The Mourning Report By Caitlin Garvey

The Mourning Report By Caitlin Garvey

Two years after her mother’s death from breast cancer, Caitlin, then 20 years old, was admitted to a psychiatric facility after a suicide attempt. There, a therapist diagnosed her with major depression and anxiety, and she spent time as an inpatient. Years later, still suffering from grief and depression, Caitlin decided to embark on a “”grief journey,”” interviewing the people involved in her mother’s dying process: a hospice nurse, a priest, an estate planner, a hairstylist, and a funeral director. If she figured out how they could function after being so close to her mother’s death, then maybe she could learn how to navigate her own life. Each chapter of The Mourning Report is centered on each interview and the memories, anxieties, and reflections that it stimulated. It asks what it means to “”move on.

My Thoughts:

This is a very detailed read. After Caitlyn’s mother dies, Caitlyn doesn’t cope very well but who would? I mean I couldn’t ever imagine how she must of felt I would be grief stricken if I lost my mum. After a suicide attempt she gets admitted to a psychiatric unit, I really felt for her when she was in there but I think it was for her own good, at twenty years of age I couldn’t imagine what that must of been like. I can imagine but it is never the same unless you experience it yourself. After years of grief she decides to interview and question those people that where in her mothers final days of life. It was really interesting to hear their accounts and it was interesting to learn what it means to move on. A book that will stay with me a long time and one I will never forget.

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dibs: The Bourbon Books By Allison Martine

dibs: The Bourbon Books By Allison Martine

Not tonight, Olivia. Olivia’s ex-husband shut her down so many times before the cheating bastard left her that Olivia lost count. She didn’t realize she’d also lost the ability to banter, interpret body language, or accept that a man could find her desirable. None of that should matter when she leaves for a two-week training for her new job with the Ranchers, an outdoorsy nonprofit, but when her co-worker adds ‘halter top’ and ‘bikini’ to the official pack list, she has no idea what to expect on this trip.

It certainly wasn’t a perky blonde roommate who thinks their training is like spring break, but with a paycheck. It wasn’t the after-hours hot tub. It absolutely wasn’t the man with a rumble for a laugh who shows up on her flight and introduces himself as the colleague she didn’t know would be her companion for the next two weeks.

When blondie calls dibs on that same colleague, Olivia just wants to stay out of her way, but her colleague has ideas of his own. Ideas which involve Olivia, the hot tub, and shared sips of bourbon.

My Thoughts:

This is a nice, easy read that is full of romance, it is a little bit sexy too. The characters are all relatable, This story is about Olivia who has broken up with her husband and wants to rebuild her life by herself, when she meets Adam who tries to charm her, he is also sexy and loves bourbon. Will she be able to resist or is she looking for a new relationship so soon after her ex husband? It was nice to see how their friendship developed, it would be nice to see another book about them. This was a perfect pick me up read.

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Dead Rock Stars By Guy Mankowski

Dead Rock Stars By Guy Mankowski

‘The first page of my sister’s diary was a picture of Frances Farmer, facing a drawing of Ophelia. My sister’s psychic accomplices were all tragic figures…’

Emma Imrie was a Plath-obsessed, self-taught teenage musician dreaming of fame, from a remote village on the Isle of Wight. She found it too, briefly becoming a star of the nineties Camden music scene. But then she died in mysterious circumstances.

In the aftermath of Emma’s death, her younger brother, Jeff, is forced by their parents to stay at the opulent home of childhood friends on the island.

During a wild summer of beach parties and music, Jeff faces up to the challenges that come with young love, youthful ambition and unresolved grief. His sister’s prodigious advice from beyond the grave becomes the only weapon he has against an indifferent world.

As well as the only place where the answers he craves might exist…

My Thoughts:

This is the story of Jeff and Emma who are brother and sister. Emma has died and Jeff wants to know what really happened to his sister. I liked the way the story is split between the two siblings, I found the diary entries that Emma wrote quite emotional, all she has been through, the author has written with emotion and sensitivity. Emma was a rock star and you can see what she is going through especially when you think of people like Kurt Cobain. It has a lot of emotion in this story. You will need tissues after discovering Emma’s story but also seeing Jeff’s journey too. A heartbreaking story that has been written well.

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Take Me Home By Alex Hart

Take Me Home By Alex Hart

When struggling journalist Harper returns a dress to the shop she bought it from that morning, she sees the same little girl sitting in the exact same place she saw her hours ago.

No one in the shop knows who the girl is.
No desperate parents have contacted mall security to say they’ve lost their daughter.
And the local police have no new reports of a missing child.

The girl says she misses her mother.
But why is nobody looking for her?
And what if finding her home is the worst thing you could do?

My Thoughts:

If you want a addictive, fast paced page turner this is the book for you. The writing is really descriptive and the characters are believable. The story is a fast paced one set by a little girl has lost her parents, Harper the lady that finds her, is set on a mission with a couple of her mates to help her find her parents, but is all as it seems? I liked the bond Harper has with the little girl and also the bond between TJ and the little girl is really lovely. The story shows how human kind can be kind but can also be very cruel. Would be great to be turned into a film. A very good read.

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The Winter Garden By Heidi Swain

The Winter Garden By Heidi Swain

Will love bloom this winter?
 
Freya Fuller is living her dream, working as a live-in gardener on a beautiful Suffolk estate. But when the owner dies, Freya finds herself forced out of her job and her home with nowhere to go. However, with luck on her side, she’s soon moving to Nightingale Square and helping to create a beautiful winter garden that will be open to the public in time for Christmas.
 
There’s a warm welcome from all in Nightingale Square, except from local artist Finn. No matter how hard the pair try, they just can’t get along, and working together to bring the winter garden to life quickly becomes a struggle for them both.
 
Will Freya and Finn be able to put their differences aside in time for Christmas? Or will the arrival of a face from Freya’s past send them all spiralling?

My Thoughts:

Heidi has done it again with this magical beautiful story. It is the perfect book for Christmas, in the perfect place with lots of lovely friendly people around to help out where ever possible. If you have read Heidi’s previous novels you will know they are all set in the same place, so there are mentions of previous characters which I liked, I loved the story and one that interests me as I am a keen gardener, it was nice to read something a little different too, I really like the way Heidi writes it makes you want more and I had to ration the last few pages as I just didn’t want the story to end.

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Coming Home to Glendale Hall By Victoria Walters

Coming Home to Glendale Hall By Victoria Walters

Beth Williams hasn’t been home for ten years. When she fell pregnant at just sixteen, knowing that her family would never approve, she ran away from the imposing Scottish estate that had been her home, building a new life for herself and her daughter hundreds of miles away.

But when her father begs her to return home to see her gravely ill grandmother, Beth is apprehensive at the thought of seeing her family again. With her daughter Isabelle, now a feisty ten-year-old, in tow, she plans to cut her visit as short as she can whilst fulfilling her duty.

Beth has worked hard to leave her past behind her, living in London with Isabelle and working hard to be the best single mother she can be. Returning to the Glendale Hall estate means facing her strict and unaffectionate mother, formidable grandmother, as well her teenage boyfriend, Drew, who broke her heart and doesn’t know that he has a daughter.

But Beth is about to discover that everyone has their own version of the past, and the true story she thought she knew for the last ten years might well be a very different one to the truth. Will Beth be able to find it in her heart to forgive her mother and grandmother (and herself) for what happened ten years ago? Or will she end up running away all over again?

My Thoughts:

I love snuggling up reading a festive read, this book truly made me excited for Christmas. The story is about Beth and Drew, they had a daughter but Drew knew nothing about her, he moved to America and never knew anything. When Beth and her daughter Isabelle return to the village little do they know that someone else has returned to. Lots of secrets and lies come out and families that are pulled apart but you are in for a real treat, it is full of the Christmas cheer.

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House of Correction By Nicci French

House of Correction By Nicci French

She’s a murderer.
 
Everyone knows she killed Stuart Rees – why else would his dead body be found in her shed?
So now Tabitha is in prison, awaiting trial.
 
Coming back to the remote coastal village where she grew up was a mistake. She didn’t fit in then, and she doesn’t fit in now.
 
That day is such a blur, she can’t remember clearly what happened. There is something she is missing, something important… She only knows one thing. She is not capable of murder.
 
And the only one she can trust to help her out of this situation is herself.
So she must fight. Against the odds.

My Thoughts:

I thought this was a good read, not having read any of Nicci French books before, I was intrigued to give this one a read. I liked the storyline, how Tabitha is in prison awaiting trial for a murder. She can’t remember what happened so asks for CCTV and all the files so that she can represent herself. It was interesting learning about the prison and the courtroom. The prison side did get a little boring but once she was in the courtroom it got more interesting. I found Tabitha a prickly character too. I would read more of Nicci French books.

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Nomit and Pickle go shopping By C.E Cameron

Nomit and Pickle go shopping By C.E Cameron

Friends Nomit and Pickle head off on an adventure to the shops.

My Thoughts:

This is a children’s book for children aged between 5 to 7 years old. I liked the illustrations in this book, I like the way there is illustrations on the side where the story is too. Makes it more interesting for the reader. The illustrations are nice and bright too. The story is a simple idea that will have children’s attention, it is always does when a story is about food. However I found that with the age range being between 5 to 7 years old would they really know some of the words that are in the book. ie: preoccupied, irritation, exasperated, compromising plus a few more. I like the fact it is a proper story rather than just a couple of sentences.

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The Iron Book of Tree Poetry

The Iron Book of Tree Poetry

The IRON Book of Tree Poetry contains more than 50 contemporary poems inspired by trees, selected from more than 500 submitted. Contributors include such well-known writers as Jacob Polley, Linda France, Robin Moss, Kitty Fitzgerald, S.J. Litherland, Peter Bennet and Debjani Chatterjee plus many new voices. The settings include forests, woods, city centres, rubbish tips  and theres even one poem set underwater. As well as celebrating the trees, the imaginative response of the authors emphasises  what a vital role they are now seen to play in the future of our fragile planet. The book is edited by Eileen Jones and Peter Mortimer with a foreword by Max Adams.

My Thoughts:

A thought provoking book that makes you take a moment, reflect inwards upon yourself and makes you appreciate the world around you in more ways than one. I really liked some of the poems in this book especially After the show By Bridget Gallagher, I like this poem because it is a short poem but it tells us it like it is, Autumn has finished and Winter is coming. Another poem I liked is called Love Conkers By Ellen Phethean because it reminds me of my childhood and going to the park to find Conkers and then playing Conkers with them trying to hit the other person’s conker, it was so much fun and lovely to reminisce. I also really liked Changes in Climate By Dominic Weston as it is shaped like a tree and I found it a very clever way to show a poem. At the back of the book it also tells you a little about the authors which I found useful. For a book that proudly claims that “if anything can save humankind from itself it is trees” it is disappointing that it is not printed recycled paper. If trees are to truly save humankind then humankind must first save the trees.

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The Ops Room Girls By Vicki Beeby

The Ops Room Girls By Vicki Beeby

When Evie’s dreams come crashing down, she’s determined to still make something of herself in these trying times…

It is 1939 and working class Evie Bishop has received a scholarship to study mathematics at Oxford when tragedy turns her life upside down. Evie must seek a new future for herself and, inspired to contribute to the war effort, joins the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force as an Ops Room plotter.

Posted to a fighter station on the Sussex Coast, Evie befriends two other WAAFs shy, awkward May and flirty, glamorous Jess. Faced with earning the approval of strict officers and finding their way in a male dominated world, the three girls band together to overcome challenges, navigate new romances and keep their pilots safe in the skies.

But the German bombers seem to know more than they should about the base’s operations, and soon Evie, May and Jess are caught up in a world more dangerous than they ever imagined…

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I like reading about what happened back in the day. This book is set in 1939 and is set around the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, which I found really interesting. Evie, May and Jess form a really lovely friendship when they all start work at a fighter station, they are all different women and we hear about their lives. I like reading about the war and I always seem to learn new information. Vicki writes well and has packed lots into this book. I look forward to reading Christmas with the Ops room Girls and catching up with the women to see what happens next.

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