Update – My 2018 Reading Challenge

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a fast reader.  I consider a book a week to be speed reading!  Not that I’m discouraged.  We all read at our own rates.  Still, I’m making progress on my Popsugar challenge.  Here’s what I have so far: A book set in a country that fascinates you China definitely is a… Read more »

Review – The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he… Read more »

Review – The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty

A city of antebellum architecture, picturesque parks, and cobblestone streets, Savannah moves at a graceful pace. But for Harper McClain, the timeless beauty and culture that distinguishes her home’s Southern heritage vanishes during the dark and dangerous nights. She wouldn’t have it any other way. Not even finding her mother brutally murdered in their home when she was twelve has… Read more »

Review – Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

Science fiction, detective story and post-modern manifesto all rolled into one rip-roaring novel, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is the tour de force that expanded Haruki Murakami’s international following. Tracking one man’s descent into the Kafkaesque underworld of contemporary Tokyo, Murakami unites East and West, tragedy and farce, compassion and detachment, slang and philosophy.’ I’ve read a… Read more »

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

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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

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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 »