I've not blogged much at all this month as we have been pretty busy. When I have had down time and/or time to myself I've been spending it either watching something on Netflix or reading. I've read 7 books this month 3 of which are quick reads.

HAMNET by Maggie O'farrell 
HAMNET is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child. Warwickshire in the 1580s. Agnes is a woman as feared as she is sought after for her unusual gifts. She settles with her husband in Henley street, Stratford, and has three children: a daughter, Susanna, and then twins, Hamnet and Judith. The boy, Hamnet, dies in 1596, aged eleven. Four years or so later, the husband writes a play called Hamlet. I started reading this whilst we were on holiday and really got into it. I thought as an historical fiction it was a great read, especially for those who like Shakespeare.

The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman 
Another great read. A regular weekday morning veers drastically off-course for five strangers whose paths cross in a London cafĂ© - their lives never to be the same again when an apparently crazed gunman holds them hostage. But there is more to the situation than first meets the eye and as the captives grapple with their own inner demons, the line between right and wrong starts to blur. Will the secrets they keep stop them from escaping with their lives?

My name is why by Lemn Sissay
Abridged for quick reads : My name is why is about how at the age of seventeen, after a childhood in an adopted family followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth certificate. He learned that his real name was not Norman. It was Lemn Sissay. He was British and Ethiopian. And he learned that his mother had been pleading for his safe return to her since his birth. Here Sissay recounts his life story.

The Swimmer Graham Norton
Helen is a retired teacher living on the Irish coast. One day, Helen sees a man struggling in the sea and decides to investigate. She doesn't quite know what it is, but something about it feels very strange...
Another quick read and I found it OK, it didn't blow me away. I've not read anything by Graham Norton before so can't compair it to his usual books.

The Kiss by Santa Montefiore 
Another author who's books I've not read before. This quick read was a great way to get an idea of her writing style. Unfortunately I found it to be too predictable storyline. Robert a married man had brief fling 18 years ago which resulted in a daughter nobody knows about. Robert must finally tell his family the truth. Will they ever be able to forgive him and accept Madison as one of their own?

A vow so bold and deadly Brigid Kemmerer
I've been meaning to read the last book in the cursebreaker series this past year and not got round to it. Emberfall is crumbling fast, torn between those who believe Rhen is the rightful prince and those who are eager to begin a new era under Grey, the true heir. Grey has agreed to wait two months before attacking Emberfall, and in that time, Rhen has turned away from everyone—even Harper, as she desperately tries to help him find a path to peace. I really enjoyed the whole series but still feel that the first book was the best. 

Trust me by T.M.Logan 
This is my current read which I am hoping will start to get more interesting as I'm not that far into it atm. I am a fan of T.M Logan so hoping it doesn't disappoint. 

Two strangers, a child, and a split second choice that will change everything . . .

Please protect Mia
Don't trust the police
Don't trust anyone

Why would a mother abandon her child to a stranger? Ellen is about to discover that the baby in her arms might hold the key to an unspeakable crime. And doing the right thing might just cost her everything . . .

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