Books 69 – 72 – 50p for 3 Books

I haven’t written a book review for weeks and weeks.  I have been reading though and now have a back log of book reviews to write-up.  This was a fear I had when I was on holiday that I would read so much that I would have a book review back log.  But thanks to my Kindle and its Word Press App and lots of time to read and review.  I was able to be up to date when I returned from holiday in July.  Recent weeks have been very busy with work and lots going on with the kids that I now have myself in that back log that I dreaded on holiday.  Going to make an attempt to catch up by linking books together in reviews and trying to allocate time to write them.

So there is a link to the first three of these four books.  My son bought me three books in the one book on a visit to the library.  He was delighted with his present for me “Mum a bargain three books for 50p.”

The first book was by Lisa Jewell “31 Dream Street” which I had read before but re read.  It’s about a man who is given a house by his dad with a sitting older tenant.  He finds himself taking in lodgers for limited rent all who have stories to tell and like him haven’t quite worked out what to do with their lives.  Then his sitting tenant dies leaving him a considerable amount of money and sage advise and he realises he needs to sort out his life and work out what he wants to do with it but first he needs to sort his tenants out.

The second books was “Hidden” by Katy Gardner about a woman who marries someone after a whirl wind romance and moves to the country with him and then finds out she doesn’t really know him at all.  Then he disappears and shortly afterwards so does her young daughter.  Although I did guess the ending it kept me entertained and reading and I really enjoyed this book.

The third book in this book of three was “The Two Mrs Robinsons” which as the name suggests is about two women with one man.  But very quickly the man dies and they are both left alone with their respective children and a joint debt.  Interesting take on how women get on with one another when they really would rather have nothing to do with one another.  The setting is York which is a city I have been to a few times so could relate to the location.  All in all my son was right for 50p these books were a bargain.

The last book was a huge disappointment as I had read her previous book and loved it as I laughed out loud at her take of family life.  “Mad about you” by Sinead Moriarty.  But her book “The secret sisters keep” did not cut the mustard for me.  It was about three sisters all facing issues and their family.  It was ok but strongly lacked substance for me and although there were funny parts it was not as witty or as clever as “Mad about you.”

So now on holiday for a week so hoping that means I not only get time to read lots but that I also manage to catch up with my book review back log.  My aim when I started 2014 was to write a review on each and every book that I read which if I don’t catch up soon I might not achieve.  It was also to read 100 books over the year I am also doubting that I will achieve that but I can try as I love a challenge just need to slow my life down first to make the time.

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About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. www.brightlightmarketing.co.uk. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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