Together by Jane Chapman

Story Book Sunday 👧🏽👧🏽📚♥️

Last night we read #Together by #JaneChapman  – I say we, but actually my 5 year old read it aloud and perfectly to all of us 🥰

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Synopsis

Hidden under shady leaves, a tiny gorilla’s face peeps out – silent and alone. But out in the world, friendship awaits. And there is joy to be found . . . together.

A tender story about finding a way through sadness and the importance of compassion and connection in a challenging world.

Our Thoughts

Together is such a delightful read!  This big beautiful hardback has an endearing picture of a baby gorilla looking up at an older gorilla on it  – so sweet!  The Littles were very taken by the baby.

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With a muted and calming colour scheme, the illustrations in this book are simply stunning.  The Littles spent some time observing how the pictures were beautiful but not busy.

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Together is a story about finding a way through sadness and the importance of compassion and connection in a challenging world and as demonstrated in the Cooke house, it’s the perfect book to be read aloud!

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Tender and heartwarming, Together is the perfect quiet bedtime story.

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Our thanks go to Leilah Skelton and Little Tiger Books for our beautiful review copy.  It was published last week and is available to buy here

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Until next time! Have a wonderful day!

@mrscookesbooks

 

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Olive by Emma Gannon

Hello bookish friends!  Today it’s my pleasure to be sharing my #WhatsTurningMyPages review of Olive by Emma Gannon with you! ✨

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Synopsis

OLIVE is many things.

Independent.
Adrift.
Anxious.
Loyal.
Kind.
She knows her own mind.

And it’s ok that she’s still figuring it all out, navigating her world without a compass. But life comes with expectations, there are choices to be made and – sometimes – stereotypes to fulfil. So when her best friends’ lives branch away towards marriage and motherhood, leaving the path they’ve always followed together, she starts to question her choices – because life according to Olive looks a little bit different.

Moving, memorable and a mirror for anyone at a crossroads, OLIVE has a little bit of all of us. Told with great warmth and nostalgia, this is a modern tale about the obstacle course of adulthood, milestone decisions and the ‘taboo’ about choosing not to have children.

My Thoughts

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Reading Olive was like having a frank and funny conversation with a best mate.  I immediately took not only to her, but also to her entire friendship group.

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There is a quiet rage bubbling all the way through this cleverly written story, and that rage pertains to multiple themes.  There is fertility, which is certainly at the core of this novel (but not necessarily in the way you’d think or expect), there are the obstacles of adulthood, and there is friendship; more specifically growing with and cultivating your friendships.

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A fresh exploration of millennial existence; I felt like the observations made in Olive really spoke to me; I saw myself in her familiar conversations with friends and the main pull of the novel for me was how the tone felt so relatable and credible.  I lived and worked in Central London throughout my 20’s to mid thirties and this was spot on.

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Olive makes for a touching and thought provoking read, which is so raw and honest, and with the numerous flashbacks in time, it is OH SO nostalgic!

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Warm, infectiously funny, and searingly relevant, Olive has everything and I adored it!

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Olive is out on 23 July in hardback and you can preorder it here.  My thanks go to Harper Collins and Felicity Denham for my finished copy.

Until next time! Have a wonderful day!

@mrscookesbooks

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