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

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Review

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty review
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, ISBN 9781743534922, 493pp

Liane Moriarty is an instant-buy author for me. As soon as she releases a book, I snap it up. It started with Big Little Lies a few years ago and then I bought all her backlist books on my kindle and read them all. I picked up her latest book Nine Perfect Strangers on its release date and finished it a few days later. It was an addictive page turner that I just couldn’t put down.

Nine Perfect Strangers is — like it’s title — about nine strangers who meet at ten-day long health retreat. They are all there for different reasons and bring with them plenty of emotional baggage. The reader comes along for the ride, learning things about each of the nine people along the way. Continue reading

My Best Reads of 2018 (May to August)

This is a little bit belated but better late than never. I’ve read so many fantastic books in the last four months. It’s hard to choose my favourites but I will do my best. Here are my best reads of May to August 2018 in no particular order. Click on the title below to read my original review.

My Best Reads of May to August 2018
My Best Reads of May to August 2018

1. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Category: Fiction

This was the first book I ever read by Kristin Hannah and I’ve since read two more of her books. Set in the wilds of Alaska, it’s a story about living in the wilderness, domestic violence, love and community. It’s an amazing read.

Read this if you want to be carried away to the Alaskan wilderness by a story that tugs on all your emotions.

2. Circe by Madeline Miller

Category: Literature

Circe¬†was a five star read for me. It had everything: a strong female protagonist, Greek mythology and beautiful writing. I loved this book’s feminist slant.

Read this if you love strong female characters and mythology. Continue reading

The Fireman by Joe Hill Review

The Fireman by Joe Hill
The Fireman by Joe Hill

The Fireman by Joe Hill is a brick of a book (in size) about a post apocalyptic near future where the world and its occupants are literally under fire by a disease called Dragonscale. This contagion causes people to get scale-like markings on their bodies and fiery symptoms like literally smoking before dying by self combustion. However, some sufferers  find a way of managing their fiery symptoms and even controlling them. Continue reading

Fly Away by Kristin Hannah Review

Fly Away by Kristin Hannah review
Fly Away by Kristin Hannah, ISBN 9780230771574, 400pp

How does Kristin Hannah do it? I start one of her books and I think “this is okay”, then I get a few chapters in and I’m hooked. It happens every time! Fly Away is the third book I’ve read by Kristin Hannah and I got through it in a day. It just totally drew me in and I had to keep on reading. And like The Nightingale and The Great Alone, this book also made me teary. Kristin Hannah just knows how to play on all my emotions. Continue reading