

There are numerous quotes I could have chosen, but I decided on this one as it seemed the cleanest! I am enjoying this book, but not as much as I hoped at the moment. I am hoping to get more into it the further in I get. I haven’t lost hope yet!

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Book Description From Goodreads:

An insightful, delightful new novel from the number-one New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.

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.”

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Time Travel Thursday

It’s Time Travel Thursday! This is where I take a look back at what I was reading this time last year (or the year before or the year before that…) and compare it to what I am reading now.

This day in 2021 I was reading:

Book Review – Armed and Outrageous by Madison Johns

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Agnes Barton is not your typical senior citizen living in Tadium, MI, on the shores of Lake Huron. She drives a red hot Mustang, shops at Victoria’s Secret, rankles local police officials, and has a knack for sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong.

What does a murder that happened forty-three years ago have to do with missing tourist Jennifer Martin? Agnes makes it her personal mission to find out, and she’s not letting the fact she’s seventy-two get in the way. Butting heads with Sheriff Clem Peterson is something she’s accustomed to, but lately Clem seems to be acting even more strange, making Agnes wonder what he may be hiding ala the Martin disappearance.

Agnes’ partner in crime, Eleanor Mason tags along, Watson to her Holmes.
Together, they unearth clues. If only Eleanor would behave, as although lovable, she has a knack for getting into trouble by tangling with her rival, Dorothy Alton, or flirting with anyone—male or female—and gossiping! She’s incorrigible, but she does carry a Pink Lady revolver in her purse, one that has proved useful at times.

Life for Agnes and Eleanor is shaken up when Agnes’ former boss and secret crush comes to Tadium. Before long, the lady sleuths have more on their hands to contend with as goons roll into town and bullets begin to fly.”

Fast Forward To Today:

Melmoth by Sarah Perry

Book Description From Goodreads:

“For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history’s darkest waters-and now, in Sarah Perry’s breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent, it is heading in our direction.

It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts—or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy.

But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears. . . .”

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Book Description From Goodreads:

An insightful, delightful new novel from the number-one New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.

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.”

Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley

Book Description From Goodreads:

“When seventh grader Monty Hyde moves for the fourth time in two years, it’s the same old story. New neighborhood, new school, new bullies, no friends. With his dad working all the time and his older brother too popular to notice, he’s the lonely outcast yet again. That is, until he finds a mysterious replication serum in his basement and decides to make a friend. From scratch.

But when his creation turns out to be a stinky, hairy eight-foot-tall monster that might be eating the neighborhood kids, Monty knows he must undo his experiment. STAT!

Problem is, it’s the best friend he’s ever had.”

So this time last year I was reading a cozy mystery whereas this year I am reading a Romance, Gothic Fiction and Children’s Fiction. Quite a difference! I have been trying to broaden my reading and I think that this shows that.

What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)? Add your links in the comments below!

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Wednesday Night Reading

Happy Hump Day! It’s been a fairly hot and muggy day today (by UK standards) so I’ve not been best pleased, however it hasn’t been hot enough for me to not have a hot chocolate so that has cheered me up!

In terms of my reading I started off with Book Lovers by Emily Henry and have now reached page 100. I am still hopeful that it will get better and engage me more. It’s not a terrible book by any means, just that I am not instantly hooked.

I then moved on to Melmoth by Sarah Perry. Same with this one in that I’m not instantly hooked, but have high hopes that this will change as I get more into it. The style of writing confuses me, but I am enjoying the content.

I finished off the evening with my Blog Tour Book Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley. I am enjoying this one. I have finally reached the half way point and am hopeful that I will get it done in the next few days.

I hope you all have a great Wednesday. Tomorrow is Time Travel Thursday and Thursday Quoteables!

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Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Books that I am obsessed with!

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Hosted by Goodreads T5W group this week it is books that I am obsessed with! I have had quite a good run of 5 star books recently, but even with those there are some that are just that bit better than 5 stars. Here are the books that I wanted to give more than 5 stars to and therefore books that you should definitely read!

Four Aunties And A Wedding by Jesse Sutanto (click for my book review)

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (click for my book review)

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman (click for my book review)

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (click for my book review)

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas (click for my book review)

I would also like to mention Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series of books. I have read all of them and none of them are a disappointment!

Enjoy!

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WWW Wednesday!

It’s W W W Wednesday! Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, here are my 3 Ws (Currently Reading, Just Finished Reading and Future Reading):

What I am currently reading:

Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“When seventh grader Monty Hyde moves for the fourth time in two years, it’s the same old story. New neighborhood, new school, new bullies, no friends. With his dad working all the time and his older brother too popular to notice, he’s the lonely outcast yet again. That is, until he finds a mysterious replication serum in his basement and decides to make a friend. From scratch.

But when his creation turns out to be a stinky, hairy eight-foot-tall monster that might be eating the neighborhood kids, Monty knows he must undo his experiment. STAT!

Problem is, it’s the best friend he’s ever had.”

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 23 May so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! I am only a couple of chapters in, but I am enjoying it so far!

Book Lovers by Emily Henry (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

An insightful, delightful new novel from the number-one New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.

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 have only just started this and whilst it is a good book, I am not mad on it at the moment. We shall see how I feel once I am further in!

Melmoth by Sarah Perry (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history’s darkest waters-and now, in Sarah Perry’s breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent, it is heading in our direction.

It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts—or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy.

But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears. . . .”

I have made a good start on this and I am not sure about it. I got a bit confused about the time period that it was set in and sometimes the way that it is written confuses me. We shall see once I am further in – maybe I just need to get used to the style of writing?

What I have finished reading:

Spring At Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin (click for my book review)

The Attic Child by Lola Jaye (click for my book review)

Twelve Days In May by Niamh Hargan (click for my book review)

What I am reading next:

A Most Private Bank by Andreas F Clenow (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

““In this world, you either become a shark, or you become lunch.”
– Jim Dixon

A decade after Jim Dixon’s fall from grace, after the events that burnt his career on Wall Street, his past is catching up to him. Zurich had been the perfect place for a fresh start, a place where he could be a big fish in a small pond. The secretive world of Swiss high finance, a world of deception, greed, and excess, where everyone lies for one or another reason, provided the perfect cover. Until she showed up.

Meeting the socialite daughter of his former client was just a courtesy, nothing more. Another spoiled princess looking for VIP tickets to the opera, or a private shopping session at Louis Vuitton. So he thought. But Christina Rosenbaum was not the typical second generation heiress. This was the meeting that would set it all in motion.

Caught between unscrupulous bankers, hedge fund managers, organized crime, state actors, and law enforcement, Jim is left with no choice. One way or another, it will be over before the end of the week. This week would see careers destroyed, lives lost, and fortunes made.”

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 30 May so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Happy WWW Wednesday!

What are your 3 W’s?

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Tuesday Night Reading

Its Tuesday! I had quite a good chunk of reading time this evening, but I don’t seem to have made as much progress as I would have liked. Still no matter, I have read some of all three of my books so that is something!

I started off my evening with Melmoth by Sarah Perry. I am struggling a bit with the style of writing. The actual content itself is great though. Hopefully it will get easier to read the further through I get?!

I then moved on to Book Lovers by Emily Henry. I like it, but it isn’t as good as I thought it would be. There is just something missing for me, but I am still hoping to find it as I am not very far through.

I ended the evening on my Blog Tour book Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley. I am really enjoying this and am looking forward to seeing it progress.

I hope that you all have a lovely evening. Tomorrow is WWW Wednesday and Top 5 Wednesday so feel free to pop by and have a look and join in the fun ☺️

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Book Lovers by Emily Henry

It’s First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday! Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews this is where you share the first paragraph of one of the books that you are currently reading. Each week I will choose a book of the week (which will be one of the books that I am currently reading) and that book will take part in this book blog meme:

This week my book of the week is Book Lovers by Emily Henry

“When books are your life – or in my case, your job – you get pretty good at guessing where a story is going. The tropes, the archetypes, the common plot twists all start to organise themselves into a catalogue inside your brain, divided by category and genre.”

Book Lovers by Emily Henry (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

An insightful, delightful new novel from the number-one New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.

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 have just started this book and it is good so far. I am enjoying the main character’s narration. I have high hopes for this book as it is all over Instgram at the moment!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, this week it is Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read. This happens to me a lot unfortunately. I underestimate the speed of my reading and the time I actually get to read!

The Devil’s Advocate by Steve Cavanagh (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

A deadly prosecutor

They call him the King of Death Row. Randal Korn has sent more men to their deaths than any district attorney in the history of the United States.

A twisted ritualistic killing

When a young woman, Skylar Edwards, is found murdered in Buckstown, Alabama, a corrupt sheriff arrests the last person to see her alive, Andy Dubois. It doesn’t seem to matter to anyone that Andy is innocent.

A small town boiling with rage


Everyone in Buckstown believes Andy is guilty. He has no hope of a fair trial. And the local defense attorney assigned to represent him has disappeared.

A former con-artist


Hot shot New York lawyer Eddie Flynn travels south to fight fire with fire. He plans to destroy the prosecutors case, find the real killer and save Andy from the electric chair.

But the murders are just beginning.

Is Eddie Flynn next?

Beauty and the Beast – Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Smart, bookish Belle, a captive in the Beast’s castle, has become accustomed to her new home and has befriended its inhabitants. When she comes upon Nevermore, an enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again.

The charming and mysterious characters Belle meets within the pages of Nevermore offer her glamorous conversation, a life of dazzling Parisian luxury, and even a reunion she never thought possible. Here Belle can have everything she has ever wished for. But what about her friends in the Beast’s castle? Can Belle trust her new companions inside the pages of Nevermore? Is Nevermore’s world even real? Belle must uncover the truth about the book, before she loses herself in it forever.” 

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.”

American Royals by Katharine McGee (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

What if America had a royal family?

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling.

Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her.

And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.”

Down Pinhole by Glenn Cooper (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“DOWN – Pinhole is the first book of an explosive new trilogy by international bestselling author, Glenn Cooper. A cross between DANTE’S INFERNO and GAME OF THRONES, DOWN is part historical thriller and part fantasy-adventure, a thought-provoking, page-turning, epic saga that explores the consequences of evil and transports readers to a world unlike any they have ever experienced.

John Camp heads up security at a world’s largest super-collider tunneled around London. Scarred by his wartime experiences, he’s been fighting his demons and putting his life back in order. High on his priorities is his new relationship with physicist Emily Loughty, the collider’s beautiful and accomplished Scottish research director.

When the collider starts up it hits its projected energy target but then inexplicably continues powering much higher. In the blink of an eye Emily disappears and a rough-looking man appears in her place. In fear and confusion the man barrels out of the lab and disappears. His identity may be the only clue to what has happened.

John volunteers to embark on a mission to try and rescue Emily and when the collider is powered up again he finds himself in a strange and terrifying world, geographically identical to Earth but very different. It’s a place some call Down, eternally populated by those who’ve committed the most unforgivable acts of evil during their lives. Here in a world with but a few glimmers of hope, kings and dukes, including infamous historical figures, battle perpetually for supremacy.

In a race against time, John must navigate the terrible landscape of Down and bring home the love of his life before they are trapped for the rest of their lives.

Glenn Cooper, a Harvard graduate, archaeologist, physician, former biotechnology CEO, screenwriter and film producer, has written ten thrillers that have sold over six million copies in thirty translations.”

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

In this tautly plotted novel, Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she’s one of the world’s bestselling authors.”

The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Kantor (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

Have you stopped believing in happily ever after?

Women today are settling for less than we want when it comes to men, relationships, sex, and marriage. But we don’t have to, argues Elizabeth Kantor. Jane Austen can show us how to find the love we really want.

In The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After, Kantor reveals how the examples of Jane Austen heroines such as Elizabeth Bennett, Elinor Dashwood, and Anne Elliot can help us navigate the modern-day minefields of dating, love, relationships, and sex. By following in their footsteps—and steering clear of the sad endings suffered by characters such as Maria Bertram and Charlotte Lucas—modern women can discover the path to lifelong love and true happiness.

Charged with honesty and humor, Kantor’s book includes testimonies from modern women, pop culture parallels, the author’s personal experiences and, of course, a thorough examination of Austen’s beloved novels.

Featuring characters and situations from all of Jane Austen’s books (including unfinished novels, and stories not published in her lifetime), The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After tackles the dating and relationship dilemmas that we face today, and equips modern women to approach our love lives with fresh insights distilled from the novels:

Don’t be a tragic heroine

Pursue Elizabeth Bennet’s “rational happiness” —learn what it is, and how you can find it

Don’t let cynicism steal your happy ending

Why it’s a mistake to look for your “soul mate”

Jane Austen’s skeleton keys to a man’s potential

How you should deal with men who are “afraid of commitment” (from Jane Austen’s eight case studies)

Learn how to arrange your own marriage—by falling in love the Jane Austen way”

Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and its prequel, Dawn of the Dreadfuls, were both New York Times best sellers, with a combined 1.3 million copies in print. Now the PPZ trilogy comes to a thrilling conclusion with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After.

The story opens with our newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defending their village from an army of flesh-eating “unmentionables.” But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the proper course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). But when she learns of a miracle antidote under development in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after.

Complete with romance, heartbreak, martial arts, cannibalism, and an army of shambling corpses. Dreadfully Ever After brings the story of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to a thrilling conclusion.”

The Complete Novels of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (click for link to Goodreads)

Grey by E L James (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.  

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.

In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

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Random Things Tours – Book Review – The Attic Child by Lola Jaye

“We sat under the tall limbs tree that day, with no idea these were the last days of paradise.”

Genre:Historical Fiction – US / African History 

Number of Pages: 480

Date of Publication: 28 April 2022

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Rated: 5/5

My Review Summary: A beautifully written, heartbreaking story

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

A hauntingly powerful and emotionally charged novel about family secrets, love and loss, identity and belonging.

Two children trapped in the same attic, almost a century apart, bound by a shared secret.

Early 1900s London: Taken from his homeland, twelve-year-old Celestine spends most of the time locked away in the attic of a large house by the sea. The only time Celestine isn’t bound by confines of the small space is when he is acting as an unpaid servant to English explorer Sir Richard Babbington, As the years pass, he desperately clings on to memories of his family in Africa, even as he struggles to remember his mother’s face, and sometimes his real name . . .

1974: Lowra, a young orphan girl born into wealth and privilege whose fortunes have now changed, finds herself trapped in the same attic. Searching for a ray of light in the darkness of the attic, Lowra finds under the floorboards an old-fashioned pen, a porcelain doll, a beaded necklace, and a message carved on the wall, written in an unidentifiable language. Providing comfort for her when all hope is lost, these clues will lead her to uncover the secrets of the attic.

💭THOUGHTS💭  

When this came up as a Blog Tour I decided to go for it as it was something a bit different to what I would usually read. The cover drew me in too, with it’s bold colours. I am so glad that I got accepted onto the tour because I absolutely loved the story. It was a strange one because it was so heartbreaking, yet you just wanted to keep on reading. It was so well told and it will stay with me for a long time. 

The writing was amazing. It was gripping, informative and unforgettable. The way that the two characters lived in different ages, yet were treated the same, was definitely an eye opener. I loved how well the story weaved together and how the story was gradually built.

The points of view of the characters was cleverly written in that at the beginning you really felt the innocence and confusion of the main character, who was just a child. As he grew so his outlook and point of view changed and hardened. With the other character, you got less of the innocence, but there was still sadness and childhood emotion there. 

Going on to the chapters they were fairly long and every so often would change character and time period. You got good chunks of each time period which gave suspense to the story because just as you were getting into the story you were moved on to the next time period. This made me want to keep on reading to see what eventually happened.

There were two main parts to the story with then the chapters which were clearly named and had dates so you always knew where you were. The story never dragged and there was an excellent pace to it.

The characters were great. It was interesting to see how their similar experiences affected them in later life. No other character was able to understand what they had gone through. The whole story was on a sensitive topic that has definitely opened my eyes up to a period of history that I wasn’t overly familiar with, plus issues that some people have to deal with in their day to day lives even in this age. 

Lastly the settings. The house with the attic was an excellent backdrop. The settings were described throughout, but the main focus was on character thoughts, feelings and actions. You could really feel the characters pain through the storytelling and so you didn’t need a lot of extra details. 

Overall I loved this story. It was beautifully written and whilst it broke my heart the epilogue gave me closure. I highly recommend reading this book!

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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Monday Night Reading

I can’t believe that it is Monday again (or even that it is nearly the end of Monday for me!). Today has gone fairly quickly as usual and so whilst I didn’t have as much time as I sometimes get in the evening, I had a fair amount that enabled me to make progress in all three of my books.

I started off the evening with Book Lovers by Emily Henry. First thoughts are mixed. I’m not sure that it will be a 5 star book for me, but we shall see how it progresses.

Next I moved on to my library book, Melmoth by Sarah Perry. Again I am not sure what to make of this book. I can’t decide if I like the style of writing or not. I keep getting confused as to what is happening which is making it hard to want to carry on reading. I will however persist as there are some promising bits in it.

Lastly, I have finished off the evening with my next Blog Tour book Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley. I like it. It is from the perspective of a young boy who finds making friends difficult. We shall see how it progresses.

I hope that everyone has a great Monday and I hope to see you tomorrow for Top Ten Tuesday and First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros!

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