The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan – review

Published by Sphere Publication date – 11 February 2016 Source – review copy A gorgeous, warm and joyful story from bestselling author Jenny Colgan, author of LITTLE BEACH STREET BAKERY, WELCOME TO ROSIE HOPKINS’ SWEETSHOP OF DREAMS and MEET ME AT THE CUPCAKE CAFE Nina is a librarian who spends her days happily matchmaking books and…

Innocence by Roald Dahl – review

Published by Penguin Publication date – 10 August 2017 Source – review copy There’s a whole world of Dahl still to discover in a newly collected book of his deliciously dark tales for adults . . . What makes us innocent and how do we come to lose it? Featuring the autobiographical stories telling of…

Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor – review

Published by Virago Publication date Source – own copy *A humorous and compassionate look at friendship between an old woman and a young man. On a rainy Sunday in January, the recently widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel where she will spend her remaining days. Her fellow residents are magnificently eccentric and endlessly…

Only in Naples by Katherine Wilson – review

Published by Fleet Books Publication date – 12 May 2016 Source – review copy ‘See Naples and die’, said Goethe. But Katherine Wilson saw Naples and started to live. Katherine is fresh out of college when she arrives in Naples to intern at the US Consulate. There she meets handsome, studious Salvatore, and finds herself enveloped…

Death in the Tunnel by Miles Burton – review

Published by British Library Publication date 10 May 2016 Source – own copy “On a dark November evening, Sir Wilfred Saxonby is travelling alone in the 5 o’clock train from Cannon Street, in a locked compartment. The train slows and stops inside a tunnel; and by the time it emerges again minutes later, Sir Wilfred…

Before Everything by Victoria Redel – review

Published by Sceptre Publication date – 6 July 2017 Source – review copy “Anna, Molly, Ming, Caroline, Helen: the Old Friends. Since adopting their official name aged eleven, they have seen each other through careers, children, illnesses, marriage, divorce, addiction, fame, fall outs. But now, Anna – fiercely loved mother and friend, and the Old Friends’…

An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth – review

Published by Wildfire Books Publication date – 29 June 2017 Source – review copy “These are the facts I collect. My son Gabriel met a woman called Mariela in a bar. She went home with him. They next morning she was found in an allotment. Mariela is dead. Gabriel has been asked to report to…

The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller – review

Published by 4th Estate Publication date 23 April 2015 Source – own copy “Andy Miller had a job he quite liked, a family he loved and no time at all for reading. Or so he kept telling himself. But, no matter how busy or tired he was, something kept niggling at him. Books. Books he’d…

Tin Man by Sarah Winman – review

Published by Tinder Press Publication date – 27 July 2017 Source – review copy “It begins with a painting won in a raffle: fifteen sunflowers, hung on the wall by a woman who believes that men and boys are capable of beautiful things. And then there are two boys, Ellis and Michael, who are inseparable….

A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde – review

Published by Arrow Publication date 8 February 2017 Source – own copy “Emily is happy with her life just as it is. She has a career as a midwife that she loves . She enjoys living on her own as a single woman. But she’s also feels it’s time for a change and a spot…

The Wages of Sin by Kaite Welsh – review

Published by Tinder Press Publication date – 1 June 2017 Source – review copy Sarah Gilchrist has fled from London to Edinburgh in disgrace and is determined to become a doctor, despite the misgivings of her family and society. As part of the University of Edinburgh’s first intake of female medical students, Sarah comes up…