Tag: community

We Need To Talk by Jonathan Crane

It’s 2019 in Sudleigh, a market town not far from the south coast. It’s not a bad place to live, provided the new housing development doesn’t ruin it, but most residents are too caught up in their own disappointments, grudges, and sores to notice. #WeNeedToTalk @jon_crane24 @EyeAndLightning @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours Gap-year Tom is cleaning toilets but finding unexpected solace in his Chinese house-share. Former lounge musician … Read More We Need To Talk by Jonathan Crane

The Blue Hour by MJ Greenwood

The Blue Hour – two love affairs and two summers, 75 years apart  Damaged by a toxic relationship, Ava Westmorland flees the ruins of her life in London for a carer’s job in a Cornish village. She hopes a combination of countryside and coast will heal her shattered heart. But she has yet to face tyrannical Tilly Barwise; the 89-year-old she will be looking … Read More The Blue Hour by MJ Greenwood

Binding Lies (Finley Series#3) by Mariëtte Whitcomb

There is nothing a mother wouldn’t do to protect her children. They think they’ve won. Good. While I try my best not to kill Gabriel, Aidan is hunting down the person responsible for destroying our lives; the one we call the Puppet Master. Separate but, united, Aidan and I continue to fight our enemies, desperate to reclaim what they stole from us. #BindingLiesTheNovel #FinleySeries … Read More Binding Lies (Finley Series#3) by Mariëtte Whitcomb

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain

It’s never too late to start your life’s big adventure . . . Albert Entwistle was a postman. It was one of the few things everyone knew about him. And it was one of the few things he was comfortable with people knowing. 64-year-old Albert Entwistle has been a postie in a quiet town in Northern England for all his life, living alone since … Read More The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain

Somebody Out There by Kevin Lynch

Be careful what you wish for… When Ben and Deborah leave the city to start a new life in the beautiful Irish countryside, they can almost taste their perfect future – growing their own food, the kids running free, peace and silence. But as soon as they arrive in their new home bad things start to happen. And it becomes clear that somebody out … Read More Somebody Out There by Kevin Lynch

The Girls Inside by NJ Mackay

Blue grew up in the Black House. In remotest Wales, Joseph Carillo recruited young, lonely women to join his community and adopt his erratic views. Blue’s mother was one of them. But when the Black House goes up in flames, Blue escapes to freedom and never stops running. Twenty years later, when Blue’s old dormmate commits suicide, Blue receives a strange call. She has … Read More The Girls Inside by NJ Mackay

My Top 8 Books of 2021 so far

Here are my favourite eight books of the first quarter of 2021. Last year I chose eight books in the first half but I already have eight so I’m going to break with tradition. Lost Property by Helen Paris Each year I wait for that one book that grabs me by the heart and won’t let go. It’s only just February and I have … Read More My Top 8 Books of 2021 so far

Dog Days by Ericka Waller

George is very angry. His wife has upped and died on him, and all he wants to do is sit in his underpants and shout at the cricket. The last thing he needs is his cake-baking neighbour Betty trying to rescue him. And then there’s the dog, a dachshund puppy called Poppy. George doesn’t want a dog – he wants a fight. #DogDays @ErickaWaller1 … Read More Dog Days by Ericka Waller

Madame Burova by Ruth Hogan

Madame Burova – Tarot Reader, Palmist and Clairvoyant is retiring and leaving her booth on the Brighton seafront after fifty years. Imelda Burova has spent a lifetime keeping other people’s secrets and her silence has come at a price. She has seen the lovers and the liars, the angels and the devils, the dreamers and the fools. Her cards had unmasked them all and … Read More Madame Burova by Ruth Hogan

Saving Missy by Beth Morrey

Prickly. Stubborn. Terribly lonely.But everyone deserves a second chance… Missy Carmichael’s life has become small. Grieving for a family she has lost or lost touch with, she’s haunted by the echoes of her footsteps in her empty home; the sound of the radio in the dark; the tick-tick-tick of the watching clock. #SavingMissy #MeetMissy @BethMorrey @fictionpubteam @HarperCollinsUK #RandomThingsTours @annecater @RandomTTours Spiky and defensive, Missy knows that … Read More Saving Missy by Beth Morrey

Old Bones by Helen Kitson

Diana and her sister Antonia are house-sharing spinsters who have never got over their respective first loves. Diana owns a gift shop, but rarely works there. Antonia is unemployed, having lost her teaching job at an all girls’ school following a shocking outburst in the classroom after enduring years of torment. Diana is a regular at the local library, Antonia enjoys her “nice” magazines, … Read More Old Bones by Helen Kitson

Tall Bones by Anna Bailey

When seventeen-year-old Emma leaves her best friend Abi at a party in the woods, she believes, like most girls her age, that their lives are just beginning. Many things will happen that night, but Emma will never see her friend again. Abi’s disappearance cracks open the façade of the small town of Whistling Ridge, its intimate history of long-held grudges and resentment. Even within … Read More Tall Bones by Anna Bailey