The Disappearance by Gillian Chan

The Disappearance had an intriguing start, although I must admit I had to flick back to it later in the book to connect those introductory names to the main characters.  The book was easy to read and held my interest as the story and mystery of Jacob’s background developed, it was a clever idea and showed another side of tough main character.  However, I was a bit disappointed with the speed of the ending – it went from the height of an interesting story to the end in just a few pages, which I felt a bit let down by, especially as I felt it could have been expanded a little more.

This edition published in 2017 by Annick Press Limited.

I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest, unedited feedback.



Today I started couch to 5k as my lack of fitness – my “unfitness” – has reached an embarrassing low.  I wish there was a sport I enjoyed but honestly, there isn’t.  So onward and upward with running….

Thoroughly enjoying my current read, The Disappearance by Gillian Chan.

The Memory of Butterflies – Grace Greene

The Memory of a Butterflies has the underlying outline of a American romance with clever layers of developing emotion and unexpected events.

The story centres on three generations of women; Hannah and her grandmother, both strong characters with secrets hidden in their pasts, raising Hannah’s daughter Ellen.  Greene’s reading style makes it easy to picture the scenes as they unfold and the story kept me intrigued until the end.

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback.

Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

Currently reading…

As a working single mum for many years, I have come to think of reading as an indulgence that I have limited time for.  And when I was studying I never let myself read anything other than academic books.  I am an unsocial reader, getting engrossed in a story to the exclusion of all around me.  However, by deciding to review the books I read, it gives me a valid reason to renew my love of reading.  Currently reading my first NetGalley book, The Memory of Butterflies by Grace Greene, and thoroughly enjoying it so far.

As I begin….

Today I decided that reviewing books would be a good excuse to read more, but where to write reviews?  So I am starting this blog as I begin to revisit old hobbies and interests – art, needlework and reading – to combine the old with the new (technology!) just to see where it takes me.