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    The Swan Keeper by Milana Marsenich

    **DISCLAIMER: This book was sent to me by Open Book Publishers in exchange for an honest review.** SUMMARY Since she was a child, Lillian Connelley has been raised to love trumpeter swans and she is determined to protect them at all costs from a vicious hunter who is killing them. As a birthday wish come true, Lilly’s family take her to visit Cattail Marsh on her 11th birthday to see the newly hatched cygnets. Tragic events unfold when the murderous hunter, Dean Drake, shows up and shoots the swans and Lilly’s parents – killing the swans, her father, and injuring her mother. She watched as Drake shot them all and…

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    The Phone Box at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina [Review]

    SUMMARY “We all have something to tell those we’ve lost” Yui lost her mother and daughter in the devastating March 2011 tsunami in Tōhoku, Japan. Now she is faced with dealing with her crippling grief and learning how to live with it. She hears about the phone box on the radio she realises she must go to it herself in hopes of trying to heal her broken heart. That’s where she meets Takeshi, a widowed husband with a daughter who won’t speak after the loss of her mother. Together, they must work through their pain in order to start living again. REVIEW When I first laid eyes on this book,…

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    Do Not Disturb by Clare Douglas [Review]

    Goodreads Summary Could your dream home be your worst nightmare? After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family.And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic. But then their first guest arrives.Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see.It’s 17 years since she tore everything apart. Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life?Is Selena running from something too?Or is there an even darker reason for her visit? Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it . . . Review After a difficult 18 months married couple, Kirsty and Adrian, pack…

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    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng [Review]

    BLURB Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents…

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    Back to Books – My Return to Blogging

    Hey everyone, If you follow me on instagram, twitter or facebook then you’re aware I went on a social media break. That was broken a couple of weeks ago but I wanted a little more time away from the blog. That’s not because I lost my love for blogging, I just needed to let my mind rest and heal. A lot of things have happened over the past month during my absence that I needed to deal with. Writing was not my top priority. However, I come bearing good news – well, it you like the blog it is. I’m officially back and ready give the lo-down on everything I’ve…