Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Review

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng review
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, ISBN 9780349134284, 320pp

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is a book I’ve been meaning to read since reading Little Fires Everywhere by the same author at the start of 2018. It took me almost a year to finally buy this book. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down.

This book is about the Lees, a Chinese American family living in a small Ohio town in the 1970s. The dad, James, is a Chinese American college professor who marries Marilyn, a white girl with ambitions of becoming a doctor. Getting pregnant with their first child halts Marilyn’s ambitions. They go on to have three children: Nath, Lydia and Hannah.

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The King’s General by Daphne du Maurier Review

The King's General by Daphne du Maurier review
The King’s General by Daphne du Maurier, ISBN 9781844080892, 372pp

My husband bought me a whole stack of Daphne du Maurier books for my birthday. Over the years I’ve read Rebecca, Jamaica Inn and Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier. But I wanted to read more of her books. The King’s General is set in 17th century Cornwall during the time of the English Civil War. Even though this book is called The King’s General, and he features as a character in the novel, the story is told from the point-of-view of Honor Harris.

When Honor is eighteen she is passionate, beautiful, reckless and the spoiled youngest daughter of a large family. She reminded me a bit of Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind. Honor meets Sir Richard Grenville, a soldier who cares only for fighting and not about the feelings of those around him. Richard is a bit like Rhett Butler, only meaner, and he is dedicated to fighting for his king. He’s really not a likeable person but is a brilliant soldier. When Richard meets Honor something clicks. Her family is against any match between them and sends Honor home. Richard follows her and they meet in secret and eventually become engaged.

But then tragedy strikes days before their wedding and Honor sends Richard away. I won’t tell you what the tragedy is but it’s a good twist and changes Honor’s life forever. It’s rare to find a novel told from the point-of-view of a person in her situation. Continue reading

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty Review

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty review
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty, ISBN 9780330427166, 376pp

I’ve been going through a mini Liane Moriarty reread phase. I read Three Wishes years ago but I couldn’t remember what happened. So it was nice to revisit this book again. Three Wishes is about the three Kettle sisters – Cat, Gemma and Lyn  – who also happen to be triplets. The book starts with the eyewitness accounts of bystanders who witness the triplets have a raucous dinner in a Sydney restaurant. The dinner ends with a violent argument and one sister throwing a fork at her pregnant sister, impaling her stomach. The fork thrower then passes out from the shock. Just like the bystanders, the reader has no idea what this is all about and which sister is the culprit. Continue reading

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

The Lost Man by Jane Harper review
The Lost Man by Jane Harper, ISBN 9781743549100, 366pp

The Lost Man is Jane Harper’s third novel and it’s her best book yet. I read this in 24 hours because I was hooked on trying to solve the mystery. I thought that The Dry was good, Force of Nature was even better, but The Lost Man is now my favourite.

This books tells the story of three brothers living on adjacent vast cattle properties in the middle of outback Queensland. It’s a place so remote that it takes three hours to drive to the nearest town and groceries are delivered every six weeks by a refrigerated truck. People drive around in cars packed with water, food, spare tires, fuel and radios because if you breakdown out here then help is a long way away and wandering anywhere in the harsh sun can lead to death in hours. One policeman looks after a territory the size of the state of Victoria. It’s an extreme environment full of heat and dust. Continue reading

Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes Review

Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes review
Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes, ISBN 9780340960356, 500pp

My husband bought Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes for me from a second-hand bookstore online. It’s her very first novel and I had never heard of it before. I love Jojo Moyes books so I was excited to get stuck into this one.

Sheltering Rain tells the story of three women from the same family. There’s Joy who grew up in Hong Kong and meets her husband Edward, a naval officer, in the 1950s. We later meet her as an elderly woman who lives in Ireland with her husband and looks after horses. There’s Joy’s daughter, Kate, who lives in London with her daughter and is going through relationship problems. And there’s Kate’s daughter Sabine, who is fifteen-years-old and has a whole heap of attitude. She is sent for a short visit to see the grandparents she barely knows as her mother doesn’t have much of a relationship with Joy. Continue reading

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi book review
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. ISBN 9780241975237, 305pp

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is such an amazing novel with beautiful writing and powerful themes. It starts in 18th century Ghana and tells the stories of two sisters – Effia and Esi. Effia is married to a white British soldier who works in slavery at the Cape Coast Castle. Her sister Esi, who she never learns about and who grew up in another village, ends up being captured and sold into slavery and is taken by ship to America to work on a tobacco plantation. Continue reading

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan Review

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan book review
My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan, ISBN 97800062740649, 323pp

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan tells the story of American Ella Durran who goes to Oxford to study on a Rhodes scholarship. It’s meant to be a short academic year stay to make her resume look great and to fulfill a childhood dream to study at Oxford. Even though she’s only twenty-four she is asked to help out on a political campaign back home in America where there’s a high chance the candidate could become the next president. So she’s studying at Oxford, helping in a political campaign and a bright future is mapped out for her when she gets back home. Continue reading

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang Review

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoag review
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoag, ISBN 9781786496768, 321pp

I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. Lately I’ve been buying books based on how many times I see them on bookstagram or on people’s blogs. I skip over a breakdown of the blurb and just see what the person thought about it – if they loved it or not and roughly what genre it is. The Kiss Quotient was a book that fell into this unknown category. I put my trust in fellow book lovers and went into it a bit blind.

And I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It’s a romance with lots of steamy scenes but it has enough differences to make it stand out. Continue reading