Hello everyone and welcome to the May 2021 round up of General Fiction.  During this month there have been 78 reviews contributed and undoubtedly the most popular title was Rachael John’s latest How to mend a broken heart which I leave to be included in the Diversity Round Up.  But all kudos to Rachael as she continues to hit the mark with her readers and who doesn’t love and need ‘feel good fiction’.  Rachael Johns also runs a book club and this title is the June title, all details are on her website.

Thanks once again to our wonderful reviewers for your contributions and I love reading reviews of books that I have noticed appearing in bookshops and libraries and in the media.

Our first novel for this month’s round up is Karly Lane’s latest novel Take me home. This one scored a five star rating from Helen’s Reviews who thought it was an absolutely fantastic read. “I really loved this story, it is filled with fabulous characters, emotion and of course an awesome trip to Scotland, this one is beautifully written it was a joy to read, yes I cried and I smiled Elle is witty and fun and I loved seeing her truly find herself and what can I say about Gran what a beautiful character. I do highly recommend this book, don’t miss it.”

Bestselling author Fiona McCallum has released her thirteenth novel Trick of Light.  Veronica from Burgeoning Bookshelf thinks that this one might just be her favourite of Fiona’s so far.  “Fiona McCallum includes themes of family and friendship and shows how we don’t always include people closest to us in times of need but they are always there to help if given the chance.  I loved the added element of mystery and how the mystery and suspense slowly built adding a compelling element to the story.  Fiona McCallum’s characters are real life, relatable and strong women that have come through the hard knocks of life and moved forward with a new resilience.  Trick of the Light is a relatable story of growth, changing life plans and moving on in new directions.”

Western Australian based novelist Vicki Tyley has a written a number of mystery/suspense novels and her second published work Sleight Malice received a review from Marianne’s Reviews who thought it was a ripper of a read.  “Tyley certainly weaves her characters into a tangled web of lies and deceit, one that will keep the reader guessing and the pages turning right to the end. Desley has, at various times, reason to suspect most of those around her, except perhaps those she should. Gripping Aussie crime fiction.

As the winter months begin time to enjoy reading by the fire or in a cozy spot that catches the winter sunshine.

Take care everyone,