My goal this year is to note who I got the recommendation from that interested me in a book. That is… most likely I read their review and fell for it.
From Mary from Bookfan is where I heard of this book. Then as I marked I was reading it on Goodreads I looked down the list of readers I follow, and so many of them had loved it. So into it I put my reader’s nose.
Really enjoyed this heart warming story of family and a small town. Some magical realism which was downright delicious. Loved the characters, didn’t want the story to end. Would read anything more that Heather Webber writes in this kind of genre – magical realism, southern fiction.
Charlotte by Helen Moffett comes recommended by Shelleyrae from Book’d Out. It is a spin off from Pride and Prejudice and takes up Charlotte’s story as Mrs Collins.
It is very well written and stays reasonably true to Jane Austen’s world. However there are inclusions that maybe Jane would have left out! I liked how Charlotte’s story was developed, quite realistic and possible.
Wrong Alibi is by Christina Dodd and I picked it up because Susan Elizabeth Phillips recommended it. And it didn’t hurt that Elizabeth from Silvers Reviews liked it a lot as well. It is suspense and a wrong accusation set in Alaska.
This was a good read, it hooked me in straight away. I loved the main character Petie who had so many challenges to face and who grew up fast. Some murder, a little surprise here and there and some family regrouping. Will certainly want to try the next one. This one published at end of 2020 so guess its a little way away!
This Side of Murder wasn’t exactly recommended but the second one in the series was loved by Katherine from I Wish I lived In a Library. To read that one I wanted to start with the first one in the series. I have since read the second one and it was really very good.
Set in England in 1919 on an island a group of people meet for a celebration. Or is it! Verity Kent lost her husband in WW1 and she is among some of his fellow officers and soldiers. It is full of intrigue and murder. It was a little slow getting into it, but that could have been my tiredness rather than the book. It sure builds to a climax and we eventually find out who is behind treason and murder. A series to follow up on.
The Four Winds is the most recent book by Kristin Hannah. It’s set in the 1930’s and explores the Depression era in the Great Plains on a farm.
I thought this might be a bit too sad reading for myself but I did buy the audiobook for one of my sisters who reads much more challenging books than I.
However I was rather shattered by her verbal, might I suggest brutal review. It was not a book for her! So now I think I’d better take it back and see for myself. She said
Rather Mills and Boonsy, and nothing happens and I just couldn’t go any further than Chapter 20. And I wouldn’t even listen to the end to see what happens to her because I just couldn’t care about her!
I look non plussed at all the four and five star reviews on GR of people I follow. 55 users even tag it literary fiction. So Mills and Boonsy ( = Harlequin) doesn’t seem to have any tags. So I am putting it back on my TBR although it will be down the track as have others in my line up.
Have you read it?