After what felt like the longest January ever, February is flying by! I really loved the last Rare Birds Book Club book, "Dear Mrs Bird" and was looking forward to seeing what February had in store.
Maggie O'Farrell has bravely allowed us all to see a snapshot of her life, but rather than show us the best parts, she's shown us the times when things could have easily ended differently - her near death experiences. I liked this collection but I wasn't amazed by it and lost interest somewhere in the middle. It's 3 stars for this brave and thought-provoking memoir.
"The Last Lie" is a gripping thriller, but it's not a tough read. I sped through the pages and looked forward to picking this up each day. Predictable and unrealistic at times but an enjoyable 3 stars.
"Dear Mrs Bird" tells the heartwarming story of plucky heroine, Emmy Lake and her best friend Bunty, two young women living in London in the 1940s. The characters are warm, funny and charming and all help to highlight the incredible impact that war had on people's personal lives, as well as the contributions of hardworking men and women at the time. I really enjoyed this one - 5 stars.
"The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes" is a quick and easy read but it's one full of heartbreak. Ruth Hogan is skilled at creating quirky characters that you can't help but love but I felt I couldn't connect with this book as much as I would have liked. It's 3 stars from me.