I’m back! What did I miss?!

Hello again everyone and I’m sure nobody noticed but I’ve been off on my summer holidays for the last week or so. I had an amazing time and the intermittent WiFi connection meant I was able to switch off totally (well, nearly as I do have a terrible fear of missing out on things while I am not in contact!!). I find it difficult to believe that in the 28 years that we have been going to Greece that we have never been to Crete before! It was absolutely gorgeous and had the most stunning sunsets I have seen for a very long time. All we did was eat, sleep, swim, read and repeat!! The food in our hotel was so delicious that although I went away committed to eating meats and salads, the temptation of all the amazing Greek and Italian dishes on offer plus the most visually appealing dessert bar (which included my favourite-rum baba!) means that I have piled on the pounds. My daughter also now has a serious Nutella addiction that she has to break as well!!

I did manage to read a good selection of books while I was away and here is the list of those I read along with the star rating I gave them on Goodreads. I will be bringing you a more detailed review of most of these books over the next few days but here is my holiday reading selection for Crete 2016!

Day 1-In The Barren Gound by Loreth Anne White


Goodreads rating 3.5 *

I have loved this authors last two books and had been excitedly anticipating this one but it didn’t quite hit the mark for me. I enjoyed the setting but struggled to connect with Tana and the storyline.



Day 2-Never Alone by Elizabeth Haynes


Goodreads rating 5 *

Eh 5*? I would have given it 10 or more as this is going to be in my top 10 for 2016. It was bloody amazing so look for my more detailed review very very soon!



Day 3-Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak


Goodreads rating 3.5*

This was my first ever book by Brenda Novak and I will definitely be looking at others by her after this.





Day 4-Valentina by S.E. Lynes


Goodreads rating 5*

What can I say? Amazing just doesn’t cover it so will try to put my thoughts into some sort of review and post it very soon. This author is probably my favourite discovery of 2016 and want more of her work to read ASAP!!

Day 5-The First Wife by Erica Spindler


Goodreads rating 3*

As a huge fan I was a little bit disappointed in this one. A heroine I was constantly wanting to slap for being a naive and irritatingly bland character and a plot that she could have come up with when drinking her first morning coffee.


Day 6- Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard

515EnELjM6LΒ Goodreads rating 4.5*

I have been wanting to read this ever since it came out and was determined to read it on my holiday as I had wanted to do a cruise this year. Glad to say I didn’t but I found this book absolutely fascinating and may still go on a cruise one day!



Day 7-Untouchable by Sibel Hodge

51-QUxWq2jLΒ Goodreads rating 4*

This was a tough one to read but very topical so a hard hitting fictional account like this did work well. May upset some people but real life cases like this are out there and we all need to be aware!!



Day 8-Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl


Goodreads rating 4*

What a creepy cover-everyone else hates clowns too, right? And John Nicholl is back with another horrible, nasty vicious series killer who will make your skin crawl.



And that was my reading journey through the hot and sunny days of my break. I also have to mention that I always take a Julie Corbin book away with as I love her Scottish settings for the gripping psychological thrillers she writes. This year I took What Goes Around but only managed 20 minutes on the plane home before I fell into a contented doze, dreaming about holidays where there is a whole new wardrobe waiting for you at home so there is no post holiday washing! One day maybe……

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

22 thoughts on “I’m back! What did I miss?!”

    1. I think I was put off because we usually go to much smaller islands but I just loved it and don’t even mind the 2 hour transfer!! I’m easing myself back in slowly!


  1. I noticed! πŸ™‚ Welcome back! I’m glad you enjoyed your holiday. I’ve heard Crete is so gorgeous it’s hard to leave! You did some massive reading, I can’t wait to get the reviews for all those books! xx

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    1. Were you about to send out a search party with cake?? It was amazing in Crete and would love to go again some day.
      I usually read a book a day on holiday and didn’t think I would manage this year but managed to do a bit more relaxing than I had hoped. πŸ™‚

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  2. Glad you had a fabulous time – and having a great time to just relax and read… Bliss! Welcome back and hope you don’t find getting back to normal too graunching:)

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