On My TBR list [Winter Edition]

Now we’re well and truly into December, here are some of my most-anticipated titles to be read this winter, over the next few months…


The Crow Girl – Erik Axl Sund [published 6 April 2017]The Crow Girl

[Synopsis]

The most terrifying thriller you’ll read this year

It starts with just one body – the hands bound, the skin covered in marks.

Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg is determined to find out who is responsible, despite opposition from her superiors. When two more bodies are found, it becomes clear that she is hunting a serial killer.

With her career on the line, she turns to psychotherapist Sofia Zetterlund. Together, they uncover a chain of shocking events that began decades ago – but will it lead them to the murderer before someone else dies?

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White Bodies - Jane RobinsWhite Bodies – Jane Robins [published 28 December 2017]

[Synopsis]

Felix and Tilda seem like the perfect couple: young and in love, a financier and a beautiful up-and-coming starlet. But behind their flawless façade, not everything is as it seems.

Callie, Tilda’s unassuming twin, has watched her sister visibly shrink under Felix’s domineering love. She has looked on silently as Tilda stopped working, nearly stopped eating, and turned into a neat freak, with mugs wrapped in Saran Wrap and suspicious syringes hidden in the bathroom trash. She knows about Felix’s uncontrollable rages, and has seen the bruises on the white skin of her sister’s arms.

Worried about the psychological hold that Felix seems to have over Tilda, Callie joins an internet support group for victims of abuse and their friends. However, things spiral out of control and she starts to doubt her own judgment when one of her new acquaintances is killed by an abusive man. And then suddenly Felix dies—or was he murdered?

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It Started with a Tweet - Anna BellIt Started With A Tweet Anna Bell [published 7 December 2017; I’m on the blog tour with a review on 21 December!]

[Synopsis]

Can Daisy Hobson log off for love…?

Could you survive a digital detox? This hilarious new romantic comedy from the author of The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart is perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond and Sophie Kinsella.

Daisy Hobson lives her whole life online. A marketing manager by day, she tweets her friends, instagrams every meal and arranges (frankly, appalling) dates on Tinder. But when her social media obsession causes her to make a catastrophic mistake at work, Daisy finds her life going into free-fall . . .

Her sister Rosie thinks she has the answer to all of Daisy’s problems – a digital detox in a remote cottage in Cumbria, that she just happens to need help doing up. Soon, too, Daisy finds herself with two welcome distractions: sexy French exchange-help Alexis, and Jack, the brusque and rugged man-next-door, who keeps accidentally rescuing her.

But can Daisy, a London girl, ever really settle into life in a tiny, isolated village? And, more importantly, can she survive without her phone?

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Close To Home - Cara HunterClose to Home – Cara Hunter [published 28 December 2017]

[Synopsis]

Someone took Daisy Mason. Someone YOU KNOW.

Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents’ summer party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying. DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew. That means someone is lying. And that Daisy’s time is running out…

Introducing DI Fawley and his team of Oxford detectives, CLOSE TO HOME is a pulse-pounding race against time and a penetrating examination of what happens to a community when a shocking crime is committed by one of its own.

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The Child Finder – Rene Denfeld [published 11 January 2018]The Child Finder - Rene Denfeld

[Synopsis]

Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight years old now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as The Child Finder, Naomi is their last hope.

Naomi’s methodical search takes her deep into the icy, mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, and into her own fragmented past. She understands children like Madison because once upon a time, she was a lost girl too.

As Naomi relentlessly pursues and slowly uncovers the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce the defenses that have protected her, reminding her of a terrible loss she feels but cannot remember. If she finds Madison, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life?

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Anatomy of a Scandal - Sarah VaughanAnatomy of a Scandal – Sarah Vaughan [published 11 January 2018]

[Synopsis]

An astonishingly incisive and suspenseful novel about a scandal amongst Britain’s privileged elite and the women caught up in its wake.

Sophie’s husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart.

Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.

Who is right about James? Sophie or Kate? And is either of them informed by anything more than instinct and personal experience? Despite her privileged upbringing, Sophie is well aware that her beautiful life is not inviolable. She has known it since she and James were first lovers, at Oxford, and she witnessed how easily pleasure could tip into tragedy.

Most people would prefer not to try to understand what passes between a man and a woman when they are alone: alone in bed, alone in an embrace, alone in an elevator… Or alone in the moonlit courtyard of an Oxford college, where a girl once stood before a boy, heart pounding with excitement, then fear. Sophie never understood why her tutorial partner Holly left Oxford so abruptly. What would she think, if she knew the truth?

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The Chalk Man - C J TudorThe Chalk Man –  C. J. Tudor [published 11 January 2018]

[Synopsis]

None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning.

Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own?

Was it the terrible accident?

Or when they found the first body?

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The Confession - Jo SpainThe Confession – Jo Spain [published 11 January 2018; I’m on the blog tour on 19 January with a review!]

[Synopsis]

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.

Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police. He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn’t know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, the detectives cannot help wondering, was this really a random act of violence or is it linked to one of Harry’s many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal?

This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who – of Harry, Julie and JP – is really the guilty one? And is Carney’s surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?

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Hydra - Matt WesolowskiHydra – Matt Wesolowski [published 11 January 2018; I’m on the blog tour with a review on the 19 January!]

[Synopsis]

One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 26-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the “Macleod Massacre.” Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation. King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out. As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden “games,” online trolls, and the mysterious Black-eyed Children, whose presence extends far beyond the delusions of a murderess.

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That’s a selection of upcoming books I’m excited to read. have you read any of these, or do you have them to read?

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The Shadow Man [review]

Shadow Man - Margaret Kirk

Title: The Shadow Man
Author: Margaret Kirk
Publisher: Orion

[Synopsis]

Two brutal killings rock Inverness, and bring ex-Met Detective Inspector Lukas Mahler the biggest challenge of his career…

The body of the queen of daytime TV, Morven Murray is discovered by her sister, Anna, on the morning of her wedding day. But does Anna know more about the murder than she’s letting on?

Police informant Kevin Ramsay’s murder looks like a gangland-style execution. But what could he have stumbled into that was dangerous enough to get him violently killed?

Mahler has only a couple of weeks to solve both cases while dealing with his mother’s fragile mental health. But caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, is ex-Met DI Lukas Mahler hunting one killer, or two?

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[My Review]

I’ve definitely found a promising new series in The Shadow Man. Because the characters seemed to well-rounded and convincing, I thought this might be a well-established series, but it seems to be either a stand alone or – hopefully – the first in a new series. If so,  I’ll certainly be reading more.

The Shadow Man effectively combine mystery, grittiness and police procedure with just the right pacing and level of drama.

The characters are great – I really liked protagonist DI Luke Mahler and Anna, who wasn’t part of the police but who we also followed as the case unfolded. I liked that there were two main characters who showed different perspectives to the investigation. The characters were well-rounded and interesting too, and it was interesting to read a good portion of the story from the perspective of someone who had nothing to do with the police. The Shadow Man features lots of seemingly unconnected people who all came together as the novel continued, which I also really liked.

The setting is also great (pre-Scottish referendum Inverness) – and I liked the atmosphere that the setting conjured up. It’s a testament to Margaret Kirk’s writing that I could really imagine myself there, seeing as the only place I’ve  ever visited in Scotland is Edinburgh.

Overall I’d highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a great new detective series which is both entertaining and realistic. I’d definitely like to read more about Luke and Anna!

[Rating: 4/5]

Many thanks to Orion for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

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The Wrong Child [review]

The Wrong Child - Barry Gornell

Title: The Wrong Child
Author: Barry Gornell
Publisher: Orion

[Synopsis]

21 of 22 children in a rural village die in a disaster. By chance, the ‘wrong’ child, Dog Evans, lives. Crippled with survivor’s guilt, his parents abandon Evans to a feral life at the margins. He is shunned by those left behind, for whom his presence is a daily insult, a reminder of unbearable loss.

We learn what took place and its shocking consequences, both for Dog Evans and the wider community. Gornell’s forensic gaze dissects the lives of the bereaved, fractured relationships and existences frozen the day their children died… Deborah Cutter, separated from her husband John, numbs her pain with alcohol and sex. Local postman Nugget holds tight to the hope that the Evans house contains valuable secrets. Parish priest Father Wittin is an embarrassing irrelevance… As grief turns to rage, the villagers’ insatiable desire for catharsis in the form of one final blood sacrifice becomes unstoppable.

The master of ‘rural noir’, Barry Gornell has created a mesmerising, heartbreaking examination of rural life with a remarkable note of hope within the darkness.

[My Review]

The Wrong Child is a dark and at times uncomfortable novel which I finished not knowing quite how to feel about it!

The story itself is pretty harrowing – a young boy, Douglas (unaffectionately known as ‘Dog’) Evans, is left as the only survivor after a horrible incident kills all the other children in his class. You might think he’d be cherished even more, as the one survivor, but his unpopularity prior to the event means that the rest of the village do NOT take this well.

The Wrong Child a story of conflicting emotions, or at least for me – at times I felt desperately sorry for Dog, whilst at others I myself felt frustrated by, or disgusted in, his behavior. Nothing can justify the way the villagers behaved though – truly shocking.

The narrative also moves back and forwards in time, showing the reader more and more about what really happened, and I always find myself really drawn to novels like t his. There’s plenty of suspense, and I don’t really want to give anything crucial away so I’ll just say that Barry Gornell manages to create a tense, heavy atmosphere which intrigued me. It’s not an easy or ‘enjoyable’ read as such – and I imagine this would only be amplified more if you had kids yourself (I do not) – but it will stick with you long after you finish it, which is the mark of a great writer!


Many thanks to Orion for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

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Keto Slow Cooker & One-Pot Meals [review]

Keto Slow Cooker

Title: Keto Slow Cooker & One-Pot Meals
Author: Martina Šlajerová
Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group

[Synopsis]

Slow cooker and one pot meals are the ultimate convenience food. Just fix it and forget it and then enjoy a nourishing meal when everyone gets home. Unfortunately, most slow cooker and one-pot recipes depend on processed, high-carbohydrate ingredients like noodles, potatoes, and other high-glycemic ingredients which aren’t allowed on the ketogenic diet.

Keto Slow Cooker & One-Pot Meals lets you enjoy your slow cooker while maintaining your ketogenic diet, too! Filled with 100 keto recipes for everything from satisfying soups to quick skillet meals and savory stews, you’ll always be able to get a healthy ketogenic meal on the table with no fuss!

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[My Review]

I’m always interested in low carb, higher fat meals, even though I’m not properly following the Keto diet myself. I also really like using a slow cooker (when I’m organised enough, that is) or, even better, one pot to do everything. Less washing up, less fuss! So this book hugely appealed to me, ticking three big boxes (slow cooker, one pot, low carb).

This book is great because it largely sticks with whole foods instead of lots of processed sauces and other ingredients, which also really appeals to me. The dishes are easy enough to follow, with clear photos and without crazily expensive, rare ingredients that you sometimes see in cookbooks trying to impress. These recipes are largely wholesome and nutritious and feel attainable.

The book includes a handy list of low-carb vegetables which I found so useful, and lots of lovely curry paste/ sauce recipes too! There are also great recipes for seasonings and roasting whole vegetables in the slow cooker too, plus some incredibly handy conversions for things like common allergens and sugar to sweetener so you know what you can substitute with what. There’s also a recipe for sauerkraut, which I’ve always fancied making, AND recipes for making your own coconut milk (if you can be arsed to) as well as loads of other handy recipes too.

This book, basically, inspired me in many ways to make more use of the slow cooking setting on my instant pot, instead of just using it to pressure cook or to cook rice. Though there are lots of meat-based recipes (the ‘fish ball tagine’, ‘turkey meatballs’, ‘morrocan lamb stew’ and ‘chicken tikka masala’ looked great), there are also lots of lovely vegetarian options too, like ‘eggplant (aubergine to us brits) parmesan’, and ‘broccoli & mushroom alfredo casserole’. As my partner is pescetarian, I mostly cook vegetarian or pescetarian  recipes for both of us, but would definitely try some of the meat recipes for when I’m just cooking for myself. There are also some very tasty dessert recipes too!

All in all, this is a well-rounded Keto slow cooker/ one pot cookbook with recipes that feel attainable and are easy enough to follow. Highly recommended for anyone on a keto diet wanting to make more of their slow cooker, or just fancy keeping washing up to a minimum, or those who fancy a lower-cab diet too (within reason).

Thanks to Quarto Publishing Group – Fair Winds Press for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

Keto Slow Cooker & One-Pot Meals is out in the UK on 1 December!


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WWW Wednesday [29 November 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

The three W’s are:

    1. What have you finished reading?
    2. What are you currently reading?
    3. What will you read next?

It’s been a GREAT reading week for me as I did a fair bit of travelling so I had time to get through lots of books! Unfortunately I had one DNF, but then a fab cookbook to bump up the numbers (though I don’t include cookbooks in my all-important Goodreads challenge)!

I’m almost caught up with the Netgalley requests vs. publication dates – I’m usually really far behind when I’m reading and reviewing but I’m onto the end of November/ Dec books now, FINALLY!


What have you finished reading? 

 

The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook Barbara Schieving [my review here]
The Wrong Child – Barry Gornell [review to follow]
Shadow Man –  Margaret Kirk [review to follow]
Why Mummy Drinks  – Gill Sims [audiobook – review to follow]
The House at the Edge of the Night – Catherine Banner [this was a DNF for me – I just couldn’t get into it unfortunately!]

What are you currently reading? 

Two books with ‘secret’ in the title this week!

Can You Keep a Secret? – Karen Perry
Every Secret Thing – Emma Cole [audiobook]

 

What will you read next?

 

Probably White Bodies – Jane Robins. SO excited to finally start this!

Also really looking forward to The Scent of Rain by Anne Montgomery which I might get around to reading this week too –  this sounds so interesting!


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books ryou’re looking forward to reading next?

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The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook [review]

The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook - Barbara Schieving

Title: The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook
Author: Barbara Schieving
Publisher: Harvard Common Press

[Synopsis]

Ten years ago time-pressed home cooks with day jobs used a slow cooker to get dinner started in the morning and have it waiting for them at the end of the day. Many still do, but there is a new option–more like an old option undergoing a stunning revival–on the scene. Pressure cookers cook so fast that they make it possible to start a dinner at the end of the work day and have it on the table in fifteen or twenty minutes flat.

New electric pressure cookers, whether the widely touted Instant Pot or the popular models from Presto, T-fal, Black + Decker, and other makers, are driving this revival: they are easy, safe, and packed with features mom or grandma’s old stovetop model did not have.

The world’s leading blogger on pressure cooking, Barbara Schieving (of the blog Pressure Cooking Today), offers up more than 200 recipes, 150 of which are suppertime main courses, that are big on flavor, easy to make, family-friendly, and tested to perfection.

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[My Review]

I have sang my praise of my Instant Pot (pressure cooker) many times, but I do sometimes lack inspiration for recipes for the pot (and in general, to be honest). I’m all for trawling the internet for recipes, and there are of course some FANTASTIC recipes out there, but finding a great collection of pressure cooker recipes all together is great news. Enter: The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook.

Now, I am trying to eat mostly vegetarian due to my boyfriend being veggie (though he eats fish now and then), but I don’t mind meaty recipes once in a while. This recipe book does seem to have mostly meat recipes, but they look great (that Braised Paprika Chicken is calling out to me for a day when I’m cooking just for myself)  and there are some brilliant-looking desserts (the Key Lime Pie and Vanilla Lover’s Cheesecake look amazing, and I’ve tried the peanut butter cup cheesecake already and it. was. heaven!). Plus I’ve no doubt many of the recipes can be adapted to be meat-free with vegetables or quorn; you’ll just have to guess at the cooking time which is the only issue. I am intending to make the Linguine and Clam sauce soon for a dinner party, for an easy but impressive pasta-based meal!

This book is a great introduction to the world of pressure cooking, with a good mix of difficulties in terms of recipes. There are plenty of lovely photos to accompany the recipes and clear instructions which appealed to me – nothing worse than a recipe getting reaaaal confusing halfway through. There are also handy tips for a lot of recipes. Just beware that many of these recipes give quantities in ounces, cups etc, whereas us Brits generally prefer grams – shouldn’t be too hard to convert cups to grams though!

So, if you’re looking for lots of great recipes, perhaps mainly catering for carnivores but still sounding delicious, look no further!


Thanks to Harvard Common Press for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

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Goodreads Monday [Cloud Atlas]

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners, and add your own links!

This is a book I’ve wanted to read for ages, but don’t know when/if I’ll get around to it with so many review copies to get through…

Title: Cloud Atlas
Author: David Mitchell
Publish date: March 2004

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

[Synopsis]

The narrators hear their echoes in history and change their destinies in ways great and small, in a study of humanity’s dangerous will to power. A reluctant voyager crosses the Pacific in 1850. A disinherited composer gatecrashes in between-wars Belgium. A vanity publisher flees gangland creditors. Others are a journalist in Governor Reagan’s California, and genetically-modified dinery server on death-row. Finally, a young Pacific Islander witnesses the nightfall of science and civilization. 

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Seven Days Of Us [review]

Seven Days of Us

Title: Seven Days Of Us
Author: Francesca Hornak
Publisher: Piatkus

[Synopsis]

A warm, wry, sharply observed debut novel about what happens when a family is forced to spend a week together in quarantine over the holidays…

It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family.

For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems.

As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down.

In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive…

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[My Review]

Seven Days of Us is a novel with many emotions – there’s humour, sadness, anger and stress, all rolled up (along with Christmassy feelings and interesting characters) into a well-written, warm novel!

I’m not sure exactly how to ‘categorize’ this novel – though it revolves around a family going into quarantine over Christmas because their eldest daughter has been treating victims of a contagious disease, called Haag, in Africa, it’s not all about this. It’s more about the family’s relationships and interactions as they’re forced to spend more time together than they usually do, and some of their secrets which come to the surface. The story, though there’s plenty of drama included, doesn’t feel overly dramatic and really manages to avoid being too cheesy, despite the family pulling together sometimes and experiencing emotional upheaval at other times.

The story focuses in on each family member at different times – mother Emma, father Andrew, daughters Olivia and Phoebe, plus Phoebe’s fiance George… and some other additions, which I won’t say much about so as not to ruin the story. I love stories which focus in on different narratives or people, and find it adds so much to the plot when you learn how each person is feeling, instead of seeing it all through one person’s eyes.

Seven Days of Us touches upon so many different themes, but never feels rushed, and somehow manages to be exactly the right levels of light-hearted fun and seriousness! It’s also a thought-provoking read and its characters  – some lovely, some annoying, all refreshingly dysfunctional in their own way – really drew me in so that I didn’t want to stop reading! Highly recommended.

[Rating: 4.5/5]

Many thanks to Piatkus for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

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The Spark Girl [review]

The Spark Girl - Fiona Ford

Title: The Spark Girl
Author: Fiona Ford
Publisher: Orion

[Synopsis]

Spring 1940. Kitty Williams has suffered more than her fair share of tragedy but rather than wallowing, she’s more determined than ever to do her part in the battle against Hitler. Stepping up her own war effort, Kitty leaves her home town of Coventry and joins the Auxiliary Territorial Service (Women’s Army – ATS) where she finds new friends in Di, Peggy and Mary but also new obstacles to overcome in both her professional and personal lives.

Packed full of wartime adventure, romance, heartbreak and friendship, The Spark Girls is a gripping and poignant saga perfect for fans of Ellie Dean, Daisy Styles and Maggie Ford.

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[My Review]

The Spark Girl is a sweet, entertaining story set during a time period I find really interesting – World War 2. I like that this novel centers around women doing their bit for the war effort, and not just in jobs that might be deemed for ‘female’ jobs – in The Spark Girl, Kitty and her new friends have joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS). As the women’s branch of the army, played a hugely important part in the war effort and I enjoyed reading about the ATS, which I don’t know a huge amount about, so it’s great to learn more!

The story itself is a mix of adventure and camaraderie along with relationships and new friendships. This, I think, is what makes it such a comforting read – it’s not all about survival, though that of course makes up a large amount due to the WW2-era setting, but also touches on bravery in other ways – standing up to people, or befriending those who need help. I could guess what was coming at some points, but it didn’t detract from story which flowed well.

The main characters are likable and, although many have their own faults or annoying character traits (Mary is a key example of this), and some of the other girls seem to lack a real (pardon the pun) spark, they pull together and work hard. You really see some characters develop throughout the novel. Other characters, of course, are very much not likable, and not intended to be, acting as an unlikely source of evil; they may not be the common enemy of the Germans but instead homegrown horribleness, which is perhaps more treacherous really. I found this a different and fresh twist.

Conclusion: an entertaining, easy to read story set in wartime Britain!

Thanks to Fiona Ford for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

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WWW Wednesday [22 November 2017]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments. I’d love to see your answers too!

The three W’s are:

    1. What have you finished reading?
    2. What are you currently reading?
    3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading? 

Seven Days of Us – Francesca Hornak [my review here]
The Spark Girl Fiona Ford [review to follow]
The Perfect Victim – Corrie Jackson [review to follow]

What are you currently reading? 

Why Mummy Drinks  – Gill Sims [audiobook]
The House at the Edge of the Night – Catherine Banner

What will you read next?


Probably either:
The Wrong Child – Barry Gornell
or
Shadow Man –  Margaret Kirk


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books ryou’re looking forward to reading next?

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