Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Words Wednesday - May reads

This month I have managed to squeeze six books into my daily commute, which gives you an idea of how long some of my travels have been!... A book is a fundamental part of my commuting life, this is what has been keeping me entertained underground and overground across the city of London in May.
An Eligible Bachelor - Veronica Henry ~ VH is one of my favourite authors, her books are always a romp of a read filled with fun, family, friendship, love & laughter, with a leading guy you want to run away with and a location that I'm usually googling for a dream holiday!...this book doesn't disappoint. Guy is the Lord of the Manor in a Cotswold countryside,  Honor is a single mum in the village who runs a small catering /cake business. Guys mother launches a luxury B&B business for weekend retreats at the manor and enlists Honor's help. Throw in an adorable best friend, a soapstar fiancĂ© and an errant ex and you have a fabulous romp of a read. Loved it, luxurious escapism, perfect if curled up on sofa a chilly Sunday afternoon or lounging on a sunbed in the tropics.
A Gift to Remember - Melissa Hill ~ Darcy works in a small independent bookstore in the heart of New York, whilst cycling to work one morning she knocks down a gentleman crossing the road walking his dog. Darcy wracked with guilt ends up looking after the dog whilst the man (Aiden) is taken to hospital. Aiden wakes from his accident with no memory of who he is, other than he has a dog. Darcy embarks on an adventure across New York trying to identify her patient and reunite him with his dog & family in time for Christmas.  I really enjoyed this book, Melissa Hill writes a great novel with New York as one of its characters. It has mystery, fun, romance and a very cute dog, all set to the backdrop of a fabulous city. Even with Christmas as its season, this can be read at anytime, another great read.
The One Plus One - JoJo Moyes ~ Ed's life is in chaos, under investigation from everyone he escapes to his weekend home to hide, here he meets Jess, a single mum to Nicky & Tanzie and Norman the dog.  Jess is holding down 2 jobs and struggling to make ends meet, along with looking after a bullied stepson and a maths prodigy daughter. Tanzie is offered a partial scholarship to a school for gifted children. To win the remains of the school fees, Tanzie is entered into a maths Olympiad in Scotland.
Jess's next challenge is get her there to compete, after some calamities, Ed finds himself offering to chauffeur the family there.... here embarks a journey that will change all of their lives for ever. A fabulous read filled with love, laughter, tears and family...
Revenge - Martina Cole ~ Michael Flynn is at the top of his game as crime lord of the british underworld. Family & Loyalty are his underlying principles in a world filled with crime, violence, power and money. Michael's world comes crashing down when his principles are compromised and his family comes under threat. Martina Cole was always one of my favourite authors, writing hard gritty family crime dramas in the East end of London. Although still not as good as her early novels, this book puts her back in the game of great reads, something which has been lacking in the last few books.
A Place to Call Home - Carole Matthews ~ Ayesha flees her home in the dead of night with her small daughter, escaping a violent husband. Finding herself  in London far away from what she knows, she seeks out a refuge for help. With no room at the refuge, Ayesha finds herself in the care of Crystal, Crystal boards at a reclusive popstar Ayden's house in Hampstead. This novel is about so much, its filled with love, laughter, family,it tackles domestic violence, crossing cultures and generations. It will tug at the heart strings from so many levels... I loved this book. NB if reading on the tube, a handy tissue is advisable! Another fantastic read from Carole Matthews, she knows how to tackle difficult subject matters in an uplifting and real way.
The Cuckoo Calling - Robert Galbraith ~ This book had me gripped from the start (thanks Ali Mc for the recommendation!) I loved it. Robert Galbraith has created a detective that will stand alongside some of the fictional classics and favourites and creep into your heart. Cormoran Strike is a war veteran down on his luck both personally and professionally. He is approached to investigate the death of a high profile model, who's brother refuses to believe that she threw herself off her luxury apartments balcony. Assisted by Robin his temporary assistant  Cormoran embarks on the biggest investigation of his career. From the glamour of Mayfair to the seedy streets of Soho this is a fabulous thriller from start to finish. I loved this book so much I have the next instalment on pre-order already. Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym of JK Rowling, and any editor that passed up this book must be kicking themselves now. Her narrative is as descriptive as any HP novel and she has created a character that will make the adult population rooting and willing him to succeed in the same way that every child did with Harry.... Bravo JK.
As you can see, my reads have been varied and eclectic this month, and I have enjoyed each one in its own right. Thankyou authors for 6 great reads....
What's been grabbing your attention this month and what reads would you recommend.



1 comment:

mrsmsmeanderings said...

I've only just discovered Veronica Henry, and am loving her books. Have recommended her to my Mum as well, who's also enjoying them! x

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Words Wednesday - May reads

This month I have managed to squeeze six books into my daily commute, which gives you an idea of how long some of my travels have been!... A book is a fundamental part of my commuting life, this is what has been keeping me entertained underground and overground across the city of London in May.
An Eligible Bachelor - Veronica Henry ~ VH is one of my favourite authors, her books are always a romp of a read filled with fun, family, friendship, love & laughter, with a leading guy you want to run away with and a location that I'm usually googling for a dream holiday!...this book doesn't disappoint. Guy is the Lord of the Manor in a Cotswold countryside,  Honor is a single mum in the village who runs a small catering /cake business. Guys mother launches a luxury B&B business for weekend retreats at the manor and enlists Honor's help. Throw in an adorable best friend, a soapstar fiancĂ© and an errant ex and you have a fabulous romp of a read. Loved it, luxurious escapism, perfect if curled up on sofa a chilly Sunday afternoon or lounging on a sunbed in the tropics.
A Gift to Remember - Melissa Hill ~ Darcy works in a small independent bookstore in the heart of New York, whilst cycling to work one morning she knocks down a gentleman crossing the road walking his dog. Darcy wracked with guilt ends up looking after the dog whilst the man (Aiden) is taken to hospital. Aiden wakes from his accident with no memory of who he is, other than he has a dog. Darcy embarks on an adventure across New York trying to identify her patient and reunite him with his dog & family in time for Christmas.  I really enjoyed this book, Melissa Hill writes a great novel with New York as one of its characters. It has mystery, fun, romance and a very cute dog, all set to the backdrop of a fabulous city. Even with Christmas as its season, this can be read at anytime, another great read.
The One Plus One - JoJo Moyes ~ Ed's life is in chaos, under investigation from everyone he escapes to his weekend home to hide, here he meets Jess, a single mum to Nicky & Tanzie and Norman the dog.  Jess is holding down 2 jobs and struggling to make ends meet, along with looking after a bullied stepson and a maths prodigy daughter. Tanzie is offered a partial scholarship to a school for gifted children. To win the remains of the school fees, Tanzie is entered into a maths Olympiad in Scotland.
Jess's next challenge is get her there to compete, after some calamities, Ed finds himself offering to chauffeur the family there.... here embarks a journey that will change all of their lives for ever. A fabulous read filled with love, laughter, tears and family...
Revenge - Martina Cole ~ Michael Flynn is at the top of his game as crime lord of the british underworld. Family & Loyalty are his underlying principles in a world filled with crime, violence, power and money. Michael's world comes crashing down when his principles are compromised and his family comes under threat. Martina Cole was always one of my favourite authors, writing hard gritty family crime dramas in the East end of London. Although still not as good as her early novels, this book puts her back in the game of great reads, something which has been lacking in the last few books.
A Place to Call Home - Carole Matthews ~ Ayesha flees her home in the dead of night with her small daughter, escaping a violent husband. Finding herself  in London far away from what she knows, she seeks out a refuge for help. With no room at the refuge, Ayesha finds herself in the care of Crystal, Crystal boards at a reclusive popstar Ayden's house in Hampstead. This novel is about so much, its filled with love, laughter, family,it tackles domestic violence, crossing cultures and generations. It will tug at the heart strings from so many levels... I loved this book. NB if reading on the tube, a handy tissue is advisable! Another fantastic read from Carole Matthews, she knows how to tackle difficult subject matters in an uplifting and real way.
The Cuckoo Calling - Robert Galbraith ~ This book had me gripped from the start (thanks Ali Mc for the recommendation!) I loved it. Robert Galbraith has created a detective that will stand alongside some of the fictional classics and favourites and creep into your heart. Cormoran Strike is a war veteran down on his luck both personally and professionally. He is approached to investigate the death of a high profile model, who's brother refuses to believe that she threw herself off her luxury apartments balcony. Assisted by Robin his temporary assistant  Cormoran embarks on the biggest investigation of his career. From the glamour of Mayfair to the seedy streets of Soho this is a fabulous thriller from start to finish. I loved this book so much I have the next instalment on pre-order already. Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym of JK Rowling, and any editor that passed up this book must be kicking themselves now. Her narrative is as descriptive as any HP novel and she has created a character that will make the adult population rooting and willing him to succeed in the same way that every child did with Harry.... Bravo JK.
As you can see, my reads have been varied and eclectic this month, and I have enjoyed each one in its own right. Thankyou authors for 6 great reads....
What's been grabbing your attention this month and what reads would you recommend.



1 comment:

mrsmsmeanderings said...

I've only just discovered Veronica Henry, and am loving her books. Have recommended her to my Mum as well, who's also enjoying them! x