Wednesday 7 April 2021

Books You Loved: April Edition


Books You Loved: March Edition provided reviews of lots of great books. Thank you to all. Here are a few that caught my eye:

The Survivors by Jane Harper was reviewed by both The Nature of Things and Silver's Reviews.  Dorothy said 'Harper develops her narrative with care and at times I was flummoxed, wondering how does all of this connect? But in the end, it did and I appreciated her multi-layered characterizations and the realism with which she depicted a family and a town struggling with grief. …The ending, not to give away any spoilers, is emotional and utterly heartbreaking.' Elizabeth said 'This was my first book by Ms. Harper, and she definitely keeps your interest with the subtle hints about the characters and who the responsible person could be as well as where the story line is going. ..I enjoyed trying to figure out the undertone of the town as well as the mystery…THE SURVIVORS is a haunting mystery with revelations you won't see coming. 4/5'

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles also had 2 reviews – by The Children's War and Silver's Reviews.  Alex said 'If you are looking for a book about books with themes of community, communication, friendship, betrayal and resistance, you can't go wrong with The Paris Library.' Elizabeth said ' THE PARIS LIBRARY will appeal to all bookworms, romantics, and historical fiction fans.  ..It is heartwarming as well as heartbreaking, and despite the heartaches most of the characters were lighthearted and positive…Once you get to know the characters, you will cry with them, wish them well, and not want them to leave you alone as you close the last page… This book is about friendship, the love of books and libraries, regrets, giving advice, and forgiveness.'

Everything is Beautiful by Eleanor Ray was brought over by Tracey of Carpe Librum – she said 'In Everything is Beautiful, Eleanor Ray has created the perfect setting and background story for a hoarding character in the form of Amy Ashton. I was really able to get inside Amy's head and understand just how her hoarding started and how difficult it was for her to make any space in her house - or her life - for anything else… Everything Is Beautiful by Eleanor Ray is a heartwarming contemporary novel and I found myself enjoying an unexpected five star reading experience.'

Melissa contributed A Happy Catastrophe by Maddie Dawson.  Her post said 'I liked A Happy Catastrophe as much as, if not more than, its predecessor. There were some fun new characters, especially Fritzie. I also enjoyed revisiting with the main characters, as well as getting to know Patrick better from his perspective. I will admit that I got frustrated with him when he retreated into his shell, but he was great otherwise.' I have read this one and agree with Melissa.  You need to start with the first book though – Matchmaking for Beginners.

Finishing with a YA novel.  Stray Thoughts posted about In Between by Jenny B Jones.  Barbara said '16-year-old Katie Parker finds herself a ward of the state when her mother goes to prison…. Just about the time she gets adjusted to a group home, she’s sent to new foster parents in the small town of In Between, Texas. ..But Katie doesn’t want a foster home with strangers. Her foster dad is a pastor, of all things. Katie knows next to nothing about churchy ways. Her first plan of action is to make herself as unappealing as possible so James and Millie Scott will send her back to the group home. ..Though light and humorous in tone, the book brings out several deep truths without being preachy or didactic.'

Now on to April! There are no rules for this party.  The only requirement is that your post 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. Mr Linky now also makes you tick a 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 brought you two titles this time. I like the blurb about The Survivors.

  2. Done. Thanks for the shout out. Glad you liked the book too!

  3. The Paris Library review really caught my attention. Added to my wish list. I read The Survivors earlier this year and loved it as I have all of Jane Harper's books. Lots of other books listed that I need to peruse.

  4. I loved THE UMBRELLA LADY by V. C. Andrews and was sorry to see it end. The good news is there will be a sequel in the fall.

  5. Thanks for the opportunity to share!

  6. Happy April!! Time is going too quickly!!

    Thanks for the shout out and for another wonderful month of finding and sharing books.

  7. This month I have linked the stunning historical-fiction, The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick and the cosy crime caper, The Thursday Murder Club By Richard Osman. Happy April reading everyone! 🙂

  8. tx 4 the email. happy spring, keep safe,

  9. I'm a little late to the party but I've given you links to three books that I read and enjoyed over the past several weeks. Happy reading!

  10. I have just finished "Pachinko" and had to choose it as this month's favourite. Great book.

    Happy Reading everyone.


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