#bookreview ~ The Joyce Girl by Annabel Abbs @annabelabbs

‘There are sins or (let us call them as the world calls them) evil memories which are hidden away by man in the darkest places of the heart but they abide there and wait.’

James Joyce, Ulysses, 1922

Now I’m going to honest here and, even though I am Irish, I have never read James Joyce.

The appeal for me with this novel is that The Joyce Girl is primarily about his daughter Lucia. It is also set in Paris in the 1920’s/1930’s, an era, which by now some of you will have realised, I just adore.

When I received my copy from Natalie of Impress Books I was delighted. I knew immediately that the hardest part would be to write a good enough review to justify this absolute genius debut from Annabel Abbs.

Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop – My review

‘Who knows if the tales people told me are true or false? I suspect some of them are complete fabrications, others are exaggeration – but perhaps some of them are real.

You can decide.’

There are certain books that land through my letterbox that result in a funny dance and a scream of joy!! Cartes Postales from Greece is one such book.

Written by the wonderful Victoria Hislop, Cartes Postales from Greece will be published on the 22nd of September by Headline Review, in Hardback, Ebook and Audiobook.

I was honoured and overjoyed to receive my copy from Caitlin Raynor, Deputy Communications Director with Headline Review, in return for my very honest review.

Out of The Darkness by Katy Hogan – A very personal review

“A person is like a candle,” he said.

“The wick is the body, the flame is the soul, bringing light into the world.”

A tale of love, loss and life after deathOut of the Darkness is.the debut novel from Katy Hogan. First published in 2015 by Illumine Publishing, I was very lucky to receive my copy from the author in the past few weeks.

This is a very special book with a very special message about dealing with grief….what you interpret and take from it will be a very personal experience.

‘Love will always light the way, until we meet again some day…’

Please continue reading to hear my thoughts…

The Good Enough Mother by Anoushka Beazley – My Review

A satirical black comedy about love, motherhood and the human condition

The Good Enough Mother was brought to my attention by fellow book blogger Joanne Robertson. Joanne’s enthusiasm for the novel jumped out of every sentence in her review When I was contacted by Anoushka Beazley enquiring would I like a copy to review myself?? Why of course I said YES!!!

The Good Enough Mother was published in July 2016 by Larchwood Press.

Read on to see my thoughts!!

Review for @TripFiction : The Muse by Jessie Burton

Firstly let me state that I’m a huge fan of Jessie Burton’s writing.

I treated myself to her previous novel, The Miniaturist, on a trip to The National Gallery in Dublin. I felt it was a fitting location to purchase it and what a read!!

When the opportunity came up from TripFiction to read The Muse I was more than willing to accept.

Published by Picador I received my copy from Tripfiction in exchange for my honest review.

Jacques by Tanya Ravenswater – My Review

‘It is only when we matter, when we are seen and truly loved, that we know what it means to fully live.’

Every so often a book comes on your lap that just draws you right in.

Jacques by Tanya Ravenswater is one of those books. Published by Twenty7, an imprint of Bonnier Zaffre, Jacques is a beautifully written, coming-of-age novel about a young French boy.

I loved this book and hope you will too. I received my copy from Bonnier Zaffre and NetGalley in return for my review. I do hope you read it and please let me know what you think.


#bookreview: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins



Ok, I admit, I must be one of the only people who had no idea what this book was about. I chose to avoid the blurb and hype, as sometimes, it can predetermine one’s view of a book. I’m so glad that I did!!

The Girl On The Train is the global bestseller from writer Paula Hawkins, Published by Transworld, the book was released in 2015 to great acclaim. With the movie on the way, I felt it was high time I dusted down my copy and read it.

Here is my, as ever, unbiased review. Please feel free to share your thoughts if you have read it already and if not…pick it up and turn those pages!!