Looking forward to 2023…

I’m incredibly lucky in that I receive lots of advanced books to read and review – some in digital format and some physical proofs. When I started this blog I could never expect the level of generosity there is in the book world and I’m truly grateful that I get to be a part of it.

Because of this, it means I’ve already read a number of 2023 books and if you’re happy to spend a few minutes with me, I will go through them and give my opinion as to whether you should read them or not. Please bear in mind that I have written the genre of the book as I see it; you or other readers may have a different opinion on that, and that’s fine. Whilst I’m grateful that you have come to me for book recommendations, it’s always good to read a range of reviews to figure out if a book is for you or not.

The Simple Truth – James Buckler
Released: January 5th 2023
Publisher: Bantam Press
Genre: Thriller/Crime
Pages: 368
Would I Recommend? Yes

What We Remember – Sarah Echavarre
Released: January 10th 2023
Publisher: Lake Union
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 303
Would I Recommend? Yes

The Cloisters – Katy Hays
Released: January 19th 2023
Publisher: Bantam Press
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 320
Would I Recommend? Yes


Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries – Heather Fawcett
Released: January 19th 2023
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 336
Would I Recommend? No

The Direction of the Wind – Mansi Shah
Released: February 1st 2023
Publisher: Lake Union
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 319
Would I Recommend? Yes


In Little Stars – Linda Green
Released: February 2nd 2023
Publisher: Quercus
Genre: Romance, Thriller
Pages: 464
Would I Recommend? On the fence

The Best Days of our Lives – Lucy Diamond
Released: February 16th 2023
Publisher: Quercus
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 400
Would I Recommend? Yes

Clythemnestra – Costanza Casati
Released On: March 2nd 2023
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Genre: Historical/Myth
Pages: 480
Would I Recommend? Yes

Death Comes to Marlow – Robert Thorogood
Released: January 5th 2023
Publisher: HQ
Genre: Cosy Crime
Pages: 384
Would I Recommend? Yes

We All Want Impossible Things – Catherine Newman
Released: January 12th 2023
Publisher: Doubleday
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 224
Would I Recommend? Yes

Promise Me – Jill Mansell
Released: January 19th 2023
Publisher: Headline Review
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 400
Would I Recommend? Yes


Healing Hearts at Bumblebee Barn – Jessica Redland
Released: January 24th 2023
Publisher: Boldwood
Genre: Romance
Pages: 409
Would I Recommend? Yes

The Whispering Muse – Laura Purcell
Released: February 2nd 2023
Publisher: Raven Books
Genre: Supernatural, Historical, Thriller
Pages: 304
Would I Recommend? Yes

Weyward – Emilia Hart
Released: February 2nd 2023
Publisher: The Borough Press
Genre: Historical, Magical
Pages: 384
Would I Recommend? Yes


The Proof in the Pudding – Rosemary Shrager
Released: February 23rd 2023
Publisher: Constable
Genre: Cosy Crime
Pages: 352
Would I Recommend? Yes










Heading Home to Lavender Cottage – Alison Sherlock
Released: January 9th 2023
Publisher: Boldwood
Genre: Romance
Pages: 320
Would I Recommend? Yes

Home – Cailean Steed
Released: January 19th 2023
Publisher: Raven Books
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 336
Would I Recommend? Yes


The Second Stranger – Martin Griffin
Released: January 19th 2023
Publisher: Sphere
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 304
Would I Recommend? Yes

Hanging Out – Sheila Liming
Released: January 26th 2023
Publisher: Melville House
Genre: Self-Help
Pages: 224
Would I Recommend? On the fence

The Only Suspect – Louise Candlish
Released: February 2nd 2023
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 432
Would I Recommend? On the fence

The Vintage Shop of Second Chances – Libby Page
Released: February 16th 2023
Publisher: Orion
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 368
Would I Recommend? Yes

Strange Sally Diamond – Liz Nugent
Released: March 2nd 2023
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Pages: 384
Would I Recommend? Yes

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