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Welcome to Lizzie’s little book nook

Hi,

Welcome to my book nook. This is a place where you can read, relax and connect with other book lovers. It is still a work in progress so please bear with me but I would love for you to join my little nook.

This will be used as a place for all things bookish as well as a platform to help promote small businesses during these tough times!

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Book review – Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding

This was another NetGalley arc I was sent in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb:

Being Tommy’s mother is too much for Sonya.

Too much love, too much fear, too much longing for the cool wine she gulps from the bottle each night. Because Sonya is burning the fish fingers, and driving too fast, and swimming too far from the shore, and Tommy’s life is in her hands.

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Happy publication day!

Happy publication day to Amanda Prose’s latest novel, An Ordinary Life. I had the honour of reviewing this a short time ago and I can highly recommend this.

It is a story of love, loss, hope and grief. It is about overcoming some of the most emotional, difficult hurdles and how one woman does all this during the war and beyond. It is a beautiful novel and you can read my full review here.

You can keep up to date with the author through her website or you can follow her on Instagram

This was a 5 star book for me and if you are into your emotional, inspirational stories I would highly recommend picking this up!

Much love 💜 

Book Review – Dostoevsky in Love by Alex Christofi

I always love reading memoirs, I especially like listening to the audiobook version if it is narrated by the author. I enjoy hearing the writer’s words, the way he or she describes their life, it makes it that much more real.

But when it comes to biographies I must admit I haven’t dabbled much in them. I always thought of them as a bit impersonal, that you wouldn’t get an authentic account of the subject’s life because it didn’t come from their mouth or mind directly.

However this year I wanted to read some more books which took me out of my comfort zone so I signed up to this readalong and I was accepted.

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An Ordinary Life by Amanda Prowse

This was another Netgalley read I was gifted in exchange for an honest review. This particular novel stood out for me, as firstly, I had read one of Amanda’s novels before and enjoyed it and also this one is initially set in WW2 which I always enjoy reading about.

An Ordinary Life is all about Molly. A 94 year old woman who is stuck in a hospital bed after having a fall. A suspected stroke has left her unable to speak and there is an important letter she wanted delivered before she passed away but she never finished writing it. Instead we are given the privilege of seeing Molly’s life through her memories.

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The Sister Surprise by Abigail Mann

How would you react if you suddenly found out you had a half sister you never knew about?

Me, I would be pretty shocked especially as I am one of 5 siblings already but I don’t think I would have been as shocked as the main character, Ava who believed she was an only child her whole life. To make it worse she finds out during a DNA test reveal on a live online stream in front of thousands of viewers. So, what does she do?

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Book Review – The Lake House by Christie Barlow

This is another title I was given access to from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. It was released at the end of 2020 and I am honoured to be able to review it for you.

The Lake House is part of a series called the Love Heart Lane series and this was my first novel I have read in the series.This particular novel focuses on Ella Johnson who has had possibly the worst 12 months you could imagine. To start afresh her best friend, Callie invites her to come live with her in a small Scottish village called Heartcross. A community where everyone knows everybody and are supportive of each other. Callie gets her a job as a waitress at a beautiful, lakeside restaurant which is struggling for business. On her first day at work she makes a suggestion to save the restaurant which not only could put it back on the map but also helps her find her way back to happiness.

This book is the perfect cosy read for lockdown. It has everything you could want in a romantic comedy from drama and tears to love and laughter.

Once again the location of Scotland and the description of the village makes me want to visit the country even more. You have a great variety of characters in this from the eccentric and elegant neighbour to the typical dark, tall and handsome stranger. There are also some nice little twists but nothing too stressful or tense.

Overall it is just a nice, comforting, cosy read, perfect for these cold lockdown days and nights.

If you are looking for a light read to perk you up and help you look on the positive side of things this is a great read.

This book is a great reminder that however bad things get there is a way out of it and you will get through it. Just like this lockdown!!

I will certainly be reading the previous books in the series as soon as I can get my hands on them.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ – fun, feel good read for lockdown, recommended if you need something to put a smile on your face.

Have you read this book or any in the series? What did you think?

Let me know in the comments below

Much love 💘

Book Review – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I received this book through a giveaway on Bookstagram from the wonderful @bristolianbooks and let me start by saying I am so glad I entered and won!!

This is the first in the series and I must admit before receiving this book I hadn’t really heard much about the series. But I was intrigued after reading the blurb.

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Book Review – Curse Bound by Imogene Nix

This is another book gifted to me by givemethedeets and Imogene Nix in return for an honest review.

If you have been reading my previous reviews or posts on Instagram you will see I am a big fan of Imogene’s Blood Secrets trilogy and so I jumped at the chance to review this one.

This time we are following Tabitha, a female who recently lost her father and returns to her family home to try and solve a family mystery and release two lost ancestors from purgatory. When tall, dark and handsome, Christian arrives it complicates matters but also helps her on her quest.

I must admit I really enjoyed the concept of this. Imogene has a great way of storytelling and it shone through once again in this novel.

The characters were not as intriguing as Blood Secrets but Imogene kept you hooked nonetheless to find out what happens next.

I loved how the writer used a variety of reality and dreams to tell the story as it made it a more rounded tale and really brought the characters to life.

However, I felt the romance side of the story was too rushed and the tension was not built up as well as in her previous titles. Nevertheless if you are into your steamy scenes there are a few to indulge yourself in here.

⭐⭐⭐ – great storytelling, the romance was a bit lacking in my opinion but recommended if you like your paranormal romance stories.

Have you read this book? Are you into your paranormal romance stories? Let me know in the comment below

This book is out today so if you are interested, go to amazon now and buy it!!

Much love 💘

Book Review – An Island Christmas by Jenny Colgan

Firstly, apologies for the late review, I read this before Christmas but things got in the way so have fallen behind with the reviews. But on the plus side it means you can expect plenty more reviews soon!!

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