Sunday, 16 June 2013

May Book Reviews

So here we are matching towards the end of June & I'm only just telling you about the books I read in May!

I only managed 2 which is 2 short of my target.... never going to hit 50 at the rate

1940: The Spanish Civil War is over, and Madrid lies ruined, its people starving, while the Germans continue their relentless march through Europe. Britain now stands alone while General Franco considers whether to abandon neutrality and enter the war. Into this uncertain world comes Harry Brett: a traumatised veteran of Dunkirk turned reluctant spy for the British Secret Service. Sent to gain the confidence of old schoolfriend Sandy Forsyth, now a shady Madrid businessman, Harry finds himself involved in a dangerous game – and surrounded by memories. Meanwhile Sandy’s girlfriend, ex-Red Cross nurse Barbara Clare, is engaged on a secret mission of her own – to find her former lover Bernie Piper, a passionate Communist in the International Brigades, who vanished on the bloody battlefields of the Jarama. In a vivid and haunting depiction of wartime Spain, Winter in Madrid is an intimate and compelling tale which offers a remarkable sense of history unfolding, and the profound impact of impossible choices. ‘Sansom adroitly draws the disparate strands of his ambitious saga together. His non-pareil evocations of time and place anchor his characters with satisfying precision’ Independent

I read this on my Kindle..... for a bargain price of 20p on Amazon. I started off really well then hit a block & it was a real struggle, it took me weeks to finish it.
I did enjoy it but it didn't get me hooked, I don't know why.... the story is really good & I liked the ending so maybe it was just me!

Pretty seventeen-year-old Greta has never known a stable family life. With no father, and loathing her mother Ruby’s latest boyfriend, Greta finds life hard at home and is happiest at work with her friends at the Cadbury factory in Birmingham where she is popular with the boys. Life takes a turn for the worse when her missing vixen of a sister Marleen turns up during the freezing winter of 1962. Greta soon decides that her only way out is marriage, but all too soon she discovers that life with her old class mate Trevor is not a ticket to freedom and happiness. She finds herself on the streets, pregnant and homeless… She is taken in by her mother’s old friends, Edie and Anatoli Gruschov. In Anatoli, Greta finds the father she has never had. Kindly Edie loves to mother people and is desperately missing her son David and his family who have settled in Israel. But the love and security of this haven is soon shattered by appalling tragedy, which affects all the chocolate girls and their children and changes life forever… Continuing the saga begun in Chocolate Girls, and set in 1960s Birmingham, this is a story of families whose lives are entwined, of belonging and loss… and of a young woman’s search for transforming love.

I read Chocolate Girls back in March & really enjoyed it so I was really pleased to find the sequel at a car boot sale for 50p!
This book did not disappoint & I read it in under a week! I've never read these kind of books before but I'm really enjoying them....... light hearted & easy to read.
Maybe my taste in books is changing.
I was happily going to bed for the afternoon & reading while with the other book I would do anything but read!
Maybe I should just admit it & stick to these books in the future!

I'm now reading a book that was recommend to me..... it's been 2 weeks & I'm only 1/2 through... oh dear!
Think June's book review post will be short!


  1. Josie-Mary, I agree with you: our taste in literatue changes as time goes by.
    Thanks for the interesting reviews and I have already added the titles to my list!

  2. I only get to read one or two pages of a book these takes ages to read a whole book! These do look very interesting though. Xx

  3. yes mines changed too - never used to like books set in the past, this year I've hardly read anything else and am loving them - keep meaning to do a post on what I've read but haven't got round to it yet!

    Hope the weekend goes well - I think I'm probably going to be working but am going to try and make it along on sunday if I can