I Spy Book Tag

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I was tagged twice so 2 times a thank you to Norrie @Reading Under the Blankie and Kathy @Books and Munches for challenging me to do this tag!

The challenge this time is: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!!

PS: I used my (entire) Goodreads list so Read, To Read and Wishlist ;-).

Food

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Transportation

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Weapon

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Animal

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Number

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Something You Read

The Travelers

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Body of Water

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Product of Fire

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Royalty

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[READ]

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Clothing Item

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Family Member

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[READ]

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Time of Day

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Music

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[READ]

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Paranormal Being

A Monster Calls

[READ]

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Occupation

The Fixer

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Season

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Color

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Celestial Body

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Something That Grows

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So that’s it. I hope I did well :-).

The best part is, I get to tag some people as well so I tag the following blogs :

Up With A Book

Book Wonderland

Books of Magic

A Little Book Problem

Books Teacup and Reviews

Books and Co

and anyone who really likes doing tags 😉

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Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager #BookReview

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Welcome to my turn on the blog tour for Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager. My thanks also to Anne Cater and Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing for the opportunity to be part of the tour.

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Have you ever played two truths and a lie?

Emma has. Her first summer away from home, she learned how to play the game. And she learned how to lie.

Then three of her new friends went into the woods and never returned . . .

Now, years later, Emma has been asked to go back to the newly re-opened Camp Nightingale. She thinks she’s laying old ghosts to rest but really she’s returning to the scene of a crime.

Because Emma’s innocence might be the biggest lie of all…

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I really loved how original and suspenseful Riley Sager’s first novel, Final Girls, was. It was in my top 10 of 2016 for good reason. Well the impossible is possible, he’s done it again! Riley Sager wrote a brilliant follow up novel that holds one’s own phenominally. If you liked Final Girls, you will like this one too, and that’s no lie!

When girls are disappearing without a trace, you can color me intrigued! Last Time I Lied was eerie, sinister and very very atmospheric thanks to the setting of Camp Nightingale. The summer camp mentioned in the novel is buried in the woods (think no cell phone reception!) with wooden cabins planted here and there and each cabin houses 3-4 summer guests. Lake Midnight, situated on the domain, was so ominous and dark, it felt like a character all on its own and I loved its own interesting and legendary past.

One night, Vivian, Natalie and Allison disappear without a trace, leaving 13 year-old Emma behind in the cabin. They disappear into the night, never to be seen again and it’s funny yet a genius idea to resurrect the feel of his first novel by making Emma a Final Girl or sole surivor in his sequel. Now – 15 years later – camp Nightingale is reopened. Some come back to forget what happened in the past and replace it with more pleasant memories but Emma comes back to remember, find out what happened and get rid of some of her guilt. Guilt for what exactly is something that’ll certainly eat at you as well when you’re following in Emma’s wake. I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, she’s easy to sympathise with when they look at her like she’s a pariah, but I had to hold back a little bit and couldn’t give her my all because she didn’t show all the cards in her hand either.

Sager then expertly weaves two time periods with unmistakable similarities together. Before she knows it Emma is bunking with 3 young girls, Miranda, Krystal and Sasha and history seems to be repeating. Just like Vivian in the past, Miranda is also a leader type and the other two seem to parallel the girls from the past as well. There are 6 girls to keep track of apart from Emma but I didn’t have any problem following sporty spice and the others. It was pretty obvious as well who was really important and who wasn’t.

The author managed to keep the mystery going for a very long time without letting my attention wane for even a second. Last Time I Lied is a spooky story with suspects and red herrings aplenty. I was led astray numerous times and just when I thought I could reach my own conclusion, he had me tick off another name from my suspect list without a pardon. This happened multiple times and with every new suspect exonerated, I actually worried who would be the last one standing. I thought I knew better all the time and I actually knew nothing at all :-). I shouldn’t have been so surprised that I was completely unprepared for the way it ended. I was hit so hard when I found out what happened to the girls. The denouement came with a pretty big bang and I hung onto every word!

Riley Sager definitely knows what he’s doing and how it’s done right. He knows how to write a novel that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat!

I liked how the story was written but I loved the setting and the atmosphere. Last Time I Lied wasn’t too scary but I still consider it as bordering the horror genre. It’s so easy to imagine yourself at that summer camp yourself. If you enjoyed reading Six Stories, you should definitely add this one to your readlist.

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

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New BFF: Unfiltered Tales

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Good day to everyone who reads this post and a warm welcome to Vera of the wonderful Unfiltered Tales blog. Vera started blogging in February of this year so if you happen to have missed her posts, hop on over and check it out. She doesn’t read romance (#sorrynotsorry) but everything else goes. Besides her stellar reviews, I seriously always look forward to her posts in her Chitter-Chatter series. I can’t explain, you have to read them for yourself, but her experience as a life coach really comes forward in those posts. They’ll help you think about what you are doing with your blog and if that’s what you really want and they are just generally very insightful.

OK after this little introduction, I’ll let Vera take it from here 🙂

QandA

Name: Vera

Age: I’m in my late thirties… that’s still 30, right? 😉

Birthday: Late January, I’m an Aquarius

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job?

I studied Mathematical and Computer Modelling at Uni. My job is to be a Researcher; I live in a world of equations, which I verify via code writing. I pinch myself sometimes to make sure I’m not dreaming. I consider myself extremely lucky to be curious for living. I mean I get to ask my favourite WHY word on a regular basis, how cool is that? 😉 Alright, you may think it’s all hunky dory but the reality sometimes is me feeling like punching a wall and screaming at my code as it looped itself indefinitely again (nothing to do with me of course); or as Carol from Little Britain nicely puts it: “Computer says No” sometimes and I go mad…

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I have a few side gigs as well: I’m a certified Personal Trainer and Exercise to Music Instructor. And I’m going through Life Coach training. All of those have something to do with my obsession with people. I love to know why we do things we do. Alice once famously cried my nickname: “curiouser and curiouser”.

Do you have any other hobbies?

Climbing

I love rock climbing, hiking in nature, mountaineering / scrambling, yoga, horse riding, dog walking, discovering new places and spending time with people I love (my dog fits that category as well!). I am also into photography and love snapping photos whenever I have a change.

Can I say people are my hobby as well without sounding super creepy? I love people watching; something that gets me into trouble a lot. Especially on busy tube trains in London…

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I also love spending time in nature. Nature always make me feel so small – in the best possible way. I get fully recharged when I’m outside and I dream of living by a wild rocky coast one day.

Your favourite colour?

I tend to have a lot of black tops… and grey, white and blue feature in my closet and our furniture as well. I also like pink.

Do you collect anything (besides books)?

I tend not to collect anything.

Minimalism is something close to my heart and me and my anxiety feel better without too much stuff around. I’m not judging anyone who has a different preference, we are all different and that’s so beautiful about us. In my case, less is more.

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What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it?

I think it’s The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho which I bought when I moved to London from the Czech Republic in 2000. I read it many times.

Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

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?

Nope. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like certain books, but I just never regret spending money on such books. I see it as a way of supporting all those writers, who are out there creating and telling us stories. I am very good at not finishing books but never ever regret making those purchases.

Do you listen to audio books?

Nope. But I’m planning to. I will try some non-fiction books first as I listen to a lot of podcasts and I think it could work. I bought We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on audible and will be listening to it soon.

Do you have a favourite genre?

Hmmmm. I don’t. Recently, I have been gravitating towards non-fiction about topics such as human behaviour, emotions, values, minimalism, zero waste, mindfulness and gratitude. I have also read a lot of memoirs lately.

I also enjoy fantasy, psychological thrillers and twisted crime novels. I am very open minded about what I read with perhaps the exception of romance novels, those are just not my thing.

What is the book highest on your wish list right now?

It’s a tie between Circe by Madeline Miller and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

How is your library organized?

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We sort of sectioned our bookcase. We have climbing guides and hiking guides in a few sections, then there is a small cook book section, two dog training guides and I have a section for books written in Czech and the rest of books is sort of colour coded.

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My dog decided to photobomb this photo. He had a surgery on his paw recently and currently follows me everywhere and it’s impossible to take a photo without him or a part of him in it. 😉

Do you read more eBooks or physical books?

I read predominantly digital. eBooks are usually my preferred way of reading. With that said, I enjoy reading physical copies of non-fiction books. Books written is Czech are pretty much always physical copies though as they are usually gifts from my family.

Do you have a favourite book?

I have a few favourites. The already mentioned The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho is one of them. Another is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I adore all Dr Brené Brown’s books but Daring Greatly is the one closest to my heart.

From Czech books, I love the hysterically funny Saturnin by Zdeněk Jirotka as well as Besídka bývalých žáků zvláštní školy by Miloslav Šimek, Jiří Grossmann and Jiří Krampol. I don’t know if these are translated into English but they are utterly hilarious and I love them very dearly. They are HOME. 😊

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What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of?

I had to have a look as I’m notoriously oblivious to book covers. I honestly could not care less what those covers are. I know, I’m a savage… 😉

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The book, which cover I really like is: Wild guide: Devon, Cornwall and South West by Daniel Start. That cover always makes me dream of discovering places and hiding somewhere in nature.

Do you have any idea how many books you own?

Nope. I bought many but equally donated most of them. I delete most eBooks once I read them, I honestly have no idea…

What’s the title of the last book you purchased?

Love Wins by Rob Bell.

In Love Wins, bestselling author, international teacher, and speaker Rob Bell (Velvet Elvis, Drops Like Stars) addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith–hell and the afterlife–arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever?

Rob Bell is an electrifying, unconventional pastor whom Time magazine calls “a singular rock star in the church world,” with millions viewing his NOOMA videos.

With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial with a hopeful message–eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.

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What was your favourite author when you were a child?

Astrid Lindgren. Even as a kid, I was mildly obsessed with anything Scandinavian. 😉 I adored her books. With my favourite being Pippi Longstocking and The Six Bullerby Children.

I was also into myths and legends and read everything I could find on old Greek / Roman / Norse / Native American / South American / Egyptian mythology as well as old Slavic tales. I still crave those from time to time as they always bring so much nostalgia to me. They are my comfort blanket for sure.

When I was about 12, I discovered horrors and Stephen King was my main author of choice. And then I found J.R.R Tolkien and the rest is history…

From which author do you have most books?

Non-fiction that would be Dr Brené Brown, fiction that would be Kelley Armstrong as I enjoyed her Otherworld series.

Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times?

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho and Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly are the ones I have read more than twice.

How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already?

I have pledged 100 books but so far, I have read 28. I’ve written a post about ‘Reading Challenge and the Art of Failing’ as I am not sure if I’ll be able to finish it given how much I have ‘not read’ this year so far but somehow, I’m OK with it. 😊

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

VERA

Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
Everything that Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (aka The Minimalists)
Rising Strong by Brené Brown
Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

In case you missed it, here are some of the BFF’s (Blog Friends Forever) I posted about before :

Martina – The Mystery Corner
Liis – Cover to Cover
Danielle – Books, Vertigo and Tea
Betty – Bookish Regards
Anais – Zeezee with Books
Nicki – Secret Library
Donna – Chocolatenwaffles’ Blog
Chitra – Books & Strips
Annie – The Misstery
Dee – Novel Deelights
Tina – Reading Between the Pages
Savanah – Off-Color Lit
Delphine – Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads
Lisa – Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews
Alex – Coffeeloving Bookoholic
Kathy – Books and Munches
Diana – A Haven for Book Lovers
Norrie – Reading Under The Blankie
Lynne – Fictionophile
Lorna – On The Shelf Reviews

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 added! It’d be very appreciated!

The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway by Rhys Thomas #BookReview

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Sam Holloway has survived the worst that life can throw at you. But he’s not really living. His meticulous routines keep everything nice and safe – with just one exception . . .

Three nights a week, Sam dons his superhero costume and patrols the streets. It makes him feel invincible – but his unlikely heroics are getting him into some sticky situations.

Then a girl comes along and starts to shatter the walls Sam has built around himself. Now, he needs to decide if he’s brave enough to take off the mask, and to confront the grief he’s been avoiding for so long . . .

Hilarious and heart-warming, this is a story about grief, loneliness, and the life-changing power of kindness.

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Sam is 26, lives in his immaculately clean house, has 2 equally geeky friends and he works in the factory of a Japanase wholesaler where he’s a model employee. At night he’s roaming the streets (in a ridiculous costume) and although his actions are limited to helping elderly ladies with their shopping or bringing lost dogs back home, he feels good with these little helpful acts. Good people doing good deeds definitely applies to Sam.. but when he falls in love, everything is jeopardized and in danger of falling apart, including the safe, simple life he carefully built up. It all starts to unravel and while he is used to coping on his own, he might need some help to deal with the setbacks he comes across. Sometimes help does come from the people you least expect it from. One of the people reaching out and helping him was definitely a surprise but I cheered when I realised he was actually getting help from someone in his corner!

It took me a while to get into this novel but Sam did grow on me as the story developed and in the end I genuinly cared and I wanted him to overcome the past. The episodes of ‘The Phantasm’ were at first quirky and funny – as a parody on old heroes like batman –  but behind Sam as the masked man lies a tragedy slowly revealing itself as the story progressed. There was a shift at a certain moment from which point I started to understand more clearly why he felt like he needed this alter ago. The general hilarity of it all changed everything with the new insights. His background and the trauma which he dealt with on his own definitely shed a different light on his actions. There’s a reason why he feels best when he’s in character and why he simply can’t hang up his costume, even after he hears his love interest say she thinks The Phantasm is ridiculous, and it was sad and I felt heavy-hearted hearing what life had thrown at him.

There was a good mix of laughter and pain in this novel. His backstory was very tragic, well thought-out and the best part of the novel for me. Unfortunately that’s also probably what I will remember in a few month’s time and the first part of the novel won’t hang in my head as long.. it was so cartoonish at times that I had a hard time imagining this character could be a real person. So to end I’d say I liked it, but didn’t love it. A commendable debut and if you have a bit more fantasy than me, you might love it.

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

 

The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke #BookReview

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A SENSELESS MURDER. A TERRIFYING LEGEND. A FAMILY HAUNTED.

1990: In the darkest woods, three girls devote themselves to a sinister figure.

2000: A young mother disappears, leaving behind her husband and baby daughter.

2018: A teenage girl is charged with murder, and her trial will shock the world.

Three chilling events, connected by the shadow he casts.

He is the Tall Man. He can make you special…

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star three and a half

The Tall Man turned out to be a very creepy and unsettling read. I couldn’t make head or tale of what was going on and my mind was begging for the answer to that question which didn’t leave my mind for a minute when reading: who is The Tall Man? Is he someone real? Is it the legend that became ingrained in Sadie’s mind and is it possible he’s only a figment of her imagination that she takes for real? Is it linked to a  post-natal depression? The novel is set up to confuse and confuse it certainly did. I didn’t mind not knowing though and the author did a terrific job balancing that fine line, making me wonder. The suggestion was superb and your own fantasy and imagination will do lots of the work, which is of course the strength of the plot. Locke makes it easy enough with her smart writing, she really masters this and even I was not sure what to think and believe.

The story is somewhat of a slow build but really delivers when it comes to the two big reveals.

It was a great idea to insert the documentary makers, reporting and questioning Sadie’s daughter Amber. She was tried for murder and Phoebe Locke left me guessing for so long about the identity of the person she murdered and the motive she had for doing so! Amber was for me the most interesting character of the novel. I was however a bit disappointed I didn’t get to find out more about the documentary makers following her. There’s no background story of Greta and Federica but I had the feeling there was something to tell there as well.. I’m sure they had some interesting secrets but they both held out so I didn’t find out.

I very much enjoyed how this novel ended, the final chapters managed to really blow up in my face, it was so good. The ending only threw me completely off balance. I did find it strange that the focus was on The Tall Man for so long and then in the final disclosure so much other stuff suddenly came to the surface, out of nowhere I might add, which became relevant to the story and was actually so great and astonishing to hear that it instantly became so much more intriguing than what Sadie saw or heard in the shadows. I felt a bit cheated by The Tall Man and his mystery became a bit anticlimatic. I’m sorry for being so vague but I certainly don’t want to spoil it all and you’ll have to read it for yourself to see what he’s made of.

I received a free copy of this novel through daily staves on The PigeonHole website. This is my honest opinion.

WWW Wednesday (04-07-2018)

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 recently finished :

The tall man is an urban legend, until Sadie tells us he’s real. So is he, really? You’ll have to read and find out. This kept me guessing about what was real and not real until the end of the novel.

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What I’m reading now:

I’m on the blog tour for this novel on July 22 :-). I’m halfway through and I’m really enjoying it so far. Someone is taking revenge but who, is it the disgruntled ex-husband or someone else? I can’t wait to find out 🙂

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

I’m a big BIG fan of Claire Douglas. Boy does she know how to turn a story upside down. I totally loved Last Seen Alive (on last year’s fav list) so I can’t wait to read her new novel. I don’t even know what it’s about, that’s how much faith I have in her.

Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas

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COULD YOUR DREAM HOME BE YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE?

After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family.
And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.

But then their first guest arrives.
Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see.
It’s seventeen years since she tore everything apart.

Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life?
Is Selena running from something too?
Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?

Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it . . .

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So that’s it, what are you reading this week? Share your link in the comments below so that I can come and take a look !

The Distance by Zoë Folbigg #BlogTour #Extract

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Welcome to my turn on the blog tour for The Distance by Zoë Folbigg. My thanks also to Melanie Price and publisher Aria for the opportunity to be part of the tour.

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From the author of the bestselling novel, The Note, comes this beautiful, romantic tale of finding love in the most unexpected places.

Under the midnight sun of Arctic Norway, Cecilie Wiig goes online and stumbles across Hector Herrera in a band fan forum. They start chatting and soon realise they might be more than kindred spirits. But there are two big problems: Hector lives 8,909km away in Mexico. And he’s about to get married.

Can Cecilie, who’s anchored to two jobs she loves in the library and a cafe full of colourful characters in the town in which she grew up, overcome the hurdles of having fallen for someone she’s never met? Will Hector escape his turbulent past and the temptations of his hectic hedonistic life and make a leap of faith to change the path he’s on?

Zoe Folbigg’s latest novel is a story of two people, living two very different lives, and whether they can cross a gulf, ocean, sea and fjord to give their love a chance.

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March 2018, Tromsø, Norway

So, ro, lilleman, nå er dagen overSleep tight, little one, now the day is over… Cecilie can’t stop the blasted lullaby from spinning around her head, twinkling like a hanging mobile doing revolutions above a sleeping baby. Alle mus i alle land, ligger nå og sover… The song is rotating calmly and methodically in Cecilie’s brain, distracting her from the couple sitting in front of her as they wait for her to take their order. It is also distancing her from The Thing That’s Happening Today that she’s been dreading for weeks, hoping someone will put a stop to it or change their mind.

The lullaby must have been swirling in Cecilie’s head since she sang it in a quiet corner of the library this morning; to mothers with grey crescent moons clinging to their lower lashlines; to fathers, over the moon to be enjoying their parental leave in a much more relaxed way than they think their partners did. Mothers and fathers and gurglers, all joined in with Cecilie to sing nursery rhymes in the basement of the library, but now those songs and the sweet and happy voices are taunting her.

So, ro, lilleman…

Cecilie thinks of the large print above the fireplace in the living room at home. The room is an elegant haven of greys, browns and whites, dominated by a long, wooden dining table that stands out against the modern touches of the alternate grey and sable plastic Vitra chairs around it. It’s a table where everyone is welcome for heart-to-hearts and hygge at Christmas, although most of the time Cecilie eats breakfast there alone. She likes the grey chairs best and always chooses to sit on one of those while she eats her soda bread smeared with honey and stares out of the window, to the vast and sparse garden beyond. On the white wall above the fireplace hangs a print of a static Alexander Calder mobile that her mother Karin picked up on a trip to London.

‘Isn’t it wonderful, Cecilie?’ she exclaimed, her blue eyes lighting up against the silver of her bobbed hair, as Cecilie’s brother and his boyfriend lifted the black matt frame onto the mantelpiece with a heave.

‘Wonderful,’ concurred Morten, the partner of Cecilie’s twin brother Espen, as he pushed his glasses up his little snub nose. ‘The beauty and intelligence is astounding,’ he added. ‘I just wish I could see it in motion.’

Karin nodded with vigour; Espen had already left the room.

Cecilie looked at the print dreamily, her pale green eyes gazing up at the black Vertical Fern, while it didn’t oscillate as it had in the gallery, or might have done in a breeze. Still, Cecilie imagined herself, fluttering up to the largest of its black fronds to see what it would look like to gaze down at her mother and Morten’s faces from above. Cecilie had a knack for drifting out of position on a whim or a daydream, and seeing the world from above.

Karin, a pragmatist and a politician, found it hard to understand her otherworldly daughter.

‘Cecilie?’ Karin had urged.

Cecilie crinkled her nose and snapped back into the room with a blink.

‘It’s wonderful, Mamma,’ she agreed, although she couldn’t fathom why her mother had bought an inanimate print of something that ought to be in gentle movement. It seemed so unlike her. Karin Wiig was the least static person Cecilie knew.

‘Well yes,’ confirmed Karin with authority. ‘They were just so stunning, you really ought to go to London and see them in motion before the exhibition ends,’ she said with a wave of her hand, although everyone knew she was really only talking to Morten. Even if Espen had still been in the room to hear, he was too wrapped up in his life at the i-Scand hotel on the harbour to bother with the inconvenience of a weekend break, and Cecilie had never travelled to a latitude below Oslo, which was something a diplomat and an adventurer like Karin couldn’t understand.

‘Why is your sister so happy to stay in one place?’ she once asked Espen in despair.

‘Perhaps Cecilie’s daydreams take her to better places than a flight ever could, Mamma,’ Espen had replied.

So, ro, lilleman…

The flash of the frond in her mind awakens Cecilie and she wriggles her inert feet inside her black Dr Martens boots. The lullaby evaporates and disappears, and Cecilie is back with the couple sitting in front of her, at their usual table.

‘Pickle, are you all right?’ asks Gjertrud, her kindly weathered face looking up at Cecilie. ‘It’s just Ole asked you three times for the spiced Arctic cloudberry cake, but you seem a little… in the clouds yourself today, my dear.’

‘Oh, I’m so sorry, so much to think about…’ Cecilie replies, as she writes cloudberry onto a pad in a wisp of ink.

Author

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Zoë Folbigg is a magazine journalist and digital editor, starting at Cosmopolitan in 2001 and since freelancing for titles including Glamour, Fabulous, Daily Mail, Healthy, LOOK, Top Santé, Mother & Baby, ELLE, Sunday Times Style, and Style.com. In 2008 she had a weekly column in Fabulous magazine documenting her year-long round-the-world trip with ‘Train Man’ – a man she had met on her daily commute. She has since married Train Man and lives in Hertfordshire with him and their two young sons. She is the bestselling author of The Note.

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