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Good Taste By Caroline Scott

Good Taste‘Good Taste’ is the latest book by Caroline Scott.

England, 1932, and the country is in the grip of the Great Depression. To lift the spirits of the nation, Stella Douglas is tasked with writing a history of food in England. It’s to be quintessentially English and will remind English housewives of the old ways, and English men of the glory of their country. The only problem is –much of English food is really from, well, elsewhere. So, Stella sets about unearthing recipes from all corners of the country, in the hope of finding a hidden culinary gem. But what she discovers is rissoles, gravy, stewed prunes and lots of oatcakes. Longing for something more thrilling, she heads off to speak to the nation’s housewives. But when her car breaks down and the dashing and charismatic Freddie springs to her rescue, she is led in a very different direction.

Stella is a writer but unfortunately, her style of content isn’t in big demand so when her publisher offers her the opportunity to write about the great British food. She seizes the chance with a generous advance and hopes this will provide a better life for herself and her father, who’s heartbroken after her mother passed away.

I really enjoyed this story, set in the 1930’s, it gives an insight into being a woman during this time and the lack of respect they receive to be taken seriously. I loved Stella, fiercely strong and independent, she’s takes on her opportunity with gusto and it’s lovely to join her as she delves into some of Britain’s beloved recipes. She works hard to be respected as not only a woman but also as a writer. This book is not only heartwarming but it’s also mouthwateringly delicious in parts with tasty recipes and dishes.

‘Good Taste’ is a wonderful story to get lost in. It’s thoroughly researched and authentic in the setting, food and society and it’s a heartwarming story of self discovery through food and life experiences.

You can buy ‘Good Taste’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Three’s A Crowd By Simon Brooker

Three’s A Crowd‘Three’s A Crowd’ is the latest book by Simon Brooker.

Out-of-work actor Harriet is recuperating from a crash-and-burn affair with Damian – aka ‘Cockweasel’ – and making ends meet as a barista when she meets two rather lovely men. Tom is a regular at the café, and seems like such a nice guy. Smooth-talking DJ Richard is older, but in great shape – a real silver fox. Deciding to take a chance on both of them, Harriet doesn’t realise at first that she is actually dating father and son. Tom and Richard aren’t on speaking terms, and don’t share a last name – so how was she to know? By the time everyone finds out, both Tom and Richard are truly madly deeply in love with Harriet, and she’s faced with an impossible choice. But as the battle for her affections intensifies, ‘Cockweasel’ makes an unexpected reappearance and begs her to give him another chance.

Do you like your romances complicated but packed with wit and charm? Then ‘Three’s A Crowd’ is the book for you.

The story is seen through the narrative of Tom, his father Richard and the new woman that has caught both their eyes, Harriet as well as George who is Richard’s father.

I loved this story, along with the quirky storyline and the flawed characters, this book was a lovely story.

To the outside world, the characters all appear to have their acts together but are all dealing with different things. Richard is popular DJ but has been struggling since his wife asked for a divorce, his relationship with Tom is difficult as Tom blames his father for the family breakdown. Harriet has always wanted to act but when she gets the opportunity to be the Voice of London for the tube and bus services, this opens many new doors and introduces her to Richard and Tom, both of whom she’s attracted to for many reasons and this makes all the relationships hard. Plus she’s been hurt by the creatively named ‘Cockweasel’ and is finding it hard to move on.

This story is a fun one, it focuses on the dynamics of relationships between new partners and parents and children and I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions. George was a fascinating character, pretending to lead a charmed life, he’s charismatic and creative with his thinking, whilst Harriet’s Nanna was colourful with her advice and her love of horror films. I loved Tom, an aspiring musical writer, his dream is to see his stories brought to stage and it’s a joy to join on this journey. His relationship with Richard is difficult and these scenes are hard particularly when the truth is revealed and the life that he thought he knew was not quite what he thought!

The story flowed at the lovely pace and was so easy to settle into, ‘Three’s A Crowd’ is a wonderfully written story and gives an interesting insight into love, relationships and resilience.

You can buy ‘Three’s A Crowd’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Lighthouse Bookshop By Sharon Gosling

The Lighthouse Bookshop By‘The Lighthouse Bookshop’ is the latest book by Sharon Gosling.

At the heart of a tiny community in a remote village just inland from the Aberdeenshire coast stands an unexpected lighthouse. Built two centuries ago by an eccentric landowner, it has become home to the only bookshop for miles around. Rachel is an incomer to the village. She arrived five years ago and found a place she could call home. So when the owner of the Lighthouse Bookshop dies suddenly, she steps in to take care of the place, trying to help it survive the next stage of its life. But when she discovers a secret in the lighthouse, long kept hidden, she realises there is more to the history of the place than she could ever imagine. Can she uncover the truth about the lighthouse’s first owner? And can she protect the secret history of the place?

If you’re looking for some company on this wet and miserable day, then ‘The Lighthouse Bookshop’ is the perfect book to curl up with.

Set in small Scottish village where everyone knows everyone’s business, it’s also a place where people come to start over. After escaping her old life, Rachel finds herself settling into new role working in the Bookshop Lighthouse along with Cullen, who’s taken her under his wing. He’s a kind, elderly gentleman who tragically dies leaving Rachel with the responsibility of the lighthouse. Taking the lighthouse under her wing, as well as looking after journalist Toby, who’s hoping the quiet tranquility will help inspire his book, Gilly is running from her past whilst Edie is having to exhausted of fighting with her neighbour over his adventurous goat.

The mix of characters in this story, make it a thoroughly enjoyable story, their boisterous collection of personalities all with their own problems but the small village connects them with its own unique bond. There is a villain in the story called Dora McCreedy, a woman who’s wanting to make changes to the village.

A story of love, friendship and secrets, ‘The Lighthouse Bookshop’ is a beautifully written and warmhearted story that was a delight to read.

You can buy ‘The Lighthouse Bookshop’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Cold Cold Bones By Kathy Reichs

Cold Cold Bones‘Cold Cold Bones’ is the latest book in the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs.

In a profession like this, you’re bound to make enemies. It all starts when Dr Temperance Brennan finds a box on her porch. Inside is a fresh human eyeball with GPS coordinates etched into it. They lead her to a macabre discovery in a Benedictine Monastery, and soon after she discovers a mummified corpse in a state park. There seems to be no pattern to these killings, except that each mimics a killing connected to something a younger Tempe experienced, or barely escaped. Someone is targeting her, and she needs to figure out why before they strike again. And then her daughter Katy disappears.

This is the first book in the Temperance Brennan series that I’ve read and I really loved the witty and gruesome book.

When an eye appears on the doorstep of forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, her life changes drastically when the bodies mount up and it looks like a copycat killer is killing people the same way as Terence’s previous cases.

Seen from Temperance’s narrative, I immediately sunk into this story from the gripping first line. Temperance is a great protagonist, she’s witty, smart and is always one step ahead of people. Her interactions with supporting characters make for interesting reading. Her relationship with her only child Katy is turbulent, an army soldier who’s finding it hard to adjust to civilian life and Erskine Slidell aka Skinny, a private detective who’s meant to have retired but can’t seem to give up the chase. Their engagements made for really entertaining reading as they batted off each other.

The story is a gruesome one and not for the faint hearted with police procedures as well as the horrific deaths that the innocent people have met.

Dark, gripping and packed with suspense, ‘Cold Cold Bones’ is an excellent thriller, fast paced and filled with suspicious characters that made for intense reading.

You can buy ‘Cold Cold Bones’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Slow Lane Walkers Club By Rosa Temple

The Slow Lane Walkers Club‘The Slow Lane Walkers Club’ is the latest book by Rosa Temple.

Daniel isn’t used to living life in the slow lane. So when he finds himself unexpectedly jobless and back in his old Cornish hometown, he can’t sit still. Hazel used to be adventurous too. But now widowed and in her eighties, she barely leaves the house. When she sees an advert for Daniel’s new walking club, she grabs at the chance of some excitement. Daniel’s heart sinks when he sees that the only person who’s turned up for his walking club is the crazy old lady from two doors down. But what he doesn’t expect is to discover that Hazel is one of the most fascinating people he’s ever met.

If you like stories that flow at a slow pace but keep you attention throughout, then this lovely story of friendship is just for you.

Daniel has left the sunny scapes of Sicily for the blustery beach of Cornwall as he helps his sister sort out the family home. Whilst he does this he sets up a walking club and in doing this forms a new friendship with Hazel, a sweet elderly woman who fascinates Daniel with her knowledge of his family.

This is a genuinely lovely story to get caught up in, a story of friendship, bond and rediscovery. Daniel is a lovely character, he’s kind and trying to start a new life and leave his old life and relationships behind. His new friendship with Hazel makes for really sweet reading, she’s sweet, eccentric and her stories make for really interesting reading.

‘The Slow Lane Walkers Club’ is a tender story about unlikely friendships that made for heartwarming and uplifting reading.

You can buy ‘The Slow Lane Walkers Club’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.