I’ve always loved to read but don’t normally have much spare time between work, having a child, and blogging. Towards the end of last year, I vowed to try harder to have a few early nights when I didn’t stay up late blogging. Getting into bed with a book is my way of winding down, even if I do sometimes fall asleep after only a couple of pages!
I already had quite a few ebooks on my Kindle as I have a bit of an addiction to buying books from Amazon every time I see them on offer, so my To-Read list is quite long. I also signed up to a free trial of Kindle Unlimited at the start of this year which allows you to download and read as many books as you like from a selection of over 1 million ebooks – adding a load more to my To-Read list!
In the last few months, I’ve finished quite a few good books (and a couple of not-so-good ones), so I thought I’d list my favourites here. I am hoping to keep the reading momentum going and come back every few months with another list of book recommendations for you. Here’s the first selection…
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My husband’s wife by Amanda Prowse
This isn’t normally the kind of book I would read but I took a chance on it because it was free on Kindle Unlimited. To begin with I wasn’t too sure about it but I persevered as I hate not finishing a book. By the end, I had gotten really angry for the main character Rosie, and had shed a little tear for her as well, which I think is the sign of a good book!
Rosie is happy with her quiet family life until her husband leaves her unexpectedly for another woman and takes their children with him. It all goes downhill from there and she has to work out how to deal with it.
If you have a happy family life I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to the story and the emotions of the main character and want to go and hug your family tighter when you’ve finished the book. Despite not getting into the book for the first few chapters, once the story got going I wanted to keep reading to know how Rosie would try and get her family back.
The Friend by Teresa Driscoll
I’ve read a few books by this author and they are always hard to put down once you get started – The Friend was no different, I think I read it in a week.
It’s a psychological thriller with a twist that jumps from present day to flashbacks from the past. It starts with a lady called Sophie who receives a phone call on a train telling her that two boys have been in an accident, one of the boys is worse off than the other. One of the boys is her son, the other boy is the son of her friend Emma, and the hospital can’t tell Sophie what happened or the name of the boy in trouble. The story is an emotional train journey with Sophie trying to piece together what has happened.
The book has a good twist that keeps you guessing until the end and I found myself reading it at every spare opportunity to get to finish it.
Forget my name by J.S Monroe
This book had a twist that I did not see coming at all, which doesn’t happen very often! If you like psychological thrillers then this one is a must-read.
A woman loses her luggage at the airport and can’t remember who she is or where she’s been. She’s lost her wallet, passport and house key and can only remember where she lives. But when she turns up on the doorstep there are people living in her house and they have no idea who she is.
I was completely hooked, had lots of different theories about which character was telling the truth, and was surprised by the ending.
Behind closed doors by BA Paris
The reviews on Amazon for this book are mixed but it was on offer for 99p so I thought I’d give it a chance!
It’s a chilling story of a married couple who look perfect on the outside, but all isn’t what it seems. The story will keep you in suspense until the very end and you’ll get behind the main character Grace and will her to do something about the situation she finds herself in.
With or without you by Shari Low
This book is something a bit different in that it’s split into two parts. Liv has been married for six years but she and her husband Nate have decided to go their separate aways. At midnight on New Year’s Eve 1999 Liv isn’t sure whether she’s made the right decision or not.
The first half of the book follows Liv as she leaves Nate and starts a new life, catching up with her every year to see what’s going on and whether she made the right decision. The second part of the book starts again at midnight on New Year’s Eve 1999 and tells the story of what would have happened if Liv had decided to stay with her husband after all.
It’s an interesting look at whether fate exists, and makes you think about what could have happened in your own life if you’d made different decisions.
Before we were yours by Lisa Wingate
Very different from my other book suggestions, but a brilliant read that I would really recommend.
This novel is set in the 1930’s and is based on real-life events. It’s about a 12-year-old girl called Rill and her four siblings who live on a shanty boat in Mississippi. While their parents are out the children are kidnapped, put in a children’s home and sold to wealthy families. The story skips to the present day when a lady called Avery starts looking into her father’s past and uncovers some information that raise a lot of questions.
I wasn’t aware of the scandals around the Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage and it’s heart-wrenching to know that the book is based on true stories. Once you start you won’t be able to put the book down until you find out what happened to these children.
Have you read any of these books? If not, I hope I’ve given you some ideas for your next read. Let me know which one you’ll pick, or if you would also recommend any of them.
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Hopefully, I’ll carry on reading this much and will be able to write another post in a few months’ time with my next list of books so stay tuned.