My Used Book Sale Book Haul

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Twice a year, my local library hosts a used book sale, and guess who can’t resist a used book sale?  I held myself in admirable restraint this year and limited my purchases to one bag.  (In the past, I’ve walked away with four or more…) I generally read on my Kindle, but in the summer when I’m camping or at… Read more »

Guest Post – Author Andi Michael

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Prosecco and Promises is book two in The Martini Series. Book one, Cocktails and Dreams, was about Savvy’s journey towards living her life more fully. This book is about her best friend, Mia. Mia’s been given an impossible task – she’s been sent away at the end of her dad’s illness to get to know her Italian family. I’ve loved… Read more »

Review – My Sweet Friend by H. A. Leuschel

A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor? Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships. But is Alexa all she claims… Read more »

Review – The Girlfriend by Michelle Francis

Laura Cavendish can’t wait to meet the woman who’s won her son’s affection. Despite a successful career in television and a long, prosperous marriage, Laura’s world revolves around kind, talented Daniel. She pictures his new girlfriend, Cherry, becoming a close friend and confidante . . . one day, even a daughter-in-law. But although Cherry is beautiful and amiable, Laura can’t… Read more »

Review – The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

You never know who’s watching… Corinne’s life might look perfect on the outside, but after three failed IVF attempts it’s her last chance to have a baby. And when she finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her flat, it feels as if it’s a sign. But as more pieces begin to turn up, Corinne realises that they… Read more »

Guest Post – Author Raven McAllan

Hi all, thanks to Michelle and Coffee Shop Book Reviews, for letting post here today and to you, the readers, for taking time to peruse this. That means I can ramble on about my latest release, Darling Doc. I do tend to ramble. Feel free to nudge me, or make a coffee if you find yourself about to drop off…. Read more »

Review (Kind of) – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and… Read more »

I’ve Deleted WHAT? My blog crisis

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For starters, I didn’t mean to delete my entire blog.  It just kind of happened.  One minute, I was looking at my Coffee Shop Book Reviews page, the next, I received a terrifying message: “You are forbidden to enter this site.” Forbidden?  By whom?  For a moment, I had all kinds of conspiracy fantasies.  Had I been hacked?  Was Homeland… Read more »

Review – Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped… Read more »

My 2018 Reading Challenge

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Reading challenges, in fact challenges in general, make me nervous.  I have a fear of failure, and I worry that if I don’t finish a challenge, then I’m *gulp* a LOSER!  This year, however, I want to read a wider variety of books.  Therefore, I’m going to set aside my issues and try a challenge. After scouring the Internet, I… Read more »