Monday, 12 August 2013

July Book Reviews

July was a much better month for reading...... although I didn't hit my target of 4 I managed 3!

First up....

What Papa Told Me is the story of Murray, a young Jewish boy
from Poland, whose courage and sheer will to live helped him
survive eight labor and concentration camps in the Holocaust,
start a new life in America, and keep a family intact in the
aftermath of his wife’s suicide – one of the
Nazis’ last victims.

I really enjoyed this book, is was difficult in places but the truth is always hard to read.
After the last book I wanted to read a small book & I found this an easy, interesting read & only 38p on Amazon Kindle!

A fascinating account of a City girl who volunteered to substitute for a farm worker who had been conscripted to fight in the War. How would she cope with the new environment? the new people? the new work?

Another bargain Kindle book. Again I really enjoyed it, it was a really interesting book about farm life in war time. After reading about the horrors of the concentration camps I found this light relief. There are lots of spelling mistakes but I'm sure you can over look them.

A dead employer's legacy of five thousand pounds allows spinster Hannah Pym to resign from housekeeping and find adventure travelling the English countryside by stagecoach. But adventure soon finds Miss Pym in the form of Miss Emily Freemantle, a spoilt violet-eyed beauty fleeing an arranged marriage to a rake she has never met.
What the girl's darkly handsome betrothed boards their stage, Miss Pym is certain Emily was rash to bolt from this aristocratic catch! And so as soon as the travellers repair to an inn, Miss Pym begins her matchmaking... and although Lord Ranger Harley complains he'll not marry an ungrateful minx, Miss Pym suspects once she's marshalled the couple into sharing intimate household chores, all romantic knots will be untangled!

I've been looking at this author for a long time, I love the cover of the books. When I found this one for yet another bargain price I just had to try it. I was excited at the thought of a book about Exeter.... my home town...... but they never really made it!
Although it was very good & as I brought it as a set of 4 books I still have 3 to read! It's set in the Regency period, I don't normally read books set it that period but it makes a change from WW2 books!
It's now £5.99 on Amazon, I'm glad I brought them when they were £1.00!

No more buying books for me, since I started in the charity shop I seemed to have collected a number of books!
At only 99p for paperbacks it seems silly not too......... I now have a pile of 8 to read!

Let me know if you've read any of these or add them to your Amazon wish list.


  1. Hello Joe, thanks for sharing your book reviews, I'm looking for something a little light at the moment, so think I might give the Down to Earth book a go!

    Thank you for dropping in on Thriftwood, you're always welcome!

    Love Claire xxx

  2. great reviews - I love the sound of the farm girl one, but was attracted to the last one because of the Exeter link as well. Have you ever tried any Lilian Harry - her series Burracombe are set in the mid century around a fictional village supposed to be a few miles outside of Plymouth, they are a lovely simple read (bit like Miss Read books, if you've ever read them) but being mid century and sort of local, have an extra bit of interest. I bet it must be hard not to pick up the odd bargain book or two being where you are now!

  3. Catching up Josie-Mary and thank you for these new titles!
    Both the first 2 goes on my list!!
    Will look into above commentator's hint as well!
    Sweet of you to share Ladies!