Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 10/8/20

What do you say in response to the world events this week? It's not great all round. I did receive a book this week in the mail (maybe the postie has put me on rations?!) Tiny White Lies by Fiona Palmer arrived thanks to Hachette. I appreciate this, as I can't find it instore here... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

In brief: Desiree and Stella are twins, but after they leave home at 16 everything separates. Desiree returns home with her black daughter; Stella marries a white man and passes for white. But when their daughters meet, the truth becomes complicated. The good: Brilliantly written with memorable characters. The not-so-good: This book has given me... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Pretending by Holly Bourne

In brief: April is sick of being rejected by men. So she invents Gretel, the perfect woman so she can get the upper hand in a relationship. But Joshua is actually quite nice… The good: There is a lot more to this story than the above suggests. The not-so-good: Bear with the first chapters –... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester

In brief: Told across two time periods, this story of secrets, war and a mysterious blue dress explores the hidden parts of World War II. The good: Fantastic story with fascinating characters. The not-so-good: Liberty needed some sense shaken into her several times. Why I chose it: Natasha Lester's novels are wonderful to read anywhere,... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Operator by Gretchen Berg

In brief: Vivian is a switchboard operator in Wooster, Ohio in the 50s. She enjoys listening in on conversations until she hears something incredibly shocking about herself. How can she fix this and hold her head up high? The good: The 1950s are brilliantly portrayed. The not-so-good: Bit uneven and I had to concentrate to... Continue Reading →

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