Book Review: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

This book seems very timely in present day America – and the review makes me want to read it!


small-great-thingsWhat’s it about?

Raised as the daughter of a black maid in a privileged white household, Ruth is no stranger to prejudice.

Now, as a hospital nurse, she thinks she is a world away from the inequality that defined her mother’s life. But the patients in her care have not all moved on so far. A white supremacist couple can dictate that no person of colour treats their newborn child.

And when that baby stops breathing on Ruth’s watch, Ruth has to decide whether her vocational oath is stronger than the hospital’s edict.

That decision – one a white nurse would never have had to make – could cost her everything.

My thoughts

This was my fourth Picoult novel and is contention for the best one.  She always manages to pick subjects that will provoke a reader’s emotions and this is no exeception, it’s brilliant.

Told from various points of…

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Book Review: Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett (4/5)

Great review of Ann Patchett’s non fiction book about friendship, TRUTH AND BEAUTY

Taking On a World of Words

Again, I forget how this book graced my list. I’ve got to stop this because it’s been a bad trend of reading a book I really enjoy and not having someone to thank for the recommendation after I’ve read it. If you’re out there, thank you, referrer, for gracing me with this beautiful book.

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Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

Summary from Goodreads:

What happens when the person who is your family is someone you aren’t bound to by blood? What happens when the person you promise to love and to honor for the rest of your life is not your lover, but your best friend? In Truth & Beauty, her frank and startlingly intimate first work of nonfiction, Ann Patchett shines a fresh, revealing light on the world of women’s friendships and shows us what it means to stand together.

Ann Patchett and…

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SHELF PLEASURE’S Author Q&A: Janet Macleod Trotter

Thanks very much to SHELF PLEASURE for hosting me on their delightful book blog – great questions!

Source: Author Q&A: Janet Macleod Trotter

Summer Reading Suggestions ….

Looking for summer reading suggestions? Take a look at what book blogger Jill has lined up …!

Jill's Book Cafe

 Back after 2 weeks away to a lovely little book pile of review copies and competition wins. Maybe I should go away more often!

Review Copies

Weekends of You and Me

The Weekends of You and Me by Fiona Walker. A NetGalley arc with thanks to Nicola for creating the temptation in the first place.


Can your final fling become your Happy Ever After?

When Jo Coulson finds herself single again in her late thirties, she finally resigns her membership to Last of the Hopeless Romantics, fully intending to tackle midlife and motherhood alone. First, she plans one legendary last fling…

In walks Harry Inchbold, and the connection is electric. Passionate, unpredictable and messily divorced, Harry is the perfect antidote to cosy coupledom. Known as The Sinner, drama follows him around with a clapper board.

Harry’s favourite holiday hideaway in the wilds of South Shropshire puts the mud and fun into the perfect…

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Urmston Bookshop -Dream Come True

Wonderful to hear of a successful independent bookshop – good luck to Sandra in her new venture. Be sure to visit her if you are in Manchester!


urmston bookshop

Urmston Bookshop is a lovely independent bookshop situated in a suburb of Manchester. The shop sells books, gifts, cards, toys and has a small café in the back of the shop. It has been at the heart of the community for six years and is well-loved by the locals.

Six years ago Peter and Frances Hopkins started the bookshop from absolutely nothing. working with publishers, authors and schools they brought the local community onside to turn the bookshop into something special.

The shop is a previous winner of Northern Rail’s Hidden Gem award and has seen the likes of Joanna Trollope, Stuart Maconie, Jack Straw, Jessie Burton, Sharon Bolton, astronaut, Chris Hadfield, amongst many others, pass through its doors.


Today, a lifelong dream comes true. I have always wanted to have my own bookshop and after the past few months of planning, work behind the scenes and so so much…

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