chick-lit · contemporary · romance

Mix Tape – Jane Sanderson ★★★★★

Blurb; You never forget the one that got away. But what if ‘what could have been’ is still to come?

Daniel was the first boy to make Alison a mix tape.

But that was years ago and Ali hasn’t thought about him in a very long time. Even if she had, she might not have called him ‘the one that got away’; she’d been the one to run away, after all.

Then Dan’s name pops up on her phone, with a link to a song from their shared past.

For two blissful minutes, Alison is no longer an adult in Adelaide with temperamental daughters; she is sixteen in Sheffield, dancing in her too-tight jeans. She cannot help but respond in kind.

And so begins a new mix tape.

Ali and Dan exchange songs – some new, some old – across oceans and time zones, across a lifetime of different experiences, until one of them breaks the rules and sends a message that will change everything…

Because what if ‘what could have been’ is still to come?

My Review; This is such a beautiful book to read. A must read. One to savour, not rush. Old flames. A connection through music and songs. Beautifully written. Perfection. I really enjoyed it.

The story is told through the two main characters Ali in Australia and Dan in the UK. It flicks from the present to their shared past but each are set out clearly so there is no confusion. I loved both their characters. They just click. They’re definitely soul mates, made for each other but can they rekindle so many years apart? Change their lives for each other?

This will be going in my top twenty reads of 2020. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. Brilliant. Amazing. I cannot stop thinking about it.

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Comedy · contemporary · Non-Fiction · Short Stories

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World – Fredrik Backman ★★★★

Blurb; Things My Son Needs to Know About the World collects the personal dispatches from the front lines of one of the most daunting experiences any man can experience: fatherhood.As he conveys his profound awe at experiencing all the “firsts” that fill him with wonder and catch him completely unprepared, Fredrik Backman doesn’t shy away from revealing his own false steps and fatherly flaws, tackling issues both great and small, from masculinity and mid-life crises to practical jokes and poop.In between the sleep-deprived lows and wonderful highs, Backman takes a step back to share the true story of falling in love with a woman who is his complete opposite, and learning to live a life that revolves around the people you care about unconditionally. Alternating between humorous side notes and longer essays offering his son advice as he grows up and ventures out into the world, Backman relays the big and small lessons in life, including:-How to find the team you belong to
-Why airports explain everything about religion and war
-The reason starting a band is crucial to cultivating and keeping friendships
-How to beat Monkey Island 3
-Why, sometimes, a dad might hold onto his son’s hand just a little too tightThis is an irresistible and insightful collection, perfect for new parents and fans of Backman’s “unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness). As he eloquently reminds us, “You can be whatever you want to be, but that’s nowhere near as important as knowing that you can be exactly who you are.”

My Review; I have loved every book by this author so far and this did not disappoint me at all. It is a short and easy read at just over 160 pages. Parts had me laughing out loud. In this story we learn more about the author and his dad side… Parenting isn’t easy.

Within Fredrick has addressed some things he would like his son to know when he’s older. However, he does drift off now and again into funny unrelated stories. This is a book not to be taken seriously. I throughally enjoyed it. Something different! Something for his son to read and laugh at when he’s older. As parents we can all relate to at least one part of this story. Can easily be read in one sitting.

Fredrick has gone out of his genre zone here and given us something different and it’s paid off! A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Perfect for those readers with busy lives and not much time.

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contemporary

*BLOG TOUR* A Modern Family – Helga Flatland ★★★★

Blurb; When Liv, Ellen, and Håkon, along with their partners and children, arrive in Rome to celebrate their father’s 70th birthday, a quiet earthquake occurs: their parents have decided to divorce. Shocked and disbelieving, the siblings try to come to terms with their parents’ decision as it echoes through the homes they have built for themselves, and forces them to reconstruct the shared narrative of their childhood and family history. A bittersweet novel of regret, relationships, and rare psychological insights, A Modern Family encourages us to look at the people closest to us a little more carefully, and ultimately reveals that it’s never too late for change.

My Review; What a beautiful written story that shows the aftermath of a divorce in the family and how it can effect the family members in different ways. I loved reading this. It was an easy to devour read and quite short at 230 pages.

The story is told through the three siblings Liv, Ellen and Harkon. Each have their own personal problems going on but when their parents tell them about their pending divorce things start to change. I felt heartbroken for what Ellen had to go through it musn’t have been easy. Harkon I thought was a funny character with all his theories and he seemed very clever. A close knit famkly at first, will they all rekindle?

Brilliantly written, thoughtful and an inspiring story of the aftermath of divorce… It doesn’t matter what age you are it will still affect you. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. A Modern Family will be published 13th of June in the UK. Pre-order link below.

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