June was such a great reading month for me! Now that we are settled in our appartment I have had more time to really get stuck into those books that have been piling up in my Amazon store. I read a real mix this month too which hopefully you will love. Some books like The Huntress, Blood & Sugar are powerful stories that give you something to get your teeth stuck into so it was great to also pick up some new releases that were lighthearted & perfect to take away for a beach read this Summer.
As always everything that I have read or my whatever I am currently reading I add to my Amazon Shop.
An finally what are you reading I would love your suggestions for next month!
The Huntress, Kate Quinn- The end of WWII a female Nazi ‘The Huntress’ commits unspeakable war crimes & then vanishes into postwar chaos. A trio of Nazi hunters, Ian a English war correspondent, his American sidekick Tony & Nina a Russian bomber pilot, who is the only person alive who can identify the Huntress— embark on a search for her. In Boston, Jordan McBride is suspicious of her new stepmother & she soon starts questioning her background. Their paths soon converge as they try to bring justice to The Huntress. Review: After reading The Alice Network by Kate Quinn last Summer I knew I had to read more of her books, she’s simply brilliant & some of the best books I’ve read in a while. An elegant historical mystery, you will fall in love with the complex & engaging characters, Jordan is endearing with the challenges she face, courageous, damaged Nina. The book breaks into three story lines, the intricately intertwined storylines will have you gripped. And, of course, the mystery keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.
The Flat Share, Beth O’Leary- Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat & fast. Leon Twomey works nights & needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, she has the run of the place the rest of the time. But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers & of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window. Review: I thought this book was absolutely adorable. Tiffy & Leon are both quirky, but highly likeable characters & I found myself rooting for each of them throughout the book. I loved the concept of a flatshare & them communicating through post-it notes without ever meeting. While this is certainly a meet-cute romance it dives into some deeper points like consent & gaslighting in relationships, the broken prison system & the value of self-care. I enjoyed the alternating POV and the short chapters, making for a cute and quick read!
Blood & Sugar, Laura Shepherd – Robinson- June, 1781. An unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock – horribly tortured & branded with a slaver’s mark. Some days later, Captain Harry Corsham a war hero embarking upon a promising parliamentary career is visited by the sister of an old friend. Her brother, passionate abolitionist Tad Archer, had been about to expose a secret that he believed could cause irreparable damage to the British slaving industry. He’d said people were trying to kill him, and now he is missing . Review: My love of historical fiction has always been mainly Tudor era so a different era made this book more fascinating to read. I loved Captain Harry, he throws himself into this investigation even when it jeopardises his political position & his already troubled relationship with his wife (which I wish was explored a bit more.) It has many layers, is truly page-turning & also shines a light on the abhorrent practice of slave trading in this era. It’s well researched, beautifully written with many fascinating characters that leave you guessing all the way.
The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides- Alicia Berenson has a perfect life. She’s a beautiful artist, married to a fashion photographer, living the life in London. One night she shoots her husband Gabriel, five times in the face & decides never to speak again. She is institutionalized. Both her & her deceased husband’s artwork sky-rockets in value. Years later though, she still refuses to speak. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia, determination to get her to talk & unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband. Review: Last month I read Verity & loved it so I was looking for another psychological thiller & this was just what I was looking for. The narration flips between Alice & Theo’s accounts which adds to the suspense of the story & keeps you guessing til the very end so I really don’t want to say too much. The layers of the characters are explored in detail giving an interesting insight to the psyche. There’s a HUGE twist that I did not see coming & guessed it just one page before the big reveal which is the most satisfying type of thriller. I really enjoyed this one.
Miracle Creek, Angie Kim- In the small town of Miracle Creek, Virginia, Young & Pak Yoo have moved to the U.S. & run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine—a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter with the hopes of curing autism or infertility. But the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial begins & questions are asked. What or who started this explosion? As the trial progresses lies & a few secrets are unearthed, making this case anything but simple. Review: I wasn’t sure if this would be for me but I fancied something different & I do love a court room drama. The story is complex & the characters are well developed, I was hooked quite quickly & couldn’t help but fly through this book trying to figure out who or what caused the explosion. There are some revelations that had me shocked & others really pulled on the heart strings reading about living with a child who has autism. It really opened my eyes to the challenges people face & how matters are never as straight forward as they may seem. A really unique read that I highly recommend.
Meet Cute, Helena Hunting- On her first day of law school, Kaitlyn runs – quite literally – into her teenage crush. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either… Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner. Review: After a few heavy reads I really fancied something lighter & this was the perfect balance for a romance book, with some depth & emotion (I actually shed a few tears,) while keeping everything light & cute! This isn’t your typical “boy meets girl” meet cute, it covers loss, grief, betrayal & facing life changing challenges. I loved the relationship between Dax & his sister, I found myself feeling sympathy for all of the characters at certain times & then cheering them on other times! Perfect all round romance book that you’ll love.
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