Archive | April 19, 2018

Where the light gets in – Lucy Dillon.

Lucy Dillon

Back of the book : 

‘You know those cracks in your heart, Lorna, where things didn’t work out, but you picked yourself up and carried on? That’s where the fear gets out. And where the light gets in.’

It was Betty, defiant to the end, who sent Lorna back to Longhampton. If Lorna’s learned one thing from Betty it’s that courage is something you paint on like red lipstick, even when you’re panicking inside. And right now, with the keys to the town’s gallery in her hand, Lorna feels about as courageous as Betty’s anxious little dachshund, trembling beside her.

Lorna’s come home to Longhampton to fulfil a long-held dream, but she knows, deep down, there are ghosts she needs to lay to rest first. This is where her tight-knit family shattered into silent pieces. It’s where her unspoken fears about herself took root and where her own secret, complicated love began. It’s not exactly a fresh start.

But as Lorna – and the little dog – tentatively open their cracked hearts to old friends and new ones, facing hard truths and fresh promises, something surprisingly beautiful begins to grow around the gallery, something so inspirational even Lorna couldn’t have predicted the light it lets into her world . . .

What I think : 

I want to start by saying what a really gorgeous cover this book has, a lovely sky blue with gold writing and the most adorable little gold sausage dog. (Mine was a Review copy so i’m not sure if the actual published copy will be the same)

This lovely book has some really lovely characters and as I mentioned before a beautiful little sausage dog called Rudy, who at first seems to be scared of everything – bless him. It covers some really serious issues, like loss of a loved one ( almost straight away, which got me reaching for the tissues quite early on ! ) but also love and friendship, which lets face it we all need in our life. It really makes you sit back for a minute and think about things. But having said that its also really warm and touching at the same time.

I have always really enjoyed and looked forward to Lucy’s book’s and I really adored this one from start to finish.

Go and buy it now !

I give this one a very well-earned 10/10.

5 gold stars

Published by Bantam Press (Penguin Books) on 19/04/18.

A huge Thank you to Becky Short at Transworld books for the Review copy.


The Lido – Libby Paige.


The Lido


Back of the book : 

Meet Rosemary, 86, and Kate, 26: dreamers, campaigners, outdoor swimmers…

Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, but everything she knows is changing. Only the local lido, where she swims every day, remains a constant reminder of the past and her beloved husband George.

Kate has just moved and feels adrift in a city that is too big for her. She’s on the bottom rung of her career as a local journalist, and is determined to make something of it.

So when the lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. But for Rosemary, it could be the end of everything. Together they are determined to make a stand, and to prove that the pool is more than just a place to swim – it is the heart of the community.

The Lido is an uplifting novel about the importance of friendship, the value of community, and how ordinary people can protect the things they love.


What I think : 

Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, She and her friend Hope meet up in the coffee shop once a week for cake and chat. But what she likes the best is swimming at The Lido. Rosemary lives very close to The Lido, her balcony over looks the pool.

She swims everyday.

Kate is not really loving life. She works as a journalist at The Brixton Chronicle, most days all she wants to do is her shift then go home and hide in bed. She is really lonely and anxious.

Kate doesn’t swim, the last time she went it, must have been when she was thirteen and still at school ! However when she’s handed a story at work about the possible closure and sale of The Lido she becomes quite interested.

Rosemary and Kate meet when Kate starts to investigate her story. Over time they form a close friendship which changes both women in many ways.

Can these two very different women save The Lido and each other … ?

This is a very lovely heart-warming story of love, loss and of pulling together in times of crisis. And of course of life-changing friendships that appear in the most unlikely of places.

This gorgeous book is like a very big cuddle that makes you smile and think to yourself, ‘Oh that’s nice’.

It made me smile, it made me cry but most of all it made me feel good.

I really loved this debut novel and its truly beautiful characters. The only thing I need to say is, GO and buy this book !!

I give this fab book  9/10

5 gold stars

Published on 19/04/18 by Orion Books

I won my copy on a Twitter Comp, HUGE THANKS to Ben Willis.