Miss Marley is a beautifully written book that can be read at anytime, not just at Christmas. It features a character from Dickens’ A Christmas CarolMiss Marley is a beautifully written book that can be read at anytime, not just at Christmas. It features a character from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and its oozes an authentic Victorian London atmosphere.
I embraced the Dickensian vibes and the warmth of the book and was very upset at the end to see the author died before publication. I thought it was great that she captured the poverty and harshness of the time whilst still remaining an inspirational read.
It rings out a charming reminder that all actions have consequences and that you can’t put a price on kindness. What a beautiful message from a beautiful book.
Thanks to Harper Collins Ireland for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion....more
This book explores the theme of how to keep your identity when you become a mum. And how to balance all the relationships in your life, while3.5 stars
This book explores the theme of how to keep your identity when you become a mum. And how to balance all the relationships in your life, while still trying to carve out time just to be you, and holding back some time to allow you to follow your dreams. I know, as someone who is always trying (and failing) to do all the things, that this theme felt very real, and I empathised with her struggle.
Jess turns to blogging as way to express her feelings at being a mother, and to capture the highs and lows of everyday life. I enjoyed her blog entries which were letters to her daughter documenting a lovely mixture of poignant and funny moments in their lives.
I did find it hard to swallow how quickly her blog grew, but I suppose that must be how it happens for some influencers. I also felt the social media side wasn't emphasised enough, as that is where the growth seems to be nowadays, so that part didn't ring true to me. Although maybe I'm just bitter because I never got all the attention that Jess did!
That aside, I did really enjoy the book. Overall it's an easy to read, easy to relate to book about being a blogger, a wife, a mother and a friend. If you are any combination of the above, then I think you’d enjoy this heartwarming and funny read....more
I absolutely devoured this deliciously dark, gossipy insight in to a closed gate community. When one neighbour is found dead, it seems there is a lotI absolutely devoured this deliciously dark, gossipy insight in to a closed gate community. When one neighbour is found dead, it seems there is a lot going on behind closed doors in every other house.
Between the rocket fast pace, the intriguing characters and their disastrous lives, I couldn’t put it down. I loved discovering what each family was hiding, and then watching them finally come together as a real community.
If you like a dark plot, a mystery screaming to be solved and complex family dynamics, then I don’t think this will disappoint.
Well when I heard that Where She Lies by Michael Scanlon was the start of new gripping Irish DeteThis review was originally posted on Between My Lines
Well when I heard that Where She Lies by Michael Scanlon was the start of new gripping Irish Detective series, I knew that was a blog tour I HAD to join. Thanks Bookouture for making my wish happen.
First Line of Where She Lies by Michael Scanlon
“She cursed herself for having agreed to meet him in the forest.”
My Thoughts on Where She Lies by Michael Scanlon
I thought this was a cracking debut novel, with lots of potential for further development of the characters. Beck has been shuttled off from a busy Dublin Garda Station, to a small town station and demoted a few rungs on the ladder too. Then, we left hanging on for the reason why, which made me tear through the pages as I was intrigued.
I will say that Beck represents a detective we have seen in many other books and films. Quirky, clever, fond of a drink, murky past, willing to bend the rules to get his man. But I still attached quickly to him, and enjoyed watching him trying to resist getting involved in the murder investigation, but being pulled in anyway.
The death count mounts quickly in this sleepy town and while I thought I knew whodunnit it. I wasn’t even close! And I love when an author catches me out like. The atmosphere was dark and gristly, with some scenes causing shivers to run up and down by back.
Overall I really enjoyed it, and look forward to more in this police procedural series. And more time with Beck.
Who Should read Where She Lies by Michael Scanlon?
I’d recommend this to fans of psychological thrillers with gripping plots, or if you like Irish settings and to those who like to be kept guessing. Fans of With Our Blessing by Jo Spain and Can Anybody Help Me by Sinead Crowley should also enjoy.
Thanks to Bookouture for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion....more