I'm taking part in two challenges this summer- one is the Paperback Summer- where I am going to try and read 12 books from the bookshelf. The photo shows the initial selection- but have just had 2 new ones which will jump towards the top of the pile! So we'll see how many I manage.
The initial selection is very exciting- a couple of prizes, the Team Milly copy, some finds at a car boot sale the week before the challenge and a few older ones.
1. Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe 5* (4/6)
2. A Mothers's Story- Amanda Prowse
3. Some Kind Of Hero - Donna Hay
We received a preview copy of this one from Team Milly. Connie discovers that her husband of 24 years has been unfaithful most of their marriage. She vows to ruin his cleaning company by setting up on her own as Lady Muck. The office manager is going to join her. The present cleaning staff meet once a month at the cafe to air grievances- and Connie is hoping to persuade them all to join her- whilst she's pretending to be Marilyn the cleaner.
You get to know the customers and the cleaners and really drawn to them all.
a 5* read.
2. A Mother's Story- Amanda Prowse
I loved this book. I enjoyed Amanda Prowse's writing style and was drawn into the book very quickly. I wanted to know exactly what had happened and the book cleverly weaves Jessica's diary entries with her earlier life.
Jessica and Matthews wedding day was lovely, and their friends were well written. Topaz was a particular treasure and the way he fitted into already well established friendships. Both families are lovely and the scene at the baby shower particularly amusing.
They are so in love that the news that they are expecting a baby should be the best news ever. But will things run smoothly- exactly what has happened to Jessica and where is she now?
The book covers post natal depression and the traumatic way it can affect lives and how misunderstood it can be.
I can't wait to read more by Amanda Prowse.
With many thanks to LoveReading for a copy of this book
This challenge is to read 20 books on either a summer theme, with a summer related title, a summery cover- or the author has a summery name!!!!!!!! I love books set by the coast- but with all my NetGalley review books - I'm not sure how many of these I will manage. I have just had the new Lucy Diamond one- which is screaming to be read.
1. Summer By the Sea- Jenny Hale 4*
2. Pippa's Cornish Dream- Debbie Johnson 5*
3.Sunshine and Spaniels- Cressida Mc:Laughlin 5*
4.Summer Fling and Dancing Dreams- Sue Watson 5*
5. The Riviera- Karen Aldous 5*