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Book Review… The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies

Author: Dinah Jefferies

Title: The Sapphire Widow

Length: 387pages

Publisher: Penguin

This is the first book I’ve read by Dinah Jefferies, and it won’t be the last. I didn’t know what to expect but the story hooked me straight away.

Ceylon, 1935. Louisa Reed, the daughter of a successful British gem trader, and her husband Elliot, a charming, thrill seeking businessman, seem like the couple who have it all. Expect what they long for more than anything: a child. When Louisa struggles with miscarriages, Elliot is increasingly absent, spending much of his time at a nearby cinnamon plantation, overlooking the Indian Ocean. After his sudden death, Louisa is left alone to solve the mystery he left behind. Revisiting the plantation at Cinnamon Hills, she finds herself unexpectedly drawn towards the owner Leo, a rugged outdoors man with a chequered past. The plantation casts a spell, but all is not as it seems. And when Elliot’s shocking betrayal is revealed, Louisa only has Leo to turn to…

“As they walked through the cobbled streets, passing low-built bungalows with gorgeous ornamental lintels over the main doorways and terracotta roofs held up by rows of columns providing shade the verandas…’

This book really took me by surprise as I didn’t know what to expect but it was excellent. The plot was fascinating and moved along at a good pace with enough going on to keep me guessing until the end. I just had to know what happened. There’s betrayal, love, heartache and intrigue throughout this whole book.

I have to say Dinah is truly a fantastic writer. Her descriptions of the place, the architecture, the smells and the weather truly make you feel like you’re there in Ceylon, as you can tell from the quote above. The main character, Louisa, is extremely well written and you become instantly involved with her story and wanting her to succeed (I won’t give a spoiler to if she does or not).

So if you’re a fan of historical fiction or somebody that loves there books set in a different place, I can’t recommend this book enough. It will truly keep you entertained till the end. Have you read this book? Comment and let me know…

Until the next review

JTH

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Book Review… The Survivors by Kate Furnival

Author: Kate Furnival

Title: The Survivors

Length: 448 pages

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Uk

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5

I’ve read a few books by Kate before, I have to say I think this is her best yet. I loved it. I couldn’t put it down.

Germany, 1945. Klara Janowska and her daughter Alicja have walked for weeks to get to Graufeld Displaced Persons camp. In the cramped, dirty, dangerous conditions they, along with 3,200 others, are the lucky ones. They have survived and will do anything to find a way back home. But when Klara recognises a man in the camp from her past, a deadly game of cat and mouse begins. He knows exactly what she did during the war to save her daughter. She knows his real identity. What will be the price of silence? And will either make it out of camp alive?

‘We all kept our secrets. It’s what we carried around inside us now. All of us survivors. Sorrow. Sadness. Heartache. Secrets. You cannot go through a war without being branded.’

This book captures you from the very first chapter. Then it keeps ahold of you right till the very end, and I mean until the very end. It’s full of suspense, intrigue, and a lot of heart.

It focuses on a part of the war that I did not know much about and is often forgotten, which makes it fascinating in its own right. Then with a cleverly crafted plot, it keeps you hooked throughout. It’s full of twists and surprises which makes this book so exciting.

Kate Furnival really knows how to set a scene. The writing is so good, she makes it feel like your in the camp, where the majority of the story is set. The characters are also well written, Kate makes you feel such empathy for the characters and survivors of a horrible war, with the story mainly revolving around Klara’a journey and her backstory.

This one of those rare books that doesn’t disappoint you throughout or in its epic conclusion. It truly is one of the best historical fiction books I’ve read in a long time.

I have to thank Netgalley and Simon and Schuster Uk for giving me a copy of this book for a honest review. The ebook is out now and the paperback comes out 29th November.

So if you love Historical fiction, or just a really good book. This is definitely the one for you. Comment and let me know…

Until the next review

JTH

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Review… Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Author: Cheryl Strayed

Title: Wild

Length: 311pages

Publisher: Atlantic Books

I first came across this book when I saw Cheryl interviewed by Oprah on TV, with Oprah announcing that was she reinstating her book club because this book was so good. I mean, how could I not read it. ‘I love this book. I want to shout it from the mountaintop.’ – Oprah Winfrey.

At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In wake of her mother’s rapid death from cancer, her family grew apart and her marriage soon crumbled. With seemingly nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred Miles of the west coast of America – from the Mojave Desert, through to California and Oregon, and into Washington State – and to do it alone. She had no experience of long-distance hiking and the journey was nothing more than a long on a map. But it held a promise – a promise of piecing together a life that lay shattered at her feet. Wild is a brutal memoir of survival, grief and redemption – a searing portrayal of life at its lowest ebb and its highest ebb.

How wild it was. To let it be.

Cheryl Strayed is one of the best writers around. I don’t usually read non-fiction but I had to give this ago. It truly takes you on a journey this book. Although Cheryl is telling her story about how she’s making this journey alone you’ll feel like you’re right there with her.

You’ll be hooked from the first page, Cheryl weaves the book with passages from the hike to her memories of her life before and Mother. Both as enthralling as the other.

Cheryl’s writing is like nobody else’s. The way Cheryl recalls the loss of her mother is brutal, harrowing, heartfelt and loving. You’ll love with both women. Then they way Cheryl describes the journey of her hike is breathtaking, you’ll feel like you’re really there with the epic scenery conveyed and the gruesome detail of what she endured.

I’ve always felt a connection to this book, even more this year when I unfortunately lost my mother. As I’m sure you can imagine it means even more to me now. Cheryl is writing from the heart and it’ll get you in your heart. Grab the tissues, you’ll need them.

So, if you’re like me and looking to give a non fiction memoir ago. Make it this one, you won’t regret it.

Until the next review.

JTH

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Review… Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

Book Call Me by Your Name

Author André Aciman

Length 248pgs

Publisher Atlantic Books

This was the best novel I read last year, hands down. It was heartfelt, moving, tense, intimate and beautiful. I can’t praise this book enough.

The book revolves seventeen-year-old Elio and his father’s house guest Oliver who share a brief yet intense love affair one Italian summer. It changes them for a lifetime.

‘We rip so much out of ourselves to be cured for things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything – what a waste.’

The story is told from Elio’s point of view, and is so beautifully written that you can feel everything he feels. His fear, tenderness and desire. The writing sucks you in and you get transported into the story.

Now there isn’t much of a plot to this book to be honest, but that doesn’t make it a less enjoyable read in anyway. The way it’s written by André more than makes up for it. You truly feel like your sharing the experience of their romance with them.

Again, this is another book I’ve read that tells a LGBTQ love story well. It’s not even about that, it’s just the love and passion between two people. But it’s great to see a book featuring a love story between two men become so popular. Proving anyone can read this wonderful novel.

Did you guys like this book? Any book suggestions for me? Comment and let me know…

Until the next review

JTH

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Book Review… ‘History is all you left me’ by Adam Silvera

I’m going to start by saying I love this book. This is the second book by Adam Silvera, the first being ‘More happy than not’. It’s a story that really captures your heart and makes you feel all feels.

I’m sorry, but please don’t be mad at me for reliving it all. History is all you left me.’

The story revolves around Griffin, who’s telling the story of his first love and how he lost it when his ex-boyfriend Theo drowns. The book deals with love, loss, grief and all the problems that come along with it. It’s set in both the past and the present, with both storylines as intriguing and heartfelt as the other. There is also a bit of twist towards end that I’d be excited to see what you guys think about.

Adam’s writing in this book is truly phenomenal. You feel Griffins grief in every line and that’s all down the wonderful writing. The characters are so well thought out which is just another testament to Silvera ability to tell story’s that are sweet, honest, compassionate, complex and full of human emotions.

I also love the fact that is Young Adult novel, which can be read by anyone at any age, is telling the story of two LGBTQ characters falling in love. We need more books like this and with the excellent writing making it go mainstream.

I truly recommend reading this book, no matter age, gender, sexual orientation. Feel free to comment and let me know if you guys love this book (or didn’t). Or if reviews makes you want to read it.

Until the next review

JTH