Everyday Magic By Charlie Laidlaw

Everyday Magic By Charlie Laidlaw

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Carole Gunn leads an unfulfilled life and knows it. She’s married to someone who may, or may not, be in New York on business and, to make things worse, the family’s deaf cat has been run over by an electric car. But something has been changing in Carole’s mind. She’s decided to revisit places that hold special significance for her. She wants to better understand herself, and whether the person she is now is simply an older version of the person she once was. Instead, she’s taken on an unlikely journey to confront her past, present and future.

Everyday magic is an uplifting book filled with humour and poignancy, and reminds us that, while our pasts makes us who we are, we can always change the course of our futures.

My Thoughts:

I could not wait to read this book, I have enjoyed all of Charlie’s previous novels and knew this one would be just as good and it was. Carole finds her life has come to a stop, almost like a dead end, she feels as though life is passing her by and she can’t do anything to rectify the situation, she has a husband and daughter who take her for granted which I feel as though a lot of people will be able to relate too. It made me think what would I do in her situation. Hopefully this will help these people realize they are not alone. Carole then gets a look and see what life is like in the future for her, we see her letting go of things near the end. I felt as though I warmed to Carole and could see where she was coming from, this was a uplifting read that shows us that if we want to change then we can but we have to do it for ourselves. I really enjoyed this book.

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

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Being Alert By Charlie Laidlaw

Being Alert By Charlie Laidlaw

Being Alert! begins in January 2020 as the British prime minister, Winston Spragg, first learns about a new illness that seems to be centred in a city in China that nobody has heard of.

Following in a long tradition of British satire, the book populates Downing Street and Whitehall with an inept prime minister presiding over a dysfunctional government as it deals with an existential threat that rapidly becomes a national crisis.

Like satires before it, the book uses humour to paint an uncomfortable picture of a government seemingly as concerned about justifying itself as working to protect the country.

My Thoughts:

I have read Charlie’s previous novel The Things We Learn When We Are Dead and enjoyed it, this one is set in London and is to do with the current situation that is all around the world. This story shows how the people in charge go about how to deal with this threat. I found it an interesting and kind of going behind the scenes look into how the government deal with a crisis as big as it is. It is a big debate as to what the government are doing and aren’t doing and it begs the question have they and are they doing enough? . It really made me think about the world we live in, how the government are dealing with the situation at the moment and what they need to do to make it better and how we can help each other.

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

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The Space Between Time By Charlie Laidlaw

The Space Between Time By Charlie Laidlaw

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Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist.

But as her seemingly charmed life begins to unravel, and Emma experiences love and tragedy, she ultimately finds solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe.

My Thoughts:

I like how the book is cut up into three parts, which are all written by Emma’s perspective who is the main character. Emma is a woman who I found complicated but her life seems very intriguing. I found the layout of the book very unique and a very clever way of showing Emma’s life. There are parts that are funny, sad and relatable. I would recommend this book.

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

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Space-Between-Time-connected-those-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Space-Between-Time-Charlie-Laidlaw

 

The Things We Learn When We’re Dead By Charlie Laidlaw

The Things We Learn When We’re Dead By Charlie Laidlaw

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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy meets The Lovely Bones in this surrealist, sci-fi comedy. When Lorna is run over, she wakes in a hospital in which her nurse looks like a young Sean Connery, she is served wine for supper, and everyone avoids her questions.

It soon transpires that she is in Heaven, or on HVN. Because HVN is a lost, dysfunctional spaceship, and God the aging hippy captain. She seems to be there by accident …Or does God have a higher purpose after all?

My Thoughts:

After fancying something completely different to what I normally read I was pleasantly surprised to be asked to read and review this book. I was happy to see that it was a nice chunky book that I could really get my teeth into. The storyline is very inventive and I found myself warming to Lorna the main character. I think it is a well written story and I am glad I have read it. I will certainly be looking out for more of Charlie’s books in the future. A big thumbs up from me.

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

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Things-Learn-When-Were-Dead-ebook/

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Things-Learn-When-Were-Dead