BOOK of the MONTH ARCHIVE: 2017-2020


Book of the Month
NOVEMBER 2020
runner up
ignoring the fact that I am one of the authors (and I am friends with several of the others) this anthology is very good!
I have to recommend it as a 'good read' 
(although it will be exempt from Book of the Year, 
for obvious reasons)
read our review

WINNER
an enjoyable series


OCTOBER 2020
runner up
one of those stories that should be read because these events 
must not be forgotten

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WINNER
A super conclusion to a super series


 SEPTEMBER 2020
runner up
An emotional, but enjoyable read
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Winner ...loved it! 
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AUGUST 2020
enjoyed both of these  WWII-related stories
my choice was a close-run decision
but My Runner-Up is:
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WINNER 

JULY 2020
runners up
I couldn't decide between these two novellas
so have chosen both of them


winner
thoroughly enjoyed this one!
Special Mention
I don't usually select non-fictionbut this one was a darn good read
and a 'must' for anyone researching this topic!



June 2020
Runner-Up  
I very much enjoyed this one - and I would have made it my Book of the Month but it's a little awkward as I am most definitely biased...
that's my house on the cover! even so -a super read!

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Winner
is, coincidentally, the same as our Cover of the Month!

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Winner for May 2020
 JOINT winner April 2020

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March 2020
Runner-Up 

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Book of the Month

 February 2020
Runner-Ups

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 Not a fast-paced action 'who-dun-it' , but  sophisticated measured read with some wonderful descriptive writing

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I can't resist a Melissa Addey - again wonderful descriptive writing

Book of the Month

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It might seem odd to select a novel that made me cry. This one did because it is based on real life - so many died, so horribly. I truly think that this book should be compulsory reading in all schools - no, for everyone - so that we never, never, forget what happened to the Jewish people during WWII

 January 2020
Runner-Ups for
two because I have enjoyed
the entire series of both these novels

Read our review
Read our review
but my Book of the Month is

BOOK of the YEAR 2020


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Book of the Month 
2019




November 2019
runners-up


War is never enjoyable, but this was a remarkable read.
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I had read the printed book when it first came out, and must admit to having a slight edge of preference to Ms Belfrage's Graham Saga...but I was intrigued by the audio edition of this, the first of her King's Greatest Enemy series - so acquired a copy - and thoroughly enjoyed it! (recommended - book or audio)


Book of the Month Winner

Susan Grossey - Sam Plank Series

 October 2019
Hard to decide again this month - 
both my choices were enjoyable reads: 

runner-up
A moving tale, superbly written
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Book of the Month 
I not only enjoyed this novel - but the entire series!



September 2019
I'm probably going to get moaned at for my  selections this month
 because I hold my hand up tknowing these authors. 
Yes, they are friends... BUT...
I make my selections regardless of who wrote a book or who published it
(see above) 
Now I thoroughly enjoyed all the books on my shortlisted list 
but the three below were extra favourites because, 
being honest again, I love the books written by these three ladies. 
(and well, yes, that's why they are my friends!)
So there you are.
Anyway, no winners or runners up - they are ALL...


August 2019
runner-up

Interesting to read something different about this intriguing lady
read our review

AUGUST 2019
a plain simple, and highly enjoyable Regency romance 

- with a little twist of difference
JULY 2019

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Not a read for the faint-hearted. The aftermath of Culloden (April 1746) and this novel reflects the horror and violence suffered by the defeated Scots. There are graphic and explicit scenes, so not a book for a relaxing bedtime read, and being honest, it's a little slow in places but it is a stunning, novel that brought home the reality of what happened in the glens and highlands.


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I've chosen Ruth Downie's novella Prima Facie as my book of the month because the entire series is such delightful fun to read. This is a murder mystery with well-drawn plots and brilliant characters. The bonus of a touch of humour is just right - not overdone or feeling false. I wish we could see these as TV dramas!

JUNE 2019

no runner-up this month because I thoroughly enjoyed 
all four shortlisted books 
which were:
our review
our review
our review
but I have chosen as
my Book of the Month 
I especially enjoyed this novel because 

it gave a different perspective

 to what I thought I knew about Jesse James 

(which, as it turns out, was very little!) 

If only the 'western' genre was always like this novel...!




MAY 2019
runner up reads

I'm recommending these first two novels as Runners Up with the caveat of I know both authors (indeed, both review for Discovering Diamonds!) However as the Book of the Month selections are my own personal choice I have no hesitation in highlighting these two superb reads...

By Force of Circumstance (The Chosen Man Trilogy Book 3)
Read our review
but as an independent choice I'm going to pick this one
read our review here
My Book of the Month though, is

The First Blast of the Trumpet (John Knox Book 1)

I enjoyed this one, an author new to me
I look forward to reading more of her work!

(note: Penmore Press, for two of the above novels, is now my publisher, but my choice is 
genuine for the content of the novels, not who produced them.)

 APRIL 2019
        

March 2019

Book of the Month 

FEBRUARY 2019
read our review
Chosen because it was an absorbing read about an era that is not often 
tackled by writers. Thoroughly enjoyable. HH.

 JANUARY 2019
runner up


Winner

BOOK of the YEAR 2019
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Book of the Month
2018

NOVEMBER  2018
the runners-up are:
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and
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Winner


OCTOBER  2018
runner-up
read our review Here
Winner

read our review Here

SEPTEMBER  2018
runners-up
Read our review HERE

Read our review HERE 
WINNER
Winner: read our review HERE

 AUGUST 2018 
runner up
Read our review HERE
WINNER
read our review HERE
JULY 2018
Runner up


WINNER 
Read our review

JUNE 2018

Runner up


WINNER

MAY 2018
Runner Up
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WINNER 
APRIL 2018
runner-up

WINNER 
MARCH  2018
runner up
Read our review HERE
Read our review HERE
WINNER
Read our review HERE

 FEBRUARY  2018

WINNER
Read the review HERE
Runner up
Read the review HERE


JANUARY 2018
Runner up

WINNER

BOOK of the YEAR 2018


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Book of the Month
2017

NOVEMBER  2017
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OCTOBER  2017


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SEPTEMBER  2017
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AUGUST 2017
(no book reviews posted 
but books were still read!)

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JULY 2017

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JUNE  2017



MAY  2017


APRIL 2017
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MARCH  2017

FEBRUARY 2017

 JANUARY 2017


BOOK of the YEAR 2017


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