April Round-Up – The Books I Read In April 2016

I had a busy month in April but managed to fit in five books, all of them fiction: Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave (Sceptre Books) – My first read of April was a wonderful, moving novel set during the Second World War. Inspired by his grandparents experiences during the war it is a …

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The People We Were Before by Annabelle Thorpe

The People We Were Before is the debut novel by Annabelle Thorpe, who has previously written non-fiction travel books alongside being a travel and features journalist. One of her favourite destinations is Croatia, and it is this country which provides the backdrop to this story. ‘Where are the colours, Miro, the blue sky and the …

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Blog Tour – In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings

In Her Wake was a novel that I was eager to read having seen the excitement and enthusiasm it has generated amongst fellow bloggers and book lovers. And as I read the opening few pages I was immediately hooked, and it is easy to see why this book has been adored. ‘I dreamt vividly the …

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Five Rivers Met On a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris

Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain is the debut novel from playwright Barney Norris and it is a debut I was very excited to read. Within its pages are the stories of five different people, five different lives that one day collide... ‘That is the secret meaning of this quiet city, where the spire …

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Blog Tour – Reader, I Married Him

Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books of all time so I was very excited when I first heard about Reader, I Married Him, a collection of short stories inspired by the classic novel, and specifically, one iconic line. Edited by acclaimed author Tracy Chevalier the collection was produced in collaboration with the Bronte …

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Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

There have been numerous novels set during the Second World War but with Everyone Brave Is Forgiven Chris Cleave has written a very special book. Inspired by his grandparents’ experiences during the war it is a story of love and loss and the impact of war. ‘War was declared at 11.15 and Mary North signed …

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