Love Orange by Natasha Randall

Hello and happy Tuesday bookish friends! Today I’m delighted to share my review of Love Orange by Natasha Randall ♥️

Synopsis

An extraordinary debut novel by Natasha Randall, exposing the seam of secrets within an American family, from beneath the plastic surfaces of their new ‘smart’ home. Love Orange charts the gentle absurdities of their lives, and the devastating consequences of casual choices.

While Hank struggles with his lack of professional success, his wife Jenny, feeling stuck and beset by an urge to do good, becomes ensnared in a dangerous correspondence with a prison inmate called John. Letter by letter, John pinches Jenny awake from the “marshmallow numbness” of her life. The children, meanwhile, unwittingly disturb the foundations of their home life with forays into the dark net and strange geological experiments.

Jenny’s bid for freedom takes a sour turn when she becomes the go-between for John and his wife, and develops an unnatural obsession for the orange glue that seals his letters…

Love Orange throws open the blinds of American life, showing a family facing up to the modern age, from the ascendancy of technology, the predicaments of masculinity, the pathologising of children, the epidemic of opioid addiction and the tyranny of the WhatsApp Gods. The first novel by the acclaimed translator is a comic cocktail, an exuberant skewering of contemporary anxieties and prejudices.

My Thoughts

Love Orange has a cast of characters that really do drive this story; and there is one in particular that I REALLY loved to hate!  Hank, the head of the Tinkley family is an uptight, controlling misogynist, BUT his scenes are so brilliant that I just could not get enough of him!  Jenny, his wife, is also fascinating – her peculiar behaviour and increasingly strange mannerisms make for some hilarious reading; I just could not tear myself away!

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There are a number of important themes and aspects running through this book, the first being that the Tinkleys live in a “smart house”, something which affects them all to  a varying degree, and really made me stop and think about the control of technology on our lives.  The lack of communication between the members of the family adds to their dysfunctional aura and brings into sharp focus their somewhat irrational thoughts on gender and descendancy.

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Randall’s clean and fresh prose made this a quick and enjoyable read and really highlighted the dark humour within.

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With a fiercely compelling narrative, Love Orange is a veritable soap opera of a novel and I truly felt like a fly on the wall; listening in on the Tinkley’s, utterly paralysed by how their lives unravelled before me!

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Love Orange is out in hardcover and you can buy it here  Thank you again Quercus and Riverrun for my finished copy plus the invitation to the buddyread.

Hope you all have a lovely day!

Until next time!

@mrscookesbooks ♥️

Oh No, Bear! By Joanne Partis

It’s Story Book Sunday where I review a children’s picture book with my two daughters and this week one of the books we’ve been reading together is Oh No, Bear! 🥰

Synopsis

When a tempting smell drifts into Bear’s cave one morning, he wakes up HUNGRY.

 

Bear’s clever nose leads him to the delicious food . . . but it belongs to his friends.

 

Bear is sure he can resist.

 

Until . . . Oh no, Bear!

Our Thoughts

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One of the books we’ve been reading this week is #OhNoBear by @joannepartis 🥰

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This has a gorgeous bright an appealing cover!  The Littles were very taken with the big brown bear wearing a scarf 🧣 and coat 🧥!

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Oh No Bear is a really lovely autumnal looking book.  The beautiful illustrations are all oranges, browns and gold and there is certainly an air of being a bit cooler running through the pages.  So lovely and seasonal!

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The narrative is a total joy to read together.  The story of Bear having something very important to do, but getting repeatedly distracted by food really tickled the Littles and they particularly enjoyed shouting out the capitalised parts of the text on each page – with gusto!

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Charming, funny and perfectly seasonal; we loved Oh No, Bear and think you will too!

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Oh No Bear is out now in paperback and you can buy it here and our thanks go to our friends at Little Tiger Books for our review copy.

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Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!

Until next time!

@mrscookesbooks ♥️

Other Women by Jean Levy

Happy Thursday!  Here’s my blogtour review of Other Women by Jean Levy!

Synopsis

Sophie thought she and Jonah were happy, bringing up their small daughter together, until one summer’s day, she discovers that Jonah is far from the man she thought he was. Sam – an attractive English teacher – seems to offer her some comfort, and new friendships are a support. But is Sam really who he says he is? Where have her new friends appeared from? Is anyone telling the truth? As Jonah’s lies threaten Sophie and her daughter, can anyone be trusted?

My Thoughts

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I have not read a Jean Levy before, so jumped at the chance when the publisher invited me to be on the blogtour!

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Other Women is the story of Sophie; and the unravelling of her life over a period of years.  It is laced with secrets and lies and, without wanting to give too much away, it is punctuated with twists and turns that surprised me more than once.

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Whilst I’d probably class Other Women as a psychological thriller, I wouldn’t say it is of the “conventional” variety.  It is rich and thick in detail and really does leave nothing to the imagination.  Levy has thought of everything and all the reader needs to do is to sit back and enjoy her words; Other Women makes for a truly immersive read.

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Primarily a character driven novel, we happen upon some intriguing people in Other Women and I throughly enjoyed the mystery element that unfolds as we meet everyone, as well as the tension that ramped up as I turned the pages.

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A well crafted, and quietly compelling read; Other Women will have you turning the pages long past your bedtime.

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Other Women is out now I’m paperback and you can buy it here.  My thanks go to Dome Press and Emily Glenister for my copy of the book and the invitation to the blogtour.

Hope you have a lovely day.  Until next time!

@mrscookesbooks

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I Really Really Need A Wee by Karl Newson & Duncan Beedie

It’s Story Book Sunday where I review a children’s picture book with my two daughters and this week one of the books we’ve been reading together is I Really Really Need A Wee 🥰

Synopsis

Bush Baby is in a fix. She didn’t need a wee before she left home – now she needs one right away! Uh-oh! But what will she do if there’s just nowhere to go? A pant-wettingly funny tale of determination and self-awareness – packed with toilet humour!
 
The perfect picture book to teach children the importance of that last-chance bathroom trip!

Our Thoughts

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What a lovely bright cover this one has!  Nice big writing and a huge drawing of a bushbaby who is DESPERATE for a wee!

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This book is bursting with wonderfully bright and expressive illustrations that really “pop”.  They had the Littles pointing and hooting with laughter at the various predicaments the poor bushbaby found himself in en route to the loo!

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There is a really lovely romp of a rhyme running through the pages and the Littles really enjoyed reading (and shouting) it out loud!  Combined with the splendid pictures, the text had them furiously giggling away!

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Funny, silly, and so entertaining, I Really Really Need a Wee is a book that ALL Littles will relate to and we REALLY REALLY recommend it.

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I Really Really Need A Wee is out now and you can buy it here  Our thanks go to Little Tiger Books for our review copy.

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Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!

Until next time!

@mrscookesbooks ♥️

Mina Mistry Investigates… by Angie Lake

Today on the blog I’m delighted to host an extract from Mina Mistry Investigates; The Case of the Disgusting School Dinners by Angie Lake .

Synopsis

Introducing schoolgirl detective Mina Mistry! Perfect for fans of Dork Diaries.

Being at school is boring when you know you re going to be something cool like a Private Investigator. Until then, Mina s going to practise for her future…

Aren t school dinners a bit strange? Chicken nuggets? Again? On pizza? Covered in chocolate? Nobody wants to live on lettuce and broccoli, but children are losing teeth over this! This needs investigating.

This looks like a case for Mina Mistry.

Extract

This extract is actually a series of images as I felt it would be the best way to convey the story, illustrations and all!

Mina Mistry Investigates the Case of the Disgusting School Dinners is out now and you can buy it here.  Thank you Amber Choudhary and Midas PR for my invitation to the blogtour.

Until next time!

@mrscookesbooks ♥️

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