Recently Read #1

Recently Read #1 including Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland, On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletche and The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
I’ve been trying to make more time for escaping into the pages of a book as I really do enjoy reading. To kick things off I wanted to share three books I loved reading over the summer months.

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland

“Robin Wilde is an awesome single mum. She’s great at her job. Her best friend Lacey and bonkers Auntie Kath love her and little Lyla Blue to the moon and back. From the outside, everything looks just fine. But behind the mask she carefully applies every day, things sometimes feel.. grey. And lonely. After 4 years (and 2 months and 24 days!) of single-mum-dom, it’s time for Robin Wilde to Change. Her. Life! A little courage, creativity and help from the wonderful women around her go a long way. And Robin is about to embark on quite an adventure..”

I regularly watch Louise’s YouTube channels so when she announced that she was writing a novel I was instantly intrigued. If I’m honest I didn’t have very high expectations for her debut novel (sorry Louise) but I was so so wrong and very pleasantly surprised. Wilde Like Me was such a fun, comforting read and very much up my street. I’m looking forward to reading book 2 already.

On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

“Evie Snow is 82 when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty seven year old self and the door won’t open. Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over 50 years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love..”

On The Other Side was a beautiful read with such an interesting and unusual premise. Some might struggle with the fantasy of this novel but I think if you’re prepared to be a little open minded you’ll truly find it a wonderfully captivating read.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

“You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall. Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six month old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realised. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there. What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?”

I do love reading a good thriller every now and then and The Couple Next Door didn’t disappoint. There were twists and turns throughout and it wasn’t overly predictable. I couldn’t put this book down and ended up reading it in a weekend which is quite the rare occurrence these day.

What have you enjoyed reading recently? I’d love to hear your recommendations.
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