WWW Wednesday (16-01-2019)

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today.

The three W’s are:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What I finished reading:

I loved the YA novel One of Us Is Lying (it was on my fav list in 2017) so I couldn’t believe my luck when I was invited to read the sequel Two Can Keep A Secret. It’s enjoyable and entertaining so it’s a good read but I still feel her debut One of Us is Lying was better. I was expecting bigger and more shocking twists but they never really came. I’m still gathering my thoughts to draw up a review.

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus

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What I’m reading now:

I signed up for the blog tour of The Woman Inside and I don’t sign up often for book tours so it’s obvious that the book blurb sounded very interesting. I always love a game of cat and mouse 🙂 but this is quite a deadly game it turns out. I like it although you have to suspend some belief about what’s happening.

The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

A lovely blogfriend recommended and praised this book so highly that I decided to go for it and request it on Netgalley.

The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

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The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.

One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.

Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.

And The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…

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The first 5 🌟 of the year goes to… Changeling by Matt Wesolowski #BlogTour #BookReview @ConcreteKraken @OrendaBooks @annecater

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Welcome to my blog stop on the book tour for Changeling by Matt Wesolowski. My thanks to the author, to Anne Cater and publisher Orenda Books for the opportunity to be part of the tour. No guestpost today because I’m so excited about this book you’re getting a book review. I can’t wait to tell you more so let’s go!

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On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the Wentshire Forest Pass, when a burst tyre forced his father, Sorrel, to stop the car. Leaving the car to summon the emergency services, Sorrel returned to find his son gone. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995.

Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel, his son and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. He takes a journey through the trees of the Wentshire Forest – a place synonymous with strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there. He talks to a company that tried and failed to build a development in the forest, and a psychic who claims to know where Alfie is…

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Author Matt Wesolowski

Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor for young people in care. Matt started his writing career in horror, and his short horror fiction has been published in numerous UK- an US-based anthologies such as Midnight Movie CreatureSelfies from the End of the WorldCold Iron and many more. His novella, The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. His debut thriller, Six Stories, was an Amazon bestseller in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, and a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick, and film rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. A prequel, Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller.

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Oh how long I’ve been dying to tell everyone how much I LOVED this book! I was already a fan of the Six Stories series since I discovered the first novel (ICYMI here’s my review of #1 Six Stories and #2 Hydra) and I knew this would be good but let me tell you this one’s really criminally good.

Changeling was bold, unrelenting and without a doubt my SCARIEST READ EVER. The novel is only 173 pages long but that was more than enough to really rattle me.

I seriously love novels with stories drenched in legend and folklore and Changeling made optimal use of this. I’m actually not superstitious so I made the assumption this story wouldn’t get to me but I assure you that even when you don’t believe, this book will get under your skin. After the spooky forest in Six Stories, the author amped it up another notch by introducing mysterious black-eyed children who come knocking on your door in Hydra. This time he was on such a roll with his descriptions of Wentshire Forest, it gave me goosebumps, made me question everything and scared me so much more than I expected. If you want the full experience you should read it at night, I dare you! As usual I read a little before bedtime and I think I was awake half the night, hearing all kinds of sounds and thinking about what could possibly be going on, wondering about the truth of that forest where strange things occured during construction of some holiday cottages. Is it haunted and was Alfie taken by *dare I even say this out loud* forest fairies? Did the father kill his son?  The story and what was happening in the past and the present was so intriguing it made my head hurt thinking about it.

When I finished reading the novel I just sat there, staring into the distance with a major book hangover. I can best describe the whole experience as going into a horror house, you’re scared and all but once you’ve left all you can think is I want to do it again. Well it’s the same here! Changeling was incredibly atmospheric, and involved a brilliant plotline that really delivered in the end. This is a novel that I’ll recommend to everyone over and over again, and I can’t wait to read another cold case podcast.

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

*** Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour ***

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A brilliant debut! My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber #BookReview #BlogTour @ByLizzyBarber @arrowpublishing @Rachel90Kennedy

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Welcome to my blog stop on the book tour for the brilliant debut novel My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber. My thanks to the author, to Rachel Kennedy and Arrow Publishing for the opportunity to be part of the tour. I can’t wait to tell you more so let’s go!

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Two women – desperate to unlock the truth.
How far will they go to lay the past to rest?

ANNA has been taught that virtue is the path to God. But on her eighteenth birthday she defies her Mamma’s rules and visits Florida’s biggest theme park.
She has never been allowed to go – so why, when she arrives, does everything seem so familiar? And is there a connection to the mysterious letter she receives on the same day?

ROSIE has grown up in the shadow of the missing sister she barely remembers, her family fractured by years of searching without leads. Now, on the fifteenth anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, the media circus resumes in full flow, and Rosie vows to uncover the truth. But will she find the answer before it tears her family apart?

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Most surprising novel of the year so far! I loved this debut, it was so much deeper and darker than I thought it would be.

A story always has two sides and I was thrilled the author didn’t choose to write this magnificent story in a single narrative but opted for a dual narrative by Anna and Rosie, sharing their own individual story in alternating chapters. Their very different, contrasting lives made for fascinating reading and the anticipation of seeing these threads come together was agonizing.

As a reader I knew more than the main protagonists right from the start so I had to wait a while for one of the girls to catch up with what I already knew and some readers might perhaps find it a bit of a slow start but it’s oh so important to watch the whole thing unfold in its own time, it’s essential to see how that seed of doubt develops, grows and is cultivated. It can’t be rushed or it wouldn’t be believable anymore so I tried to resist the urge for a quick progression and my desire to see the storylines cross-over. The buildup was subtle and let me see the many nuances in the girls’ lives. Not only were they raised on different continents, they were raised very differently as well. You can’t miss what you don’t have but my heart went out to Anna because I knew of course what they were both missing. As I turned the pages I  was overcome with a sad feeling thinking how different both their lives could have been.

Anna lives with her religious neat-freak mother and she’s destined to lead a strict and frugal life. I didn’t envy her life and I certainly didn’t like her mother. Rosie on the other hand was raised in a warm and affectionate family, she smokes, drinks and goes to parties (without her mum knowing). She’ll never be like other teenagers though, the fact that her sister is missing casts a big shadow on their family. The grief of this entire broken family of parents, a sister and even the brother who doesn’t even know the missing girl was so touchingly described that it made my heart ache.

I was hugely awarded for my initial patience because the last part of the novel was terrific. The story intensified gradually with the help of two other narrators who help reveal the backstory and the reasons why this happened 15 years earlier. It made such compelling reading! I might have had my judgement at the ready from page 1 but hearing the full story that led to the kidnapping, it changed my initial views and condemnation. Never judge a book by its cover, or in this case, by the facts. I’m not saying I’m agreeing with what Anna’s mother did but at least I can say I have some understanding.

My Name Is Anna made me feel a wide range of emotions and quite surprisingly the story turns more and more dangerous. Who does Anna have to be afraid of though? Her mother or this mystery man who knows who she is? The story builds to an amazing climax too that made me hold my breath. Gripping and tense, check and check!

I’m very happy with the way it ended, I loved the epilogue. It could have ended differently or the author could have written clichés to give the story a ‘happy ever after’ ending with no further thought but she didn’t and that’s what makes it so much better and made me close the novel with a sigh of contentment.

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

*** Don’t forget to check out the other 2 blog tour stops today ***

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New BFF: Reviews by Chloe

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Maybe I can brighten your day a little bit by introducing my very lovely blogfriend Chloé.

She’s such a sweetheart, I mean it! We would probably never ever meet and work together irl (science, really?!) but as for reading we are definitely a perfect match, I love ALL the books she reads! She also seems to love pizza as much as I do so she’s on my list of bloggers I really want to meet someday :-). Maybe she can explain me a little about her favorite app Instagram then too.

Before we get to the interview, don’t forget to check some of the reviews she posted on her blog Reviews by Chloé, where you can find books, books and more books :-). Done? OK let’s get down to it:

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Name: Chloé Douglas

Age: 27

Birthday: end of October

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job? I’m a science nerd and have two degrees to prove it! I have worked in both the nuclear and rail industry and love nothing more than spreadsheets, calculations and writing a good paper!

Do you have any other hobbies? I love going out for walks especially at National Trust places all over the UK, there are some absolutely incredible places that you can explore and they usually always have a handy walking map to show you the trails.

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I am also an avid Formula 1 fan, so often I spend my weekend watching that!

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Your favourite color? Yellow! It’s been my favourite colour since I was very small! I don’t tend to wear it (although mustard seems to work on me!) but I love having yellow themed items

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Do you collect anything (besides books)? I don’t think I’ve got room to collect anything else! But I am obsessed with stationery so you could probably say I collect that… as who needs 20 notebooks all at the same time!

What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it? I feel like I’d have to ask my mum! Maybe The Tale of Peter Rabbit? I have definitely read that a few times… the pages prove that!

Have you ever regretted a book you purchased? A book that sounded so promising but you wished you’d have spent your money on another book after reading it? The Essex Serpent – I was really, really looking forward to reading it, bloggers had raved about it, colleagues were reading it etc. I just assumed I would like it. I couldn’t seem to find it anywhere other than Waterstones, so I believe it was purchased at full RRP price and I don’t think I got past 50 pages. I wish I had just gone to the local supermarket and spent the money on a few paperbacks! Although it still sits wistfully staring at me from my DNF pile, I do hope that one day I pick it up.

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London, 1893. When Cora Seaborne’s controlling husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Along with her son Francis – a curious, obsessive boy – she leaves town for Essex, in the hope that fresh air and open space will provide refuge.

On arrival, rumours reach them that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for superstition, is enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a yet-undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter’s vicar, who is also deeply suspicious of the rumours, but thinks they are a distraction from true faith.

As he tries to calm his parishioners, Will and Cora strike up an intense relationship, and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves at once drawn together and torn apart, affecting each other in ways that surprise them both.
The Essex Serpent is a celebration of love, and the many different shapes it can take.

Do you listen to audio books? I do and I don’t. When I was a child, my grandmother bought me Harry Potter tapes and I used to listen to them to fall asleep in the evenings…. and after so many years I still do, although now I’ve got them on my iPhone! But other than falling asleep to Harry Potter, I don’t think I have listened to one.

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Do you have a favorite genre? I’ll go broad and just say the Thriller genre. Usually I’m more specific and state it’s psychological thrillers, but at the moment I am enjoying legal and crime thrillers a lot!

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now? I absolutely ADORED The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances and I’ve just spotted that she has a new book out now called The Temp. I can not wait to get my hands on it, it’s already sitting in my amazon wish list… just waiting for my excuse to hit BUY!

Michelle Frances graduated from Bournemouth Film School and then from the Masters programme at the American Film Institute, Los Angeles. Returning to London, she has worked for several years in film and TV as a script editor and producer for both the independent sector and the BBC. Find out more at http://michellefrancesbooks.com

How is your library organized? I have two main bookshelves, one is organised by colour which looks beautiful but only contains finished books so I don’t touch it and ruin it! The other is organised in piles of TBRs, DNFs and books I’ve completed.

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Do you read more ebooks or physical books? Physical books, I’m not a big fan of eBooks (although I will read them occasionally, maybe 1 to 5 a year), I just love holding a book in my hands and being able to see how far in I am, smell that fresh book smell, walk through bookstores and pick a special book etc…

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Do you have a favorite book? Ok this might not be my favourite but it’s definitely my most memorable – The Litigators by John Grisham. Before that book, I’d been in a bit of a reading slump and only picking up maybe 1 to 2 books a month, but after reading The Litigators, I became obsessed with reading all over again and was picking up 2 books a week… and have ever since!

What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of? It would have to be one of these two: Little Women and A Little Princess. Both of these books have such a big place in my heart from my childhood so when I saw these special edition covers I had to buy them, even though I’ve already got copies of them both!

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Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …? Over 300, probably more like 600? I tend to hoard books and never give them away!

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What’s the title of the last book you purchased? Typical me…. I bought five books: Copy Cat by Alex Lake, Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane, The Darkness Within by Lisa Stone, Shame On You by Amy Heydenrych and Odd Child Out by Gilly Macmillan. These were all on offer on amazon so I scooped them up for less than a tenner!

What was your favorite author when you were a child? JK Rowling, without a doubt. I grew up near enough same age as Harry each year so I really related to the books and I loved that everyone around me was reading the same book, so that I could discuss them all day long!

From which author do you have most books? Definitely John Grisham, I think I have nearly all his books. I LOVE his books! (Although I do agree with my fellow Grisham fans – the last few are not as good 😦 )

Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times? No, for some reason I have never been able to read a book a second time. I have tried, but within the first ten pages the entire plot comes back to me and it seems pointless to re read, since there are so many lovely other books out there in the world for me to read!

How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already? I don’t use Goodreads for my challenge as I tend to just use my diary to tally my books. My aim last year was to read 100 books and I ended up reading 103 – very happy with that. I’m aiming for the same again this year, another 100. I’m on my third book this year, having finished Scrublands by Chris Hammer and Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton – both AMAZING books btw! I’m currently reading the Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case ?

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(The) Cactus by Sarah Haywood
(The) Honeymoon by Tina Seskis,
Lie With Me By Sabine Durrant,
Our House by Louise Candlish,
Eve of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher

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In case you missed it, here are the 5 last BFF’s (Blog Friends Forever) I posted about. If you want to read the previous posts, you can find the tab with links on my home page.

Vera – Unfiltered Tales
Kelly – Another Book In The Wall
Zoë – What’s Better Than Books
Umut – Umut Reviews
Luci – Lunarlucibooks

I don’t want my BFF club to be complete just yet! There’s still room for plenty more so give me a shout if you want to be featured in April! 

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley #BookReview

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EVERYONE’S INVITED.
EVERYONE’S A SUSPECT.

Bristling with tension, bitter rivalries, and toxic friendships, get ready for the most hotly-anticipated thriller of 2019.

In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year.

The beautiful one
The golden couple
The volatile one
The new parents
The quiet one
The city boy
The outsider

The victim.

Not an accident – a murder among friends.

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The Hunting Party was an interesting murder mystery with a nice big bonus. Not only is there the hunt for a killer in a close circle of friends but one of the biggest joys for me was actually figuring out who the victim was. It mustn’t have been easy to write the story and describe what happened without giving anything away towards the identity of the murder victim but I couldn’t catch any of the POV’s slipping at any point. It’s actually only in the final part of the novel that you find out who it is although I did make some progress myself in ticking off a couple of persons from the list. The strategy Lucy Foley used made it possible to predict who wasn’t murdered rather than who was and in the end I had it all limited to 2 or 3 possibilities. The same questions kept mulling in my head however: who deserved it, who provoked it, who held such a terrible secret it was worth killing for? As the story progresses it seems there’s more than one likely candidate to give and to receive.

Even with so many guests I never had any problems discerning who’s who, although I had my own set of mnemonics to remember them: there were the stars (Miranda & Julien), the wannabees (Emma & Mark), the happy family (Giles, Samira and baby Prya), the perfect son-in-laws (Nick & Bo) and of course the underdog (Katie). I really liked Katie, the only single person of the company and a bit of an odd one out. The most memorable one was Miranda though, she’s the one who always wants to be in the picture and she was highly intriguing.

The first night at the lodge – game night – already showed a few glitches in what seems at first sight a perfect group of friends as it gears up for the fateful New Year’s Eve. A copious dinner and even more amounts of alcohol makes everyone quite unhibited and frank. When they start a game of truth or dare you know they’re asking for trouble. It was quite a rollercoaster ride of twists and reveals that followed, some I saw coming but others came right out of the blue.

I very much enjoyed getting to know this lot, the characters were nicely fleshed out and I love it when you scratch the surface and there’s so much to discover and believe me there were secrets and lies flying around your ears. I also really liked the two additions to the group, Doug and Heather. I didn’t know what reasons they had to want to move and work at such a remote location but I warmed to both of them quickly and found them to be the most enjoyable people in the story.

If you enjoyed similar novels like Sleep and An Unwanted Guest then you’re definitely going to like this one as well, it keeps right up with those and even steps up the game delivering two mysteries in one go.

I received a free copy of the novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Happy New Year! #personal announcement and bookish resolutions

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Happy 2019 everyone.. my best wishes to you all!

I can’t believe another year has flown by! It’s been a year of ups and downs, for me as a blogger and on a personal level. I have to admit the personal part really affected the blogging part too sometimes.

If I look back I have to admit it was actually quite a stressful year for me. The source of most of it is the fact that *official announcement following now* I have bought my own crib this year and I’m moving house (or appartement really) in 2020! I know it’s still a long time but I’ve been sitting on this news for 6 months already and I thought it’d be nice to finally share.

It might sound silly but I really pushed my limits this year. I had to make a life-changing decision (oh horror) and I’m really not good at making decisions, I had to meet strangers at banks for a loan, negotiate, have grown-up talk… it was all way out of my very introvert comfort zone (I need a printed route when I go somewhere new and have to virtually go over it at least 5 times beforehand, just to let you know I’m not as easy as other people with the unknown) and I had a serious dip in July that even made me go to the doctor for something to control these overwhelming feelings. I also felt very lonely. They only gave me stupid homeopathic pills that didn’t do anything though but I pulled through regardless and I did it, the deed is signed and I have a loan I’m already paying back.

Stage 2 is still to come in 2020  – the moving part – which won’t be easy either and I don’t look forward to the practical side or the emotional side of it all but there’s no way back now (you can’t imagine how many times I have wished for it though).

I will have lived ‘here’ for almost 20 years by then (11 years with my boyfriend/husband and the rest on my own) so saying goodbye pains me already but the owner is selling the building (with 2 apartments) which means I have had visitors coming over the floor almost every week for over 5 months and yes the wait to hear someone wants to buy (please not yet) is also very stressful. I don’t want to be kicked out yet and even if they let me stay at first I don’t know if I can stay on for years so I don’t want to wait. My grandmother also sold her house last year, lives with my parents now and gifted me a certain amount of money and thirdly it’s just better for me to live in a city, especially when I’m getting older, because I don’t have a car (or license) and everything seems so far away and it makes life just more difficult. It’s a way of taking care of myself really. Sometimes your head tells you what you have to do even if your heart isn’t completely in it.

But there you go, I made a decision for the best, not feeling very happy atm but I hope that will come when I’m settled. It’s all still a long way to go but here you can see where I’ll be (on the fourth floor so not really):

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It should become this:

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It’s going to be as big as I live now (which isn’t so big at all, only 70m²) and I’m already worried how to fit all my books in ;-). I’ll make it work though, don’t worry about that.

So for 2019 I’m going to try and be happy and I’m also going to try and have more positive thoughts.

As for the blog:

1. I plan to take it easy this year about posting. In the past I was very strict and posted like clockwork on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday. It needed to be this way, nice and clean and I wanted to meet everyone’s expectations but ever since I broke the rhythm I’m strangely okay with it. Nobody’s forgetting about me if I skip one of these days and ok my OCD side isn’t too happy how my blogging bar looks but I can live with it, I can :-).

2. I hope to read more of my own books this year. Wait didn’t I already say this last year? Well I did read some but maybe not as much as I planned.

I’m setting my Goodreads challenge this year on the same number as last year and the year before because I’m fairly sure I can reach my goal. In 2018 I read 69 books and my challenge was set at 60. In 2017 I read 65 and in 2015 I also read 69 books.

3. I haven’t read a series last year because it’s so hard to keep up but I really want to try to read at least one this year. I have several in mind: I want to read Carol Wyer’s series of Natalie Ward, I want to read Angela Marson’s series, I still haven’t read all the books by Robert Bryndza, I haven’t started Helen Fields’ books yet although I have an ecopy of book 1..

On a final note, I only want to thank YOU for being here for me last year, for commenting and reading. I have had almost 30.000 total views (and 14.500 visitors) last year which is so amazing! It has warmed my heart, it has helped me with my confidence, it has done more for me than you know. I hope to see you again and again this year and I wish you all the best!

So there you have it, my resolutions for this year. What about yours?

Pieces of Me by Natalie Hart #BookReview

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Emma did not go to war looking for love, but Adam is unlike any other.

Under the secret shadow of trauma, Emma decides to leave Iraq and joins Adam to settle in Colorado. But isolation and fear find her, once again, when Adam is re-deployed.

Torn between a deep fear for Adam’s safety and a desire to be back there herself, Emma copes by throwing herself into a new role mentoring an Iraqi refugee family.

But when Adam comes home, he brings the conflict back with him. Emma had onsidered the possibility that her husband might not come home from war. She had not considered that he might return a stranger.

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Pieces of Me is a novel told in 3 separate parts: pre-deployment, during deployment and past-deployment, told through Emma’s POV.

I enjoyed this poignant novel as a whole but the first part is definitely my favorite because it’s the most happy and romantic part of the novel. It’s here that Emma works (as a civilian) in the International Zone (or IZ) where she spends her days helping people with their visa applications and meets Adam. I not only loved reading how they met but I felt I was invited to a very interesting sneak peek behind the scenes of camp life in a war zone. As an outsider you never really know what goes on at a base camp and how you should imagine their daily life. Reading this made me feel as if I was momentarily there too. This author must have true knowledge because it was written so naturally, it certainly felt as a slice of true life. People have quite normal lives and just like everybody, they do things outside of work too. Emma also goes to the bar, follows yoga lessons and spends her Friday afternoons at the pool with the friend she made (not only to Emma, this felt contradictory to me too that you could simply sit around a pool in a war zone). The war is never really far away though, sometimes there are bomb threats and is the danger close by. It was touching, hard and sad to read how the war can tear that little bubble apart in an instant.

In the second part of the novel Adam leaves for another mission and Emma stays at home. Adapting to a normal life clearly isn’t easy. Emma admits that there’s a longing to be there, to go on an adventure too, that is difficult to admit. She stays behind and is trying to find a purpose. She placed me in her shoes effortlessly and I could feel her loneliness, how she doesn’t belong nor here nor there and how she misses her husband. When he finally comes back in the third part something has changed though, he’s maybe even further away from her then when he was really overseas. The novel shows how grief and PTSD can cause a wedge between the tightest of couples. I felt an overwhelming sadness for Adam and Emma and what the war did to them, and I wished nothing more than that they would find each other again.

This was a great and interesting novel. The only remark I want to make is that I expected the ‘pieces of glass’ that Emma collects over time (hence the wonderful cover) and which I thought was a wonderful and clever idea in the book would play a bigger part in the end and that they would form a pinnacle, a closure of sorts, an acceptance and gratefulness for every important moment she had. I don’t feel this received the attention it deserved or that I really saw what they became in the end.

Pieces of Me is a touching novel about the impact of a deployment on a couple. They go through a myriad of emotions and were able to touch me too. It was really well-written and I can recommend this novel if you enjoyed The Flight of Cordelia Blackwood.

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher, Legend Press, in exchange for my honest opinion.