The tattooist of Auschwitz By Heather Morris

The tattooist of Auschwitz By Heather Morris

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I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart.

In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too.

My Thoughts:

Such a moving and powerful story based on the true story of Lale who is given the job of marking the prisoners that come into the camp, he has become the tattooist. The things he hears and sees must of been absolutely dreadful, you can really feel the emotion through out the book. It is an emotional read but a powerful one that I think gives a better understanding just what happened when people were brought to Auschwitz.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tattooist-Auschwitz-heart-breaking-unforgettable-international-ebook/

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tattooist-Auschwitz-heart-breaking-unforgettable-international

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Paul O’Grady’s Country Life

Paul O’Grady’s Country Life

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Paul O’Grady’s Country Life for the first time gives a glimpse into the home life of one of Britain’s best loved stars, alongside the animals he adores.

Sometimes rural idyll, sometimes hell on earth, Paul’s life in rural Kent has been shared over the years with some very vocal pigs, a mad cow, various rescued barn owls, the world’s most sadistic geese and Christine the psychotic sheep – among many other animal waifs and strays. And of course Paul tells the stories of the dogs in his life – including the tiny chihuahua/Jack Russell cross with Napoleonic ambitions, Eddie, Miss Olga, Bullseye, Louis, Boycie and, of course, Buster, the greatest canine star since Lassie. In addition, Paul shares some of his favourite recipes, explores country lore and superstitions, and extols the benefits of growing your own vegetables, herbs and fruit.

This is a warts-and-all account of country living, as far removed from the bright lights of celebrity as you could ever imagine. The trials and tribulations Paul experienced on moving to deepest darkest Kent as a dyed-in-the-wool city dweller are every bit as hilarious and eventful as you would think. He had a lot of new skills to learn, and fast: everything from how to churn your own butter and how to birth a lamb to the best way to lure a cow out of your kitchen while naked from the waist down.

My Thoughts:

I don’t really read many autobiographies but I am a big fan of Paul O’Grady so couldn’t wait to get stuck into this book, I regularly watch him on one of his many tb programmes that he does. This book is all about him moving to the countryside and about his many different animals he keeps there. Being a big animal lover like Paul I can see his passion and love for all the animals he owns. There are some funny parts which made me giggle, how he refers to a squirrel is just a corker. A charming book with some great little recipes at the back of the book that I will definitely be trying out myself.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-OGradys-Country-Life-OGrady-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-OGradys-Country-Life-OGrady

An Island Christmas (Mure) By Jenny Colgan

An Island Christmas (Mure) By Jenny Colgan

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It’s a time for hunkering down, getting cosy in front of whisky barrel wood fires, and enjoying a dram with the people you love – unless, of course, you’re accidentally pregnant to your ex-boss, and don’t know how to tell him.

In what should be the season of peace and goodwill on earth, will Joel think Flora is a bearer of glad tidings?

Meanwhile Saif, the doctor and refugee from war-torn Syria is trying to enjoy his first western Christmas with his sons – but without his missing wife. Can the little family possibly find comfort and joy?

My Thoughts:

This is book 4 in the series and I strongly suggest that you read the other three before this as you can get to know all the characters and there are lots of them and their stories first. I couldn’t wait to escape back to the Island of Mure where this book is set. This is a heart warming, sensitive and romantic story that will leave you feeling all warm and cosy in side. Jenny’s books just keep getting better and better and there could potentially be another one in this series.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Island-Christmas-Mure-Book-ebook/

Hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Island-Christmas-Mure-Jenny-Colgan

A Boy Without Hope By Casey Watson

A Boy Without Hope By Casey Watson

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A BOY WITHOUT HOPE is the heart-breaking story of a boy who didn’t know the meaning of love. A history of abuse and neglect has left Miller destined for life’s scrap heap. But in this turbulent story of conflict and struggle, Casey Watson is determined to help Miller overcome his demons, show him love and give him hope.

Casey Watson is back, doing the job she does best – rolling up her sleeves and fostering the children who, on first meeting, seem like hopeless cases. But when she meets Miller and discovers the truth about his disturbing childhood, even Casey begins to doubt if this child will ever be able to accept love.

Found naked and alone on a railway track, Miller was just five when he was first admitted into the care system. Emotionally tormented by his biological parents, Miller has never understood how to establish meaningful relationships, and his destructive past, and over 20 failed placements, is sealing his fate in society’s social scrap heap.

After a torrent of violent behaviour and numerous failed attempts to help Miller, Casey decides to make an intervention, implementing a severe regime that strips Miller of all control. But soon the emotional demands of Miller’s case start to take their toll on Casey and Mike. Just how far is Casey willing to go to help Miller and save him from his inner demons?

My Thoughts:

This is the story about Miller who is a young boy that after being found in dreadful conditions is taken into care. After many failed attempts of being in foster care he goes to live with Casey and her family. Deep down I knew there would be more to Miller’s behaviour than was being let on, it is sad how these children’s lives have been. It is interesting the techniques Casey and her family use to help Miller and I was willing that there would be a good outcome in the end.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boy-Without-Hope-Casey-Watson-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boy-Without-Hope-Casey-Watson

 

A Ration Book Christmas By Jean Fullerton

A Ration Book Christmas By Jean Fullerton

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In the darkest days of the Blitz, Christmas is more important than ever.

With Christmas approaching, the Brogan family of London’s East End are braving the horrors of the Blitz. With the men away fighting for King and Country and the ever-present dangers of the German Luftwaffe’s nightly reign of death and destruction, the family must do all they can to keep a stiff upper lip.

For Jo, the youngest of the Brogan sisters, the perils of war also offer a new-found freedom. Jo falls in love with Tommy, a man known for his dangerous reputation as much as his charm. But as the falling bombs devastate their neighbourhood and rationing begins to bite, will the Brogans manage to pull together a traditional family Christmas? And will Jo find the love and security she seeks in a time of such grave peril?

My Thoughts:

Jean Fullerton’s books never fail to disappoint and I was glad when I got to read this one, it’s a cracker. I loved reading about back in the day when the Blitz was on and how each person from the family coped. A really interesting and knowledgeable book. I loved it.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ration-Book-Christmas-heart-warming-classic-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ration-Book-Christmas-East-End

The Christmas Sisters By Sarah Morgan

The Christmas Sisters By Sarah Morgan

 

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It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree, but who’s around it that matters most.

All Suzanne McBride wants for Christmas is her three daughters happy and at home. But when sisters Posy, Hannah and Beth return to their family home in the Scottish Highlands, old tensions and buried secrets start bubbling to the surface.

Suzanne is determined to create the perfect family Christmas, but the McBrides must all face the past and address some home truths before they can celebrate together . . .

My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of Sarah’s books and was excited to receive this one. Sarah’s books are so easy to get into and it is a perfect feel good read with a snowy setting. All the characters are likeable and have their own problems which can be relate able to the reader. The setting was fantastic, I really enjoyed reading this story.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

Kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Sisters-Sarah-Morgan-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Sisters-Sarah-Morgan

A Gift from the Comfort Food Cafe By Debbie Johnson

A Gift from the Comfort Food Cafe By Debbie Johnson

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Christmas has never been Katie Seddon’s favourite time of year. Whilst everyone else shares memories of families coming together and festive number ones, the soundtrack to Katie’s childhood wasn’t quite so merry.

But since she moved to the village of Budbury on the gorgeous Dorset coast, Katie and her baby son have found a new family. A family who have been brought together by life’s unexpected roads and the healing magic of a slice of cake and a cupful of kindess at the Comfort Food Café.

This year, Katie’s new friends are determined to give her a Christmas to remember, and with a gorgeous newcomer in town, Katie’s Christmas wish for a happy home for her son might just come true.

My Thoughts:

There are a few books in the Comfort Food Cafe series but they can be read as a standalone. I have read a couple of them and always get excited to return to Budbury. The fact that the books are set in Dorset is a big bonus for me as I grew up going on holiday there and will visit whenever I can. I love the warmth that the story gives off and you truly feel part of the family. This story has a different person for each chapter and you really feel close to the family and friends adding to that lots of tasty food and romance. You are in for a real treat with this book.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

Thank you to lovereading for sending me a copy of this book.

https://www.lovereading.co.uk/

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gift-Comfort-Food-Café-heartwarming-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gift-Comfort-Food-Café-Cafe