My Thoughts on The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

I have seen this book on a number of blogs and so I thought ok let’s try it. I finished reading this book and wow the number of vile characters in it. Some didn’t seem to have a moral compass either, but they work for the vehicle of our main protagonist Rosa.

Also there’s a fair amount of naughty language and sex too in the book. The sexual innuendos made me groan so much. Some of the dialogue was 😬 .

I identified so much with Rosa. Rosa not so much drinks alcohol, as abuses it and is a nightmare when drunk. The writer shows us why those are the symptoms of a difficult childhood and not the cause. You could also say Rosa eventually found her purpose in life from the corner shop, so didn’t need to drink. I’m sure there’s more to come from her.

I was up and down with the book, dial down your expectations from reviews, but the metaphorical punches kept coming and by the end I wanted to read more from these characters.

There were so many strands of story, but it all added up to a fun book and was never dull. The pace of the book zipped along. I was expecting something a little more cosy and not so much in your face, from the description and cover of this book, but four stars from me.

It was a good book to get me out of a reading slump.


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Saved by the Bell

hour spent, shut, into a classroom –
terrifying tomb
in plain clothes alongside a dozen other adult learners –
their eyes on the paper
mine on the shuffling blinds
as the open windows lets in some relief
45 minutes to go
i should concentrate
one of the questions
that one, no
too difficult
pick another
q2?
no, don’t like that one either
an alarm vibrates the air
shaking us all from private places by the root
the fire bell, brilliant
told to forget our bags, no chance
and leave the building
we file out
mixing in with other pupils

originally published put me down, I’m terrible


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My Thoughts on Poetry, short stories and shapeshifter brothers oh my.

Witty, tender, surprising, these keenly observed tales speak to us all, and capture the moment when we all want to roar.

Roar by Cecilia Ahern

Published by HarperCollins
These stories from Cecelia Ahern are a departure from her novels (which I have a lot of time for) and they are chilling. If you look at the list of the stories, some of the stories are a literal as their titles suggest. The stories underline how women are invisible, whatever age: invisible once elderly, put to one side once married.
My one bugbear would be that the characters were all uniform. There was not a great variety in there.


Peppernell understands that healing is a process, and Pillow Thoughts II eloquently captures the time and experience that one goes through on their journey to peace through restoration. A collection of inspirational and comforting poems for anyone who is mending from a broken heart.

Pillow Thoughts 2 by Courtney Peppernell

Published by Andrews McMeel
I enjoyed the writing in Pillow Thoughts 2.
I liked that I could dip in and out of the book.
I found my problem was with the writing, which was impeccable, and an accurate portrayal of falling, and being in love, was so good I couldn’t connect with it, and almost couldn’t finish Pillow Thoughts.


Wicked Origins is a modern YA Fantasy Retelling of L. Frank Baum’s original Oz tales.

Wicked Origins by Paula Black
A retelling of The Wizard of Oz, Paula Black takes elements of the original story and adds them into her own tale. Black’s Dorothy is a hardened character, a child in care who doesn’t trust easy, and lives with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, and sister. During a tornado her car is taking and lands in the place called Oz, along with her dog Toto. Instead of the Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion her companions are three shape shifter brothers. The Ruby slippers that Dorothy puts on her feet to save herself from the Munch’kins are boots. The relationship of the brothers and Dorothy develops into a tight unit. I wasn’t convinced by some of the passages in the story. I liked the characters and the dialogue. I will be adding part two to my TBR.


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In a dream you saw a Way to Survive by Clementine Von Radics

Clementine von Radics is a poet whose confessional, conversational work has achieved a wide appeal among both traditional and non-traditional poetry audiences. An internationally touring poet, Clementine’s poems have been viewed millions of times on YouTube, and they are the author of two collections, Mouthful of Forevers and Dream Girl. Clementine lives in New York City.

In a Dream You saw a Way to Survive by Clementine Von Radics
but I remember
I remember everything
I was a bird before this
Now
A graveyard
Of the unburied
My healing is ugly
My edges cracked and uninspiring
But still, they are my edges
Still, I am healing
Isn’t that itself a song?
A chorus of rage and gentle.