Title: Puddle Jumping

Author: Amber L Johnson

Pages: 259 Pages

Publisher: Self Published

The Blurb

When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional.

Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special.

Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.

Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out.

When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.

Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.


The Review

Amber L Johnson’s short story Puddle Jumping packs an almighty punch.

Johnson defies expectations with her book about autism. It is understandable that people with little understanding about the condition of autism would naturally assume that it is a debilitating condition that impacts the social life of the autistic person. To some extent this is true. And for some people it is hard to imagine an autistic person able to have a close personal romantic relationship like you would expect from a neurotypical person. Johnson goes against the grain and portrays romance between two teenagers – one autistic and one not.

Johnson doesn’t hold back either. She shows just how challenging it can be and how everything must be taken into consideration. It is both heartbreaking and heart-warming and at 259 pages who can complain.

Puddle Jumping by Amber L Johnson is available now.

Title: The Library at the Edge of the World

Author: Felicity Hayes McCoy

Pages: 464 Pages

Publisher: Hachette Books

The Blurb

Local librarian Hanna Casey is wondering where it all went wrong …

Driving her mobile library van through Finfarran’s farms and villages, she tries not to think of the sophisticated London life she abandoned when she left her cheating husband. Or that she’s now stuck in her crotchety mum’s spare bedroom.

With her daughter Jazz travelling the world and her relationship with her mother growing increasingly fraught, Hanna decides to reclaim her independence.

Then, when the threatened closure of her library puts her plans in jeopardy, she finds herself leading a battle to restore the heart and soul of the fragmented community.

Will she also find the new life she’s been searching for?

The Review

I love libraries, in fact, I work in one. This was the deciding factor when I decided to request The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes McCoy from NetGalley. What I was fortunate enough to get in this book was a rather charming story about starting over and the power of community.

The Library at the Edge of the World is the story of Hanna Casey. Hanna is divorced, works in her local library (a job she is seriously over-qualified for), and back living with her mother. Middle age isn’t how she pictured things to be. With that in mind she decides to invest in a property that was left to her in a distant relatives will. Oh she also decides to help save her small town from mass expansion too. She is a bit of a hero like that.

I really enjoyed The Library at the Edge of the World. It was a book of fun and escapism and that made it utterly charming.

The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes McCoy is available now.

For more information regarding Felicity Hayes McCoy (@fhayesmccoy) please visit felicityyhayes-mccoy.blogspot.co.uk.

For more information regarding Hachette Books (@HachetteBooks) please visit www.hachettebookgroup.com.

Title: While I Was Sleeping

Author: Dani Atkins

Pages: 560 Pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Blurb

I don’t remember what happened or what has changed.

I can still hear your voices but you can’t seem to hear me.

I was about to be married and had everything to look forward to.

Now I have to find a way back – to you, to our family, to us.


The Review

Firstly, I would like to thank the team at Book and the City who sent me a copy of While I Was Sleeping. I wasn’t able to attend their social due to work commitments but they made me feel included by sending me some party goodies.

Secondly, I would like to ask Book and the City what the heck did they think they were doing? This Book – While I Was Sleeping – has broken me. I mean, I am a shell of the person I was before!

While I Was Sleeping is the story of Maddie. At 28, her life seems perfect. She is set to marry the man of her dreams, she is living her best life until tragedy strikes. Then the world as she knew it comes crumbling down at her feet.

Through fear of not wanting to give too much away I will just tell you how this book made me feel rather than content or storyline within the book. I was crushed. I felt frustrated with the unfairness of it all. You cannot help but feel broken for our protagonist and become quite angry with everything.

In a style that I equate to Jodi Picoult, Atkins then shifts focus and you feel frustrated afresh with unfairness from a different point of view.

When I read While I Was Sleeping I laughed, I cried and I put the book down because I couldn’t read any further without losing another night sleep.

All in all, it was fantastic but be warned, While I Was Sleeping will break you.

While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins is available from 23rd August 2018.

For more information regarding Dani Atkins (@AtkinsDani) please visit www.facebook.com/DaniAtkinsAuthor

For more information regarding Simon & Schuster (@simonschusterUK) please visit www.simonandschuster.co.uk.

Title: The Art of French Kissing

Author: Brianna Shrum

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing/ Sky Pony Press

The Blurb

Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom’s warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada.

After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they’re involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid’s constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn’t necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it.

The Review

As far as cute, light hearted teen romances go you cannot go far wrong with Brianna Shrum’s The Art of French Kissing.

Set in a cooking school, the heat is turned up when a handful of teenagers begin competing for a scholarship program. Things are made more fiery when our protagonist Carter Lane has a cheeky run in with one of her competitors, Reid. But as the old saying goes “if you can’t stand the heat then get out of the kitchen.”

The Art of French Kissing really is one of those books that you can read without feeling too committed to. It is enjoyable and it is fun. The palpable tension between Reid and Carter is enjoyable and knowing that they are as bad as each other makes the teasing easy enough to handle.

All in all, The Art of French Kissing is an enjoyable read.

The Art of French Kissing by Brianna Shrum is available now.

For more information regarding Brianna Shrum (@BriannaShrum) please visit www.briannashrum.com.

or more information regarding Skyhorse Publishing (@skyhorsepub) please visit www.skyhorsepublishing.com.

For more information regarding Sky Pony Press (@skyponypress) please visit skyhrse.com/2in7NrQ.


Title: Gloria Steinem – The Kindle Singles

Author: Salamishah Tillet

Pages: 36 Pages

Publisher: Amazon Media

The Blurb

In this conversation, Gloria Steinem — the 79-year-old activist, author and 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — reflects on her personal life growing up in Toledo, Ohio, and her political awakening during the most radical decade of the 20th century, while discussing the obstacles and opportunities that continue to shape the lives of American families today.

Steinem has spent her life working for racial justice and women’s rights. In this interview, she speaks humorously and insightfully on everything from politics to pop culture. She reveals that the backlash she received for supporting Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid was “one of the worst experiences of my life,” and criticizes a history of feminism that forgets the deep alliances between early civil rights and women’s rights activists. Whether she’s defending Kim Kardashian from public vitriol or calling out the antiquated sexual assault policies of the U.S. military, Gloria Steinem is always engaged, always fighting for what she believes in.

The interview was conducted by Salamishah Tillet, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Tillet blogs for The Nation, and is the author of Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination. She is also the co-founder of A Long Walk Home, a non-profit organization that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against girls and women.


The Review

Having read Gloria Steinem’s biography and a few pieces that she had written for Ms Magazine I was pleasantly surprised with Salamishah Tillet’s interview with Gloria Steinem.

You see, you get the sense (and rightly so) that in the pieces produced by Steinem that whilst she has no qualms with honesty and baring her soul that she controls the narrative. It was interesting to see her exposed in such a way that wasn’t critical but was led by another party.

We get to see Steinem under the microscope and what makes her feel the way she does.

This was a very interesting read.

Gloria Steinem – The Kindle Singles by Salamishah Tillet is available now.

For more information regarding Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) please visit www.gloriasteinem.com.