Hello bookish friends! Back to full reading strength during May with a selection of five reads. Some beautiful magical realism in Monique Roffey’s The Mermaid of Black Conch; historical fiction set in Poland from Kelly Rimmer, with more historical fiction, this time set in New York, from Francis Spufford; and some heart-breaking contemporary fiction fromContinue reading “RAE’S READING ROUND-UP FOR… MAY 2021”

Author Heart-to-Heart 💗 with… Kelly Rimmer

Hello Reading Friends! A little later than scheduled, but hey – life gets in the way sometimes, I’m thrilled to introduce Kelly Rimmer to an author Heart-to-Heart💗. Kelly is a top ten bestselling novelist in her home country, Australia, as well as being a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. I first fell inContinue reading “Author Heart-to-Heart 💗 with… Kelly Rimmer”


Hello reading friends! Where did April go? Not much reading achieved this month as I was lucky enough to spend time with family, but still three excellent books to recommend. Also, please drop by on the 17th May when I’ll be enjoying an author Heart-to-Heart with Australian author, Kelly Rimmer, when she reveals the realContinue reading “RAE’S READING ROUND-UP FOR… APRIL 2021”

Author Heart-to-Heart 💗 with… Charity Norman

Hello Reading Friends! I’m delighted to share the next in my series of author Heart-to-Hearts💗 that focus on women’s issue-led fiction. This month I’m thrilled to introduce New Zealand based author, Charity Norman. Charity has had not one but TWO of her novels selected as BBC Radio 2’s Book Club choices and her work isContinue reading “Author Heart-to-Heart 💗 with… Charity Norman”


Hello reading friends! It’s that’s time again, when I share a round-up of last month’s reading. As days brighten, I tend to pull away from dark, gothic reads and return to some of my favourite contemporary fiction writers – David Nicholls, Kate Hewitt and Catherine Miller. Whilst Kiley Reid’s debut was one that kept croppingContinue reading “RAE’S READING ROUND-UP FOR… MARCH 2021”