Saw this over on Secret Library Book Blog https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/54512338 and thought it was a great idea!  Thanks @Nicki_Mags

On each first Friday of the month join KERRY @ CHAT ABOUT BOOKS and share reviews from that month for the year or two before!!

I only starting reviewing in January 2018, (you can tell by the reviews!! I hope I’ve gotten better at writing them!), so for me I’m just sharing last years but they are great books.  I vividly remember reading each of them.





Old Baggage by Lissa Evans

Hadn’t read anything by Lissa Evans before but this book follows the character of Mattie Simpkins who was briefly introduced to us in her previous novel Crooked Heart..

Mattie was once a suffragette, jailed numerous times and this book catches up with her some years later still believing and fighting for the cause. One day she has the idea after meeting up with an old friend of setting up a girls club to educate and inspire young girls in readiness of them being able soon to vote. The story concentrates on this small group and its rival club (set up by the old friend she had met) who both meet on the Heath. The book follows Mattie, her companion ‘The Flea’ and Ida, my favourite character, a girl Mattie meets ‘by accident!’ and who later joins the club.

It’s a book that enables you to get straight into the story and has a lovely flowing writing style that passes seamlessly in and out of the current Mattie and her past experiences with the suffragette movement.

A great snapshot of a time and place and with won




Circe by Madeline Miller

Loved, Loved, Loved this book.

Madeline Miller has written something so different to anything else I have read this year.

I will admit I’ve never read any Ancient Greek literature before but it seems to me that this would be a great and far easier and more enjoyable way of reading about Gods and historical mythical characters and even possibly feeling that one could maybe tackle some of Homer’s poems.

A wonderful book with Circe a Mythological witch as its central character and using her long immortal life as a tool to include shorter stories of the wonderful characters she meets along the way, from her parents and siblings, mythical creatures and hero’s and villains she meets when she is exiled to the island of Aiaia.

An intoxicating, vivid and magical read that I cannot recommend enough. I urge you to get lost in this book and transport yourself off to an ancient world full of gods, monsters and magic.

A massive thank you to Metro Book Chat for my copy of this book.


Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill



I enjoyed reading this novel. A quirky read that follows a character called Jean who is introduced to us as a wife and mother, recently moved to Toronto and runs a book shop. However all is not what it seems. Two of Jean’s customers insist they have seen Jean’s doppelgänger, and becoming concerned and increasingly intrigued Jean sets out to find her. It becomes an obsession and soon reality becomes blurred.

A very original book about the way the mind can become distorted in its perception of self awareness.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh




I enjoyed reading this book.

A great new take on a romance with a great mystery thrown in.

Our two main characters meet, have an amazing connection and spend 7 blissful days together. A prior commitment of a holiday with friends mean they need to part, but they are both certain, and sure, that their promise to call each other until they see each other again leaves no fear, or question, over the newly developing relationship . However there is no call……. But instead of a story about a new relationship that doesn’t work out, it is a story full of twists and turns, hidden pasts, raw emotion and wonderful believable characters.

A read I would recommend.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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