Four friends have a pact: to meet up on the same day every year in their small hometown in southern Italy. Art, the charismatic leader of the group, has always been adamant about the pact. But this year, he doesn’t show up.
Searching for him, the friends make a worrying discovery: Art has been farming marijuana, a very dangerous activity in mafia controlled country. Asking around in town, they hear bizarre and incredible rumours that Art cured a young girl of leukaemia.
And them, amongst the chaos of his house, they find a curious manuscript written by Art called The Book of Hidden Things, which promises to reveal secrets enchanting as flames, and just as treacherous…
Continue reading “The Book of Hidden Things – Francesco Dimitri – Review”
Theodore Finch wants to take his own life… ‘I’m broken, and no one can fix it’.
Violet Markey is devastated by her sister’s death… ‘In that instant, we went plowing through the guardrail, my words died too.
They meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, and so their story begins. It’s only together they can be themselves…
But, as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violey go to save the boy she has come to love?
Continue reading “All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven – Review”
Five minutes after being crowned Miss Blackpool 1964, Barabra Parker has ditched the tiara and is off to London to make her fortune. A chance encounter, a shrewd change of name and one audition later sees Sophie Straw with her own BBC comedy series – and there the trouble starts.
Sophie works with a team of producers, writers and actors all vying to make this funny girl even funnier, and the nation loves her. This is the Swinging Sixties: freedom and creativity are booming in London.
But everything is changing and nothing lasts forever. Sophie and her colleagues are in the limelight but how long can they stay on top? And when is it time to change the channel?
Continue reading “Funny Girl – Nick Hornby – Review”
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, but no one’s ever looked past her weight to see who she really is. Since her mum’s death, Libby’s been hiding, but now she’s ready for high school.
I was to be the girl who can do anything.
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too – sexy, aloof and too cool for school. But Jack’s swaggering confidence is hiding a secret he must keep at all costs. Be charming. Be hilarious.
Don’t get too close to anyone.
Then Jack meets Libby. And their worlds change.
Because sometimes when you meet someone the whole universe just comes into focus.
Continue reading “Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven – Review”
(While you try to get that song out of your head, have a read of this)
Lily’s always been surrounded by love.
Ever since her mother died, she’s been cared for by friends who are as close as any family.
Coral, her mum’s best best friend, Pasty, her old babysitter – and even Dan, Patsy’s incorrigible younger brother – have always been there for her.
But when the chance comes to meet the man who was the love of her mother’s life, Lily knows she has to take it. Getting to know him could change everything, and not just for Lily… Continue reading “You and Me Always – Jill Mansell – Review”
Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.
Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled existence. Except, sometimes, everything…
Continue reading “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman – Review”
Just when you think you’re too old for an advent calendar your boyfriend really pulls it out of the bag! Today marks the day of the start of advent and this year I will be counting down to Christmas with a cuppa each day. Continue reading “For the love of tea – Whittard Advent Calendar”