This month I have only read 4 books which is really not like me! To some, 4 may seem a lot but I read ALL the time so usually get through a couple more. Saying that, some of these titles were a lot thicker than I’d usually go for which explains it all.
Who’s that Girl / Mhairi MacFarlane
What’s the one thing you DON’T do at a wedding? When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues’ wedding, all the blame falls on her – turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracised by everyone she knows, her boss suggests an extended sabbatical – ghostwriting an autobiography for hot new acting talent, Elliot Owen. Easy, right?
Wrong. Banished back to her home town of Nottingham, Edie is not only dealing with a man who probably hasn’t heard the word ‘no’ in a decade, but also suffering an excruciating regression to her teenage years as she moves back in with her widowed father and judgey, layabout sister.When the world is asking who you are, it’s hard not to question yourself. Who’s that girl? Edie is ready to find out.
I absolutely LOVE Edie. She is such a a great character. I fell in love with Elliot right away. Such a lovely, feel good book. Slightly unrealistic but these are the sort that make me completely switch off.
The Queen of Wishful Thinking / Milly Johnston
When Lewis Harley has a health scare in his early forties, he takes it as a wake-up call. So he and his wife Charlotte leave behind life in the fast lane and Lewis opens the antique shop he has dreamed of. Bonnie Brookland was brought up in the antiques trade and now works for the man who bought out her father’s business, but she isn’t happy there. So when she walks into Lew’s shop, she knows this is the place for her.
As Bonnie and Lew start to work together, they soon realise that there is more to their relationship than either thought. But Bonnie is trapped in an unhappy marriage, and Lew and Charlotte have more problems than they care to admit. Each has secrets in their past which are about to be uncovered. Can they find the happiness they both deserve?
If you’ve read my monthly reads before, you’ll know that Milly Johnson is my all time favourite author. The Queen of Wishful Thinking is her newest release and I was so excited to get my hands on it! Obviously I fell in love with Bonnie straight away, as I always do with Milly’s protagonists. What a talent she has!
The Villa in Italy / Elizabeth Edmondson
Four different people are named in a will – Delia, an opera singer robbed of her voice by illness; George, an idealistic scientist; Marjorie, desperately poor & unable to dislodge her writer’s block; & Lucius, whose personal life is in chaos. This is a tale of four strangers summoned to a grand but neglected villa on the Italian coast.
I was gifted this book by my colleagues at work for my birthday but I thought I would leave it until my holidays in Italy. And I’m so glad I did. This is not the usual kind of book I would read but I absolutely adored it. So much effort and research was put into the setting and characters that it makes you feel like you are familiar with the setting. The book is full of mystery and it’s so hard to put down! I loved every minute of reading this book!
Small Great Things / Jodi Picoult
When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father.What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.
Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us.It is about opening your eyes.
This book was so beautifully written and extremely relevant. There was so much emotion in the book and I feel like it really did open my eyes. I urge you to read it.
What have you been reading this month?