May was a tad more successful with my reading than April had been, though there is much room for improvement! I did read three good books however and here they are.
Florence Grace by Tracy Rees
It took me ages to read this, however, I think that is more reflective of what was going on in my life at the time than the actual book itself.
Florrie Buckley, a young girl orphaned, lives with her Nan in Cornwall where life is simple and she can run free on the mysterious Moors.
Following the death of her beloved Nan, Florrie must go and live with her Mother’s family, the wealthy Grace’s, in London. Overnight life becomes very different, she has to conform to their way of life, changing her name to Florence Grace. She suffers at the hands of her Aunt Dinah, is loathed by her cousin Annis and falls for the charms of her wayward cousin Turlington.
I felt the book lost it’s way a little in parts and dragged out longer than it needed to be, it was ok. I probably would read another by the author as I do generally enjoy historical fiction.
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
Ginny Moon’s painfully honest narrator is Ginny, a girl with autism living in a world that just doesn’t add up. Five years ago the police removed her from the home of her abusive mother Gloria.
Now fourteen and in her 4th Forever Home, Ginny is hell bent on returning to her mother’s apartment – despite knowing how dangerous that could be – to find something she insists she hid under the bed.
Ginny will steal, lie, plan her own kidnapping and tear apart every shred of the normal, stable life she currently has, just t find what she left at the farthest edge of forever.
I received a copy of Ginny Moon, which is out on June 1st, for the purpose of review which can be read in full here.
Two Fridays in April by Róisín Meaney
I’m no stranger to Róisín Meaney’s books, having read a few of them in the past, so I was looking forward to this and it didn’t disappoint.
April 2nd, the 1st anniversary of the death of Finn, Daphne Darling’s husband. Also the 17th birthday of Daphne’s step daughter Úna. A distance has formed between Daphne & Úna since Finn’s sudden death making birthday celebrations even more difficult. The day goes from bad to worse for Daphne when her car is stolen and she misses her visit to Finn’s grave, she doesn’t get to collect Úna’s birthday cake and then Úna decides to have dinner with her friend instead of Daphne & her grandmother, Finn’s mother Mo.
However, amidst all this, things take a rather sinister turn, throwing Daphne together with her practically estranged mother Isobel, revealing secrets between her & Mo and finally tearing down the wall that has formed between herself and Úna.
Can this family find happiness on this Friday in April??
Róisín Meaney writes with a genuine sense of compassion, making it very easy for the reader to identify, empathise and relate to various characters. I really enjoyed this book.
Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all of the books I mention in these monthly posts are bought and paid for by myself.