Sometimes, i read a book and adore it, and then forget to review it; then months later wonder about it, and it hits me - i never did share it. Today im taking a look at some in the recent months i have missed, and think they should be shared - people need to know about these.
The Parisian Christmas Bake Off - Jenny Oliver
Welcome to the most celebrated patisserie competition in Paris – ready, steady, bake!
Watching snowflakes settle on the Eiffel Tower, Rachel Smithson’s cosy English village feels very far way – as, thankfully, does her commitment-phobic ex, probably already kissing someone else under the mistletoe. But Rachel hasn’t come to Paris to mope she’s come to bake. Hard.
Because the search for Paris’s next patisserie apprentice is about to begin! And super-chef judge Henri Salernes is an infamously tough cookie. But Rachel isn’t about to let her confidence (or pastry) crumble. She’s got one week, mounds of melt-in-the-mouth macaroons and towers of perfect profiteroles to prove that she really is a star baker.
As well as clouds of flour, and wafts of chocolate and cinnamon, there’s definitely a touch of Christmas magic in the air… Rachel hasn’t come to Paris looking for a fairy-tale romance, but the city of love might gift-wrap her one anyway…
Not even a dusting of icing sugar could make The Parisian Christmas Bake-Off a more perfect Christmas treat!
When Rachel is surprised with a trip to paris, to take part in one of the biggest bake off style competitions there is, she really doesnt even consider going, but surely it could be better than christmas at home? If she just throws herself into the baking (which she doesnt really want to do either) the festive period might fly by. Rachel just wants to make it through each day, which is proving harder especially with the competitive nature of the others around her, and romance is the last thing on her mind, but how could it not be a subject that is consider in the city of love?
The Parisian christmas bake off is sugar sweet, full of delightful treats and a touch of romance. Those who read this blog know that i adore a good baking/cafe style book, and well set in paris? Even better. It is a wonderful festive read that warms the heart, and has you lusting after fresh baked crossiants, and strong black coffee. Jenny Oliver writes places you want to visit, characters you wish you were friends with and food you want to eat.
This was a 5* read.
The Bones Of you - Debbie Howells
I have a gardener's inherent belief in the natural order of things. Soft-petalled flowers that go to seed. The resolute passage of the seasons. Swallows that fly thousands of miles to follow the eternal summer.
Children who don't die before their parents.
A community in shock
When eighteen-year-old Rosie Anderson disappears, the idyllic village where she lived will never be the same again. Local gardener Kate is struck with guilt. She'd come to know Rosie well, and thought she understood her - perhaps better even than Rosie's own mother.
A family torn apart
Rosie was beautiful, kind and gentle. She came from a loving family and she had her whole life ahead of her. Who could possibly want to harm her? And why?
A keeper of secrets
Kate is convinced the police are missing something. She's certain that someone in the village knows more than they're letting on. As the investigation deepens, so does Kate's obsession with solving the mystery of what happened to Rosie.
This book was one i read, and left a while before gathering thoughts - it was complicated, it was thrilling, it was wonderful. When 18 year old Rosie Anderson goes missing, it shakes up the village, and even more so Kate - though not Rosies mother, she had come to care deeply for the girl, and Kate cant help but feel not is all as it seems, so taking it upon herself to dig deeper, things come out, things that no one really knew.
The Bones of you is one of those books that after you have finished, you mull over, you contemplate the outcome - you deal with it. It was a gripping thriller of a read and i was so excited to share it - that as soon as i had finished it i passed it on to a family member to read. If you are after something to fill the thriller based hole in your life, then pick this up.
This was a 4* read
Little Girl Gone - Alexandra Burt
**Get ready for the next ‘must-have’ on your reading list. GONE GIRL meets THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN in this stunning, unsettling psychological thriller.**
A baby goes missing. But does her mother want her back?
When Estelle’s baby daughter is taken from her cot, she doesn’t report her missing. Days later, Estelle is found in a wrecked car, with a wound to her head and no memory.
Estelle knows she holds the key to what happened that night – but what she doesn’t know is whether she was responsible…
This book was not at all as it appeared, it went so much deeper. When Estelles daugher is missing, does she really want her back? Why is she found in a ditch and why didnt she report her daughter missing? Its all pretty obvious, Estelle knows more than she is letting on. As the narrative unravels, we learn its not as simple as it seems, that the conclusions we are making as a reader are probably all wrong as well. This book really takes you to places and things you had never even consider for a thriller. Its unnverving but gripping, it keeps you up for hours and i cannot wait for more from this author.
This was a 5*