#Guest Post ~ Living Inside The Story by Susan Gandar @Susan_Gandar

Today I am delighted to have writer Susan Gandar join me as my first guest on Swirl and Thread for 2017.

Susan is the author of We’ve Come to Take You Home, published in March 2016 by Troubador Publishing and described as ‘an unusual and compelling story of love, loss and the importance of family.’

Susan has written a very poignant post on the importance of Organ Donation and her own personal experiences in this area.

I’ll hand you over to Susan now…..

This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel @Laurie_Frankel @Bookywookydooda

‘This is Claude

He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter.

He also loves wearing a dress, growing his hair long, and dreams of being a princess.’ 

This is How It Always Is is a novel by American writer Laurie Frankel. Published by Headline Review in February 2017, this is a novel that will rip at your heartstrings, so be prepared!!

I was so so lucky to receive an advance copy of This Is How It Always Is from Caitlin Raynor of Headline publishing and feel very honoured to have been given the opportunity to read such a very special book.

Please continue reading for my full thoughts…

#Bookreview ~ Commonwealth by Ann Patchett @BloomsburyBooks

‘A powerful tale of a family’s far-reaching bonds of love and responsibility – and a meditation on inspiration, interpretation and the ownership of stories.’

Commonwealth is the first novel I have read by Ann Patchett and I loved it. The story-line, the era, the characters all lending to a fascinating insight into the aftermath of a decision made, an action that could not be withdrawn.

Published in September 2016 by Bloomsbury, Commonwealth is a book I had been looking forward to reading over Christmas.

Read on for my thoughts…..

#bookreview ~ Walking Wounded by Anna Franklin Osborne @HomeOsborne

‘He awoke with a shock as an icy rivulet of water finally penetrated the gap between his collar and his neck and trickled down inside his sodden greatcoat’ ~ 1918, Mons, Belgium, 5 a.m.

Walking Wounded is a stunning debut novel from Anna Franklin Osborne. Spanning the period from the Armistice of the First World War to the exodus of the Ten Pound Poms to Australia in the 1950s, this book packs a punch in just 188 pages.

Published in 2016 by GooseWing Publications, Walking Wounded is a novel inspired by the lives of Anna Franklin Osborne’s grandparents and other relatives who were part of that Longest Day on the D-Day beaches of Normandy.

Read on for my full thoughts……

#bookreview ~ Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern @Cecelia_Ahern

‘She will change your life forever’

Lyrebird is the latest bestselling novel from Irish Writer Cecelia Ahern.

Published by Harper Collins in November 2016, I was very lucky to receive a complimentary copy in my goodie bag at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards in Dublin. Having never read a book by Cecelia Ahern, I decided to keep Lyrebird as the perfect book to snuggle up with on the sofa over Christmas.

I was quite intrigued by the byline, describing Lyrebird as ‘a story of the wild heart in us all and the quiet that lies underneath the world’s noise

Please continue reading for my thoughts….

#bookreview ~ The Watcher by Ross Armstrong @Rarmstrongbooks

‘She’s watching you.

But who’s watching her?’

The Watcher is the debut novel from RADA trained and screen actor Ross Armstrong. Described as a ‘fast-paced, disturbing psychological thriller exploring middle class guilt, gentrification, and the madness of modern metropolitan living.’

Published on 29th December 2016, I was very lucky to receive an advanced copy from the lovely people at HQ Stories (Harper Collins)

A wonderfully different book, please read on for my thoughts…