May Wrap up

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well… 

May was a good month for me regarding reading. I managed to finish three books and start a fourth. 

Lets get to the books 

First book this month I finished was 

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen

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I really enjoyed this book, I picked it up via Kindle First on Amazon. 

Synopsis:

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.

As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls?

Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.

I gave this book 4 stars. 

Read my review here.

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The second book I finished this month is Brake Failure by Alison Brodie 

I was sent this book for review by the author. 

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Synopsis:

An English debutante transforms from Miss-Perfectly-Correct to criminally insane as she breaks the bonds of her rigid upbringing. Sheriff Hank Gephart tries to reel her in – but she’s out of control and she’s not hitting the brakes.

What happened to the genteel lady in twin-set and pearls? And why did she shoot Mr Right?

Brake Failure is set in 1999 in the months leading up to Y2K “meltdown” when the US government was spending $150 billion preparing for Armageddon As Lionel Shriver says in her novel, We Have To Talk About Kevin: “1999, a year widely mooted beforehand as the end of the world.”

I gave this book 4 stars

Read my review here

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the last book I finished this book was The Dwarves by Markus Heitz

I really enjoyed this book and I cant wait to start the second book in the series in June

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Synopsis:

For countless millennia, no man or beast has ever succeeded in breaching the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Until now… Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith is the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. But when he is sent out into the world to deliver a message and reacquaint himself with his people, the young foundling finds himself thrust into a battle for which he has not been trained. Not only his own safety, but the life of every man, woman and child in Girdlegard depends upon his ability to embrace his heritage. Although he has many unanswered questions, Tungdil is certain of one thing: no matter where he was raised, he is a true dwarf. And no one has ever questioned the courage of the Dwarves.

I rated this book 4.5 stars

Read my review here

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The book I started reading this month and will finish in june is:

Flame in the mist by Renee Ahdieh 

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synopsis:

Mariko has always known that being a woman means she’s not in control of her own fate. But Mariko is the daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist in her own right, and she refuses to be ignored. When she is ambushed by a group of bandits known as the Black Clan enroute to a political marriage to Minamoto Raiden – the emperor’s son – Mariko realises she has two choices: she can wait to be rescued… or she can take matters into her own hands, hunt down the clan and find the person who wants her dead.

Disguising herself as a peasant boy, Mariko infiltrates the Black Clan’s hideout and befriends their leader, the rebel ronin Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, Okami. Ranmaru and Okami warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. But as Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets that will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

If you have read any of these books let me know your thoughts on them in the comments 

In Farleigh Field Review

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31287352Title: In Farleigh Field 

Author Rhys Bowen 

Type: Kindle (Amazon) 

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World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.

As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls?

Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.

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When I first started reading this book I really didn’t think I was going to get on with it at all. I didn’t like the way in which the character spoke to each other and there was something about it which really made me uncomfortable whilst I was reading it. There was a section at the beginning where two characters were talking to one another and they said something was “donkey’s years” away.

(Sorry I didn’t get the exact section but I forgot to highlight it on my kindle). 

Now I don’t know whether this is me being naive in a way to how people acted back then but it seemed abnormal to me and this was something I used to say to my brother regarding things a long way away when we were growing up.  I suppose it had to come from somewhere. 

I really liked the characters, except “Dido”. She was one character I didn’t gel with at the beginning. This was due to her behaviour, I didn’t see how one could be so different from her older sister regarding things like Sex and behaviour in general. She also did one thing a sister should never do (I’ll leave this for you find out). Although I did think that this act would get brought up not brushed under the carpet anyway, I did enjoy the rest of the characters and didn’t see the turn the book was about to take. 

I really appreciated the author at the end specifying where the fiction and fact were placed within the book. Like the MI5 have actually operated the way she had written they were and the fact that the base where Pamela was based on her work is a place you can actually go and visit. I really liked this touch. 

I can’t wait to check out other books by this author and I would recommend this book to people who like books with Spies in and books set in world war 2. 

Currently Reading

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Here is what I am currently reading this month: 

The Dwarves by Markus Heitz 

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I recently bought this book from Waterstones mentioned in a current blog post haul here

Find out more about this book here

I started this book on Saturday and I am really enjoying it, I am 57 pages in and already so much has happened.

In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War 2 by Rhys Bowen

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I am currently reading this on my kindle. 

Find out more about this book here.

I am really enjoying this so far, there are a few issues I have but I will mention this in my book review once I have finished this. 

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari

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I purchased this book last month but I never mentioned it in a book haul as it was the only book I purchased this month. 

Find out more about this book here

I am 110 pages into this book. I am reading this one in between due to the amount of information that is in this book. I am finding it extremely interesting and I will be purchasing other books by Yuval Noah Harari.