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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 – The Lock In by Phoebe Luckhurst

Its time for another Netgalley review, this time its The Lock In by Phoebe Luckhurst which is out tomorrow (22nd July)

The Lock In is mostly set over one day, or to be exact one consecutive period of time when a group of housemates (and one of the housemate’s date) becomes locked in the attic after the door handle breaks off. Did I mention that the house is also flooding due to a leaking pipe in the kitchen? With no signal and no access to WiFi the group try to come up with creative ways of getting help. However, in between their planning drama occurs and secrets are revealed which threaten to tear friendships apart.

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Book Review – The Troubles With Us by Alix O’Neill

What do you get if you mix Sex and the City with Derry Girls combined with the humour of Mrs Brown’s Boys? Well you get something like The Troubles With Us.

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Book Review – Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

I read this as part of a buddy read and it is one I have wanted to read for a while. I read Of Mice and Men as part of my school studies many many years ago and I found I really enjoyed it and liked Steinbeck’s writing style so I thought I would give this a go.

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Book Tour – review of Far From The Tree by Rob Parker

I love a good thriller and I must admit it has been a while since I have read one. So I was honoured when Red Dog Press invited me to take part in this book tour.

Far From The Tree is the first novel in Rob Parker’s Thirty Miles trilogy and is set in Warrington, a small town where murders are a rare occurrence. But when 27 bodies are uncovered, vacuum packed, wrapped in plastic in a woodland trench, DI Brendan Foley finds himself  assigned as Senior Investigating Officer. But then as details unfold and bodies are identified he realises that this case a little too close to home, things get too personal and when feelings are involved, things get messy. Working closely with DS Madison he has to choose between solving the case or protecting his family? As a career driven, man this is potentially the biggest case of his life, but at what cost?

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Book Review – Waiting to Begin by Amanda Prowse

This is another review of a Netgalley book I read recently.

The review is a little late as the book is already out but I had to read it as it is by the wonderful Amanda Prowse, an author I reviewed earlier on in the year and loved called An Ordinary Life. It was a stunning read so I jumped at the chance to read this one.

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Book Review- Sunny Days and Summer Breezes by Carole Matthews

This was the perfect read last week as it was lovely and sunny and hot and this book is a great summer romance.

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Book Review – The One by Nerya McCabe

After what seemingly was a night of passion, with the gorgeous Jamie, Tilly aka Matilda feels that she may have found The One. However when he doesn’t call she thinks otherwise. That is until a chance encounter in the library she works at, when everything changes and love may well be back on the cards.

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Book Review – Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

This is another book I received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So without further ado, let’s have a bit of a blurb:

From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one and Fern is the quirky one. But the sisters are devoted to one another and Rose has always been Fern’s protector from the time they were small.

Fern needed protecting because their mother was a true sociopath who hid her true nature from the world, and only Rose could see it. Fern always saw the good in everyone. Years ago, Fern did something very, very bad. And Rose has never told a soul. When Fern decides to help her sister achieve her heart’s desire of having a baby, Rose realizes with growing horror that Fern might make choices that can only have a terrible outcome. What Rose doesn’t realize is that Fern is growing more and more aware of the secrets Rose, herself, is keeping. And that their mother might have the last word after all.

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The first thing that I loved about this book is that it has a dual narrative structure which in my opinion is a fantastic writer’s tool to bring the characters and story to life. The story is told by both sisters, Fern and Rose. The language used in the narratives is very clever in that the character’s voice clearly comes out and after a while you can tell which twin it is simply by the language.

Good Sister is a great story full of mystery, suspense, twists and turns. It is a beautiful, heartfelt tale of love, devotion, duty and how quickly things can turn dark. It follows the twin sister’s life with flashbacks to their life and to that one day which changed the course of many people’s lives.

This will keep you enthralled as you fall into the sister’s worlds. Fern is a wonderful character, who is loving, caring, generous and often awkward at times due to her social anxiety. She also has sensory sensitivities which has given her a more sheltered life as she is unable to go to crowded places such as restaurants and bars. However her safe place is also where she works, her local library. There she can be herself and as a complete bookworm is perfectly placed to help others find their big next read.

The whole story was a wonderful read and it will leave you on the edge of your seat until the end.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ – thrilling, heart warming and dark all at the same time. A true joy to read,would highly recommend.

Much love 💘