London Bound by C.J. Duggan

In brief: Kate was planning to go to London to take on the city. She didn't expect to be a virtual prisoner in her nana's house. But when next door neighbour Jack Baker nearly runs her down, things start to change for the better… The good: So much – Jack. London. Fashion. Even grumpy Nana... Continue Reading →

The Shape of Us by Lisa Ireland

In brief: Four women meet in a weight loss online forum and become good friends. Together, they learn that there's more than weight to happiness in unexpected, sometimes heart-wrenching ways. The good: Fun to read about the different women and their lives, plus I loved the online posts. The not-so-good: I really did not see... Continue Reading →

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

In brief: Yejide wants a child. So does her husband and his family. But she never expected Akin to agree to take a second wife, which starts to crack their own marriage. The good: So many layers, secrets and emotion. The not-so-good: This book creates a mighty book hangover. Why I chose it: On the... Continue Reading →

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

In brief: Felix was a director of acclaim until he was tossed aside. After years of hiding, then working to produce plays within a prison, he has his opportunity for revenge… The good: Thought provoking, witty and original. The not-so-good: I need more by Margaret Atwood – why was this the first book of hers... Continue Reading →

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

In brief: Jende and Neni left Cameroon for life in America. Things take an upward turn when Jende gets a job as chauffeur to a Wall Street banker but then the GFC hits… The good: A side of New York and its people I haven't really explored before. The not-so-good: The events leading up the... Continue Reading →

The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso

In brief: Hortensia and Marion are elderly neighbours but deadly enemies, arguing over the smallest detail. But when a freak accident damages them both, they are forced to actually talk…what will happen? The good: Liked reading about older main characters. The not-so-good: Sometimes a bit too much going on with the backstory and present day... Continue Reading →

Daughter of Mine by Fiona Lowe

In brief: The Chirnwell family are outstanding members of their small local community – on the outside. On the inside, the family members all have their problems and secrets. The good: Jam packed full of drama. The not-so-good: I did lose track of who was who and what their secrets were initially. Why I chose... Continue Reading →

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