Tag: Books: Contemporary


Review: It’s Not Me, It’s You

Posted 6 September, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

It’s Not Me, It’s You
By: Mhairi McFarlane
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Delia Moss isn’t quite sure where she went wrong.

When she proposed and discovered her boyfriend was sleeping with someone else – she thought it was her fault.

When she realised life would never be the same again – she thought it was her fault.

And when he wanted her back life nothing had changed – Delia started to wonder if perhaps she was not to blame…

From Newcastle to London and back again, with dodgy jobs, eccentric bosses and annoyingly handsome journalists thrown in, Delia must find out where her old self went – and if she can ever get her back.

I couldn’t resist, after reading You Had Me At Hello (review), I just had to read this book 😀 I had been seeing the book around in the last few months prior to picking it up that I just had to check out what it was all about.

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Review: You Had Me at Hello

Posted 5 September, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

You Had Me At Hello
By: Mhairi McFarlane
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

What happens when the one that got away comes back?

Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart.

It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.

From the moment they met they’d been a gang of two; partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on. Ben is married. Rachel is definitely not. In fact, the men in her life make her want to take holy orders…

Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

This was a whim purchase I made over the summer, haha. I’ve seen Mhairi McFarlane’s It’s Not Me, It’s You floating around during my many wanderings on GoodReads and book purchasing websites that I decided to pick it up. I also picked up this book because the premise sounded interesting (sucker for those second chances kind of stories 😉 ).

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Review: A Man Called Ove

Posted 24 August, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 5 Comments

A Man Called Ove
By: Fredrick Backman
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – neighbours who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d’etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents’ Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.

But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?

In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible…

I had heard about this book in passing but never thought to really check it out until more recently. Ove sounds like quite the character and while by the premise alone, I had an inkling which way the story would go, I was nonetheless intrigued to read it and see for myself.

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Review: I Saw a Man

Posted 8 July, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

I Saw A Man
By: Owen Sheers
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

When journalist Caroline Marshall dies while on assignment in Pakistan, her grief-stricken husband, Michael, leaves their cottage in Wales and returns to London. He quickly develops a friendship with his neighbors, Josh and Samantha Nelson, and their two young daughters. Michael’s becoming close with the family marks the beginning of a long healing process.

But Michael’s period of recovery comes to an abrupt end when a terrible accident brings the burden of a shattering secret into his life. How will Michael bear the agonizing weight of guilt as he navigates persistent doubts on the path to attempted redemption? The answer, revealed poignantly in Sheers’ masterly prose, is eloquent, resonant, and completely unforgettable.

I first encountered Owen Sheers’ fiction a few years ago when I read Resistance (review). I’m not big on alternative history stories but I really loved that book, so I was quite excited to learn that he was coming out with a new novel last year. His poeticism shines through his writing so I was curious to read his contemporary title.

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Review: The Splendour Falls

Posted 6 May, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

The Splendour Falls
By: Susanna Kearsley
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

An Ancient Castle, a Tragic Love, and a Web of Secrets Begins to Unravel…

Emily Braden has stopped believing in fairy tales and happy endings. When her fascinating but unreliable cousin Harry invites her on a holiday to explore the legendary own of Chinon, and promptly disappears well, that’s Harry for you.

As Emily makes the acquaintance of Chinon and its people, she begins to uncover dark secrets beneath the charm. Legend has it that during a thirteenth-century siege of the castle that looms over the city, Queen Isabelle, child bride of King John, hid a “treasure of great price.” And in the last days of the German occupation during World War II, another Isabelle living in Chinon, a girl whose love for an enemy soldier went tragically awry.

As the dangers of the past become disastrously real, Emily is drawn ever more deeply into a labyrinth of mystery as twisted as the streets and tunnels of the ancient town itself.

This and her latest novel, A Desperate Fortune, were the only two left by Susanna Kearsley that I had not yet read. I picked this book up sometime in late November and early December, telling myself that I’d hold off on reading it as there won’t be a new novel by her until 2017. Well, lo and behold I couldn’t help myself and ended up reading it towards the end of 2015 anyhow (a good way to cap off the year, I suppose, given that I read most of her books that year).

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