My month in books & bakes – April

my month in books & bakes

What’s happened in April?

On Tuesday April 26th my daughter and I had a day out in London specifically so I could attend my first Rooftop Book Club held at Carmelite House on the Victoria Embankment.  It was a crime panel this time hosting Claire McGowan, Ellie Griffiths and JS Law discussing place and character, followed by Sarah Hilary, Janet Ellis and Antonia Hodgson discussing London and present.  For £10 you had these 2 great panels, drinks, delish nibbles and a goody tote bag with 4 proofs.  It was a fab evening and well worth making the trip. If you get the chance to go, you won’t be disappointed.

Just a few snaps :)

Just a few snaps 🙂

Then….on Saturday 30th I went off to Birmingham to another blogger / author meet up hosted by Kim the Bookworm.  Another well attended event so we were packed in like sardines but I still managed to chat to quite a few people…Mark West, David Videcette, Elaina James, Helen Barrell, Bookaholic Holly, Jane Isaac, Holly Martin and of course my book partner in crime Claire, to name but a few (apologies if I’ve missed anyone in particular).  Do come next time, they’re always such good fun!

Books read: 5

(click the image to go to my review, if it’s available, which it’s probably not because I’m super behind)

The Rosie EffectCut Shortquarter past two on a Wednesday afternoonDear DadSee How They Run

 

 

 

Books added to the TBR: 5

april books

Currently reading: The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman

Favourite book for April:  See How They Run by Tom Bale

I baked: (click the images to have a look)

Viennese Fingers

Viennese Fingers

chocolate brownie cupcakes

Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Blueberry Loaf

Blueberry Loaf

chocolate birthday cake

Chocolate Birthday Cake

 

Do share your news, bookish or other in the comments…. 🙂

Book Review: Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon by Linda Newbury

quarter past two on a Wednesday afternoonWhat’s it about?

At quarter past two on a hot afternoon in August, Anna’s beautiful, headstrong elder sister Rose disappears.

Twenty years later, Anna still doesn’t know whether Rose is alive or dead. In her early thirties now, she sees her future unfolding – with sensible, serious Martin and a grown-up, steady job – and finds herself wondering if this is what she really wants.

Unable to take control of her life while the mystery of her sister’s disappearance remains unsolved, Anna begins to search for the truth: what did happen to Rose that summer’s day?

My thoughts

This was a book I’d had on my radar following publication but never actually got round to picking up a copy.  A few weekends ago I was returning a book to the library and this was on a stand right by the till so I grabbed it and I’m afraid therein my excitement ended.

A book about family secrets and deceptions with multiple time lines I was expecting something more dramatic and edge of my seat.  It’s probably my own fault that I didn’t love it because of my own expectations and what I expected it to be about.  Don’t go into this book thinking it’s a police investigative novel but go in expecting to see the effects an unexplained and un-solved disappearance can have on a family as a whole but also the individual members.

I just didn’t gel with Anna and felt the constant blaming of all the things that had gone wrong in her life on Rose’s disappearance somewhat tiring.

I did feel let-down with the actual disappearance thread of the plot and when all is revealed it just all fell a bit flat and strange.  We’re all different and like different things, this one just didn’t hit the mark for me.

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

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WWW Wednesday (April 20th)

WWW WednesdayThis weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I’m reading…

Dear Dad by Giselle Green

I’m only a few chapters in but so far, so good!

The blurb

Handsome, 28-year old, Nate Hardman is a frontline reporter with a big problem. Suffering from shell-shock and unable to leave his house, he’s already lost his social life and his girlfriend. Now his career prospects are sinking fast.

9 year-old Adam Boxley who lives alone with his ageing nan, also has big problems. Neglected at home and bullied at school, he’s desperate to reach out to his dad – and that’s when he sends his first letter to Nate. Only Nate’s not who he thinks he is. Will he help? More importantly – can he?

Across town meanwhile, caring but impulsive teacher Jenna Tierney really wants to help Adam – except the feisty redhead has already had enough of teaching. Recently hurt by yet another cheating boyfriend, Jenna’s now set her sights on pursuing a dream career abroad … only she’s about to meet Nate – her dream man who’ll make her re-think everything.

The big question is; can three people desperate to find love, ever find happiness when they’re only connected by one big lie?


I recently finished

Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon by Linda Newbury

This was an okay read despite me thinking I was getting one thing but ended up with another.  I had issues with the main character and the missing sister and not really engaging with them.

quarter past two on a Wednesday afternoonThe blurb

At quarter past two on a hot afternoon in August, Anna’s beautiful, headstrong elder sister Rose disappears.

Twenty years later, Anna still doesn’t know whether Rose is alive or dead. In her early thirties now, she sees her future unfolding – with sensible, serious Martin and a grown-up, steady job – and finds herself wondering if this is what she really wants.

Unable to take control of her life while the mystery of her sister’s disappearance remains unsolved, Anna begins to search for the truth: what did happen to Rose that summer’s day?


 What’s up next?

See How They Run by Tom Bale

I’ve been lucky enough to be auto approved for publisher Bookouture on Netgalley.  Bookouture are starting to get some really good crime thriller books on board which I’m really pleased about….but my TBR book shelves aren’t.  See How They Run will will be released May 6th so I wanted to read in advance of that.

See How They RunThe blurb

In the dead of night, new parents Alice and Harry French are plunged into their worst nightmare when they wake to find masked men in their bedroom. Men ruthless enough to threaten their baby daughter, Evie.

This is no burglary gone wrong.
The intruders know who they’re looking for – a man called Edward Renshaw.
And they are prepared to kill to get to him.

When the men leave empty handed, little do Alice and Harry realise that their nightmare is just beginning. Is it a case of mistaken identity? Who is Renshaw? And what is he hiding?

One thing is clear – they already know too much.

As Alice and Harry are separated in the run for their lives, there is no time for breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only a choice:

STAY ALIVE. OR DON’T.


Have you read any of this week’s choices?

Share what you’re reading in the comments…

WWW Wednesday (April 13th)

WWW WednesdayThis weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I’m reading…

Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon by Linda Newbury

I popped into the library to return a book the other weekend and of course I came out with another.  It was strategically placed by the returns desk…clever marketing there…just like sweets at the checkout!  I’m only a few chapters in so nothing really to report yet.

quarter past two on a Wednesday afternoonThe blurb

At quarter past two on a hot afternoon in August, Anna’s beautiful, headstrong elder sister Rose disappears.

Twenty years later, Anna still doesn’t know whether Rose is alive or dead. In her early thirties now, she sees her future unfolding – with sensible, serious Martin and a grown-up, steady job – and finds herself wondering if this is what she really wants.

Unable to take control of her life while the mystery of her sister’s disappearance remains unsolved, Anna begins to search for the truth: what did happen to Rose that summer’s day?


I recently finished

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

This sequel was ok, I was expecting more of the humour to follow through from the first novel but it didn’t transpire for me.  It didn’t help that I didn’t really like Rosie in this book!  My book group will be discussing this one this evening.

The Rosie EffectThe blurb

Forty-one-year-old geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date before he met Rosie.

Now, living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage, even if Don has had to sacrifice standardized meals and embrace unscheduled sex.

But then Rosie drops the mother of all bombshells. And Don must prepare for the biggest challenge of his previously ordered life – while dodging deportation, prosecution and professional disgrace.

Is Don Tillman ready to become the man he always dreamed of being? Or will he revert to his old ways and risk losing Rosie for ever?

I also read

Cut Short by Leigh Russell

I’m not really sure how I feel about crime mystery thrillers when you know who the killer is from the start and you’re just following the detective working it out rather than having a chance of deducing it for yourself.  Having said that I raced through this in less than 48 hours over the weekend!

Cut ShortThe blurb

When DI Geraldine Steel relocates to the quiet rural town of Woolsmarsh, she expects to find her new home to be somewhere where nothing much ever happens; a space where she can battle her demons in private.

But when she finds herself pitted against a twisted killer preying on local young women she quickly discovers how wrong she is…

 

 


 What’s up next?

Dear Dad by Giselle Green

I think I may be in need in something a little slower paced and not murder or missing people. Mmmm just heart-wrenching….

Dear DadThe blurb

Handsome, 28-year old, Nate Hardman is a frontline reporter with a big problem. Suffering from shell-shock and unable to leave his house, he’s already lost his social life and his girlfriend. Now his career prospects are sinking fast.

9 year-old Adam Boxley who lives alone with his ageing nan, also has big problems. Neglected at home and bullied at school, he’s desperate to reach out to his dad – and that’s when he sends his first letter to Nate. Only Nate’s not who he thinks he is. Will he help? More importantly – can he?

Across town meanwhile, caring but impulsive teacher Jenna Tierney really wants to help Adam – except the feisty redhead has already had enough of teaching. Recently hurt by yet another cheating boyfriend, Jenna’s now set her sights on pursuing a dream career abroad … only she’s about to meet Nate – her dream man who’ll make her re-think everything.

The big question is; can three people desperate to find love, ever find happiness when they’re only connected by one big lie?


Have you read any of this week’s choices?

Share what you’re reading in the comments…