April was a wonderful month for reading books. Probably one of my favourites in a long time. Every book I picked up was a real winner. So without further ado, here are the books that made it onto my read list last month.
Letters to Iris
Written by Elizabeth Noble, of Things I want my Daughters to Know fame, Letters to Iris is a truly wonderful story about Tess and how in just a few short months her life completely changes. Discovering she is pregnant, all Tess wants to do is confide in her beloved grandmother Iris. Time isn’t on her side however as Iris is rapidly slipping away from her thanks to the Alzheimer’s which is claiming a little more of her each day. Feeling completely alone, Tess finds comfort and friendship in the most unlikely of places, bringing Gigi into her life at a poignant time for both women. As their friendship grows, Tess finds the courage to open up thanks to a secret of Iris’s, unlocked by the discovery of some treasured letters. The two women’s stories intertwine seamlessly, with much fun, laughter and incredibly moving moments along the way.
If you want to laugh in the face of motherhood, taking a humorous look at what it’s really like being pregnant and giving birth, this is the book for you. Baby Boom is written by fellow blogger Helen Wallen, renowned for her searingly honest posts about motherhood and as you might expect Baby Boom features a blogger not too dissimilar from Helen herself. It follows the lives and loves of three very different friends as two of them find themselves pregnant with equally heartwarming and hilariously funny results. I guarantee you’ll be howling with laughter before you’ve even read the first chapter.
A Family Recipe
They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. And that’s (almost) precisely what Laura does when her beloved girls leave home for uni and a secret threatens to tear her marriage apart. Armed with a collection of her beloved grandmother’s wartime recipes, she rolls her sleeves up and ploughs ahead with her newfound reality, making friends and facing new challenges head-on. A Family Recipe really is a wonderful story, despite the sadness of Laura’s marriage problems. It’s interspersed with flashes back to her grandmother’s life during The Blitz, which adds a little something extra to the story. Definitely one to lose yourself in for a few hours.
My Big Greek Summer
If you’re dreaming of escaping it all and heading to a Greek island, My Big Greek Summer is for you. After Mandy’s marriage falls apart she does a ‘Shirley Valentine’ and heads to a sun-drenched Greek island, where she finds herself falling in love with the village and its inhabitants. But even paradise has its problems, as Mandy soon finds out, as the locals struggle to make ends meet thanks to a falling tourist trade. But it seems Mandy may be able to help stop the local businesses from going bust. If all goes to plan of course… Read this one on a sun lounger, cocktail in hand. Or while dreaming of doing the same.
Some books you know you’re going to love even before they’re written and this is one of them. If like me, you loved the previous two books in Jo Jo Moyes amazing series about Lou Clark, you have to read Still Me. It honestly feels as if you’re catching up with an old friend. You could well be sitting there chatting to Lou as she fills you in on what’s going on in her life, rather than reading about it in a book. Still Me joins Lou as she heads to New York to work as a PA for one half of a wealthy power couple. It sounds like a dream come true, but of course, things aren’t always as they seem and Lou gets swept up in the madness. All while attempting to juggle her long-distance relationship with paramedic Sam back in London.
I dragged this one out as long as I possibly could, reading little snippets while waiting for the kids to come out of school. I just didn’t want it to end, a popular theme among fellow Louisa Clark fans it seems.
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