Saturday, 31 October 2015

October Books

Here's what I've been reading in October -

After You by Jojo MoyesLou finds she's drifting along working in a dead end job at an airport bar. The flat she owns just doesn't feel like home and she feels unable to move on. An accident sees her make up with her family and she starts attending a moving on support group. She made a promise to Will to live...

She soon finds herself connecting with the world again and we meet a surprise guest and Lou finds herself beginning to have feelings for another man... I really enjoyed this long awaited follow up to "Me before You".

Time to Die by Caroline Mitchell*Detective Jennifer Knight is tracking a Tarot card reader called the Raven who seems to be involved in a series of murders. She is now on Operation Moonlight at the force, a unit where officers use their unusual abilities to help solve crimes. 

I felt she really came into her role and is a likeable character. I again liked her colleague Will and their friendship grows in this second book in the series. It has touches of the paranormal and it's a real creepy read. It had a twist I didn't see coming. I highly recommend it.

The Complete Natural Beauty Guide for Healthy Skin by Cat Neligan** - Cat from Cat Food is Good for You asked if I'd like to review her self-published book which is easy reading, fun and informative.

It includes the run down on harmful preservatives to avoid and which ingredients you should use to make simple and effective natural beauty products. There is a section on natural make up Cat likes as well as a range of gorgeous recipes to make.

I'm particularly loving to sound of Salted Almond Face Scrub, Whitening Toothpaste, Malibu Shampoo, Sweaty Betty Deodorant and Handy Hand Lotion.

A definite must read for anyone who already likes natural beauty or who is ready to make the transition. My readers can get 15% off the £9.99 price with code BB15 - see HERE.

Kingston Court by Holly Kammier*** - the story is told from the viewpoint of two wealthy women with perfect lives who live in the same street. Life throws them some major changes which they must deal with. They find they are strong ladies who can deal with anything. The book was easy to read and kept my attention throughout. Would recommend.

The Beachside Guest House by Vanessa Greene*Friends Rosa and Bee catch up on Bee's hen night and chat about their wonderful holiday to Greek island Paros with their friend Iona in their teens. Suddenly their lives are turned around and Rosa and Bee find themselves back on the island revamping the old windmill into a guest house. Iona who has been fighting her own battles arrives and the friends are together again. I loved the descriptions of the island and characters. By the end of the book it's all change again for the three friends. Loved it.

The Paths of the Dead (Rhona MacLeod #9) by Lin Anderson - after meeting Lin (amazing!) at Alison's launch-party (Sewing the Shadows Together) in September (featured in Lately I've been Loving - see HERE) and seen here having a "fangirl" moment! 

I knew I had to catch up with the Rhona MacLeod series (currently reading book #10). This one really draws the reader in. Amy Mackenzie attends the local Spiritualist Church with her friend.  The Spiritualist knows that her son, who she spoke to an hour ago is dead as he's had a message from the other side..

A body of a young man is found inside a neolithic stone circle high up in a park in Glasgow. Rhona and DI McNab clash as he thinks it's a gangland murder while she is not so sure.

More bodies are found and the police discover that they are connected to an online game. We find out McNab is connected to the killer and the race is on to find the him before another death occurs... 

It's also great to catch up with other well loved characters like Rhona's assistant Chrissy, Magnus, the Psychological Profiler and Sean McGuire, Rhona's on-off partner.

The Secret by the Lake by Louise Douglas* - I must admit I'm a huge fan of Louise's books.

Amy's life has always felt incomplete every since her mum went away. Her dad seems only interested in his pigeons. She finds her dream job with a perfect family in Paris and only return to Sheffield to nurse her grandmother when she falls ill. When her grandmother passes on she finds rewarding work at a children's home. Her former employer Julia asks her to come and work for her at a cottage beside Blackwater Lake after her husband dies and she and her daughter have to move back to the UK.

Viviane has an imaginary friend who is called "Caroline" the name of her mother's dead sister. The cottage is creepy and dusty and noises are heard from Caroline's old bedroom. While enjoying a romance of her own Amy is determined to dig deeper and find out what really happened to Caroline...

What have you been reading this month?

*copies from Netgalley
**copy from author
***copy from THE Bookclub on Facebook


  1. I didn't realise that there was a follow up to Me Before You. That's going straight onto my Christmas wish list.

    1. It's just a recent launch would recommend it! x

  2. I still have Me Before You to read as I got hooked on the new Shopaholic book x

    1. That was one of my fav books last year!