Adventure · mystery · Short Stories

Trash – Andy Mulligan ★★★★★

Blurb; In an unnamed Third World country, in the not-so-distant future, three “dumpsite boys” make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city.

One unlucky-lucky day, Raphael finds something very special and very mysterious. So mysterious that he decides to keep it, even when the city police offer a handsome reward for its return. That decision brings with it terrifying consequences, and soon the dumpsite boys must use all of their cunning and courage to stay ahead of their pursuers. It’s up to Raphael, Gardo, and Rat—boys who have no education, no parents, no homes, and no money—to solve the mystery and right a terrible wrong.

My Review; This is a must read. Brilliant, outstanding, powerful, uplifting and amazing. Worth all the stars. I cannot recommend this book to you all enough. It’s a short read at 211 pages long but well worth it! One that will stick in your heart for a long time with similar ties to slumdog millionairre you’re in for a treat.

I fell in love with the three boys Raphael, Gardo and Rat. After discovering an item among the rubbish piles they hunt through daily, they never realised how much it would change their lives and others. The police are determined to find the item too. Then we embark on the journey with the boys…

I must give it to them what a team they were together. Strong, determined and clever. Always one step ahead of the police… Well most of the time. They’ve faced the unimaginable and were rewarded greatly. A beautiful ending and outcome. A powerful story. It got me thinking that although this is a fictional story parts are based on what still happens in the world today with kids routing through rubbish piles, being poor and the wealthy greedy. Highly recommend it. I cant stop thinking about it, so glad it popped up on my Amazon recommendations now.

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Adventure · chick-lit

Looking For Captain Poldark – Rowan Coleman ★★★★

Blurb; How far would you go to find the perfect hero?

Four strangers, united by their shared love of POLDARK, come together on a trip to Cornwall in search of their hero…

Lisa has sworn off love and relationships after a really bad experience, but lately she’s been tempted to take a chance on a more exciting life. First she meets other fans of the TV show Poldark online. Then she proposes a very special road trip to Cornwall, in search of where their favourite show is being filmed.

But can four strangers find friendship, as well as a certain sexy hunk on their trip south?

My Review; Now I must admit I’ve never watched or read Poldark but I have heard about it. This was a lovely read where four strangers come together over their love of Poldark and decide to go on a journey to find him. 4 totally different people. 4 strangers. Each have their own secrets, worries and problems.

Along the way the secrets emerge, there bonds grow and they become the most unlikely group of friends with some drama and heroism needed along the way. Pushing themselves out of their comfort zones for each other. A beautiful ending and beautiful friendships made. It was nice to escape on their adventure with them.

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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Adventure

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards & Apologises – Fredrik Backman ★★★★

Blurb; Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

My Review; I have loved all of this authors books so far and this did not disappoint. The start had me laughing out loud, but then comes the death of Elsas grandmother and brings with it a huge adventure ahead full of stories.

Elsa was very close to her grandmother and after her death she has to send letters from her grandma to others. Elsas grandma use to tell her lots of stories and these soon turn into reality and everything soon becomes clear. Everything changes throughout. Her friendships. The stories. The adventure. I loved it. Really enjoyed it. Underneath theres a clever meaning to it all left by her grandmother. Beautiful. Clever how her grandma still managed to do all that even after death.

I loved little Elsas character and how she managed to solve and change everything. Amazing. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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