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May Wrap Up

I’m posting my May Wrap up now, this is because I haven’t read a book throughout June. I wish I could say this wasn’t true but my mental health took a bad turn and I just couldn’t pick up a book.

So, in May I many to read twelve books. That’s not bad, compared to June it’s fantastic but let’s hope I can start reading again in July.

Let’s talk about these books shall we?

A Room With A View by E.M Foresster. This classic so not my usual kind of book, but a friend suggested it so I thought I’d give it a go. And I really enjoyed it. Especially the end. A short and sweet novel with fantastic characters.

The Hunted by Gabriel… This is a horror, so this again is not my usual type of book, but I actually really enjoyed it. It was genuinely creepy. Full of suspense and action. It would make the perfect film. This one is out August 6th

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore. This was another good book, full of some fantastic characters but I was left wanting a little more at the end. But it was really good. It’s out on June 16th.

Fall Out by C.G.Moore. I could feel this book trying so hard, but it just didn’t do it for me overall. There were some parts that I thought were handled well, but unfortunately it most of it wasn’t great. It’s out June 16th.

True Story by Kate Reed Petty. I really enjoyed this one, it started off fantastically. I was instantly intrigued and it was dealing with a difficult subject, but it definitely lost it for me towards the end. It became a bit silly almost, but it was enjoyable. It’s out June 11th.

Boy Queen by George Lester. Yaaaaaassss, this book was fantastic. I really, really loved this one. It was a great queer book, that I can’t recommend enough. A great story, great characters. I loved it. It’s out August 6th.

All Of My Friends Are Rich by Michael Sarais. Another fantastic book, this one is filthy, fun but packs an important message, that comes across in a great way. I highly recommend this one. A brilliant own voices novel. It’s out June 16th.

Tell Me How It Ends by V.B. Grey. I really enjoyed this one, I loved the period of time it was setting in. It just has that old Hollywood glamour. It had great characters and it was an enjoyable, easy read. It’s out July 9th.

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart. Took me a little while to get into this one, but I’m so glad I stuck with it. It was heartbreaking in the end, with a character I don’t think I’ll ever forget. I loved it.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. I had such high hopes, but I unfortunately was disappointed. The ending was strange, the whole book was strange, and a bit dull. This is a hard one for me to take. It’s out now.

The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff. I really enjoyed this book, it was so powerful but had such a subtly too it that I haven’t read before. Full of fantastic characters and interesting dynamics, you definitely don’t want to miss this one. It’s out in July.

The Tuscan Contessa by Dinah Jefferies. I’m a huge fan of Dinah’s and I really enjoyed this book. Full of mystery and intrigue. Fantastic characters and a great historical setting. It was just a great book. It’s out July 23rd.

These are the books, I hope you’ve read some fantastic books in this time.

Until the next review

JTH

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Book Review: Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore.

Title: Valentine

Author: Elizabeth Wetmore

Length: 320 pages

Publisher: 4th Estate books

Synopsis: Mary Rose Whitehead isn’t looking for trouble – but when it shows up at her front door, she finds she can’t turn away. Corinne Shepherd, newly widowed, wants nothing more than to mind her own business, and for everyone else to mind theirs. But when the town she has spent years rebelling against closes ranks she realises she is going to have to take a side. Debra Ann is motherless and lonely and in need of a friend. But in a place like Odessa, Texas, choosing who to trust is a dangerous game. Gloria Ramírez, fourteen years old and out of her depth, survives the brutality of one man only to face the indifferences and prejudices of many. When justice is as slippery as oil, and kindness becomes a hazardous act, sometimes courage is all we have to keep us alive.

This is an incredibly powerful novel, with all the characters connecting around Glory, who has been attacked and turns up at the nearest house, after fighting back fleeing for her life.

Valentine is told through the perspectives of many characters, and it works perfectly. Wetmore weaves the story through all these perspectives and it elevates this story to another level. There was maybe one perspective that didn’t need to be there, it didn’t diminish the story in anyway, but i found myself wanting to skip it.

Each perspectives also reveals how a character is dealing with their own issues, as well as the effect the crime is having on the town. Mary Rose, who is answers the door to Glory and Corrine who just wants to be left alone to grieve her husband, are two of the standouts for me.

You can tell this novel is building to something, and I thought it would be the trial for Glory’s case, which it dealt with, but it went beyond what I was expecting and I found myself not being able to turn the pages fast enough. I’m not going to give anything away, or all the perspectives but it all came together so well.

Wetmore has created some fantastic characters that are real and heartfelt. You’ll root for them. Wetmore also captures the injustice and racism in a small town perfectly. This book at times will make your blood boil. This is a debut novel and it’s fantastic how much heart Elizabeth has managed to include.

I also can’t think of another novel that finishes so well, yet left me with some many questions. Some of the story was wrapped, but I wanted to know more about the characters I’d come to care for. It was a satisfying ending in many ways, but I can’t deny it left me wanting more.

I would definitely recommend this book, it’s raw and impactful. I think it’s a book you won’t forget for a while after reading it. It has something to say, in the many layers of this book.

Thank you to 4th Estate Books for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out now.

Until the next review

JTH

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ARC Book Review: Only You by Kate Eberlen

Title: Only You

Author: Kate Eberlen

Length: 432 pages

Publisher: Mantle Books

Synopsis: Letty and Alf are the only English speakers at an Italian class in Rome, where they discover the language that really connects them is dance: Letty’s first love was ballet, while Alf was a junior ballroom champion. They come from different worlds until the moment they waltz around the Piazza Navona, and everything changes. But one moment can’t change the past, and it’s clear that Alf and Letty still have their secrets. What caused them to leave their lives in England behind? And who, or what, are they running from? As their relationship happens, it becomes harder and harder to tell the truth. When the unthinkable happens, Letty returns to London and Alf to Blackpool. Will they spend their lives apart, or discover future together?

I’ll start by saying I loved this book. It really was the perfect escape for these troubling times. I got lost in this book and it was a joy to do so.

Spilt into three sections, we find the two main characters Letty and Alf in Rome, both leaving behind things they’d rather forget, then we find out the reason why the came to be in Rome, and finally how it all ends.

I love the Rome section, I wanted to be in Rome with them. Kaye made it feel like I was. It had beautiful descriptions. I loved all the knowledge of the monuments and buildings put into the novel. You can tell an Kate did her research and for me it really added to the book. This Rome part wasn’t done in a silly way and I loved it. Sometimes it can feel like teens running away or just a summer fling, but it was done so well it made the love story incredibly believeable. I want my own summer in Rome.

I also loved the love story. It was so well done. Like really well done. It was organic and believeable and just beautiful. I was rooting for them. I got that feeling in my stomach, so that’s how I know it’s a good love story. But boy did it end on a cliffhanger.

Section two got darker than I expected, but I liked it. It dealt with some serious issues. It definitely gave the characters a lot of depth and explained somethings that happened in the ‘present’ section. Alf and Letty were just the best characters to follow. They were both sweet, kind, flawed, confused and loveable. I wanted them to have their happy ending.

Then the last section, the section I read so fast because I needed to know if all my questions would be answered. And I can safely say they were. Now, I won’t tell you how. You’ll find out when you read it. Because trust me you won’t want to miss this book.

I said it earlier and I’ll say it again, this book really was the perfect escape and I loved it. You’ll fall in love with the characters, the setting and the story. It’s a perfectly written, sweet story. It’ll make you believe in love, break your heart, but I think it might just put it back together again.

Thank you so much to Mantle Books for sending me a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. Its out now.

Until the next review

JTH

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ARC Book Review: Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez

Title: Rainbow Milk

Author: Paul Mendez

Length: 384 pages

Publisher: Dialogue Books

You know when you have high expectations for a book and it surpasses them. That’s what did Rainbow Milk.

Synopsis: In the Black Country in the 1950s, ex-boxer Norman Alonso is a determined and humble Jamaican who has moved to Britain with is wife to secure a brighter future for themselves and their children. Blighted who unexpected illness and racism, Norman and his family are resilient in the face of such hostilities, but are all too aware that they will need more than just hope to survive. At the turn of the millennium, Jesse seeks a fresh start in London – escaping from a broken immediate family, a repressive religious community and the desolate, disempowered Black County – but finds himself at a loss for a new centre of gravity, and turns to sex work to create new notions of love, fatherhood and spirituality.

It’s starts of with Robert, a Jamaican man and his wife, moving to Britain in the 50s, where they hope for a better life, but have to deal with racism. The story then moves onto Jesse, a young Jehovah Witness, who leaves his family behind for a new life in London.

I’m just going to start by saying that my review will never do this book justice, so just go out and by it already. I had pretty high expectations going into this and it surpassed them. It really was everything I wanted it to be and more. I loved it. Absolutely loved it.

The novel just works as a whole. Every element on its own is sublime and it all comes together cohesively. It’s got a fantastic story, fantastic writing and fantastic characters. Every part is fantastic. Can you tell I love this book?

Jesse, a young gay black man, is a wonderful character to follow. Paul creates such depth, his portrayal of him will absolutely break your heart, but I do believe it will be put back together again. In terms of his sexuality, it’s so well done. Paul perfectly captures the fine line of acceptance/ hating yourself. Jesse goes on such a journey. Paul captures his confusion over everything in his life brilliantly. You just become so invested in his life. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a character that captures your heart. Jesse is character I won’t forget for a long time.

Most books just tackle one subject, but this book tackles race, religion and sexuality and intertwines them all fantastically. There’s just so much inside this book. It deals with some harrowing things. It also deals with parts of British history that are often forgotten about. Racism that happened (and still does) that just seems to be ignored and it’s heartbreaking and infuriating. But it’s what makes the novel so special. I don’t want to say to much, because I want you to read it and just be blown away by the depth of this novel.

I also loved, loved how the two stories connected. I was worried that was going to be a bit of a let down but it really wasn’t. It ties the novel together perfectly. It gives Jesse some real clarity and the story. The book is just so bold and fresh. It tackles the exploration of finding ones self and the world around.

This is Paul’s debut novel and a debut it is. It’s moving, delicate and assured. What a talent. He’ll capture your heart with this book. I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s one of those books that I’m just grateful to have read. It’s one of the Observer’s top ten 2020 debuts and I can totally see why. Paul is a writer that I’ll definitely be looking out for in the future.

Easily my favourite novel of the year, I know it’s only April but it’s going to be hard to beat. I want it nominated for every prize. I’d to love to see it on the Booker prize list. I just don’t think novels come along like this very often. It’s the queer novel I’ve been waiting a long time for.

Again, I haven’t done the book justice.

Thank you Millie at Dialogue Books for sending me a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out now.

Until the next review

JTH

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ARC Book Review: The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Title: The Book of Longings

Author: Sue Monk Kidd

Length: 432 pages

Publisher: Tinder Press

Synopsis: Ana is a rebellious young woman, a gifted writer with a curious mind, who writes secret narratives about the neglected and silenced women around her. Raised in a wealthy family in Galilee, she is sheltered from the brutality of Rome’s occupation. Ana is expected to marry an elderly widower to further her father’s ambitions, a prospect that horrifies her. An eco inter with the eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything: his ideas and his passion are intoxicating.

I should start by saying I’m a huge, HUGE Sue Monk Kidd fan. I absolutely adore every fiction novel she’s written. ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ started my love for reading, and ‘The Book of Longings’ is easily my most anticipated read of the year.

In The Book of Longings, we follow Ana who meets a man called Jesus and falls in love and marries him. But the real love of Ana’s life is writing.

This book is absolutely beautiful. It’s called The Book of Longings and it’s so apt as you can the feel the longing on every page. I didn’t know I needed to read a book about the wife of Jesus, but it turns out I really did. It’s such an interesting premise for a book. I’ve never read a book like it.

Ana is such a wonderful main protagonist to follow. She’s so brave, vibrant. You can’t help but connect with her right away. She wants more out of her life and you as the reader want her to achieve everything she can. There’s also fantastic supporting characters such as Yaltha, Ana’s Aunt who has her own longings. Tabitha, Ana’s friend. They all had such spirit. I adored them all.

The story is also beautiful. It’s got a beautiful flow to it. It feels like you’re getting a different view on history. It was also incredibly interesting to see a different side to Jesus.

This is a historical fiction novel, but it felt so modern. I loved the juxtaposition of ancient times to the characters modern attitudes. The novel was full of powerful, complex women. Women who wouldn’t of even been given the chance to have a voice back then. Sue has done it for them. The relationship between Ana and Yaltha is truly something special. It might, aside from the writing, have been the highlight of this book for me. You could feel how much they care for each other, how much they respect one another. It’s a joy to read.

The Book of Longings is all about Ana finding her voice, but in this book Sue Monk Kidd finds hers. She absolutely writes from the depths of her soul and you can feel. So many times I had to pause to really take in a sentence. It often made me cry at its beauty. I just love the way Sue writes.

I can’t recommend this book enough, if you’re already a fan of Sue Monk Kidd then this book will make you love her even more. Or if you’re looking for a book that’s heartfelt, powerful and original, then this is definitely the book for you.

This book will stay with you. Long after you’ve finished it. I still think of Ana often. What a testament to the writing and storytelling of Sue Monk Kidd. It’s incredible.

Thank you so much to Caitlin at Tinder Press for a copy of this boil in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out now. Don’t miss this one.

Until the next review

JTH

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ARC Book Review: ‘Conjure Women’ by Afia Atakora

Title: Conjure Women

Author: Afia Atakora

Length: 416 pages

Publisher: 4th Estate Books

Synopsis: Freedomtime, 1867. Rue is a midwife and healer, living with other former slaves on the only land she knows, an old plantation where the burned ruins of a once-grand mansion are silent sentinel to a bygone world. Rue protects the secrets she’s carried since before the war, the memories of her strange friendship with the master’s daughter, Varina, and the loss of her mother, May Belle, who taught her everything she knows about the gathering of herbs for healing and the crafting of curses. Rue’s quiet life is disrupted by the birth of a pale child with black eyes, a charismatic travelling preacher and a devastating sickness that haunts her community. Slaverytime, 1854. Slaves and even masters visit May Belle to benefit from her healing powers- as well as from her uncanny ability to cast misfortune on those who deserve it. But May Belle’a talents put her and the man she loved in harm’s way. On the eve of the war, tragedy strikes, and a reckoning comes for May Belle, Rue, and the people on the plantation.

In Conjure Women, we follow the character of Rue who after her mother dies and slavery ends, becomes the towns healer.

I adored this book. I love pieces of fiction set in this historical period, especially if they are done right, and Conjure Women is. One of the best I’ve read in a long time.

I will say this book has a bit of a slow start, it took me a while to get into the story. But once I did, it was just brilliant. Obviously now I’ve finished the book I’ve realised there was so much foreshadowing of what’s to come in the plot, it was brilliant. There’s a few things in the plot I won’t spoil for you, I’ll let you be captivated by the story for yourself.

Conjure Women if full of fantastic characters. The main protagonists, Rue is a character I won’t forget for a long time. You can’t help but connect with her. You spend most of the novel wishing Rue could see the power that’s inside of her. May belle is fantastic too. She’s this strong, ethereal women but all she really wants so to love her husband freely. Characterisation is brilliant throughout.

Towards the end, this book becomes a real page turner. I just had to know how these characters stories would end. It all comes together so well. It truly had some moments that shocked me. It also had moments that made me cry, that broke my heart. I was surprised at the intricacy of it all. The story is weaved together incredibly well, giving it the perfect finish.

Afia’s writing draws you in and doesn’t let you go. The story takes place in different times throughout Rue’s life, ‘Slavery’, ‘Freedometime’, ‘Wartime’ and a few others. Afia, gave herself the hard task of capturing the atmosphere of these times, but she pull it off perfectly. In Slavery, she captures the repression, the fear, the longing. In Wartime, she captures the unknowing, the unsettlement. In Freedomtime, she captures the confusion, the hostility. It’s remarkable. The heart that pours out of the novel and writing is tremendous. Let’s not forget this is a debut novel too. Such talent.

A great piece of historical fiction, I’ve said it before but it’s the best I’ve read in a while. It’s in a league of its own. I highly recommend. I can’t wait to see what Afia Atakora does next. It’s out April 16th.

Thank you to 4th Estate for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review.

Until the next review

JTH

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ARC Book Review: ‘Magpie Lane’ by Lucy Atkins

Title: Magpie Lane

Author: Lucy Atkins

Length: 368 pages

Publisher: Quercus

Synopsis: When the eight-year-old daughter of an Oxford College Master vanishes in the middle of the night, police turn to the Scottish nanny, Dee, for answers. As Dee looks back over her time in the Masters Lodging – an eerie and ancient house – a picture of a high achieving but dysfunctional family emerges: Nick, the fiercely intelligent and powerful father; his Danish wife Mariah, pregnant with their child; and the lost little girl; Felicity, almost mute, seeing ghosts, grieving her dead mother. But is Dee telling the whole story. Is her growing friendship with the eccentric house historian, Linklater, any cause for concern? And most of all, why was Felicity silent?

In Magpie Lane, we follow Dee as she is sitting in the police station, answer questions about a missing little girl that she had recently became a nanny for. Dee is fighting for her innocence.

Magpie Lane has got such an interesting premise and as soon as you start the book you can’t help but wonder does Dee know anything? You spend the whole book looking for clues.

It’s full of intrigue and mystery, which I loved, but it didn’t over power the whole novel. It ebbed and flowed perfectly. It had moments of real emotion and sadness . Seriously, you spend the whole trying to figure out if Dee was involved!! As the story goes on you find some things out about Dee, and it just adds to the mystery. I will say I believed she didn’t have anything to do with the disappearance, but I won’t spoil it for you. Let you see for yourself what happens when you read it.

This book didn’t rely on the mystery to keep it you interested. It had some fantastic characters too. Dee was brilliant, it’s alway so fun to read a book when we don’t know if the main protagonist is trustworthy, especially when it’s this well done. Felicity, the little girl, had so many layers to her with her mutism, her sadness. You desperately wanted to know what happened to her because you liked her. I just loved the characterisation. There’s more characters, which are also fantastic, but I’m trying not to give any spoilers away.

It was so atmospheric. It’s set in a centuries old house in Oxford and it’s the perfect setting. The house had so much history and so does the town of Oxford and Lucy really cleverly weaves them into the story. It added a whole another element to the book. It also had a bit of supernatural element to it, with Felicity seeing ghosts. It fit perfectly with the old house, the graveyards in Oxford. I’m not ashamed to admit I got a little creeped out at times.

Here’s the most pleasing thing about Magpie Lane, the ending didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t turn those pages fast enough. When I thought it ended I was a little bit like ‘oh is that it?’ But then I read that Epilogue. That’s it, I’m not saying anymore. I won’t ruin it for you.

I highly recommend this book. If you like mystery, supernatural books that have also got some heart, then this is definitely the book for you. You won’t be able to put it down.

Thank you to Quercus books for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out April 2nd (today).

Until the next review

JTH

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ARC Book Review: ‘My Dark Vanessa’ by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Title: My Dark Vanessa

Author: Kate Elizabeth Russell

Lenght: 384 pages

Publisher: 4th Estate Books

With so much hype surrounding this book, I was so lucky to get myself an early copy and I couldn’t wait to read this polarising book.

Synopsis: Vanessa Wye was fifteen years old when she first had sex with her English teacher. She is now thirty-two and the teacher, Jacob Strane, has just been accused of sexual abuse by another former student of his. Vanessa is horrified by this news, because she is quite certain that the relationship she had with Stane wasn’t abuse. It was love. She’s sure of that. But now, in 2017, in the midst of allegations against powerful men, she is being asked to redefine the great love story of her life – her great sexual awakening – as rape.

I’m going to start by saying it’s taken me a long time to write this review. A really long time. I’ve also written this sometime after I read it. I had to sit with my thoughts for a while and let myself realise just what an impact this book had on me. My Dark Vanessa is the kind of book that will have a massive impact on anyone that reads it. It just will. It’s that powerful and visceral.

In this book we follow Vanessa, who at the age of 15 begins a love affair with her English teacher, but as time goes on and more allegations come out about him, she begins to question whether it was love at all.

Here’s what so interesting about this book, it takes a different approach to the situation. We of course as a reader know it’s totally wrong, it’s not love, it’s abuse. But to follow Vanessa as she comes to realise this herself is both heartbreaking, and powerful moment. And it’s handled by Kate Elizabeth Russel brilliantly, it’s somehow delicate yet firm. You’ll immediately feel for Vanessa. As the ‘relationship’ carries on can feel her slipping away. You can feel the effect this trauma is having on her and she doesn’t even realise it. It’s undeniably sad.

Never have I read a book that captures so perfectly what it’s trying to say. Whilst reading it, I just knew the clear message Kate was trying to get across. It’s shines another light on these horrible situations. This book did have some very uncomfortable scenes in, there’s a scene where Vanessa and her English teacher are on the phone, and he says something and you instantly know, as the reader what this book is really trying to say. Powerful.

This is Kate Elizabeth Russell’s debut novel and all I can say is wow. To take a situation that is so complex, especially in these times, and to make this book as nuanced and uncomfortable must have been incredibly hard, but Kate’s created a master of a novel. It’s everything you need this book to be, its challenging, thought provoking and exceptional.

There’s been a lot of hype around this book, and it’s totally worth it. I couldn’t put it down. I promise you, you’ll never forget this book.

I was lucky enough to receive this book at the 4th Estate Live event back in November (click here to find out about the other books I received). This one is out now. Don’t miss it.

Until the next review

JTH

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ARC Book Review: ‘The Weight of Love’ by Hilary Fannin

Title: The Weight of Love

Author: Hilary Fannin

Length: 352 pages

Publisher: DoubleDay UK

Synopsis: London, 1995. Robin introduces the woman he loves to his oldest friend. Their attraction is instant. Powerless, Robin is forced to watch on as Ruth and Joseph begin a passionate affair. Dublin, 2018. Robin and Ruth are married and have a son. Haunted by the ghost of Joseph, the distance between them grows until one day Robin makes a choice, the consequences of which could be devastating.

I wanted to like this book, I really did. But for me it just missed the mark. I can’t help feeling like it was all something out of nothing.

There were points in the story, especially at the beginning, where I was really into. I was excited to see where the plot was going, but ultimately it didn’t end up going where anywhere. It just needed something to happen. Something to keep the plot interesting, or something so we could connect to the characters.

Now, I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to like characters for them to be fantastic, or to care about them, or for the book to great. But you do have to care about them, and I just couldn’t care about the characters in ‘The Weight of Love.’ At times I felt sorry for Robin and thought I might be forming a tiny bit of connection to him but the moment was fleeting. None of the characters had personalities, they weren’t likeable or interesting. Two characters were in love with Ruth and I can’t for the life of me begin to imagine why. She was so dull. If there’s not much plot to a book, the characters need to better than this.

I just wonder what the point of this book was. It all felt very shallow, but like it was trying to be deep and meaningful. It was all very one tone. The book didn’t ebb and flow. It all felt very flat. I feel like I could see what it was trying to do but it just didn’t get there. The synopsis says ‘a passion affair’ but I can’t think of anything less passionate.

I at least thought the ending might save the book. But it was more of the same. It was one of those books that when you finish it, you put down and think was that?

Like I said, this book could’ve been great but for me, sadly, it just didn’t get there. It wasn’t a bad book, it just could’ve been so much better.

Thanks to DoubleDay UK for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out March 19th.

Until the next review

JTH

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ARC Book Review: ‘In Five Years’ by Rebecca Serle

Title: ‘In Five Years ‘

Author: Rebecca Serle

Length: 272 pages

Publisher: Quercus

I was pleased when I was gifted a copy of this book from Quercus, it didn’t sit on my tbr long before I picked it up.

Synopsis: Where do you see yourself in five years? Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan has been in possession of her meticulously crafted answer since she understood the question. On the day that she nails the most important job interview of her career and gets engaged to the perfect man, she’s well on her way to fulfilling her life goals. That night Dannie falls asleep only to wake up in a different apartment with a different ring on her finger, and in the company of a very different man. The TV is on in the background, and she can just make out the date. It’s the same night – December 15th – but 2025, five years in the future. It was just a dream, she tells herself when she wakes, but it felt so real… Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind. That is, until four and a half years later, when Dannie turns down a street and there, standing on the corner, is the man from her dream…

Ohhh, I really enjoyed this book. A lot. Funny, intriguing and super emotional. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be and I loved that.

In ‘In Five Years’ we meet Dannie as she is close to getting the life she has always dreamed of. The job, the finance, the best friend. But when all that is thrown into question when Dannie sees what her life will be in five years and it’s nothing like she planned.

This was a love story but not the kind I expected. I have to say after reading the first few pages, I thought I knew how this book was going to end. But boy was I wrong. I even found myself smiling as I was reading. I was looking forward to finding out what was going to happen. How everything would unfold. It was so intriguing.

Then the twist came. Oh that twist. I didn’t see it coming and it broke my damn heart. Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil it for you. All I’ll say is get your tissues ready. Bring a few, trust me you’ll need more that just one. It’s been a while since a book has made me cry like that.

I have to be honest and say there are still a few things that I question about the book and the story. Why did Dannie see how her life would turn out? It was never explained. Also some of the choices Dannie made confused me, or the lack of reasoning behind the choice. But it didn’t take away my enjoyment, or my love for this book.

I read this around the two year anniversary of my mums death. The whole time I was reading it, all I could think was how much my mum would’ve loved this book. How I wish that I could share it with her. And I can’t really think of a higher compliment than that.

I can’t recommend this book enough. It a heartfelt, heartbreaking, emotional book that will remind you what’s important in life and the power of love and friendships. I’m so glad I read this book.

JUST REMEMBER TO HAVE SOME TISSUES WITH YOU WHEN YOU READ THIS BOOK. YOU WILL NEED THEM.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Thanks to Quercus books for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out March 5th.

Until the next review

JTH