My July 2022 Reads

July 2022 reads

Summer reading continues – yay! I had a great July in books. Here are the novels I read and the accompanying reviews. Have you read any of these? What did you think? I’m always open to book recommendations – so drop any novels you recommend into the comments section.   The Lonely Hearts Lido Club…

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My June 2022 reads

June 2022 reads

Summer reading is always my favorite reading – even if my son’s fractued arm put a damper on beach and poolside reading during this steamy month… But that lament is for another day. At least the reading was always good. I had a great June in books. Here are the novels I read and the…

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Book Review: The Switch

I read this book largely in one day, on the beach between swims. It’s a fast paced, fun tale about an identity swap between grandmother and granddaughter. Leena is a twenty-something management consultant/workaholic living in London. Her job is her life and she’s used to dazzling clients and being the It-girl of her consultng firm.…

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Book review: What the Lady Wants

What The Lady Wants book cover

I love historical fiction and have a softspot for America’s Gilded Age, so I was very pleased to discover What the Lady Wants. Not surprisingly, I loved the novel. This is my third Renee Rosen novel, each set in a different period of time. What the Lady Wants opens in 1871, on the eve of…

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Book review: The Guest List

The Guest List book cover

This is the third Lucy Foley I’ve read, and it is most definitely her best. This mystery novel set on a remote, wild island off the coast of western Ireland digs deeps into the psyches of its multiple point of view characters, and the slow reveals keep the story moving quickly and maintain reader interest…

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Book review: The Flat Share

The Flat Share book cover

I had heard about this novel that had been a runaway success, and was curious to read this feel-good, romantic comedy for myself. This is the story of two quirky young Londoners who both share a common challenge one would imagine is well understood by many a city dweller. How to afford living in London…

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Margaret Atwood on book reviews by authors

I think of reviewing like giving blood: some day you might need some yourself. -Margaret Atwood I liked this Twitter comment from Canadian author Margaret Atwood. This was in response to a person who suggested that authors – especially famous authors – should recognize their success and pay it forward by writing book reviews for…

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Book Review: Grown Ups

Grown Ups book cover

Irish author Marian Keyes always delivers interesting characters, and her latest novel, Grown Ups, doesn’t disappoint. The novel unfolds in Dublin, and on various holiday locales around Ireland – and one further afield in Tuscany, Italy. We’re introduced rather quickly to a large cast of characters. The Casey brothers – Johnny, Ed and Liam –…

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Book review: All the Lonely People

All The Lonely People book cover

I so enjoyed reading my first Mike Gayle novel, Half A World Away, earlier this year that I decided to also read his newest, All the Lonely People. It didn’t disappoint. This story opens as we observe a grumpy, old man, Hubert Bird, speaking from his London home with his daughter who works in Australia.…

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