Weeks 4 and 5 of the summer reading challenge not only saw me read the books for each week but I also took part in my first 24 hour readathon. During week 4, before I took part in the readathon I read Wilde about the Girl by Louise Pentland, the second book in the ‘Wilde’ series. During week 5 I read two shorter books, the first was Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber and the second was a book I was sent by Lana Grace Riva about mental wellness Happier Thinking.
We are now on the final week of the summer challenge (where has the time gone!) and I am reading The House of Hopes and Dreams by Trisha Ashley having enjoyed one of her books in week 1 of the challenge.
Here are the reviews for the books that I have read in the two weeks.
Wilde about the Girl
I enjoyed Wilde Like Me so much that I couldn’t wait to head straight back into Robin Wilde’s world with Wilde About The Girl and it didn’t disappoint, I would even say it was better than the first book.
In the second instalment we pick up where the first book left off with Robin seeming to have got her life together and things on an even keel. This book sees plenty of trials thrown Robin’s way with plenty of twists and turns along the way with plenty of fun and laughter thrown in to.
Like the first book this is full of strong female characters, Robin’s daughter, Lyla, Auntie Kath, Lacey, Natalie and the school mums and we are introduced to more great characters throughout this book.
I was absolutely hooked and didn’t want to put it down or for it to end! Louise has a great writing style which makes her books so easy to get absorbed into right from the beginning. You laugh, you cry and everything in between.
Louise has made Robin such a realistic character, that even though I am not a parent myself I can still completely relate to her, her struggle of dealing with and overcoming ‘The Emptiness’.
This book is just great and I really hope there will be a third instalment to Robin’s story.
Dashing Through the Snow
This was an easy-read short novel with a Christmas theme that had a fun lighthearted story to it.
The main characters Ashley and Dash are both fun and warm and their journey to Seattle from San Francisco is plagued with problems. However it is a fun journey for the reader to follow and has you laughing out loud in places.
There are some bits to the story that seem a bit far-fetched but it doesn’t spoil the read.
Lana Grace Riva
This was a great little book with advice on helping to improve mental wellness. The book offers tips on trying to improve your outlook on life and ways to deal with difficult situations if you suffer with your mental health.
The tone of the book helps in the message it is trying to give, as it feels like you are being offered the advice from a friend rather than being instructed by the book.
This book doesn’t offer all the answers if you are someone who suffers with mental health but it does try to give advice on changing your way of thinking and is a good place to start in taking small steps in your own self-care.
I felt that this book was a bit repetitive in places and there wasn’t much diversity in the advice being given, however it is a handy little book to keep referring back to.