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My Page-Turning Favourites For 2018

At the beginning of the year I set myself a goal to read 14 books. I figured that would work out at roughly one per month. Adding on an extra one or two for the holiday beach reads give or take. Actually, the number of Books I’ve Read In 2018 has actually surpassed that goal, which I’m really pleased about.

I didn’t get around to reviewing all the books unfortunately. Reviewing more books is definitely going to be a goal for next year! If I haven’t reviewed the books, I’ve popped a link to Goodreads, so you can check them out.

Winter

Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Frazzled by Ruby Wax 

The Girl Before by JP Delaney

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Spring

The Legacy Of Old Gran Parks by Isobel Blackthorn*

Granite Grit by Lee Cooper*

Life Satisfaction: A Scientist’s Guide by Leo Lafferty-Whyte*

It’s Always The Husband by Michele Campbell

The World is Never Enough by Sarah Donohue*

Summer

The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Other Woman by Sadie Jones

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

The Right Hand Man by Lee Cooper*

Cheer Up Love by Susan Calman

Skeletons by  Jane Fallon

Autumn

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland 

A Gift from Woolworths by Elaine Everest*

Twerk by Isobel Blackthorn*

The New Girl by Ingrid Alexandra

 

My top five favourite books of 2018

There have been quite a few amazing books I’ve read this year. There are some that I would definitely recommend that if you haven’t read, you might want to pick up.

  1. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
  2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  3. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  4.  The Right Hand Man by Lee Cooper
  5. Twerk by Isobel Blackthorn

 

Do you have any good book recommendations? I would love to hear!

Lots of love,
Helen xoxo

* I was kindly sent the book to review. However, all opinions are my own

Book Review: Twerk by Isobel Blackthorn*

I was so excited when Isobel contacted me and asked if I would like to read her new book, Twerk. From the very start, it packs quite a punch! Twerk is an addictively dark psychological thriller, written in Isobel’s trademark style.

It’s a regular evening in a Las Vegas strip club until a client mysteriously dies during a private dance. Dancer, Amber finds herself uncontrollably attracted to the paramedic who tries to resuscitate the client. So much so, that she follows him outside, hoping for a sizzling encounter.

Five days later, and it’s fellow dancer Lana’s next shift at the club, but where is Amber? And what about the dead client, Billy. What happened to him?

We then follow the story from the perspectives of both Amber and Lana.

Amber quickly learns that Dwight, the hot paramedic is not all he first seemed. As the days go on, bizarre events unfold, and Amber finds herself fearing for her life. 

Meanwhile, Lana finds herself searching for answers. Lana is only dancing to fund her way through law school. Finding that neither the police or the club are taking much interest, she decides to use her knowledge and conducts her own inquiries. She is desperate to uncover the truth about the death. Lana then starts to receive death threats. The person she most needs to speak to is Amber. But will Amber be found alive?

This book is jam-packed with twists and turns. I was so gripped, I almost missed my bus stop on the way home!

I have to give the book a 4/5. It’s definitely going to be in my top 5 reads for 2018!

The book is due for release on the 7th December 2018.

You can find out more about Isobel Blackthorn over on her website

I was also part of the Blog Tour for another of Isobel’s books, The Legacy of Old Gran Parks if you fancy a read.

Have you read Twerk?

Lots of love,
Helen xoxo

* I was kindly sent the book to review. However, all opinions are my own*

Blog Tour: A Gift From Woolworths by Elaine Everest*

Here in the UK, the days are getting shorter and it’s getting colder outside. The one thing that always cheers me up is the thought that Christmas is around the corner. I was kindly sent a copy of A Gift From Woolworths by Elaine Everest. This is the perfect book to get me into the Christmas mood. I believe it is the fifth book in the Woolworths series.

The book set in wartime Britain in 1945 and follows the lives of the Woolworths girls; Sarah, Maisie, Freda and shop manager, Betty. The shop provides both sanctuary and friendship for the girls, as they live in the uncertainty of wartime.

When Betty, announces she is expecting Douglas’s baby her future life is about to change more than she expects.

Freda has fallen in love with the handsome Scottish engineer but will it end happily?

Maisie loves being a mother and also caring for her two nieces although she still has her own dreams. When her brother appears on the scene he brings unexpected danger to the family.

Meanwhile Sarah dreams of her husband’s return and a cottage with roses around the door but Woolworths beckons.

Will our girls sail into times of peace, or will they experience more heartache and sorrow? With a wedding on the horizon, surely only happiness lies ahead – or does it?

Again, like Christmas at Woolworths, it is a lovely heart-felt read. I give this book a 8 out of 10. It would make the perfect little stocking filer. The book also provides another slice of nostalgia, having grown up in a time where Woolworths was one of our great high street institutions. I reviewed Christmas at Woolworths, last year if you fancy a ganders.

The book was released on 1st November 2018, so is now available now in all good bookshops.

Author Information

Elaine Everest, author of Bestselling novels The Woolworths Girls, The Butlins Girls, Christmas at Woolworths, and Wartime at Woolworths. You can find out more about Elaine by visiting her Twitter or Facebook page.

Tour Schedule

The blog tour is running until the 24th November. I have attached the details of the full tour

Have you read any of the Woolworths Girls books?

Lots of love,
Helen xoxo

* I was kindly sent the book to review. However, all opinions are my own*

Book Review: The Right Hand Man by Lee Cooper

This is the second and highly anticipated book in the series by Lee Cooper. The first, Granite Grit was brilliant, I will link my review (here). Lee kindly sent me this second book and it does not disappoint! This book pulls all the punches and has you hooked from the first few pages. It is wonderfully paced with twists and turns that really keep you guessing. I was that engrossed, I ended up missing my train home last night!

The book follows Davie Rhodes, a vindictive, deadly and notorious bare-knuckle legend without remorse for his victims. After causing his wife’s suicide, Davie flees Aberdeen, abandoning son Joe to work for Jack Gallagher in Liverpool’s seedy underworld. This is the perfect link to the first book, Granite Grit, as we see just why Joe is the man he ultimately becomes.

On the run, Davie meets up with his estranged son Max, who he also abandoned, and decides to mould him into the man that Joe would never be. But, it’s not long before the past catches up with Davie and he’s forced on the run again, becoming a gunrunner for the IRA.

Davie finds himself on ‘Europe’s Most Wanted’ list, living a lonely life and often in squalid conditions. His only wish to get out alive amidst all the treachery, and rich, but will he? After a chance encounter, Davie finds himself with his sons once more, as Joe and Max meet. Will the outcome be what they all hoped for?

 

I give the book a 10/10.
Please note this book has very strong and graphic language throughout.
You can find out more from Lee over on twitter

I can’t wait to see what Lee Cooper has in store for us next!

I hope you enjoy!

Lots of love,
Helen xoxo

* I was kindly sent the book to review. However, all opinions are my own*

Book Review: Frazzled by Ruby Wax

I loved this book. As far as I am aware this is the second of Ruby’s books on Mindfulness after Sane New World (I will link the post here if you haven’t read it).

This book is amazing for anyone wanting to gain an insight into mindfulness. It is written in Ruby’s trademark humorous, yet poignant way as she describes her battle with her mental health.

The book is such a useful guide for allowing you to understand the whys and how’s of mental health. Then providing useful strategies to adopt and implement into your own daily routine. It’s one of those useful books you can keep coming back to and dipping in and out of relevant sections.

The book also has a few technical/scientific insight references. If you are like me and you love a bit of learning as you are reading. It also has a section on exercises you can do on the move, for example bag lifts and trolly stretching. There is also a specific section on parenting and mindfulness where Ruby talks about how to apply mindfulness whether you have babies or teenagers.

I’ve popped the Amazon link here here if you fancy a graders.

I’ve just added her latest book, How to Be a Human: The Manual to my Amazon wish list. It’s out in hardback and Kindle at the moment in the UK, but I’m going to wait for the paperback. Anyone else prefer a paperback?

Have you read the book?

Lots of love, Helen
xoxo