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Wednesday Night Reading

Not an overly long reading session this evening due to me needing yet more sleep, however I have managed to read some of my library book, A Bookshop Christmas by Rachel Burton and my Blog Tour book, Dashboard Elvis Is Dead by David F Ross, so I am still progressing albeit slower than I would like. I will be aiming to read Fingersmith by Sarah Waters tomorrow night. The end is in sight for that book!

I hope that you had a good Wednesday and enjoyed my WWW Wednesday – Currently Reading, Finished Reading, Reading Next post and Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Books With Long Titles post.

Tomorrow on the Blog I am on the Blog Tour for When Cherry Lost Terry by Penny Phillips, plus it is Time Travel Thursday.

See you then!

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Monday Night Reading

A fairly decent amount of time was spent reading this evening. For the first time in quite a few weeks (maybe even a month now?!) I have split my evening reading between 3 books. I shall explain myself. I wasn’t going to get a library book until I had finished my Blog Tour book The Cornish Cream Tea Bookshop by Cressida McLaughlin, however I saw a couple of Christmas books on Libby and put my name down for them. I wasn’t expecting them to be available for a few weeks – I was planning on Christmas reading in at least late November/December. Apparently though one was so popular (maybe?!) that the library bought more electronic copies of it and I was able to read it!

So today and this evening I have been reading A Bookshop Christmas by Rachel Burton (the Libby electronic book that became available), my Blog Tour book The Cornish Cream Tea Bookshop and Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.

Another twist has happened in Fingersmith so whilst it is taking me a while to get through it is keeping my interest and making me want to carry on reading it.

I am enjoying both the Christmas books, but need to be careful that I don’t muddle them up. There are quite a few characters so I need to compartmentalise them in my mind! I am sure that I will be fine though…

I hope that you had a good Monday. Tomorrow on the Blog it’s Top Ten Tuesday plus I am on the Tour for The Will by Rebecca Reid!

See you then!

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Library Book Review – The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson

Library Book

Genre: Teen Mystery

Number of Pages: 395


Welcome to Castle Cove — a town cursed with missing girls,

bad boyfriends, family secrets,

and some very steep cliffs.

Last summer, Alice Ogilvie’s basketball-star boyfriend, Steve, dumped her. Then she disappeared for five days. Where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove. Or at least it was. Because now, another one of Steve’s girlfriends has vanished: Brooke Donovan, Alice’s ex-best friend. And it doesn’t look like Brooke will be coming back …

Enter Iris Adams, Alice’s tutor. Iris has her own reasons for wanting to disappear, though unlike Alice, she doesn’t have the money or the means. That could be changed by the hefty reward Brooke’s family is offering. The police are convinced Steve is the culprit, but Alice isn’t so sure, and with Iris on her side, she just might be able to prove her theory.

Luckily, Alice has exactly what they need to crack the case — the complete works of Agatha Christie. If there’s anyone who can teach the girls how to solve a mystery, it’s the master herself. But the town of Castle Cove holds many secrets, and Alice and Iris have no idea how much danger they’re about to walk into …


I had seen this book around and saw that the library had ordered it in, but it was reserved for the next month or so. Eventually it became available and I ran (well quickly walked) to the library to get it! Luckily I was not disappointed. 

The writing was clear and easy to follow. There was a lot happening, but I never felt lost or confused. I loved the map at the beginning so that you could get a feel for the area. It brought things into perspective and helped you to see what the characters could see. 

There was a good flow to the book. The story wasn’t rushed and there was time for an excellent twist at the end. You were taken on a journey with the characters and little bits were added throughout so that you really got invested with what was happening. The only reason that I didn’t give it 5 stars was that whilst it was well written, I didn’t struggle to put it down. I have just finished reading a book that I couldn’t put down and I think that that had a bearing on the rating of this. 

The chapters weren’t overly long which meant that we didn’t hang around one character or place for too long. The chapters were alternating between the two main characters so you got a dual perspective which I enjoyed. The chapters were clearly labelled with the character’s name, date and time. This gave the story a good pace. I also loved the fact that each chapter had a quote from an Agatha Christie novel. That was a nice touch. I also liked the text messages and groups that were dotted around. I think that made the story more relevant to now and it was also nice to see what the other characters were thinking. 

The main characters were excellent. There were many different layers to them and it was great to be on the journey with them, getting to know about them a bit more. Everything tied up nicely at the end so you had proper closure. I did feel that the ending would lead to more books and I wouldn’t say no to reading more! 

Lastly the settings. They were very much secondary. You got the map at the beginning, and the odd bit of description, but really it was all about the conversation and the characters. 

Overall I really enjoyed reading it and if there are any more books I would quite happily read them! 

⭐Rated 4.5/5⭐

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Tuesday Night Reading

It was a disturbed reading evening this evening as my son refused to go to sleep. Nonetheless sleep has now been achieved and I have finished my library book Circe by Madeline Miller! I have also drafted a review ready to be finalised tomorrow, with it then being posted on Thursday. I am glad that I finished it as my interest had been lost for quite a while. I carried on with it though as I felt that I was too far in to give up, plus it is the book that will fulfil my mythology retelling genre goal. After reading it I am not sure that I will be reading any more mythology retellings.

That was the bulk of my evening. I did manage to read a few pages of Quarter to Midnight by Karen Rose once my son fell asleep. I am now slightly behind with that, however, I had read a few extra pages the last few nights and with my library book finished I will be able to concentrate on it a bit more. I am really enjoying it so far!

I hope that you have all had an excellent Tuesday. Tomorrow on the Blog it’s WWW Wednesday, Top 5 Wednesday and Wondrous Words Wednesday.

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Saturday Night Reading

I am back from holidaying in Wales! I managed to get a fair amount read whilst I was away which I am pleased about. I even managed to finish one of my Blog Tour books, The Weekend Before The Wedding by Tracy Bloom. An excellent book, with my review being due on 15 August.

I have made a decent start on my other Blog Tour book Quarter to Midnight by Karen Rose over my holiday week and am now 1/6 of the way through. I wasn’t going to read any Blog Tour books on holiday, but the size and timescales meant that I had to. I have no regrets!

Back to this evening, in addition to reading Quarter to Midnight, I have read a fair amount of my library book, Circe by Madeline Miller (a long book that is losing my interest, but I will see it through as I have read 79%) and made a start on my buddy read The Christie Affair by Nina De Gramont. I have high hopes for The Christie Affair so we shall see how it progresses. We are aiming to read it in 3 weeks with each week meeting (virtually) to discuss what has happened (that’s the idea anyway!).

I hope that you have had a good Saturday. Tomorrow on the Blog it’s Sunday Post and Sunday Salon with maybe an evening post if I have time!

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Christmas in July – Library Book Review – Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz

Library Book

Genre: Christmas Romance

Number of pages: 225


Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her family.

Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32-years-old and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way?


I saw this and thought that it would be a good short story to read for Christmas in July. I love the story of Pride and Prejudice and generally enjoy a retelling of it. Nothing can beat the original of course, but they are fun to read. The same could be said for this interesting take on it.

The writing was light and I enjoyed the way that the main character, Darcy’s, thoughts were presented to us. We always knew what she was thinking and how she had arrived at her decision. Sometimes it drifted away from the story, but it was an interesting way of getting to know the character. 

Considering the length of the book as a whole (225 pages), the chapters were fairly long. Sometimes the chapters were split allowing more to happen in the chapter, with the next chapter moving the story on well. There was a good pace to the story, occasionally slowed down by reading about the main character’s thought process. 

The characters were interesting. Throughout the book I was trying to guess and compare the character’s counterparts in the original. I liked that the genders were played with and that the story fit in well with the modern age. Sometimes it can be difficult to replicate an Austen story purely because it is a story of it’s time, with things that just don’t happen these days. 

Lastly the settings. I am glad that there was still the big house and the community setting (although the community side of things wasn’t painted in the best light, which whilst it is quite unusual for most modern books that I have read it actually fits in well with the original story. Most modern books these days want to paint a picture of community support, not community scorn for making a success of your life). It was nice that it was set at Christmas time, although that was definitely secondary to the story as a whole. 

Overall it was a cute book and one to read if you enjoy an Austen retelling. 

⭐Rated 3.5/5⭐

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Tuesday Night Reading/Heatwave Day 2

I will start off by saying that it is hot. I don’t like the heat, never have. My hopes were raised when we had thunder, lightening and rain, but I am still hot.

In other news, this evening I have finished and drafted a review for The Little Paris Patisserie by Julie Caplin. I was not expecting to finish it so soon – the mark of a good book! I was transported to Paris and was quite invested in the characters. I loved it!

I also managed to squeeze in a couple of chapters of my Blog Tour book Daisy and the Dazzling Dachshunds by Janey Clarke before my son woke up coughing, so that was the end of that!

I hope that you have had a great Tuesday. Tomorrow on the Blog is WWW Wednesday, Top 5 Wednesday and my review of The Little Paris Patisserie by Julie Caplin.

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My Book Of The Week – The Little Paris Patisserie by Julie Caplin

Welcome to my Book Of The Week post! Each week I will highlight one of the books that I am currently reading and use that book to participate in blog memes such as First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, Thursday Quotables and Friday 56. Feel free to read along with me!

This week I have chosen The Little Paris Patisserie by Julie Caplin (click for link to Goodreads) published 6 September 2018.

Book Description From Goodreads:

“In a cosy corner of Paris, a delicious little patisserie is just waiting to be discovered. And romance might just be on the menu…

As the youngest of four, Nina Hadley has always had her big brothers telling her what to do. So, when she’s given the chance to move to Paris and help run a patisserie course, she can’t say au revoir quick enough!

There’s just one problem: high-flying chef Sebastian Finlay is the owner of the patisserie. He’s also her brother Nick’s best friend – and the man she has secretly been in love with since forever.

Amongst the mouth-wateringly delicious eclairs and delicate macaroons, Nina’s culinary creations aren’t the only tempting thing she’s working with…”

This is my recent library book. I chose it so that I could read something for Paris In July (which I saw on Readerbuzz, who is Co-Hosting with Thyme for Tea). I read and enjoyed the first book in this series and really enjoyed it, so Paris in July was the perfect excuse to read this book. Whilst it is number 3 in the series they are all standalone with different characters so I don’t feel as though I have missed anything!

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Thursday Quotables – Paris For One by Jojo Moyes

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 Paris for One by Jojo Moyes (click for link to Goodreads):

“She opens her eyes then, searching him out among the sea of faces. She spots him and smiles, and Fabien realizes he is feeling something he thought he had forgotten how to feel. He is happy.”

This is when Nell, who is very nervous about things, decides to dance on a bar. Fabien helps her up and she dances away. It is a lovely moment.

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a romantic weekend away–to anywhere–before. Traveling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up for their mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone–including herself–wrong. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life? Funny, charming, and irresistible, Paris for One is quintessential Jojo Moyes–as are the other stories that round out the collection.”

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Saturday Night Reading

It’s been another day of illness (not Covid, a cold) for me which has meant that I have got a lot of reading done. I could have got more done earlier in the day, but my eyes and concentration levels weren’t there.

So my main achievement was finishing Finding Mr Perfectly Fine by Tasneem Abdur-Rashid. I absolutely loved it and couldn’t wait to see how it ended. All I will say is that I was disappointed with how it ended. My full review is due 18 July.

Earlier on in the day I made a start on my new library book Paris For One by JoJo Moyes. I haven’t read any of her books before so am looking forward to this one. It’s a series of short stories which I don’t usually go for, but we shall see.

I closed the evening by starting my next Blog Tour Book Last Time We Met by Emily Houghton. It has started off well so fingers crossed it carries on that way.

I hope that you have all had a great Saturday. Tomorrow I have only done Sunday Post and Sunday Salon as I haven’t been well enough to do any more than that.

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