Books 40 – 47 of 2015 otherwise known as May Reading

Enjoyed my May reading there seemed to be a plethora of paperbacks out this month which was great.  Always get so fed up in the Autumn as you see great books but they are all in hard back so good to see them now coming out in paper back.

1. The 7 Sisters by Lucinda Riley

This is one of my favourite authors and therefore one of the books I have been waiting to come out in paper back form.  The book is the first in a series of a group of sister who are all adopted by an eccentric millionaire from different parts of the world.  In this first book he has just died and in his will encourages each of the girls to find out who they really are and where they really are from.

This book follows the oldest sister who still lives at home yet has a past that still hurts her.  The book takes us to Brazil where she quickly discovers who her family were a prominent Rio coffee family now fallen on hard times but they don’t want to know her or admit she is part of the family.

I enjoyed this book Lucinda Riley is a great writer.  I have never been to Brazil but as a result of reading this book I would love to go.  Part of the story is also set in Paris a city I would love to return to.  There were parts of the story particularly at the end for me didn’t entirely stack up but that said I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series.

2. The Book of You – Claire Kendal

This was a find at Barter books the second hand book shop in Alwnick.  It was on my to read list so I was delighted to find it.  But it was a disappointment.  It was well written and the premise great of a women being stalked was compelling.   You can imagine how frightening that is and this book certainly  conveyed this.  Yet I found none of the characters like able nor could I believe that she finally decided to report him at the end of the book.  So it was interesting to a point but also spent a lot of the time disliking the characters and questioning why things happened in the sequence that they did.

3. I let you Go – Claire Macintosh

This was also on my to do list but this book was the opposite to the above.   It did not disappoint and  I know will be in my recommendations for books of the year for 2015.

I had been going to keep this read to my holiday but couldn’t resist when I saw the paperback version.  The cover states its about a women whose son is killed by a hit and run and in her grief escapes to a cottage on the Welsh coastline.

This book has more twists in it than I can remember it was enthralling from page one to the end  read it, read it. read it.  I am not saying any more as you need to read with an open mind and no spoilers but read it.  It’s fantastic.

4. What Ends – Andrew Ladd

A book set on a Scottish Island is usually something I am highly likely to buy and read as soon as I can.  As I am a girl who dreams of living on one and holidays there as often as I can.

This book is set on a fictional Scottish island though the author at the end says its based on Canna.  It is about de-population of an island and how this impacts on the families left till more and more people leave with only one family remaining.  This family is the focus of the book.  I liked this book it wasn’t ground breaking it was simply what it said on the cover a book about one family and three siblings and how they coped or didn’t cope living on a remote Scottish island.

5. All the light that we cannot see – Anthony Doer

My historical book of the month and like many of the historical fiction that I read about the second world war.  A book looking at the lives of a French blind girl and a orphaned German boy and how the war impacted on their lives.  It was very well written and I enjoyed it.

6. A song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray

This was not an easy book to read as its about the death of a child.  Interspersed with this is the story of how religion can impact on your lives and how belief can be shaken to the core with the death of one of your children.  This book was not easy to read yet it was done in a very readable way and demonstrated grief in all its forms.  The ending was left open to your imagination and I have found myself going over that over and over again.

7. When we’re friends by Tina Seskis

Ex university friends meet each summer for a picnic an obligatory reunion that all bar the organiser  holds no appeal as they have fallen out over the years and bar this reunion most of them are living separate lives.  In this explosive reunion one of them is dead by the end of the night.  Why?  Is she killed?  Is it suicide?  And are they all to blame falling the fall outs over the course of the night or are any of them blameless?

This was a page turner and I read it very quickly over the course of a weekend.  But that said I didn’t really warm to any of the characters and felt that the premise was wrong.  If you no longer have anything in common and the reunions are painful its simple don’t go.

8. So Safe House by Lenwood Barclay

This was a book I wouldn’t normally buy but it came as part of an offer.  Set in the USA about a girl who lies to her parents telling them she is at the cinema when she’s really with a boy borrowing a porsche from a family away on holiday…….but someone else is in the house and then there is a shot…….

Parts of the story did not ring true to me but it was a book you kept going with as there were twists and turns through out and it kept you turning the pages.  But the ending was questionable as if the author had to end it positively but you felt really after all that?

May has been a great month of reading the books I questioned are as important as the books that I loved.  Part of the great reading tapestry of life.  But go buy and read “I let you Go”.  Did you gather it was my favourite?


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. 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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One Response to Books 40 – 47 of 2015 otherwise known as May Reading

  1. Gilly says:

    Just finished When we were friends. I quite enjoyed it but did have to keep flicking back to remember which character was which.

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