Children's

*BLOG TOUR* Dancing Fairies – Jenny Way ★★★★★

Blurb; Follow the adventures of the Dancing Fairies as they dance and play every night and day!

See them fly over hills, in gardens, on window sills and in the treetops! Join them and their animal friends having fun in the rain and sun. Watch them as they paint flowers – it doesn’t take them hours!

You will be amazed and enthralled by their beauty and that’s not all! These little fairies are amazing and a delight!

My Review; Got something a little different today on the blog. Got sent this lovely childrens book by Clink Street to review with my four year old daughter who loves fairies.

First impressions was that the cover is beautiful, colourful and eye catching! It is a beautifully set out story with large print writing and easy to read! Each page has gorgeous, detailed illustrations to accompany the story. My daughter liked to count how many fairiers was in each picture.

My daughter enjoyed the story, so do I! Perfect little rymes throughout. This is the perfect book for any little girl to dive into a fairy kingdom. I’ve read this book several times to my daughter now and she still loves it. Magical. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars. Perfect for little ladies.

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Historical fiction · War

*12 Days of Clink Street* The Watcher – Monika Jephcott Thomas ★★★★★

Blurb; It’s 1949 when Netta’s father Max is released from a Siberian POW camp and returns to his home in occupied Germany. But he is not the man the little girl is expecting – the brave, handsome doctor her mother Erika told her stories of. Erika too struggles to reconcile this withdrawn, volatile figure with the husband she knew and loved before, and, as she strives to break through the wall Max has built around himself, Netta is both frightened and jealous of this interloper in the previously cosy household she shared with her mother and doting grandparents. Now, if family life isn’t tough enough, it is about to get even tougher, when a murder sparks a police investigation, which begins to unearth dark secrets they all hoped had been forgotten.

My Review; This book is so touching and heart-breaking in parts. It’s the aftermath of coming back from war, it doesn’t just affect that one person it affects the whole family.

My heart went out for little Netta and what she had seen, been through and witnessed. Poor girl, I loved her character. Max is struggling coming back from the war… His wife Erika has her own battles to fight while being there for Max and Netta.

I loved this story, I felt a whole range of emotions throughout reading this story. It is beautifully written. A must read. Powerful. Highlights how different and hard it can be for a soldier and their family after coming home. A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend. A must read. A must buy. A book that makes you open your eyes. A story that will stick with you forever.

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Non-Fiction · Prison story

*12 days of Clink Street* Veronica’s Bird – Veronica Bird & Richard Newman ★★★★★

Blurb; Veronica Bird was one of nine children living in a tiny house in Barnsley with a brutal coal miner for a father. Life was a despairing time in the Fifties as Veronica sought desperately to keep away from his cruelty. However, a glimmer of hope revealed itself as she, astonishingly to her and her mother, won a scholarship to Ackworth Boarding School where she began to shine above her class-mates.

A champion in all sports, Veronica at last found some happiness. That was until her brother-in-law came into her life. It was as if she had stepped from the frying pan into the fire.

He soon began to take control over her life removing her from the school she adored, two terms before she was due to take her GCEs, so he could put her to work as cheap labour on his market stall. Abused for many years by these two men, Veronica eventually ran away from him and applied to the Prison Service, intuiting that it was the only safe place she could trust.

Accepted into the Prison Service at a time when there were few women working in the industry, Veronica applied herself every day to learning her new craft even training in Holloway Prison where Myra Hindley was an inmate. With no wish to go outside the prison, Veronica remained inside on-duty. While her colleagues went out to the pub, the theatre or to dine she didn’t feel able to join them.

Her dedication was recognised and she rose rapidly in the Service moving from looking after dangerous women prisoners on long-term sentences to violent men and coming up against such infamous names as The Price sisters, Mary Bell and Charles Bronson. The threat of riots was always very close and escapes had to be dealt with quickly.

After becoming a Governor, Veronica was tasked with what was known within the Service as a ‘basket case’ of a prison. However, with her diligence and enthusiasm Veronica managed to turn it around whereupon it became a model example to the country and she was recognised with an honour from the Queen. With this recognition the EU invited her to lead a team to Russia and her time in Ivanovo Prison, north east of Moscow, provides an illuminating and humorous insight into a different prison culture.

My Review; I absolutely loved this book! I have always been fascinated about prisons, so this book was perfect. A little different from what I usually read as this is a non fiction book, a true story. But it’s brilliant!

As a true story you really get to know Veronica up close and personal, through the good and bad! She is a woman I admire with an interesting life story to tell. I was well and truelly hooked, I wanted to know everything about what this woman experienced and had to tell me especially inside of the prisons she worked in.

Parts will have you laughing, parts will make you gasp. Veronica is one extraordinary woman. I loved the photos included in the middle of the book making it more personal and a look into the history of how prisons were run and criminals dealt with (a lot has changed since then).

Beautifull written and told. Highly recommend. A story that is going to stick with me for a long time. A well deserved five stars from me.

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