Book Review

I had the pleasure of reading a handful of new to me books this week, some on the Kindle, and some courtesy of a competition win from Allen and Unwin.

Six Geese A-Laying by Sophie Kinsella.

My rating: 1 out of 5.

A short novella for Christmas, this fell short for me in terms of Kinsella’s other books. In fact, I consider her to be one of my favourite authors, so the quality of this work was a crushing blow. The plot seemed fairly simple enough, a group of expectant mothers join an exclusive pre natal group, surrounded in mystery. It was, however, pretty far fetched, contained gaping holes, and the main character completely changed her entire essence in two pages. To be fair, Kinsella’s work is meant to be light and fluffy, not at all serious or believable, but still, this left me wanting more.

A Cotswold Christmas by Kate Hewitt.

My rating: 1 out of 5.

I so wanted to enjoy this book. I had envisioned being swept away by romance of the Cotswolds, bringing back memories of my own holiday there. Alas, that was not the case. The story starts out simple enough, a fairly predictable plot line of a stranded American and a hero local, who also happens to be single. Both with family issues, they come together for the Christmas holidays. Sadly, the characters did not feel real to me, they were contrived and unfinished, and the situations they were placed in were pretty unbelievable. Not an author I would consider for future reads.

The Reading Group: December by Della Parker.

My rating: 2 out of 5.

This was a novella, essentially a sample chapter from the actual book, and as such, I will review it accordingly. This has tension from the start, and leaves the reader wondering what will happen next, it makes you feel as if you are already a part of the story, which is a nice touch. The characters all read as if they are human and all are shown to have flaws, in a realistic way.  That said, the plot seemed a little blah and uninteresting to me, and while I would read the entire book if it was gifted to me, it is not something I would buy.

On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher.

My rating: 1 out of 5.

I was so disappointed in this book, I had such high hopes. The premise sounded really interesting, a lady who has passed away finds her soul is too heavy for her to pass through to heaven, and she has to find a way to lighten her burden, by releasing her life held secrets. Instead, I found it to be quite odd. It was completely dull in some places, full of angst and rather unbelievable situations for the characters; and it was quite a disjointed novel, it contradicted itself on numerous occasions. This is one novel that I was so glad to reach the end of, it was a chore to plough through it.

The Barn on Half Moon Hill by Milly Johnson.

My rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this novella, but then again, Milly Johnson is one of my favourite authors, I would read anything she wrote, even a shopping list! For me, this was a gorgeous read, it was like coming home, I already knew these characters and was happy to visit with them again. That said, you do not need to have read any of her other novels in order to understand this one. Milly writes characters that are real, they are the women we know and interact with on a daily basis. They have the same struggles as we do, families, relationships, jobs. Her characters are realistic and believable, not all princesses or rich people with nothing to worry about. I love Milly’s books, they are always such a delight to read, and I laugh and cry along with these strong female characters as if I actually know them.

I Can’t Remember The Title But The Cover Is Blue by Elias Greig.

My rating: 3 out of 5.

This was an interesting read, essentially a diary of a customer service worker in a bookshop. There is one entry per page, occasional illustrations, and is lightweight enough for you to pick up and put down as time allows. I found most of it to be quite funny, although there were more than a few entries that made no sense to me due to the use of slang, and at times, I found myself wondering if the author was Australian or English. This was a fairly tame read, suitable for the entire family to read, my 13 year old has also finished this and it has now been passed on to Grandma to read.

2024 QI Facts To Stop You In Your Tracks.

My rating: 5 out of 5.

I really loved this book, I am fascinated with trivia, especially the useless kind, and I devoured this book in the space of two days. I really enjoyed the interactivity of this book, you are able to access their website and type in the page number in order to see where they have referenced their fact from, a fantastic tool to give readers, especially for those more obscure facts.

I can’t wait to delve into my next novel!