Chasing Eveline book review

Chasing Eveline

Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser

Genre: Young Adult

Chasing Eveline fitted into July’s book club’s theme, “All about the Music” like a glove or a cassette slotted into its case. It follows teenage Ivy on her plan to reunite an 1980s indie rock group in the hope it will lead her to find her Mum. Chasing Eveline was Ivy’s mum’s favourite band and she shared her love for it with daughter. The small hurdle of the Chasing Eveline members living in Ireland and lack of money will not stop Ivy’s dream of bringing the group together.
This coming of age story entwines the themes of friendship, family, grief, teenage embarrassment with the love of retro music. Forget streaming and downloads this book is about the joy of cassettes and vinyl. It is light-hearted and easy to read but Leslie Hauser captures the deep emotions grief brings when you are left behind.
I was also relieved this lovely debut did not fall into the trap of the clichéd Hollywood ending.

Rating 🌟🌟🌟

Book review: The Gift by Louise Jensen

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This is the first book I have read by Louise Jensen but it won’t be the last. This is how a psychological thriller should be; an emotional journey with twists and turns you cannot predict,even if you think you can. Curiosity and fear drives you to read just one more chapter.
The Gift follows the story of Jenna, who after receiving a heart transplant from Callie, begins  to remember things she shouldn’t. Things only Callie knew and when Jenna’s dreams are saying Callie’s death was not how it first appeared, she has no choice but to listen.
I have read about cellular memory before in Cecelia Ahern’s light hearted ‘Thanks for the Memory’ and Jodi Picoult’s ‘Change of Heart’ touched the topic slightly but this is a different take on it. It is an intriguing subject you can’t help wanting to know more about.
This is a book to read in one sitting if you can, with no distractions apart from a cup of tea because once you start you will not want to put it down.
I am now looking forward to reading Louise Jensen’s new release ‘The Surrogate’.
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Have you read it? What did you think?
Happy reading!

The ever increasing to read pile

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All bookworms have them whether it is on a bookshelf, pile next to the bed or hidden in the Kindle library – a to-read pile. This collection of books rarely decreases but increases easily. For every book read, two replace it because favourite authors bring out new ones, the charity shop has the bestseller you never got round to reading or a debut catches your eye in the library. With the advent of Kindle along with its daily deals, it is even worse. A click of a button and another one materializes without leaving your bed. With this is mind, this month’s theme is to read ‘Something you already own’. Forgotten books hidden amongst others or the next one in the queue we are busy reading them for next weeks Book Club Party on Friday 24th June.

Facebook Page

As well as our Duvet Dweller Book Club on Facebook where we regularly meet, we now have a Duvet Dweller Book Club Extra page to like, share and read for all bookworms whether they are members or not. We will give updates on the group, blog but will also use this space to share books by Spoonie authors.

Coming soon on this blog

Book reviews  by book club members and an opportunity to read about current or upcoming books of all genres from authors who live with chronic conditions in Meet the Author.

Watch this space!

Until then happy reading