Review: The Importance of Being Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

Challenge criteria: A book written by two female authors

Blurb:

Aisling is 29 and she’s still a complete Aisling.

After a tough year, things between herself and John are back on track, and life with Sadhbh and Elaine in their notiony Dublin apartment is more craic than ever.

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Review: Best Foot Forward by Adam Hills

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

Blurb:

Adam Hills was a quiet primary school kid with a prosthetic foot, who did all his homework and only spoke when spoken to. His dad sparked in him a love of comedy and together they’d spend hours watching and listening to the greats like Peter Sellers and Mel Brooks, so, when it was Adam’s turn to speak, he made sure he was funny.

Once he hit high school, comedy was Adam’s obsession (along with a deep love for the South Sydney Rabbitohs). While his mates were listening to Iron Maiden and AC/DC, he was listening to Kenny Everett and Billy Connolly. And when a report card came home with a comment praising his sense of humour, he was far prouder of that than his grades (his mum not so much).

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Review: My Name Is Anna by Lizzy Barber

2018 challenge criteria: A book that was nominated for an award in 2018

Disclaimer: This review is part of a blog tour run by the publisher, Penguin Random House. I was given a free copy of this book for my part in this tour. This has in no way affected my opinion of this book, nor the outcome of this review.

Blurb:

Two women – desperate to unlock the truth.
How far will they go to lay the past to rest?

ANNA has been taught that virtue is the path to God. But on her eighteenth birthday she defies her Mamma’s rules and visits Florida’s biggest theme park.

She has never been allowed to go – so why, when she arrives, does everything seem so familiar? And is there a connection to the mysterious letter she receives on the same day?

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Review: Christmas Secrets by the Sea by Jane Lovering

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

Blurb:

Sometimes you don’t get the Christmas presents you imagined…

Tansy Merriweather is down on her luck. She’s lost her business and her relationship, and instead of a glamorous London apartment, her home is now a campervan on a Dorset beach. And as if things couldn’t get any worse, a scruffy dog called Brian with a taste for sardines has adopted her as his owner.

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Review: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Challenge criteria: A book about time travel.

Blurb:

“The first rule is that you don’t fall in love, ‘ he said… ‘There are other rules too, but that is the main one. No falling in love. No staying in love. No daydreaming of love. If you stick to this you will just about be okay.'”

A love story across the ages – and for the ages – about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live
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