Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Books You Loved: April Edition

Books You Loved: March had so many super books that it was difficult to whittle down which ones to mention here. 

The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristen Harmel was reviewed by Melissa on Goodreads.  She said 'story in France during World War II. However, this story had a different feel from Sweetness, and reminded me a bit of Kristin Hannah's novel, The Nightingale. Even so, this novel was full of interesting twists and surprises. Kristin kept me guessing the entire time, while also captivating me with her beautiful writing and a mesmerizing love story.'

Cheryl of Madhouse Family Reviews brought us The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugdall.  She said 'While most crime fiction focuses on trying to catch the perpetrators of awful crimes, The Woman Before Me focuses on the next stage. Rose Wilks has already been arrested, found guilty of manslaughter for her part in an accidental house fire that killed a baby and served nearly five years in prison. She is up for parole and her newly-assigned probation officer Cate must decide whether she remains a threat to society or has accepted her guilt and shown genuine remorse, in which case she could be approved for early release'

Wanna Get Lucky? By Deborah Coonts was reviewed by Captivated Reader.  The review said 'the first novel in the Lucky O'Toole series. Lucky O'Toole is a woman, who lives in Sin City, and works at a casino where she pretty much handles any crisis large or small... And she's great at her job!! Lucky is fun, sassy, snarky, confident, and and can handle every situation relating to the business of running a casino. She also knows where to find the skeletons and all the ins and outs of living and working in Las Vegas as only a true veteran can.'  I've now got this from the library and am looking forward to finding a new author.

If You Knew Her by Emily Elgar was reviewed by Novel Meals. She said 'I have to start with saying, the ending of this book gutted me. It was emotional, I wanted a different ending for the characters I grew to like yet somehow it was the perfect ending.
Alice is a nurse at a hospital, one that works with comatose patients, and she is a lovely, caring woman.  You can really get behind this character,  have empathy for her in both her professional and personal life.'
Finally, a book that I thought was really well written and important – Hunger by Roxane Gay.  Doing Dewey posted about it and said 'this brilliant memoir, which I would love to make everyone read. I think it would be hard to come away from it without at least a little more empathy for others.'

Now on to the April collection.  Remember the posts you link in don't have to be recent and the book concerned doesn't have to have been recently published or read.  The only requirement is that it is about a book that you loved.

To add to the list just pop the name of the book (and your name/blog name if you like) into the first Mr Linky box and then copy and paste the url of your post about it into the second box.

I'll be pinning your links to this Pinboard to make it easier for you to check them out at a glance. 


  1. I so want to read: The Room on Rue Amélie

    Thanks for the new month's post.

  2. Added! Thanks for the shout-out!

  3. Thanks for the synopsis from last month. I've heard that Hunger is a very good and eye-opening read.
    Happy April!

  4. I read a LOT of mysteries and thrillers in March and I've given you links to the ones I enjoyed most. I hope you and your readers will give them a try.

  5. The Queen of Heart by Kimmery Martin -- her zesty prose and vibrant voice made this one a page turner.

  6. Thanks, Carole. I've just linked to two books I read recently - polar opposites :)
    First They Killed My Father (about Cambodia during Pol Pot's regime) & The Rosemary Tree by Elizabeth Goudge. Thanks for the link up!

  7. Sadly, I am behind on my reviews, so I can't link anything in this month. However I recently read the brilliant historical fiction, Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen by Alison Weir, which I hope I can share with you soon.

    1. I'm reading the third in this series at the moment, it's about Jane Seymour and I'm really enjoying it.

  8. Thanks for including my pick from the last round! This time I brought an Australian author.

  9. I shared two links this month, two great books.

  10. Thank you for spotlighting one of my blog posts!

  11. "Shoes for Anthony" certainly was an interesting read. I think a lot of your readers will enjoy it. It shows the life of the "little" man in Wales during WWII.


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