Mass Book Review

I know I haven’t done a book review in a while and that is the second job of this blog… So on the 25th June after my exams I will be doing several book reviews featuring these authors: 

  • Lindsey Kelk 
  • Lucy Diamond 
  • Margaret Thornton
  • Margaret Dickinson

So If you love Comedy/Chicklit/Sagas this post will be for you.


I’ve just heard about the evacuation in Manchester and Trump pulling out of the climate deal. It seems we need to be resilient against terrorisim AND Global Warming.


Today I’m flaring but I still managed to have a physio session working on upper body strength with motorised pedals and do a 45 mark past paper question. Just get on with it! This is in spirit of my poem ‘Just get on with it’ which is being published in the young writers Super Mum’s Anthology in August,

Book Review: The Escape Artist by Diane Chamberlaine 

Genre: Drama

Rating: 5/5

Blurb: When Susanna Miller loses custody of her eleven-month-old son, she changes her name and escapes from Boulder, Colorado, leaving behind everyone she knows, including the man who has been her best friend since childhood. She lands in Annapolis, Maryland, alone, frightened, and always looking over her shoulder for someone who might recognize her or her child. Just as she’s beginning to feel safe in her new surroundings, she stumbles across information that could save the lives of many people . . . if she’s willing to go to the police. But going to the authorities means revealing her identity, admitting her guilt, and worst of all, losing her son.
Equal parts family drama, love story, and thriller, The Escape Artist is the poignant story of a mother’s unbreakable bond with her child and the resiliency of a love that transcends distance and time.
“Chamberlain tells a moving tale of parental love and desperation while throwing in plot twists and intrigue.”

—Library journal

My Verdict: This maybe a bit biased opinion because as my readers know I am an avid fan. This book has more twists and turns than roundabout city. A story of fierce love and how the thought of the losing the ones you love can make you step up and losing the ones you love makes you see life’s treasures. The narrative is so heart wrenching and infuriating I wanted to put it down and have nothing more to do with it. But it was like I was addicted, like when you’ve bet on a greyhound and its nail bitingly close to the finishline. The characters are so  well developed they felt like friends and enemies. It was a rollercoaster of emotions, a well tread tapestry.

Books On My Bedside

As you lovely readers know I am ALWAYS reading and I always have the next book on the go!

  1. My Not so Perfect life by Sophie Kinsella
  2. The Summer we Danced by Fiona Harper
  3. The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald 
  4. Curtain by Agatha Christie

I love something light before bed, may you have blissful dreams… Make sure you check back at the beginning of April for ‘March’s Books Reviewed’.

Book Review: A step closer to Falling

This novel is told from the viewpoint of Emily about her and Scott’s community service, helping a group of adults with learning difficulties in a relationship class.

The reason for this? They didn’t come to Belinda’s rescue.

Belinda, a teen at Emily and Scott’s school also has learning difficulties and because of an infatuation she heads to the school football game where the incident happens.

Through Belinda we see the contributions leading up to this: an obsession with Pride and Prejudice and being too easily trusting. Tired of being over ruled by her protective Nan and Mother. Just because the incident happened doesn’t mean her life should stop.

As Emily and Scott complete their course, things begin to spark between them. Can admitting what happened to Belinda and the courage they see in class admit what they’ve been feeling?

Is tough guy Scott all he seems?

Will Belinda find happiness?

Will Emily see beyond the surface?

My Verdict: I expected nothing less from McGovern n, the subject of disability is handled delicately as well as relationships and sexual harassment. Beautifully written. With a beautiful message of equality without coming across as patronising

Genre: Young Adult/Relationships

Rating: 5/5

Book Review: Dorothy Must Die

DMD is a dark take on Frank L Baum’s Wizard of Oz. Amy Gumm is ‘trailer trash’ and her life his crap. However, like the naive farm girl we know and love, her trailer is transported to Oz and is the only person that can save the country from evil dictator Dorothy.

My Verdict: This story breathes new life into a classic. For younger readers the story is pure adventure but older readers will notice influences of Orwell’s 1984. This makes me feel 11 again and Amy Gumm is my new Katniss Everdean. Paige’s writing is exciting and intriguing. Brilliant debut.. love you Danielle! 

Rating: 5/5

Genre: Adventure

Book Review: Two by two


Two by two is written from the view point of father Russ, struggling to catch a break. Mortgaging the house to fund his new advertising business was the straw that broke the camels back.

His wife Vivian starts to become cold and distant and Russ struggles to navigate the tricky waters. Soon his wife drops the bomshell that she’s leaving him for his ex boss… whilst wanting custody of their beautiful daughter London.

Life as a single parent isn’t easy for Russ and things become even more complicated when ex girlfriend Emily, now a mother reconnects.

Like his business can he be a phoenix and rise from the ashes and raise a young lady?

With the help of his big sister Marge and girlfriend Liz along with his parents he’s damn well going to try. However a family crisis rocks everybody to the core.

My verdict: It was so refreshing to have a single fathers viewpoint. Whilst the main theme is love and separation, Sparks intertwines smaller issues in the big picture. Overall, beautifully written, definitely film adaptation worthy.

Rating: 5/5

Genre: Family and relationships.