When the Wildflowers Bloom by Rupa Bhullar | Book Review

After suffering public humiliation at the hands of her husband, Tara Grewal finds herself thrust onto a crossroads. As she transitions from questioning her choices to surrendering to the flow of life, an unfamiliar journey leads her to her grandmother's village in Punjab. Amid the simple joys of rural life, and heart-wrenching struggles of daily survival, Tara unknowingly kindles a spark of hope. In her challenges, she finds her strength. In her escape, she finds her home.

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Sapiens: A Graphic History (Vol.1&2) by Yuval Noah Harari | Book Review

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one: Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws? In these illustrated adaptations of his bestselling book, the author tells the story of humankind's creation and evolution, exploring the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be "human".

To Get to the Other Side by Kelly Ohlert | Book Review

Forced to find a pet friendly home after she spontaneously adopted a chicken, Trixie moves in with Bear whose meddlesome sisters put up his spare room for rent, without his knowledge. Between testing the boundaries of their platonic ground rules, figuring out how to save a family business, paying for mounting vet bills, and navigating their own emotional baggage, will they find the love that they deserve?

Jungle Nama by Amitav Ghosh | Book Review

Jungle Nama is Amitav Ghosh's verse adaptation of an episode from the legend of Bon Bibi, a tale popular in the villages of the Sundarban, which also lies at the heart of the novel The Hungry Tide. It is the story of the avaricious rich merchant Dhona, the poor lad Dukhey, and his mother; it is also the story of Dokkhin Rai, a mighty spirit who appears to humans as a tiger; of Bon Bibi, the benign goddess of the forest, and her warrior brother Shah Jongoli.

The World’s Worst Pets by David Walliams | Book Review

Every child, at some point, has demanded a pet - from the usual dogs or cats, to the not so usual tortoises and ponies, all the way to the rare demand for snakes and grizzly bears... (or substitute with desired pet of choice/experience).
David Walliams's newest in The World's Worst Series brings stories of the ten most atrocious pets you could possibly find and how they gained power over their owners.
Never forget - Beware of the Pets!

Mis(s) Adventures of a Sales Girl by Aashisha Chakraborty | Book Review

When twenty-five-year-old Enakshi Chatterji is uprooted from Delhi and sent to Chennai to work as an intern in the fiercely competitive and heavily male-dominated territory of sales, she is unprepared for the grinder she is put through. Even more challenging is the family secret that comes back to haunt her in this alien city. Will Enakshi be able to battle all that is thrown at her and emerge victorious?

The Soul Support Book by Deb Koffman | Book Review

With playful, witty cartoon art, The Soul Support Book offers wise and reassuring observations on getting unstuck, gaining new perspectives, and opening to love, creativity, and joyfulness in everyday life. Author and artist Deb Koffman’s delightfully uplifting mini-meditations appeal to anyone seeking a little bit of encouragement for approaching life’s challenges with insight, open-heartedness, and a healthy dose of laughter.

The Winners (Beartown #3) by Fredrik Backman | Book Review

Two years have passed since the events that no one wants to think about. Everyone has tried to move on, but there’s something about this place that prevents it. The residents continue to grapple with life’s big questions: What is a family? What is a community? As the locals of Beartown struggle to overcome the past, great change is on the horizon.
So what are the residents of Beartown willing to sacrifice in order to protect their home? Everything.

Assassin’s Lullaby by Mark Rubinstein | Book Review

A former assassin for the Mossad now lives in New York City, where under various assumed names he’s a contract killer. When he accepts a challenging assignment from the head of the Brooklyn-based Odessa mafia, his ghostly existence over the last ten years is threatened, pushing him to take extreme measures along with unprecedented danger.

Is accepting the offer a subliminal death wish? Or is it a way to reclaim part of his damaged soul?

Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall | Book Review

In 2017 when Angela discovers a mysterious letter containing a life-shattering confession, she begins to look for the intended recipient. Her search takes her to the 1970s and 80s, when a group of daring women operated an illegal underground abortion network known only by its whispered code name: Jane.
As a teenager, Dr. Evelyn Taylor was forced to give her baby up for adoption. Determined to make sure other women have the right to choose, she joins the Jane Network. There, she crosses paths with Nancy, who becomes a volunteer.
Over the years, Evelyn, Nancy, and Angela's lives intertwine to reveal the devastating consequences that come from a lack of choice, and the buried secrets that will always find a way to the surface.

Last Time We Met by Emily Houghton | Book Review

Aged thirteen, best friends Eleanor and Fin are inseparable and make a pact - to go to university together, always live near each other, and if they're both single at 35 they'll get married. In two decades, they're both far from where they'd dreamt of being all those years ago. It takes tragic circumstances for Fin to come back into Eleanor's life, but everything has changed since the last time they met. Is it too late to mend their friendship? Or can they keep some of the promises they made?

The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh | Book Review

On New Year's Eve, Rhys Lloyd has a house full of guests for a party to end all parties. But not everyone is there to celebrate. By midnight, Rhys will be floating dead in the freezing waters of the lake.
On New Year's Day, DC Ffion Morgan has a village full of suspects - her neighbours, friends and family - and Ffion has her own secrets to protect. With a lie uncovered at every turn, soon the question isn't who wanted Rhys dead . . . but who finally killed him.