Weekend reads

I love Fridays but not as much as Saturdays because the weekend is my cue to sit back, drink lots of tea and read a book or two.

This weekend, it’s all about romance and laid back reading, so I’ve got my sights on three books:

It’s about shifters, science and romance. I love reading about shifters and romance- well, a bit of science just might make me subscribe too.

Irène, Maddalena, Jonathan, and Marcello are united by their desire to go beyond appearances, beyond the traditional rules that reduce life to the simple and dry quest for survival.
Irène, the star of the story, discovers a new way of life thanks to her encounter with Maddalena, a fairytale writer, who becomes a sort of spiritual guide for her.
It will be Maddalena who teaches her the importance of seeing the world through glasses with colored lenses and who teaches her the importance of self-observation in achieving greater awareness and presence.

I want to read it because the description says the story is set in the Italian hills! 

When the top American diplomat in Tokyo, Bernard Mattson, is killed, he leaves more than a lifetime of successful Japan-American negotiations. He leaves a missing manuscript, boxes of research, a lost keynote speech and a tangled web of relations.
When his alluring daughter, Jamie, returns from America wanting answers, finding only threats, Detective Hiroshi Shimizu is dragged from the safe confines of his office into the street-level realities of Pacific Rim politics.
With help from ex-sumo wrestler Sakaguchi, Hiroshi searches for the killer from back alley bars to government offices, through anti-nuke protests to military conspiracies. When two more bodies turn up, Hiroshi must choose between desire and duty, violence or procedure, before the killer silences his next victim.

I want to read this because:

  1. I love the cover, it’s just historically vicious
  2. It’s a Tokyo mystery

There you have it, my top three books to cozy up to this weekend. What are you reading?









Books I’ve reviewed this week

I have read some interesting books this week and I continue to enjoy the access I have to more books on Netgalley. Here are some of the titles I read and what I had to say about them:

There have been many concerns raised about education, on quality, structure, funding and the battle between private and public education. I wanted to read this book because I was interested in learning about charter schools and the status of education reforms in America. This book gives an insight into various communities and the challenges they face. See, unlike my country-Kenya, America has different laws for each state and what’s key about all the states is that under the constitution, education is a right and as such there’s a lot to be said on public education. Anyone interested in charter schools, public education and whether the reforms are disrupting the current public education system in America would enjoy this book! Thank you NetGalley for the eARC, a well researched work right here! ( Posted)

This is the first sampler I’ve read and got down to reviewing, and for what it’s worth, I cannot wait to read three titles herein, some appealed to me and others, I couldn’t say much on them. I reckon it’s what makes this such an awesome sampler, because it gave me bits of everything, from writers, narratives, settings, plots and most of all characters. Thank you Netgalley for the eARC. (Posted)

Jilliand is a force that no one sees coming and this book begins with her bearing the brunt of her father’s hatred, so much so that the scars she bears are nothing compared to the years of abuse following her mother’s demise. The story takes place over a span of many years, seas, lands, and war. She’s a fighter but when she finds herself in the hands of a Viking King, then…she learns that safety is also a feeling, but even then, there’s more to safety and partnership. I loved this story because of how two different people with different beliefs came to understand and care for each other. There were some parts where the scenes felt a bit rushed, but all in all it was an enjoyable read. PS: I know nothing about Vikings, so on the depiction of their way of life in this book is foreign territory to me. Thanks Netgalley for the eARC. (Posted)

This is the collection you read when you need some diversity in your life, well, in your reading life to be precise! It offers various experiences, you’ll feel different emotions for each story and that’s intriguing. Thanks Netgalley for the eARC. (Posted)

A Review of Nameless by Jessie Keane


572 pages/Mystery/Crime/Thriller

About the book:

They took her children away, and she will fight to the end to get them back . . .

In 1941, mixed race Ruby Darke is born into a family that seem to hate her, but why? While her two brothers dive into a life of gangland violence, Ruby has to work in their family store. As she blossoms into a beautiful young woman she crosses paths with aristocrat Cornelius Bray, a chance meeting that will change her life forever. When she finds herself pregnant, and then has twins, she is forced to give her children away. At that point she vows never to trust another man again. As the years pass, Ruby never forgets her babies, and as the family store turns into a retail empire, Ruby wants her children back. But secrets were whispered and bargains made, and if Ruby wants to stay alive she needs to forget the past, or the past will come back and kill her.


My take: I love this book because Ruby’s got a heart of gold and a will of steel.

Growing up unloved and unwanted by her Father, Ted Darke, she constantly faces abuse-physical, psychological, emotional and social, growing up and there’s no help from her brothers, Charlie and Joe. She gets pregnant, has twins: a white girl and a black boy, and the girl is taken up by Cornelius Gray and the boy is cast away by her brother, Charlie.
But, Ruby never forgot and she swore she will never be weak again or let a man fool her again.

There’s this shift in Ruby that you cannot miss, somewhere between being forced to give up her babies and coming into her own.

I love the pace, the writing and characters and one I’m watching is her son, Kit Miller and as the series progresses, I’d love to read more on his growth.

See more on: Goodreads


About the Author: 

Jessie writes the Annie Carter bestseller series – Dirty Game, Black Widow, Scarlet Women, Playing Dead, Ruthless etc. Out September in paperback – FEARLESS!Visit her website: www.jessie-keane.co.ukJessie Keane

Books I am reading this coming week

The weekend’s over and I have over 12 books in my TBR pile but for some reason, only two stand out to me and I cannot wait to get started on them.

So, the two books I will definitely be reading this week are:

A look at the public school education system in America and the rise of Charter schools. Pre-order on Amazon

Love in the time of the Cuban Revolution. It goes for $4.99 on Amazon.

A lesson in Couture A Review of The Dress Thief by Natalie Meg Evans


I picked this book off the bookshelf last week because let’s face it, the title is catchy and the cover draws you in!

I’m not a fashion buff but reading this book brought to light the struggles and tenacity of a very bold heroine named Alix. Life handed her cards and she played them so well, you cannot help but envy her for a second.

The Dress Thief by Natalie Meg Evans has and average 4 star rating on Amazon with over 340 reviews!

592pages, Romance/Women’s Fiction/Historical Fiction   Published: June 25, 2015 by Bookouture

About the book: Alix Gower has a dream: to join the ranks of Coco Chanel to become a designer in the high-stakes world of Parisian haute couture. But Alix also has a secret: she supports her family by stealing designs to create bootlegs for the foreign market. A hidden sketchbook and two minutes inside Hermès is all she needs to create a perfect replica, to be whisked off to production in New York.
Then Alix is given her big break – a chance to finally realize her dream in one of the most prominent Parisian fashion houses – but at the price of copying the breakthrough Spring Collection.
Knowing this could be her only opportunity, Alix accepts the arrangement. But when a mystery from her past resurfaces and a chance meeting has her falling into the arms of a handsome English war reporter, Alix learns that the slightest misstep – or misplaced trust – could be all it takes for her life to begin falling apart at the seams.

Most reviews term this book as delicious, I beg to differ, it’s not delicious it is tantalizing and depending on the character that draws you in, you might enjoy a treat or two.

I also found the romance more realistic and that in my view is absolutely refreshing. There’s Serge, the brute who knows how to seek women that act as trophies beside him and he chooses when and how to polish and display them. There is Verrian who is caught up in a guilt and cannot seem to escape the journalist in him wherever he goes.

It’s dramatic as it is chaotic, but it makes for an interesting read.

For details on how to get a copy, visit: Amazon

My take on it:

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Books you can read on the go

Stefanie Lockwood can repair anything, except her heart—that’s still recovering.

After a brutal assault leaves Steffi with puzzling memory lapses, she returns to her coastal Connecticut hometown to rebuild her life the best way she knows how: with her hands. But starting a remodeling business with one longtime friend puts her in the middle of a rift with another. Worse, being hired by her ex-boyfriend’s mother forces her to confront old regrets.

Public defender Ryan Quinn wasn’t shocked when his wife left him, but he was floored when she abandoned their daughter. With his finances up in the air, the newly single dad returns to his childhood home in Sanctuary Sound. The last person he expects, or wants, to see working on his family house is Steffi Lockwood—his first love who shattered his heart.

Although Steffi and Ryan are different people now, dormant feelings rekindle. But when Ryan’s concern for Steffi’s mental health prompts him to dig into her past for answers, will what he learns bring them together or tear them apart for good?

Get it on: Amazon $4.99

A heart-pounding novel of unspeakable crimes and unforgivable sins from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Rain.

Homicide detective Nicole Foster has finally balanced an unsteady life and is anxious for a second chance. There’s no better place to start over than at the beginning—back at her childhood home on the Washington coast, where’s she raising her niece and keeping an eye on her increasingly fragile father. But Nicole’s past is never truly behind her—not when a disturbing new case stirs dark memories of the haunting investigation that shattered her career.

In the middle of the hottest August in a century, a toddler is found dead inside a parked car. Her father says he forgot her. It’s an unthinkable crime. And for Nicole, it’s made all the more unbearable by her own suffocating secrets—those shared by an old rival who has reappeared from the shadows and is pushing Nicole to the edge once again.

Now, wherever the truth lies, solving this case and avenging an unforgivable death is the most important move in Nicole’s career. But to see it through to the end, how far is she willing to go? And what is she prepared to risk this time?

Get it on: Amazon $5.99

Books I can’t wait to read

The weekend is almost here and I’m looking forward to reading four books that I recently got off NetGalley. They are:

Editors. They’re the bane of freelance writers the world over. What is it that makes an editor deem one article acceptable and another not? Do the rejected pieces have weaknesses, or is it the editor’s judgement itself that’s at fault? Read Editors Can be Bastards and decide for yourself.

Wise, practical, and profitable letters to entrepreneurs, leaders, managers, and business owners in every field—from a leading executive, investor, and business founder.

I am working with Teens and so this book promises to help me “Bridge the Gap and Reach the Why Generation” and I’m all for reading it!

A Thrilling Tale of Love, Loss, and Revenge 

​Set primarily in post-WWII Israel, Lone Wolf in Jerusalem is a suspenseful, action-packed novel that is a worthy contribution to Jewish historical fiction. Using drama, adventure, and romance, Diskin has created a colorful and captivating story that entertains and educates through the exploits of main protagonist, David Gabinsky.

There you have it, so, which books are you looking forward to reading this weekend?

Have a lovely one!