Island of Secrets; a seductive, historical thriller

After reading Chanel Cleeton’s Next Year In Havana a couple of years ago I developed a fascination of Cuba and its volatile history. So when I received an email inviting me to read and review…

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Tsarina; a sweeping, sensual historic portrayal

There is nothing better than good historic fiction to sweep you away from everything that’s happening in the current world and immerse you. Tsarina, the debut novel from Ellen Alpsten did just that for me;…

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When We Fall; haunting historical fiction

With a true war crime at the crux of this powerful Second World War story, When We Fall is an emotionally charged novel that has left a deep impression on me. This is a thought…

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My Pear-Shaped Life; a life-affirming read

Written with compassion and authenticity, My Pear-Shaped Life tackles deep societal issues including addiction, body image and fat shaming. Yet these issues are tackled in a warm, engaging and uplifting tone. This novel challenges shame…

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Separation Anxiety; quirky, comic and real

Separation Anxiety is definitely not my usual read. Yes, it took me a little bit to get into as initially I felt I just couldn’t relate to the story or the characters. But you know…

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