Star rating: ★★★★✰ Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel is a story that deals with the question of whether quality of life is a better choice than quantity of life. It follows Vitto, a returning WWII soldier suffering from PTSD and his father, Robert, an accomplished sculptor now with Alzheimer's, as they try to come to terms with their respective pasts and with each other.
Star Rating: ★✰✰✰✰ When he sees what he thinks is a kidnapping, stress management professional Jamie King follows the car, phoning the police in the process. Unfortunately, the attempted rescue goes wrong and ends in an accidental death. When the police arrive they tase Jamie and arrest him. After his arrest, Jamie starts to feel odd recurring twangs in his head that mostly arise when he is having sex. He finds himself overtaken by lust and ferocity, and the urge to strangle the woman he’s with.
My love of books had to start somewhere, so I decided to write a post about all of the books, and the authors, I loved as a kid. From CS Lewis to Marita Conlon McKenna, these are the books that started my obsession.
Star rating: ★★★✰✰ Harold Fry is recently retired. He lives in a small English town with his wife, Maureen, and most of his days go pretty much the same as every other day. Except for one morning when he receives a letter from an old friend, Queenie. She explains that she has cancer and is in a hospice. Harold decides to write back and scribbles out a letter that he wants to post immediately.
Aisling is 28, has a stable job in PensionsPlus, goes out at the weekend with her best friend Majella, and spends two nights a week at John’s, her boyfriend of seven years and 17th kiss at her 21st. But she wants more. She wants a ring and a wedding. Seven years is long enough to be waiting. But John doesn’t share her plans, and after a holiday in Tenerife doesn’t end in a proposal, she decides enough is enough.
Star Rating: ★★★✰✰ Tess Piper has spent the last 20 years trying to convince herself that her twin sister is alive. Edie went missing when they were both 14 years old, and with no leads and no suspects, the case had gone cold, but Tess couldn’t bring herself to think of her sister as dead. Until she gets a phone call from her father telling her that Edie’s body has been found and she must come home.
Star Rating: ★★★★✰ In South London, nine children attend their nursery school as normal. But the day is plunged into disaster when three armed men enter the school and take the children hostage, locking the teachers in a room, one with severe head wounds.
Right, so I didn't quite get to my Goodreads reading goal of 30 books in 2018. I'm blaming this on the fact that I moved house in September and that takes up a lot more time than I thought, not leaving me much time for reading 😦
Star Rating: ★★★★✰ It’s Christmas Village’s most wonderful time of year when all the inhabitants are preparing for the annual, week-long Christmas Festival. But all is not right at Plum Cottage, as a troupe of entertainers in town for the festival are shocked at the death of their manager, Mr Stipes.
Star Rating: ★★★✰✰ Emily could never have imaged that letting a woman step out of the lift ahead of her would have such an impact on her life. As she watched the woman get hit by a speeding car and die instantly, she could never have thought how much this woman would affect her.