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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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Sunday Salon

Welcome to my Sunday Salon post! Hosted by Readerbuzz this post is a chance to have a weekly bookish and non-bookish catch up with other bloggers.

Books that I have been reading this week:

Twelve Days In May by Niamh Hargan (click for link to my review) – Finished this week

The Attic Child by Lola Jaye (click for link to Goodreads)

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano (click for link to my review) – Finished this week

Spring At Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin (click for link to my review) – Finished this week

Melmoth by Sarah Perry (click for link to Goodreads)

My Book Of The Week Was:

The Attic Child by Lola Jaye (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description 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.”

I am on the Blog Tour for this book on 17 May, so keep your eyes peeled for my review on here, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Memes I Took Part In This Week:

Goodreads Monday – Hosted by me Budget Tales Book Blog

Top Ten Tuesday – Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Hosted by Socrates Book Reviews

WWW Wednesday – Hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words

Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Hosted by Goodreads T5W group

Time Travel Thursday – Hosted by me Budget Tales Book Blog

Thursday Quotables – Hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies

Book Blogger Hop – Hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

The Friday 56 – Hosted by Freda’s Voice

All over Instagram – Hosted by me Budget Tales Blog

Stacking the Shelves – Hosted by Reading Reality

Blog Weekly Wrap Up:

See my Sunday Post

What else has been happening this week:

As you know this week included my birthday so we went out for lunch and dinner on the actual day which was nice. We haven’t eaten in a restaurant since before the pandemic so for our 3 year old son it was a bit of a novelty for him! This week also saw our return to a shopping centre near us which was eyeopening… I have managed to finish off a few of my books this week after a pretty slow week last week, so I feel like I have accomplished something!

Hope you have all had a good week. Here’s to next week!

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Sunday Post

Welcome to my Sunday post hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer! It’s been another busy blogging week and my birthday! We have had some lovely weather and done some nice things for my birthday (for the first time in two years!).

Anyway, here is my weekly wrap up:

My Posts:

Sunday Salon (Last week)

Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Happy Birthday To Me!

My Book Of The Week – The Attic Child by Lola Jaye

Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Characters

#Rejected Goddesses by Natalie Watson and Nina Holmes FREE ON KINDLE for a limited time!

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – The Attic Child by Lola Jaye

My Blog Tour Book Has Arrived! Do No Harm by Jack Jordan

WWW Wednesday!

Happy Publication Day! War Babies by Rachel Billington

Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Meet The Grubblers by Sarah Louise

Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Mothers

Wednesday Night Reading

JOIN ME IN TIME TRAVEL THURSDAY – BOOK MEME HOSTED EVERY THURSDAY

Time Travel Thursday

Thursday Quotables – The Attic Child by Lola Jaye – #historicalfiction

Book Review – A Binturong In My Bed by Chris Lois – #childrensbook #animalfacts

Library Book Review – Spring At Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin – #romcom #chicklit

Thursday Night Reading

Random Things Tours – Book Review – Twelve Days In May by Niamh Hargan

Book Blogger Hop – Negative Reviews

The Friday 56 – The Attic Child by Lola Jaye

Friday Musings – Inspired by Top 5 Wednesday – Books WITHOUT Romance

Friday Night Reading

Join Me In All Over Instagram Every Saturday!

Stacking The Shelves

Book Review – Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano – #popularbooksof2022 #mystery

Books that I have been seeing all over Instagram this week – Join in with me and add your links in the comments – #bookstagram #popularbooksof2022 #popularonsocialmedia

Weekend Reading – What I am planning on reading this weekend – #weekendreading #whatshouldIreadnext

Six For Sunday

Top 10 Tuesday post I participated in with links to other Bloggers Top 10 Tuesday posts:

That Artsy Reader Girl – Top 10 Tuesday

WWW Wednesday post I participated in with links (in the comments section) to other Bloggers WWW Wednesday posts:

Taking On A World Of Words – WWW Wednesday

Friday 56 I participated in with links to other Bloggers Friday 56 posts:

Freda’s Voice – Friday 56

Stacking The Shelves I participated in with links to other Bloggers Stacking The Shelves posts:

Reading Reality – Stacking The Shelves

Hope you have had a great week!

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Six For Sunday

It’s Six For Sunday! Hosted by A Little But A Lot this week’s theme is magical bookish combinations. I have decided to answer this prompt by putting together two polar opposite books (one Thriller with one Romance) that would make an interesting combination:

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley (click title for my review)

THRILLER / MYSTERY

Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey (click title for my review)

ROMANCE

Kill Me Goodbye by A K Reynolds (click title for my review)

THRILLER

The Little Cafe in Copenhagen by Julie Caplin (click title for my review)

ROMANCE

The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen (click for link to my review)

CRIME/THRILLER

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

ROMANCE

What polar opposite books would be on your list?

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Book Review – Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano – #popularbooksof2022 #mystery

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS📖

Finlay Donovan is killing it…except, she’s really not. A stressed-out single mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: The new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written; her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her; and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.

When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet. She soon discovers that crime in real life is a lot more difficult than its fictional counterpart, as she becomes tangled in a real-life murder investigation.

💭THOUGHTS💭  

I kept seeing this book everywhere and finally I got a copy for Mother’s Day. I made a start on it pretty quickly, however Blog Tours and Library book deadlines kept my progress on it slow. As I mentioned throughout my reading updates and other posts, I did enjoy it despite the slow progress and it was something to look forward to reading a chapter of each evening. 

The writing was light and entertaining. I loved the family element which added the humour. I love a murder mystery/thriller, but sometimes you need something inbetween to lighten the mood. This book encompassed both the mystery and the chick lit. There were even some gruesome bits, which added that extra something to the story! I loved how cleverly the story worked out and all came together. It was very slick and nothing was overdone. 

The chapters weren’t overly long, which meant that there was a good steady pace to the book. There was a lot that seemed to happen in a relatively short amount of time which kept my interest. There was a good amount of suspense throughout the book and you were kept on the edge of your seat wondering what was going to happen next! 

The characters were brilliant. The story was from the main character’s perspective and you really felt for her at times. It was amazing how she managed to get caught up in it all. I also loved the support that Finlay (the main character) had from Vero. It made me feel that Finlay was someone worth risking things for and it was a great bond that they shared. 

Lastly the settings. These were very scantly described. It was very much on a need to know basis. This didn’t bother me in the slightest as the character conversations and actions were exciting enough and didn’t need anything else. 

Overall an excellent story that had everything you could possibly want from a mystery. I highly recommend and am looking forward to getting the next book! 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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Friday Night Reading

It has been a short evening of reading again so I have focussed on my Blog Tour Book, The Attic Child by Lola Jaye. It is a gripping yet heartbreaking read. I am now 67% through so am making good progress. I aim to have it read over the weekend, maybe Monday, depending on what happens!

Hope you all have a great Friday!

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Friday Musings – Inspired by Top 5 Wednesday – Books WITHOUT Romance

Welcome to my Friday Musings Post! This is where every week I will scour the Blogosphere and find past meme questions and incorporate them into a current post (linking back to the blog who set the meme).

This week I have chosen:

Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday

On 5 July 2017 the prompt was books without romance. I have read an awful lot of books with romance in recently, however here are some that don’t have any:

Book Review – Moonlight and The Pearler’s Daughter by Lizzie Pook

Book Review – Turkish Delight by Barry Faulkner

Book Review – Cauliflowers Through The Catflap by Cassandra Campbell-Kemp

Book Review – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy By Douglas Adams

Book Review – Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

That was actually a lot harder than I thought as a lot of books still have a little bit of romance in them somewhere!

What books would be on your list?

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The Friday 56 – The Attic Child by Lola Jaye

Welcome to Friday 56! Hosted by Freda’s Voice, you turn to page 56 or 56% in any book or reading device and pick a sentence that grabs you.

My book of the week is The Attic Child by Lola Jaye (click for link to Goodreads)

“I was now ready for the attic.

‘Go ahead. We haven’t touched up there yet, so I’m not sure what to expect,’ she said. ‘We’ve taken care of everything on the bequest list, so I suppose the rest belongs to you.'”

Lowra has just inherited her childhood home where obviously she wasn’t treated well (we have only had a small glimpse into that at this point). She is readying herself to set foot in the attic. The person accompanying her has no idea about Lowra’s past.

I was quite pleased that this was on page 56 as it was quite a moment in the book and mentions the attic to which the title of the book refers.

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Random Things Tours – Book Review – Twelve Days In May by Niamh Hargan

“To say that Ciaran Flynn ruins Lizzy’s first day in Cannes seems a little pathetic, and maybe hyperbolic, and certainly like it gives him a degree of power he does not deserve.”

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Number of Pages: 400

Date of Publication: 28 April 2022

Publisher: HarperCollins

Rated: 4/5

My Review Summary: A lovely read with likable characters.

📖PLOT SUMMARY📖   

They haven’t spoken for 12 years.

Can they fall in love in 12 days?

Lizzy Munro is working at the Cannes Film Festival, in a job that involves a lot more admin than red-carpet glamour.

There, Ciaran Flynn is the man everyone is talking about: heartthrob of the moment and director of the most romantic movie of the year.

What nobody knows is that twelve years ago, they were best friends . . . and they haven’t spoken since.

But when Ciaran’s film runs into trouble, there’s only one person he can turn to.

Is twelve days enough to save not only Ciaran’s film, but also the spark he and Lizzy once shared?

💭THOUGHTS💭

I am always on the lookout for chick lit/rom coms to break up my usual go to genre, Thriller (although recently I have been reading more and more rom coms!) and this one seemed to fit the bill. It was also set in May, so a very seasonal read! 

The writing was light and started off with an outside narration that lured you into the story. The narration then went onto the main character Lizzy’s thoughts and points of view and then as we got to know her, we then switched to Ciaran’s point of view. The story is mainly from Lizzy’s point of view though with Ciaran’s point of view appearing every so often. I like that we are mainly seeing the story from one character and when we do get to see Ciaran’s side it gives us a more rounded view and an insight into how else the same situation can be read.

There were some deep issues touched upon and worked through in a sensitive manner which was nice to read about. It added an extra layer to the characters and consequently the story.

The chapters were fairly long and as mentioned above, mainly from Lizzy’s point of view. Each chapter was dedicated to a time period, sometimes two consecutive chapters were based on that time period. It was cleverly done and I always knew when and where I was reading about. It had a good flow and built up the story well. It kept you in suspense, travelling from one time period to another. Once you knew the whole backstory the chapters stayed in the present time and it once again became focussed on Lizzy’s point of view. 

I enjoyed the Epilogue at the end. That gave me good closure. 

Whilst I enjoyed the gradual unravelling of the story and the miscommunications, I do feel that the story could have wrapped up sooner. I felt that some bits went on for longer than necessary. 

The characters were great and really likable. It was interesting to see how they each reacted differently to the same situation. It was easy to see how things could have been misinterpreted and it was sad to see that they had wasted so much of their time on a miscommunication. It was an interesting journey to go on and I liked the mix of thoughts and conversation to tell the story. 

Lastly the settings. I loved being in Cannes and going to a couple of parties. It is a world that I know nothing about and I am glad that this book took me there! There wasn’t a lot of setting details though as most of it was based on the characters thoughts and feelings, however there was enough to give you a good grounding and to feel like you were there. 

Overall an enjoyable book with great character journeys.

⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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