Books, Reading, Reviews

My July Reads

It’s time to share the books I read in July. How are into August already? I hate to say it but this week has a rather Autumnal feel to it. We can’t complain though, we’ve been positively spoiled this Summer with sunshine. Spending so much time outdoors interfered with reading time but with darker evenings on the way that’s ok.

The books I did read in July were all so good. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to read something from my little selection.

The Cows (Don’t Follow The Herd) by Dawn O’Porter

Tara, Cam, and Stella are the three women at the center of this debut book by Dawn O’ Porter. They are three very different women, or are they?
When a rather exceptional event sees Tara being thrust, unwillingly into the limelight, the lives of these three women become entwined and new relationships are formed.

Through friendship and conflict, difference and likeness, they’ll learn to find their own voices.
Because sometimes it’s OK not to follow the herd.

It took me a while to get into this book but when I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it. We aren’t all the same and we don’t all have the same ideas, and that is only to be celebrated.

Cornflakes for Dinner by Aidan Comerford

Redundancy, depression, illness, Autism. This book has it all. In theory, we should probably be a blubbering mess reading it but instead, the tissues are wiping away tears of laughter.
Aidan Comerford and his wife Martha have two daughters, both with Autism, both very individual with different needs. Martha suffers from a chronic sleep condition and depression. This book is a memoir of sorts. I am in awe of Aidan for managing to write it given the demands on his time.
It is funny, heartwarming, emanates real love and pride, is extremely honest, very relatable at times and I hope, for the author, writing it was therapeutic. Of all the books I have read to date this year, this is definitely a must for every to be read pile out there.

The Last of Us by Harriet Cummings

A NetGalley Review – Publication Date 06 Sept 2018

Eighty-two-year-old Nettie lives alone on her run-down farm, isolated with only memories for company. When wanderer James arrives and turns out to be a friend of her daughter Catherine, Nettie invites him to stay.
As he gets on with odd jobs the situation becomes unsettling for Nettie. James is asking questions, he’s heard what the gossips are saying about her, about Harold, her husband. What does James really want?
An enjoyable read with a big twist that I didn’t see coming.

Music Across the Mersey by Geraldine O’ Neill

Widower Johnny Cassidy is struggling to hold things together following the passing of his wife Mary during childbirth.
When tragedy strikes, being 1940’s Ireland, getting a woman to run the house becomes a necessity. With his own family all settled in Liverpool, Johnny is forced to call on his wife’s cousin Nora who lives in Tullamore.
Nora, to her credit, puts her own life on hold and takes over the running of the Cassidy household. Johnny’s older children Seán & Ella are able to live the lives they should instead of shouldering responsibility for the running of the household. Hanna is taken care of and little Larry comes out of his shell. Nora is even instrumental in getting Johnny a full-time job.
As life settles down and becomes good again for the Cassidy family events take another turn. Nora misreads some signs with almost tragic consequences for her. Seán’s blossoming music career almost finishes before it starts and Johnny feels completely overwhelmed and at a loss as to what to do. Can the family pull it all together before it’s too late?
I adored this book, as with all of Geraldine’s previous books, I didn’t want it to end. She captures the time period, creates human characters and executes the story exquisitely. Highly recommend all of her books.

 

Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all of the books I mention in these monthly posts are bought and paid for by myself or borrowed from the Library. Anyone can join NetGalley and provide reviews in exchange for books. This post contains Affiliate Links, further details about Affiliate Links can are available on my Disclosure page.

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