Friday, 17 April 2020

Intresting read

Under Currents by [Nora Roberts]

I was asked to review this by I have to confess I have never read any of Nora Roberts writing before/

Although I am still working in the Covid 19 world - I read this on my day off. I was surprised with mixed reviews as I enjoyed this book very much.

The book tackles some disturbing issues such as domestic violence - uncomfortable but the author tackles this well. the characters are real and well defined and although I was expecting a full on dark thriller but it was a romance and suspense - a different slant but it worked really well. For me in this climate it was lighter and at times I thought this to be quite humorous again not quite what I was expecting but pleasantly surprised. There were a few twists and turns and I did get the ending but a really enjoyable read.
Now to discover this authors other books I cannot believe I have overlooked this fab author

Recommended and thank you to Lovereading and to Pratkus for letting me read this

Thursday, 12 March 2020


What I Tell Myself FIRST: Children's Real-World Affirmations of Self Esteem

I was asked by Lovereading to review this inspiring book - I totally get this concept and familiar with Maslow's Hierarchy of needs. I wish this book had been around when I was younger.

The author analysis the child developing brain and to help with life. My mother would say things like "I don't want to know you" and walk away from me - how's that for self esteem!! this book tells the reader they don't have to be perfect - teaches the child to actually like themselves and then to help others

this book will leave both child and parent so empowered - wow what a powerful book.

Easy to read, relate and apply well done.

An amusing adventure

The Only Gaijin in the Village

I was asked to review by Lovereading, and was interested as loved Stef Smulders book Living in Italy. This is the story of Iain and his Japanese wife who have moved from Scotland- a fellow scot moving away can be a culture shock although personally moving to the South west of England was the best move for me. But to move to a remote village with different cultures and a different language - my heart went out to him.
An amusing adventure great title makes me think of Little Britain, an interesting story of moving to the other end of the Earth and the huge culture differences with good old scots humour and observation along the way.
As a fellow scot I did find myself chuckling and remembered Scotland again from a different stance.
How I would have survived in a different culture I do not know and take my hat off to this very talented author who explores lots of issues in this book - death as he begin this story, world war 2, to the shocking price of rice and it is grown there!
I am now going to seek out this authors other books. Recommended book just published so give it a whirl.

Monday, 24 February 2020

Different slant on the great war

A Most Unfortunate Affair by Ed Crutchley

I was asked to review this book by

This was an interesting slant on world war 1 and focused on two British captains. Normally we read either accounts of battalions and individual soldiers in some of the famous battles. This story was quite different
Captain. Quinn is the new intelligence officer for the 10th (Service) Battalion in France. He’s in temporary charge of the C Company manning the front line in Captain Cody’s absence. Captain Quinn style of military management is different and the man is downright arrogant. He wants Captain Cody company and sets about in a ruthless and devious way delving into Cody's private life. It is clear on Cody return to the Front that Quinn has turned things and soldiers around to his thinking he begins to distrust. But Cody is a loose cannon - it is world war 1 the story line alone is shocking but the author skilfully throws some shockers in as the reader wonders who will survive.
Well written and a different slant on the horrors of the great war

Tuesday, 18 February 2020


Keep It Together: philosophy for everyday emergencies

I was asked to review this book by Nudge Books.

At the time of Storm Dennis I read this book in an afternoon. I have studied philosophy but just one aspect in relation to health care so I found this an easy introduction to philosophers and relates this to our everyday life which makes this a enjoyable and light read.

The author has made me think about everyday life in a new way  and also solutions to problems have been there since time began.

I particularly liked the digital world and being controlled by mobile phones - I have picked mine up numerous times writing this - so what does this say about modern culture today? are we bettering ourselves by being informed - no today as the floods are rife this just irritates and annoys me as I am being informed by the media frenzy- so trying not to be informed at present.

This is a thought provoking book and brings up more questions than answers - but certainly put a perspective on life.

Recommended read.

Thursday, 13 February 2020


I was asked to review by 

What a political drama, I hear you say with Brexit we have had enough, regardless of whether you actually like politics this is a read you cannot miss in 2020. 

Told by an author who knows whose experience he has worked with Wall Street, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and International Business Machines (IBM). He has also advised on economic and technology projects specific to Afghanistan so he certainly knows his stuff. 

The book is based on the authors experiences, full of twists one minute the reader thinks they have got there, then another twist

expect the unexpected

just published in February 2020 recommended with a capital R.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020


A Blue Forest

I was asked to review by 

Interesting story set in New Zealand. the characters are well written. This is a story of love, spirituality, intense, unkindness and sheer beauty within this part of the world. 

Beautifully written the reader will be captivated.

An author I now want to seek out.